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Innovating Lean Six Sigma

P1601-MThis book shows you how to customize and apply the principles of lean Six Sigma to your organizational needs, allowing you to mold and shape your strategy, making small adjustments along the way that can have a big impact.

Building the Fit Organization

P1598-MIn this book, author Daniel Markovitz explains the process of making lean as intrinsic to your company as the pursuit of profits, including how to commit to increasing the value provided by doing the right work in the right way.

Global Kata

P1599-MThis book sets a new benchmark for the evolution of lean and strategic improvement, providing a detailed road map for leading, designing, building, implementing, and sustaining a lean business system.

Using Six Sigma, Lean, and Simulation to Improve the Phlebotomy Process

QMJv23i2In this Quality Management Journal article (open access), Six Sigma, lean, and simulation modeling are all popular methodologies, but they have rarely been used together in healthcare process improvement. This study explores how the three can be integrated. Subscribe to QMJ.

Lean-Driven Innovation

P1594-MThis book describes in great detail how Goodyear sought to transform its innovation creation processes by learning, understanding, and applying lean product development principles.

Faster Lean and Six Sigma Project Completion via TRIZ

TRIZ CS Img2 SmallFor any given contradiction, TRIZ can improve a process by making changes to a process step. Combining TRIZ and lean Six Sigma through a structured approach can reduce the effort and duration of LSS projects by nearly 10 times. Read Faster Lean and Six Sigma Project Completion via TRIZ.

How We Work

QPJune16CoverIn this month's Quality Progress cover story (open access), learn how the Joint Commission incorporated lean Six Sigma and change management methods into its process improvement program, eventually creating a self-sustaining culture of quality. Subscribe to QP.

Mistake Proofing for Lean Healthcare

P1592-MThis book is based on the definitive mistake-proofing philosophy and system developed by Shigeo Shingo. It introduces the main concepts and benefits of mistake proofing in healthcare and highlights common reasons that errors and defects occur.

ASQ TV: Lean Risk Management

ASQ TVLance Coleman, senior quality engineer at The Tech Group, was approached with figuring how his the company's lean program would work within ISO 9001:2015. In this ASQ TV episode Coleman discusses how this brought him to what he calls lean risk management.

ASQ TV: Lean and Six Sigma

ASQ TV logoIn this episode, see examples of the difference a Six Sigma-level of quality can make, take a look at before and after pictures of lean tools being applied, and hear from teams at Northrop Grumman and Alcoa explain how using lean and Six Sigma in their organization's culture has achieved positive results.

Let It Flow

SSFMv14i2In February's Six Sigma Forum Magazine, Dennis R. Delisle and Kathleen Jaffe detail how Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia used lean strategies to improve perioperative patient flow.

Everything Is 5S

QMJ v21 i4 coverIn the October 2014 issue of Quality Management Journal, Dennis R. Delisle and Valentina Freiberg offer a case study that demonstrates how the 5S framework is an effective model for process design.

Quality Management and Lean: A Symbiotic Relationship

QMJ cover v21 i3In the July 2014 issue of Quality Management Journal, Richard Schonberger offers his perspective on the evolution of lean operations and the role of quality management in a lean implementation.

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Learning From Experience 

QP: 2nd month 2014 CoverIn February's QP, seven lean thinkers share insights on a host of topics, including what it takes to manage a successful implementation and where the lean movement is headed.

Lean Acres, Chapters 1 and 2

H1408-MDownload chapters 1 and 2 of Lean Acres: A Tale of Strategic Innovation and Improvement in a Farm-iliar Setting. The excerpt includes a pretest, foreword, first chapter "The Narrator," and second chapter "Farm-iliar Territory."

Also available: Lean Acres Webcast.

Lean Enterprise Division 

Visit the Lean Enterprise Division for more resources and networking opportunities related to lean, including more than 30 Webinars and articles in the Division's online library.

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Lean Certification (SME/AME/Shingo Prize/ASQ Partnership)

ASQ has joined the SME/AME/Shingo Prize Lean Certification Alliance and will be working closely with them to guide the strategic direction as well as the administration of the Lean Certification program.

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