# Six Sigma Handbook

Six Sigma handbook is a worldwide popular, comprehensive reference for the Six Sigma course. It offers the main information, direction and the statistical tools one demands to execute any Six Sigma process. Six Sigma handbook covers all the concepts, which are necessary for the effective progress of any process.

Six Sigma handbook explains, in an easy to understand language, the various concepts of Six Sigma and also teaches, simultaneously, how to make them work. Six Sigma has helped many big as well as small firms to improve the quality of their product and achieve the pinnacles of success by providing quality satisfaction to their customers. The methodology has proved itself useful in saving billions of dollars and thereby increasing the profit level of the company.

Six Sigma handbook offers statistically proved proposals on how to retain the number of customers and solve the existing problem by relying on data and facts rather than merely relying on assumption. It explains how to avoid the conventional cost cutting method and reduce the cost by reducing the number of corporate defects. Six Sigma handbook explains defects as anything that provides no value to the customers. Thus, Six Sigma aims at retaining the number of customers by providing them quality product and services on time. Six Sigma handbook written by Thomas Pyzdek has become the most popular, and the most widely used Six Sigma referral in the world, which teaches how to increase the bottom line performance in any firm. The book has been revised and expanded from time to time and the new concepts, owing to the problems faced by the firms in the present scenario, have been added to it.

**The most recent chapters, which have been included in the Six Sigma handbook, are as follows:**

- Chapters explicating DFSS (Design for Six Sigma) and Lean.
- Large numbers of MINITAB examples have been included. MINITAB is the most popular statistical software for Six Sigma
- Chapters explaining the new methodologies for the preparation of any process by distributing and assigning the responsibilities to the staff members have been included.
- Chapters explaining the new Six Sigma doctrines and values have been included.
- Chapters explaining the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) problem-solving methodology, with examples, have been included.
- Chapters giving a brief knowledge of the new, important and advanced Six Sigma tools such as FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis), DOE, and simulation, have been included.

Besides, there have been many more additions to the revised Six Sigma handbook, which aims at increasing the progress of any Six Sigma process.

"The Six Sigma Black Belt is the only ASQ certification exam (the others were CQE, CRE, CQA, and CQM) for which I made no real effort to prepare, except for buying Thomas Pyzdek's Six Sigma Handbook. (The book is recommended highly if someone plans to take the exam.) I relied on my degree and experience as an applied statistician, and I passed the exam the first time, in June 2001." — William A. Levinson, P.E, Principal, Levinson Productivity Systems, P.C.

**Six Sigma handbook emphasizes the most, on the following list of topics:**

- The designing part of any Six Sigma process.
- The setting up of short term and long term goals for the designed Six Sigma process.
- The use of DMAIC methodology, to improve the quality of the product and the efficiency of the process.
- The use of DFSS (Design For Six Sigma) to produce new quality products.
- Statistical approach for solving any problem by relying on data and facts rather than relying on assumption. It teaches the application of DOE and logistic regression.
- How to reduce the number of defects in any Six Sigma process.
- The use of MINITAB and Microsoft Excel for the statistical analysis of any problem.
- Reduce the possibility of the repetition of any problem.

Six Sigma handbook presents a thorough discussion on improving the quality level of any company. Six Sigma handbook has helped many firms in improving the quality level of their products and the betterment of the market value of the company. It teaches the productive implementation of the Six Sigma process. It provides the statistical based solutions to the emerging problems in any firm. These concepts can be used throughout the organization. The numerous examples, supporting the various Six Sigma philosophies and values, explained in this book, enhance the understanding of these concepts. Six Sigma handbook teaches how to rely on statistic figures while solving a problem, which may hinder the progress and the efficiency of any process. The Six Sigma handbook teaches its reader to come up with as many ideas as possible and then allows them to take a judgmental view at those ideas. It teaches the importance of adjusting the inputs of any process to alter the outputs of the process. Besides, the explanation of various tools and methods used in any Six Sigma process, it also emphasizes on the following points,

- It explains the importance of customer satisfaction for any firm. Thus, it aims at designing a process and improving the quality of the product, keeping in mind, the needs and the requirements of the customers.
- It helps in identifying the variables, which may create problem for any process. Dealing with these problem-creating variables may increase the efficiency of the process and thereby can provide success by achieving the desired goals of any process.
- It includes the case studies of the various problems, together with their solutions, which occurred in big firms in the past. It also includes the success stories about Six Sigma helping to reduce the occurrence of such problems.

Six Sigma handbook provides an easy medium to learn the basic concepts which may help any firm in increasing their profit level, achieving the customer satisfaction and improving their market value. The Six Sigma handbook teaches, in an easy to understand language, the concepts which may be helping in brandishing the company in today’s corporate world.