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Six Sigma for Technical Processes: An Overview for R&D Executives, Technical Leaders and Engineering Managers

by C.M. "Skip" Creveling (President of PDSS). 384 pages. Copyright 2007. ISBN-10: 0-13-238232-6; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-238232-8. Published by Prentice-Hall.

A volume in Prentice Hall's Six Sigma for Innovation and Growth Series

This book provides leaders of a company's technical product development and post-launch support processes with an effective Six Sigma-enabled framework for accomplishing their goals.  It is an overview of how to proactively apply Six Sigma within the four technical processes of:

  • product and technology portfolio definition,
  • research and technology development,
  • product commercialization and
  • production and service support engineering

It sets the stage for a comprehensive Six Sigma-enabled work flow for technical professionals. The two major themes are:

  1. Excellence in planning product and technology portfolios so the right number and sequence of projects are activated, and
  2. Excellence in project execution within the research and technology development and product commercialization processes

The book is in response to Skip's years of training and mentoring engineering teams in Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methods.  The teams, excited by their success using DFSS methods, would often ask, "Do our leaders understand and agree with this approach and will they support us?  Do they realize that our ability to design a product correctly the first time is compromised by giving us too many projects and too little time?"  The result is this book, which pulls together a framework for leaders to exploit the power of Six Sigma to design better workflow and the processes they use throughout the organization.

Six Sigma for Marketing Processes: An Overview for Marketing Executives, Leaders and Managers

by C.M.  "Skip" Creveling (President of PDSS), Lynne Hambleton & Burke McCarthy (consultants at PDSS).  304 pages.  Copyright 2006.  ISBN 013199008X.  Published by Prentice-Hall.

A volume in Prentice Hall's Six Sigma for Innovation and Growth Series

Published March 2006

This book provides an overview of the way marketing professionals can utilize the value offered by Six Sigma tools, methods and best practices, within their existing phase-gate processes, as well as the traditional Six Sigma problem-solving approach: define, measure, analyze, improve, control (DMAIC).  It provides unique methods for employing Six Sigma to enhance the three marketing processes for enabling a business to attain growth: strategic, tactical, and operational.  It goes further to demonstrate the way Six Sigma for marketing and Six Sigma for design can be combined into a unified Six Sigma for growth.

Please visit Prentice-Hall's Professional Technical Reference site for more information, to view the table of contents or preface, to download Chapter 1 or the Index, and purchase the book.

Design For Six Sigma in Technology & Product Development

by C.M.  "Skip" Creveling (President of PDSS), Jeff Slutsky, & Dave Antis Jr.  768 pages.  Copyright 2003.  ISBN 0130092231.  Published by Prentice-Hall-PTR. 

A volume in Prentice Hall's Six Sigma for Innovation and Growth Series

This book was written to position the tools and best practices of DFSS within the context of the phases and gates of a modern Product Development Process.  The text contains guidance for Executives, Managers, Team Leaders and Engineering Teams.  A thorough discussion is provided on Critical Parameter Management, Project Management, System Architecting & Engineering and the integration and flow of the major tools and best practices as they are applied on a phase-by-phase basis.  Each major tool is flow charted with all process steps defined.  A system of Gate Review Scorecards is presented to help the Product Development Team summarize their DFSS data.

Product Design—Techniques in Reverse Engineering and New Product Development

by Kevin Otto (Principal Consultant at PDSS) & Kristin Wood.  1104 pages.  Copyright 2000.  ISBN 0130212717.  Published by Prentice-Hall-PTR.

This book is packed with excellent case studies and examples that explain how to deploy key product design topics, tools and best practices found in modern Product Development processes.  The authors specialize in the area of Product Portfolio Development, System Architecture, Conceptual Development and Reverse Engineering.  There are dozens of critical design methods, tools and tasks covered in detail.  The authors develop both basic methods as well as advanced topics.  This text, together with Design For Six Sigma in Technology & Product Development leaves little to the imagination on "what to do and when to do it" during product development.

Engineering Methods for Robust Product Design

by William Y.  Fowlkes and C.M.  "Skip" Creveling (President of PDSS).  403 pages.  Copyright 1995.  ISBN 0201633671.  Published by Prentice-Hall-PTR.

Robust Design is a major tool within the optimization phases of technology development and product design.  This text provides a comprehensive and balanced treatment of Dr.  Taguchi's remarkable approach to minimizing product and manufacturing process sensitivity to debilitating sources of variation.  Robust Design furthers the effectiveness of the engineering team as they seek to understand and exploit interactions between controllable engineering parameters and uncontrollable "noise" parameters.  The text fully develops how to conduct the process of Robustness Optimization within a modern Product Development Process.  As is the PDSS tradition, we show how this tool is used in both technology development as well as product design.

Tolerance Design— A Handbook for Developing Optimal Specifications

by C.M.  "Skip" Creveling (President of PDSS).  423 pages.  Copyright 1996.  ISBN 0201634732.  Published by Prentice-Hall-PTR. 

A volume in Prentice Hall's Six Sigma for Innovation and Growth Series

Tolerance Design is a major tool within the design, optimization and verification of product and production process capability phases of a modern Product Development Process.  This text is divided between analytical methods for developing tolerances and empirical methods for quantifying tolerance sensitivities within and across complex product and production systems.  The analytical section develops a comprehensive process approach using Root Sum of Squares, Worst Case and Monte Carlo Simulation methods.  The empirical section uses Designed Experiments, ANOVA and Taguchi Loss Function based methods for tolerance and cost balancing.  The book contains numerous examples and case studies to illustrate how to engineer and balance tolerances from the earliest to the final phases of product development.