Books To Read For a Six Sigma Certification – Learning Guide
Books To Read For a Six Sigma Certification

Books To Read For a Six Sigma Certification – Learning Guide

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8 Books To Read For A Six Sigma Certification


    Six Sigma certification validates your level of training and proves that you have the required level of knowledge to pass the exam.  Six Sigma uses martial arts terms to describe the two main levels of certification: the Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) and Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB).

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    There are dozens of books that can help you understand Six Sigma, learn the techniques in-depth and prepare you for the certification exam. The books listed here will complement your Six Sigma training and serve as reference guides.

1) The Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Handbook

by Roderick A. Munro and Govindarajan Ramu (ISBN-10: 0873898915)

    Issued by the American Society for Quality (ASQ), this book is, as the name titles, a handbook, covering descriptions of all Six Sigma areas at the Green Belt level. It included terms, processes, acronyms, and reference material. The book follows ASQ’s Body of Knowledge for the Green Belt Certification and comes with two CDs which contain mock-exams, a video course, and helpful additional material. However, it is intended to be a handbook and is not a training manual for the exam.

2) Statistics For Six Sigma Made Easy! Revised And Expanded Second Edition

By Warren Brussee (ISBN-10: 007179753X)

    Brussee’s book emphases on the statistical methodology and the techniques used in Six Sigma, explanation them in a precise and informal to understand language. All of the basic Six Sigma formula and tables including the DMAIC improvement cycle are explained and illustrated with real-world examples.

    Statistics are an important part of Six Sigma, and an understanding of statistics and the ability to use them correctly are needed to pass the exam. Practitioners will be expected to collect data from all areas of a business and apply statistics to create various matrices, graphs, and charts. It offers simplified, actionable ways to look at processes and data.

3) Six Sigma Demystified, 2nd Edition

By Paul Keller (ISBN-10: 007174679X)

    His book aims to help you to develop your skills in Six Sigma by providing advice on how to build the Six Sigma infrastructure and use the DMAIC methodology in your projects. Six Sigma DeMYSTiFieD delivers a whole blueprint for developing strategies, plotting growth, and performing at the highest competence for maximum profits. You’ll find clear guidance on when and how to use exact problem-solving tools.

    Though the book does not claim to be a training manual for the Green Belt certification, it comes with quizzes and even a final exam at the end, thus greatly aiding the candidate in their preparation for the examination.

 4) A Guide To Six Sigma And Process Improvement For Practitioners And Students:

By Howard S. Gitlow, Richard Melnyck, and David M. Levine (ISBN-10: 0133925366)

    The main goals of the book are to convey an understanding and mastery of all of the five DMAIC phases and the handling of foundational Six Sigma statistics. Additionally, it has special chapters on pursuing the Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt certifications.     With 16 chapters and over 430 pages, this guide will be an invaluable resource for everyone who plans to become involved in Six Sigma. This book is not a training manual for the exam, but is recommended to gain an understanding of what Six Sigma Process Improvement means, and how it’s done.  It uses an extensive set of examples from the healthcare industry.

5) Six Sigma For Powerful Improvement: A Green Belt DMAIC Training System

By Charles T. Carroll (ISBN-10: 1466564695)

    Carroll focuses on Six Sigma’s DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) methodology. Although the tools and techniques presented are specifically associated with the DMAIC philosophy, they are applicable across a wide number of scenarios.

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    This book is not focused on helping you pass the exam. It aims at a comprehensive understanding of Six Sigma and knowledge of the wider context in which it is deployed.  The 25 lessons occupy over 450 pages and provide a thorough grounding in all phases of a project, from definition and analysis to measurement, improvement, and control.

The book includes a CD with a PowerPoint-based DMAIC training course.

 6) The Quality Toolbox, Second Edition

By Nancy R. Tague (ISBN-10: 0873896394)

    This is, as the title states, a toolbox.  It is not so much a book to be read from cover to cover, rather it is a collection of tools that can be used for analyzing data and information. It is a comprehensive reference to a variety of methods and techniques used for quality improvement. The reader will find explanations of several widely used quality control tools (for example, the fishbone diagram, the Pareto chart) as well as the newer management and planning tools.     Tools for generating and organizing ideas, evaluating ideas, analyzing processes, determining root causes, planning, and basic data-handling and statistics are included. This is neither a textbook nor a training course but is a good choice to read in preparation for a certification exam.

7) What Is Lean Six Sigma?

By Michael L. George, David Rowlands, and Bill Kastle (ISBN-10: 007142668X)

    Lean Six Sigma is a combination of Six Sigma and Lean principles. It combines the two most important improvement trends of our time: making work better (using Six Sigma) and making work faster (using Lean principles). In this plain-English guide, you’ll discover how this remarkable quality improvement method can give you the tools to identify and eliminate waste and quality problems in your work area.

    At 96 pages, this affords you a quick and brief insight into what Lean Six Sigma is. It is a basic primer for all employees on using Lean Six Sigma to meet your company’s goals and your customers’ needs.

8) The Six Sigma Green Belt Handbook

By H. James. Harrington, Praveen Gupta, and Frank Voehl (ISBN-10: 1932828176)

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    Green Belt Students will benefit from the Green Belt Basic Skills and Tools sections; while more experienced readers can learn how to successfully lead Six Sigma teams and how Green and Black belts can work together. The chapter on building teams is worth the price of the book! Facts on Six Sigma software explain how to use commands and patterns and provide exercises to guide students through these procedures.

    This well-designed handbook holds a wealth of information. Whether making to take the exam or as a general Six Sigma position guide, this book is an outstanding excellent for candidates.

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