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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive pocket guide
This is a small, but very handy reference that supports the other Lean Six Sigma (LSS) books from the George Group. It contains virtually all of the detail needed by a LSS practitioner (for Black Belts & Green Belts), but keeps an easy to digest style.
It scores over the other pocket guides on the market (there are many) because it is a 'proper' book...
Published on 22 Feb 2006 by BikeMan

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review Lean 6
PROS.
Not too large, not too small, just right
Nice examples given

CONS.
Too much scientific terms

General.
Mostly recomended for QA managers; not too much usefull for business oriented professionals
Published on 2 Aug 2009 by Christos Ananiadis


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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive pocket guide, 22 Feb 2006
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BikeMan (Reading, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed: A Quick Reference Guide to 70 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed (Paperback)
This is a small, but very handy reference that supports the other Lean Six Sigma (LSS) books from the George Group. It contains virtually all of the detail needed by a LSS practitioner (for Black Belts & Green Belts), but keeps an easy to digest style.
It scores over the other pocket guides on the market (there are many) because it is a 'proper' book (not a wire bound pad) and has an easy to read text size. The theory is filled out with simple examples.
It also maintains the balance between Lean and Six Sigma tools and provides the detail needed for both.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if you know where to start......., 17 April 2009
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RJ Sessions (North WOrcestershire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed: A Quick Reference Guide to 70 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed (Paperback)
This book is an excellent guide and very useful.

You do need a reasonable understanding of the tools contained as it is NOT a step by step guide.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Tool, 5 April 2010
This review is from: The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed: A Quick Reference Guide to 70 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed (Paperback)
This is an excellent reference book.

The tools are laid out in an easy to understand manner and the book concentrates on using tools together. Other books I have read are so concerned with explaining the tools in a strict order that they forget that you need to be able to understand how you approach using & linking them together.

You don't need much understanding of Lean Six Sigma to understand and finds ways to implement tools & techniques from this book.

I would definately recommend it to anyone starting out with DMAIC. Some things take a few times to read for them to sink in but since the book leads from tools logically it's easy to understand where you would need to use them.

For those who use Lean Six Sigma, it's a good reference to dip in and out of.

It's still worth understanding Lean Six Sigma & DMAIC from a more detailed source to understand the overarching framework since this book aims to blast into the tools & techniques.

However, an excellent thought out book. Far better than a few others I have read which despite having more detail, ended up being more vague anyway!!!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Toolbook for Reference!!, 31 May 2006
This review is from: The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed: A Quick Reference Guide to 70 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed (Paperback)
It is a great guide for Six Sigma, I bought it because I took quite a lot of lectures on different Six Sigma topics at University, but now that I'm working I needed to refresh my mind and this book has proven to be very handy in terms of reference. Now, half of my time is destined to Six Sigma Projects and this toolbook has helped me to keep the Six Sigma Structure when doing a project, as well as referring to different statistical tools which I might have forgotten. I would highly recommend this book if you have already a background knowledge of Six Sigma, but if you are just starting with this methodology I would advice to look for more in-deep books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the cover, 8 April 2009
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This review is from: The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed: A Quick Reference Guide to 70 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed (Paperback)
This book summarises around 100 6-Sigma tools and includes an overview of the DMAIC method. Tools are clearly explained, but as indicated by the title this is a handbook - does not provide details and only limited examples.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review Lean 6, 2 Aug 2009
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Christos Ananiadis (Tripolis, Greece) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed: A Quick Reference Guide to 70 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed (Paperback)
PROS.
Not too large, not too small, just right
Nice examples given

CONS.
Too much scientific terms

General.
Mostly recomended for QA managers; not too much usefull for business oriented professionals
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly 100 Tools For Improving, 26 Mar 2008
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This review is from: The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed: A Quick Reference Guide to 70 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed (Paperback)
A really nice compact book with an open and easy style for quick reference on the key tools that help with Lean Six Sigma problem solving.

Lots of pictures and diagrams supporting explainations.

I would be happy recommend this to add to a belt's library as tool reference book in support training in a deployment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal pocket reference, 3 Nov 2011
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This review is from: The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed: A Quick Reference Guide to 70 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed (Paperback)
This book does what it says on the cover. It is not for beginners, it is not a how to, but is a reference guide with solid and well written information on tools. Therefore this book will be of most benefit to those already having clear understanding on how to approach and run lean or six sigma projects to improve processes.
I found the book tended towards tools more associated with six sigma, and also contained quite a lot of more advanced tools, such as ones related to measurement system analysis. That said the parts related to lean tools are well written and accurate, but clearly there is much more to creating a lean environment than the few tools described here.
Conclusion: this should not be your only lean or six sigma book, but it should be one of them, and at its current price it's a bargain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Summary, 21 Oct 2011
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A used this as a give away for a Green Belt Course I was running and am very happy with the content. The one worry with texts such as these is that some people think they become an expert from a overview!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A1, 11 July 2014
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