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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (Oct. 12 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071479422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071479424
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g
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From the Back Cover

Capitalize on a Powerful, 10-Step Improvement Process to Identify and Solve Supply Chain Problems in Industrial Organizations!

Six Sigma practitioners and industrial managers who want to improve supply chain effectiveness in their organizations now have a powerful new weapon to add to their arsenal!

Lean Six Sigma for Supply Chain Management offers a unique 10-step improvement process for identifying and solving the root causes of supply chain problems in everyday operations.

Written by Master Black Belt James William Martin, this proven management tool combines key aspects of Lean Manufacturing (from the Toyota Production System) and Six Sigma management principles in order to create a Lean Six Sigma approach that can dramatically improve supply chain function.

Lean Six Sigma for Supply Chain Management contains specific information for developing inventory models, metrics for aligning objectives with strategic goals, a concise overview of supply chain concepts, and models illustrating how lead time and demand impact customer service and inventory investment levels. This vital resource features:

  • A complete program for Lean Six Sigma improvement and control
  • The latest Lean Six Sigma methods to identify and manage supply chains
  • Expert help with Lean Six Sigma supply chains and third party logistics
  • Applications of Lean Six Sigma to MARTINI
  • Guidance on root-cause analysis using Six Sigma tools

Designed to help Six Sigma professionals and frontline managers achieve higher levels of competitiveness, Lean Six Sigma for Supply Chain Management provides the guidelines, tools, and techniques required to eliminate supply chain problems and boost company performance.


  • Manage Lean Six Sigma Supply Chains and Third Party Logistics
  • Perform Root-Cause Analysis Using Six Sigma Tools with Operations
  • Implement Lean Six Sigma Improvement and Control
  • Put the 10-Step Solution Process into Practice

Six Sigma professionals and industrial managers will benefit from a wealth of guidance for developing inventory models, metrics for aligning objectives with specific goals, and concise explanations of supply chain concepts. They will also find an extensive glossary with definitions of the full range of Lean Six Sigma technical terms.

Filled with 190 detailed illustrations, this all-in-one resource includes supplemental information on cash investment, profit and loss, inventory turns, on-time delivery, forecasting accuracy, lead time, unplanned orders, schedule changes, overdue backlog, data accuracy, material availability, excess/obsolete inventory, and other topics relating to effective supply chain operations.

Brilliantly combining key aspects of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma for Supply Chain Management now provides the tools and techniques needed to identify and manage supply chain improvement projects, increase efficiency, and protect the bottom line.

Over the past two decades, American industrial organizations have embraced a wide variety of management programs that they hope will enhance competitiveness. Currently, two of the most popular and promising programs are Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.

Lean Six Sigma for Supply Chain Management offers Six Sigma practitioners and managers a powerful, 10-step solution process for identifying and solving the root causes of supply chain problems in industrial organizations and thus increasing profitability.

Written by a Master Black Belt and Six Sigma consultant, this unique productivity tool brings together the tenets of Lean Manufacturing operations (from the Toyota Production System) and Six Sigma management principles, showing professionals step by step how to apply Lean Six Sigma to supply chain management.

The 10-step solution process presented in Lean Six Sigma for Supply Chain Management will enable readers to:

  • Use Lean Six Sigma Methods to Identify and Manage Supply
  • Master Lean Concepts in Order to Simplify Processes
  • Discover How Demand Management Impacts Inventory Investment
  • Learn How Reducing Lead Time Impacts Inventory Investment
  • Apply Lean Six Sigma to MRPII/Material Requirements Planning
  • Utilize Inventory Models to Identify Lean Six Sigma Projects

About the Author

James William Martin is president of Six Sigma Integration, Inc., a Lean Six Sigma consulting firm, located south of Boston. He has served as an instructor at the Providence College Graduate School of Business since 1988. He instructs courses in operations research, operations management, and economic forecasting, as well as related quantitative subjects, and counsels MBA candidates from government organizations and leading corporations. As a Six Sigma consultant and master black belt for eight years, Mr. Martin has worked with organizations in retail sales, residential and commercial service, banking, insurance, financial services, measurement systems, aerospace component manufacturing, electronic manufacturing, controls, building projects, industrial equipment, and consumer products. He has trained and mentored more than 1,500 black belts, executives, deployment champions, and green belts in Lean Six Sigma methods including supply chain applications. He holds a M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University; M.B.A., Providence College; and B.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Rhode Island. He also holds several patents and has written numerous articles on quality and process improvement. He is a member of the Association for Operations Management (APICS) and has certifications in production and inventory management (CPIM) and integrated resource management (CIRM). He is a member of American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is a certified quality engineer (CQE).

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa731f294) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
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HASH(0xa717ff54) out of 5 stars Lean Six Sigma for Supply Chain Management Jan. 11 2007
By Eric Fleming - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is most definitely a book for Supply Chain and Operations Management practitioners. If the reader is looking for a high level review of the subject matter, I would not recommend this book. This book is a serious, dense study of the material with practical applications and techniques.

Of the various industry texts that I have read, this is probably the "slowest read" mostly because there is so much content and meaning in each section. At the same time, the book design is modular so that the practitioner may skip chapters and study just their focus area. Mr. Martin definitely displays his expertise with fluff-free, accurate, and useful information. A must read for people serious about transforming their supply chains.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa717ffa8) out of 5 stars Good Introduction to a Complex Subject Nov. 14 2006
By John Matlock - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The majority of books and studies in the six sigma quality area deal with controlling your own manufacturing process - maybe that's because manufacturing quality people buy the books. But most of the problems that occur with actually developing, installing and using six sigma lie not in manufacturing but in managing the outside vendor supply chain.

Mr. Martin, a long time worker in six sigma and in lean supply chain management has put together a book that is completely understandable for such a complex subject. If anything the book is just a bit to understandable so that you may become convinced that six sigma is easy. It's not. An awful lot of big companies have been talking about six sigma but have proven unable to get to that standard.

All and all, this is an excellent overview of the six sigma concept when combined with Lean supply chain concepts. It's certainly a good place to start.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa716f3fc) out of 5 stars Lean Manufacturing March 30 2009
By G. Vandedrink - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An absolute must for middle to execute level management that is serious about creating or improving a lean culture. Generally a subject that gets little discussion as to its important aspect of manufacturing operations, this book ties material supply chain principles and their importance to creating a sustaining continuous improving environment. I highly recommend this reading to the executive level and its use as a training guide for the realization of significant cost savings.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa716f7bc) out of 5 stars Lean Six Sigma Feb. 17 2012
By Derek Elliott - Published on
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This is a well-writtern book that is content-rich and clearly illustrates that the author is both experience and skilled on the subject. The only downside is that the presentation is particularly poor. The pages are "busy" with very little spacing and easy-to-read structure. I find it daunting to read a long section as a consequence. It is a pity, because it spoils a very good book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa716f768) out of 5 stars Lean Supply Chain Review May 31 2008
By Allen Brown - Published on
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This product provides a blueprint for supplychain continous improvement. Full of strategies to build a robust program for supplychain should take their time to carefully understand the text to implement and execute the strategies