Saturday, September 9, 2017

Meet Master Black Belt Mohit Sharma

We would like to welcome Mr Mohit Sharma to our blog today. He has spent more than 15 years in the field of Six Sigma, and recently published his book "8 Steps to Problem Solving - Six Sigma". Review of the book is already published on our blog. Let have a round of fast-track Q&A session with Mohit and know more about the book.



Educational Background – 
MBA in Marketing and BE in Electronics 
What were you like at school/college apart from studies? 
I was more into sports and bodybuilding during my school and college days
What are some day jobs you have held? 
  • I am country Quality head in Keysight Technologies since May 2015
  • AVP Quality in Genpact from April 2010 to March 2015
  • Sr Manager Process excellence from June 2002 to March 2010
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? Which author inspire you the most?
I do like to Read spiritual and inspirational books. Shree Bhagwat Geeta by Swami Chinmayananda and How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie are my favorite books
When did you start writing?
I have started writing my first blog / Article which got published in ASQ’s Quality Progress magazine in the Year 2013
When did you decide to become a writer?
In 2015, I decided to publish my book
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I want to write books and simplify the complex analytics so that it could be applied easily and effectively by a layman also. My Ambition is that my readers should view me as master in decoding complex Quality concepts 
Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured to accommodate your writing? 
I do it over the weekend 
Can you describe your current book in few lines? What’s it about?
Over the past 15 years, I have seen how much struggle organizations had to do to build process excellence/continuous improvement culture. This book is based on my real-life experiences and its aim is to give one-stop shop of tools and techniques to the organizations and quality professionals to develop the desired culture. This book is the compilation of problem solving tools and techniques in a systematic way to drive continuous improvement projects for any organization. This book talks about how to identify the real pain areas, defining them in the form of a charter, measuring, analyzing and finding out the appropriate solutions and finally controlling the improved state. One of the salient features is, compilation of experience on areas like Impact calculation, Change management tools like ARMI charts etc
Book is divided into following sections
Introduction - Identifying Right project metric and its importance
This Chapter suggests all the project owners how to select a correct project metric. Industry examples of successful projects and biggest snares they must avoid. 
Establish drill down of Business Problem with the Project goal
In this Chapter the project goal is linked with the business objectives, where the stakeholders and top management can easily understand the importance of the project, as it is linked to business priorities. It helps the project owner to get adequate sponsorship.
Define the project  
This chapter explains the tools like project charter, COPIS, potential impact and ARMI charts. It also explains their importance and application through relevant industry examples. 
Measure the extent of problem
Right measure is required to baseline the problem correctly; hence this chapter includes usage of tools like fish bone, data collection plan and its execution and checking the measurement system 
Analyze the problem 
Identifying the stability and normality of data, identifying process capabilities and analysis of data through hypothesis testing is what this chapter includes. Pure technical chapter in this book and technicality is explained in simple terms.  
Improve the problem
This chapter talks about identifying the solution, prioritizing and implementing them. Before implementation of solutions, all the failure modes are identified and solutions to mitigate the failure modes are identified.   
Control the improvements
It is important to control the improved state, so checking the result and controlling the improved state is explained in this chapter through the tools like control plan and control charts. This chapter elaborates the usage of Control charts thoroughly. 
Mentoring and Evaluating Lean Six Sigma Projects – for BB/MBB mentors
Mentoring guide can help sponsors, champions and mentors to ask right questions to the project owners at different tollgates. It can also help them to check for the completion of each phase by comparing the minimum requirements to pass the tollgates. This also provides dos and don’ts for the mentors and champions in each phase of the project. 
Where did you get idea for this book?
My wife, Priya Arora inspired me to write this book.
How much research did you do for this book?
Constant research over 1 year
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I am creating youtube videos on six sigma topics and in each video, I talk about my book.

What are you working on at the minute?
I am trying to put my thoughts around Lean methodology and principles
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
I am also thinking of writing another book in the series
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
You must start today. There is no tomorrow. I lost at least 1 year in thinking and convincing myself that I should write my book.  
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