Thursday, September 7, 2017

Book Review - 8 Steps to Problem Solving - Six Sigma by Mohit Sharma

This is my first technical book review. I usually don't take technical books for review, but the book being on such an important subject, a six sigma green belt, I gave a try to "8 Steps to Problem Solving - Six Sigma" by Mohit Sharma. Master Black Belt (MB) Mohit has given a wonderful cheat book style material to all the people working on the six sigma projects. As mentioned on the cover, the book is dedicated to quality control teams.


Book Blurb
Mohit Sharma is a Genpact Certified Master Black Belt,│ ASQ Certified Black Belt and Motorolla Certified GB. He brings his wealth of experience into this book and shares information, insights, tips and case studies. 8 Steps to Problem Solving – Six Sigma is targeted at top and middle level management professionals. The objective of this book is to give the readers an overview on how to drive continuous improvement within their organisations. The author says in his introduction, “It is my sincere effort to provide readers real-time scenarios to make the learning process more practical. This is why the examples illustrated in this book are from real-life projects, either executed or mentored by me, in the past 15 years.”
8 Steps to Problem Solving – Six Sigma is a handy book for those who want to enhance their careers and their organisations. The real-life case studies and the solutions to problems organisations face have been succinctly outlined by Mr. Sharma to help readers drive persistent change and enhancement.
The book is direct to-the-point, a complete six sigma course material. All lengthy explanations in usual books on six sigma are given as compact pointers. The content is divided into 6 chapters. Each chapter is one step of six sigma project. Starting from project chart/identification to project control, every step is covered with all important pointers. The author has provided more than one example to explain each important point. The book reminded me of a marketing book by Kohler.

The author has given emphasis to the following points:
  • Common mistakes in six sigma project - Mistakes could be due to system or person. The author has warned MBB and BB what not to do.
  • Tool explanation - Six Sigma projects become cumbersome if we have to calculate each and every parameter manually and prepare charts manually. Tools are the necessity. Minitab and MS Excel can help Six Sigma projects a lot. Rohit has shown how to use Minitab for each step properly.
  • Cases - Educational material would be of no use if end user (person learning it) doesn' know where and when to use it. So cases are a must to explain any academic point. Rohit has made sure to cover this point.
Advices for non-Six Sigma background or nonstatistical background reader
  • Don't panic  by reading name of technical terms, you will get their explanation in cases discussed or you can google them
  • You don't need to be an expert to read this book
Ideal book for
  • MBB / BB / GB / YB
  • People with statistical or data analysis background
  • Improvement oriented people
Talking about ratings
  1. Cover - 3.5 / 5
  2. Content - 3.5 / 5
  3. Overall - 3.5 / 5
Book can be found at - Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

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