Six SIGMA: The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the Worlds's Top Corporations

Version: Abridged
Author: Richard Schroeder , Mikel J. Harry
Narrator: Richard Schroeder , Mikel J. Harry
Genres: Business & Economics, Management & Leadership
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published In: December 1999
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 15 minutes
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"Six Sigma is the most powerful breakthrough management tool ever devised, promising increased market share, cost reductions and dramatic improvements in bottom-line profitability for companies of any size. The darling of Wall Street, it has become the mantra of Fortune 500 boardrooms around the world because it works.
What is "Six Sigma? It is first and foremost a business process that enables companies to increase profits dramatically by streamlining operations, improving quality, and eliminating defects or mistakes in everything a company does. While traditional quality programs have focused on detecting and correcting defects, "Six Sigma encompasses something broader: It provides specific methods to re-create the process itself so that defects are never produced in the first place. This is the reason Wall Street and corporations as diverse as Allied Signal, Honda, Maytag, Raytheon, Texas Instruments, Canon Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, American Express, Toshiba, Du Pont, and Polaroid have embarked on corporate wide "Six Sigma programs.

Reviews (6)


Written by Anonymous on May 27th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The book was very long and assummed that you knew something about Six Sigma. The author gave examples that did not tie back to any specific project or initiative. Overall the book was long, and drawn out to the point that you missed what the author was trying to communicate.


Written by Doug from Columbus, OH on January 29th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

The reader was monotone and boring. Very few specific or worthwile examples. Preached on the value of Six Sigma but to vague to be useful.

Performance Improvement Needed

Written by Richard Zdanis on July 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Six Sigma isn't a new management tool. It is, however, sometimes more complicated than it needs to be. I was looking forward to receiving this book and was dissappointed in it because it was too complicated and long. If you are currently using Six Sigma as your performance improvement tool, then this book would be good. If you are looking to learn more about Six Sigma, this book would be good. HOWEVER, if you are looking to listen about what Six Sigma is....this book may not be for you. If you're the later, I suggest listening (or reading) this book several times.

Mostly a Waste of Time

Written by Dave Paulson on July 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

There were a couple gems but even they were lost in the drone of Six Sigma this and Six Sigma that. If you know nothing of Six Sigma, the book may have some value, but if you're at all familiar with the system, you're not likely to learn much from this book. The book starts off okay, but I soon found myself not even listening.

Six Sigma

Written by Anonymous on February 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Not a very user friendly audiobook. Jack Welsh does a better job explaining six sigma in his Winning book.

Six Sigma

Written by Bigguns on December 9th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Six Sigma sounds great but it's all theoretical. It felt like more of a sales pitch for six sigma than an informative book. The book included very little real world advice or even subjective facts. "If you go from 2.4 sigma to 2.6 sigma your profit will go up by 22%." What does this mean? The author does not provide the reader with a framework to understand these concepts. Six Sigma sounds great but the book doesn't elaborate on what six sigma means or how to get there. If you must listen to this book, listen to only the last CD.

Author Details

Author Details

Schroeder, Richard

Schroeder is an independent historian, photographer, and filmaker with a doctorate in education from Texas A&M University at Commerce.

Harry, Mikel J.

Harry is the cofounder and chief executive officer of the Six Sigma Academy, Inc. He recieved his B.S. and M.A. in electronics at Ball State University and a Ph.D. at Arizona State University.