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Complete with 25 case studies, this in-depth guide provides a roadmap for using Six Sigma to improve the quality of software/IT companies.
Six Sigma Software Quality Improvement demonstrates how Six Sigma is applicable to the IT industry, with compelling success stories from todays leading IT companies, including Motorola, Honeywell, GE, and American Express. The book offers a true roadmap for software quality improvement from those who have been in the trenches and have won the battles handily.
This practical guide illustrates how successful IT companies employ Six Sigma to improve their processes using DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) and DMADV (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, Verify) and identify and eliminate waste from their processes using Lean Six Sigma. The book also reveals how companies develop new, robust products using Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) concepts.
Six Sigma Software Quality Improvement
- Provides detailed insight into problems and opportunities that were addressed with the aid of Six Sigma in some of the largest, most successful IT companies
- Features 25 case studies identifying the problem/opportunity, the specific Six Sigma statistical tool used, and the resulting return that was realized, so you can replicate the scenarios in your own work situations
- Written and contributed by leaders in the quality and software development fields
- Provides a global perspective with international companies and global authors
Executive Overview of Six Sigma; Define – Measure – Analyze – Improve – Control (DMAIC) Case Studies; DMAIC Methodology Primer; DMAIC Conclusions and Lessons Learned; Define – Measure – Analyze –Design – Verify (DMADV) Case Studies; DMADV Methodology Primer; DMADV Conclusions and Lessons Learned; Lean Six Sigma and Kaizen Case Studies; Lean Six Sigma Primer; Lean Six Sigma Conclusions and Lessons Learned; Design For Six Sigma (DFSS) Case Studies; DFSS Primer; DFSS Conclusions and Lessons Learned
Proven techniques for improving software and process quality with Six Sigma
This practical, in-depth guide explains how to apply Six Sigma to solve common product and process improvement challenges in the software and IT industry. Six Sigma Software Quality Improvement covers Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC), Lean Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma (DFSS), and Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, and Verify (DMADV). Featuring more than 20 success stories from Motorola, IBM, Cisco, Seagate, Xerox, Thomson Reuters, TCS, EMC, Infosys, and Convergys, the book offers first-hand accounts of corporate Six Sigma programs and explains how these companies are successfully leveraging Six Sigma for software process and quality improvement.
The success stories reveal how: Motorola minimized business risk before changing business-critical applications TCS improved fraud detection for a global bank Infosys improved software development productivity for a large multinational bank IBM reduced help desk escalations and overhead activities EMC improved development productivity Motorola realized significant cost avoidance by streamlining processes and project documentation Xerox achieved high-speed product development Seagate reduced application downtime and improved availability to 99.99% Cisco successfully reinvented its Six Sigma program Convergys injected Six Sigma into the company's DNA Thomson Reuters' Six Sigma program gathered significant momentum in a short time Six Sigma was successfully applied in many other projects for defect reduction, cycle time reduction, productivity improvement, and more
About the Author
Vic Nanda is a Process Improvement Manager, Broadband Mobility Solutions IT, with Motorola. He has over 13 years experience in the software and IT industry, including software development, system testing, and software quality assurance. Vic has extensive experience with Digital Six Sigma (DSS), SEI Capability Maturity Model (CMMi), IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), TL9000, and ISO9000. Vic is the author of the books Quality Management System Handbook for Product Development Companies (CRC Press), and ISO 9001 - Achieving Compliance and Continuous Improvement in Software Development Companies (ASQ Quality Press).
Vic is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Software Quality Professional Journal and the International Journal of Performability Engineering; member of the reviewer board for IEEE Software magazine and ASQ Quality Press; and a member of the ASQ National Awards Committee. He is a Certified ISO 9000 Lead Auditor, Certified Manager of Quality/Organization Excellence (CMQ/OE), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE), ITIL Foundations Certified, and Six Sigma Black Belt. He was awarded ASQ's Feigenbaum Medal for the year 2006, and ASQ's Golden Quill Award (2003). He was profiled in the "Face of Quality" in the Quality Progress magazine, Nov. 2003.Vic is a member of Philadelphia Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) Steering Committee, and a Senior Member of ASQ.
Jeffrey Robinson, Ph.D. is a Master Black Belt and ITIL Program Manager, with American Express. Dr. Robinson is an IT technologist who has worked in Software Development and Computer Integrated Manufacturing for more than 20 years. He is also a CMM/CMMI assessor and Malcolm Baldrige Quality Assessor.
Dr. Robinson has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses for over 20 years and has developed and taught numerous technology courses in computer science, programming, operating systems, quantitative statistics, database management, decision theory, project management, organizational design, and statistics. He is a frequent lecturer and an author and holds four software patents in manufacturing control theory.