Book Browse - Sept. 2015 

Book: Engineering Economics Analysis 12e
Authors: Donald Newman, Jerome Lavelle, Ted Eschenbach

This book offers comprehensive coverage of financial and economic matter for engineers with an emphasis on problem solving, life cycle costs and time value of money. The authors wrote a book with concise, accessible writing, practical emphasis, and contemporary examples linked to students' everyday lives make this text the most popular among students. Read more about the book 

Book Browse - May 2015 

Book3D Printing: Rise of the Third Industrial Revolution
Authors: Aaron Council and Michael Petch

In a few decades, our existence will be transformed by the 3D printing revolution. As Council and Petch note in this very interesting book, products, supply chains and economies will go through tremendous change as a result of this incredible technology. In fact, a lot of such changes are beginning to happen. The authors make a very strong case for this argument by discussing 3D printing dramatically altered the prototyping and consumer testing process of the XBox One console and controller.
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Understanding Thinking 

Book: Understanding A3 Thinking: A Critical Component of Toyota's PDCA Management System
Authors: Durward K. Sobek II and Art Smalley

This book is easy to read, and it explains with detail how to draw an A3 diagram. It gives you valuable advice on how the information is displayed or the structure. It is suggested for all lean practitioners, project managers or people who use data to understand problems and show improvements.

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  Cyber Security 

Book: Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What everyone needs to know
Authors: P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman

Dependence on computers has had a transformative effect on human society. Based on the Internet's potential for a full-spectrum of surveillance and information disruption, the marshaling of computer networks represents the next stage of cyberwar. Indeed, it is upon us, already. This book clearly educates the reader about cybersecurity issues, and then expands upon this discussion to enable the reader to conceptualize the challenges of the subject. A good example of this is their short history of the Internet, which is a clear and concise and enjoyable read by itself. This history includes, in layman's terms, evolution, funding agencies, control entities, architecture, Al Gore, governance, cryptographic keys, and more. With this foundation the authors then expand into many cybersecurity challenges, like WikiLeaks and a variety of security threats.



Book: Effective FMEAs: Achieving Safe, Reliable, and Economical Products and Processes Using Failure Mode and Effects AnalysisAuthor: Carl Carlson

Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) is a systematic, proactive team-based approach to identify likelihood of occurrence, probability of detection and impact severity of failure in any product, process, design or system. As a consequence of this assessment, recommended corrective action for susceptible areas are addressed, documented and ultimately implemented.

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Project Management 

Book: Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling, 10th Edition
Author: Harold Kerzner, Ph.D.

The book is written for both the academicians and practitioners of project management. The style of the text makes it relevant for part-time students who are studying for the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional ® examination as well.

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Beyond the Lean Revolutions 

Book: Beyond the Lean Revolution: Achieving Successful and Sustainable Enterprise Transformation
Authors: Deborah J. Nightingale and Jayakanth Srinivasan

This book is about an effective enterprise transformation by providing a step-by-step framework for understanding the current state of an enterprise and adopting a holistic approach for its future state. This framework enables us to visualize and analyze the key components of the enterprise from different perspectives, and it determines what we need to accomplish to bridge the gap from where your organization currently stands to where it needs to be in the future. The book is well-organized with 12 chapters and two appendices. It starts with the principles and a roadmap of successful enterprise transformation, continues with enterprise analysis/architecture from different perspectives, and ends with transformation planning and execution. Readers interested in enterprise strategy, architecture and transformation or organizational change will find the book very interesting to read.


Book: Handbook on Continuous Improvement Transformation - The Lean Six Sigma Framework and Systematic Methodology for Implementation
Authors: Aristide van Aartsengel and Selahattin Kurtoglu

From a project and process management perspective, this book provides a detailed road map along with a guide on utilization of proven procedures to assure smart decisions are consistently attained.

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Book: Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work and Align Leadership for Organizational Transformation
Authors: Karen Martin and Mike Osterling

If you are interested in value stream mapping (VSM), there are numerous lean Six Sigma books that reference it and give detailed instructions on how to do it. So why read another one? VSM is a rubust tool with numerous applications. Unfortunately, it can be seen as a simple tool; so it is possible for it to be easily misunderstood and misused.

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The Outstanding Organization  

Book: The Outstanding Organization
Author: Karen Martin

The Outstanding Organization by Karen Martin, the 2012 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award winner, takes a fresh look at problems and problem solving. The problem Martin addresses is the reason improvement programs fail: chaos.

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The Wide Lens 

 Book: The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation
Author: Ron Adner

Ron Adner invites readers to take a larger view of technology to achieve success. Innovative companies tend to focus on their new technology in isolation and often ignore the larger technology ecosystem required for successful adoption. Adner provides examples such as Philips' high-definition television in the mid-1980s that was a breakthrough in technology, but depended on other innovations such as high definition cameras and transmission standards. He points to Sony suffering a similar blind spot with its e-reader where customers did not have easy access to e-books. Both failures resulted in huge write-downs that left them with little to show for their innovation. Years later, these innovations became successful with the supporting technology and infrastructure in place.

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Book: Creating a Lean and Green Business System
Authors: Keivan Zokaei, Hunter Lovins, Andy Wood, and Peter Hines
Publisher:  CRC Press

Creating a Lean and Green Business System is packed with case studies and examples of companies going lean and green simultaneously. The book reminds us that there's so much more to 'lean' than simply cutting waste and reducing costs to protect the bottom line. Indeed, the authors suggest that those companies that obsess about waste and cost reduction, to the exclusion of all else, will never secure the profound cultural changes on which true success increasingly depends.


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Book: The Advantage
Author: Patrick Lencioni
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 2012

The Advantage proposes a new approach to achieve organizational improvement. Rather than spending resources in conventional improvement areas such as marketing, strategy or technology, Lencioni suggests focusing on eliminating the root causes of politics, dysfunction, confusion and bureaucracy. Lencioni believes too many leaders are focused on becoming smarter. Instead, leaders should focus on becoming healthier, which allows an organizaion to utilize the intelligence and expertise already availble.

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Everybody's Business 

Book: Everybody's Business: Engaging Your Total Enterprise to Boost Quality, Speed, Savings and Innovation
Author: Marta Wilson
Published by: Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2012
Hardcover, 155 pages

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Book Browse - Sept. 2012 

Book: Lean Production Simplified, Second Edition
A Plain-Language Guide to the World's Most Powerful Production System
Author: Pascal Dennis
Published by: Productivity Press, 2007
Shingo Prize winner for Excellence in Manufacturing Research, 2006
Soft Cover, 192 Pages, US $32.42 

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Book - July 2012 issue-SEMSBook: Design for Six Sigma in Product and Service Development: Applications and Case Studies
Authors: Elizabeth A. Cudney, Ph.D., Missouri University of Science & Technology, and Sandra Furterer, Ph.D., Southern Polytechnic State University
Published by: CRC Press, June 2012
Hard Cover, 444 pages, U.S. $79.95

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Book Browse - May 2012 - SEMSBook: Managing Performance in Turbulent Times: Analytics and Insight
Authors: Andy Neely, director of the Cambridge Service Alliance, and Ed Barrows
Published by: John Wiley & Sons, 2011
Hard Cover, 277 Pages, U.S. $49.95

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Book: Staying Lean, Second Edition
Authors: Peter Hines, Pauline Found, Gary Griffiths and Richard Harrison
Published by: CRC Press/Productivity Press
Soft Cover, 259 pages, U.K. £25.99 or U.S. $39.95

This book is written for all the individuals and companies that are applying a lean approach. The first edition of this publication received a Shingo Research & Professional Publication Prize in 2009. Explaining how to create and sustain a lean business, it followed Cogent Power's early journey. This new edition explores how the journey continued after several senior managers moved on, steel prices fell and the credit crisis struck. Did they manage to thrive, not just survive? More about the book