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The Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt Handbook
GOVIND RAMU ❚ ASQ QUALITY PRESS ❚ 2016 ❚ 312 PP. ❚ $69 MEMBER ❚ $105 LIST (BOOK).

The audience for this book is those interested in passing the ASQ-certified Six Sigma Yellow
Belt (CSSYB) exam. Also, it serves as a handy reference for those implementing Six Sigma
projects, and can be used as a college or trade school textbook.
The book is divided into five sections aligning with the CSSYB body of knowledge (BoK).
Every chapter concludes with typical exam questions that indicate understanding and comprehension of the subject matter.
The beginning of the book covers Six Sigma basics, including a limited view of lean, roles,
teams, tools and metrics. The book uses the define, measure, analyze, improve and control
(DMAIC) process for parts two-five. Part two, the define phase, addresses identifying a project
and how to manage it. Part three, the measurement phase, touches on statistics, data collection
and measurement system analysis. Part four, the analysis phase, dives into a lot of tools and
analysis such as process mapping, normal and binomial distributions, as well as correlation and
regressions. Part five, the improve and control phase, is relatively short but explains kaizens,
the design of experiments, cost of quality, cost of poor quality and offers many control chart
examples. The last portion of the book houses the appendixes, covers the CSSYB BoK and any
remaining charts, formulas, distributions and acronyms.
Overall, this book is a good overview of most of these tools and improvement processes for a
Yellow Belt level. I recommend it to anyone in search of a comprehensive handbook.
---Bill Baker, Speed To Excellence, Santa Fe, NM

Additions to your quality library

Footnotes
ISO Lesson Guide 2015: Pocket Guide to
ISO 9001:2015
J. P. RUSSELL ❚ ASQ QUALITY PRESS ❚ 2016 ❚ 102 PP. ❚ $14 MEMBER ❚
$24 LIST (FOURTH EDITION, BOOK).

Like most of the ASQ pocket guides, this book provides a wealth of
information in a conveniently-sized volume. This edition translates
the latest version ISO 9001 standard into easy-to-understand
language. It covers only those standard sections with specified
requirements. Every key concept is highlighted. Each requirement
is abstracted with one or two interpretations to explain the meaning. What doesn't apply or isn't relevant is skipped.
The author is concise and practical, providing guidance that
avoids long, nonvalue added information. One example is the
assertion that your quality policy itself is likely of little value,
but the debate and activities to develop it are of great use and
importance. Similarly, the discussion of risk includes not only
catastrophic issues, but also common, everyday probabilities.
Given the limited amount of space, I did think there were some

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items included in the guide that
were unnecessary-for example,
repeating the ISO 9001 standard
requirement relationship chart
at each section's beginning, and
attaching it in a larger, fold-out
laminated piece to the back cover,
which was not fully visible unless
you detached it. Some of the
analogies and examples were not
as direct as they could have been. The space given to these items
could have been more effectively used to add to the minimal coverage of the seven quality management principles, even though
not strictly part of the standard or purpose of this book.
This is one of the better treatments of the standard. It will
be easy to take materials directly from this guide and develop
the training your organization will need on the ISO 9001:2015
revisions.
---Mark A. Feldman, Houston


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - May 2017

Seen and Heard
Expert Answers
Progress Report
Mr. Pareto Head
Field Notes
Mind the Gaps
Solid Footing
Are These the Same?
New Tricks for an Old Tool
Innovation Imperative
Experience More
Career Coach
Statistics Spotlight
Standard Issues
Marketplace
Footnotes
Back to Basics
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