Integrated Enterprise Excellence, Volume 1 — The Basics: Golfing Buddies Go Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard, Forrest W. Breyfogle, III, Bridgeway Books, 2008, 143 pages.
Golf may once have been The Sport of Kings, but with some $28 billion in annual sales now attributed to contacts and relationships initiated on the golf course, it’s more like The Sport of Business!
So, not only do golf and business go hand in hand, with 27.3 million golfers out there, golf is perhaps the ideal metaphor for teaching complex business principles. That’s why author and corporate grievance expert, Forrest Breyfogle, uses sports analogies in his four-part “Integrated Enterprise Excellence” (IEE) Series–gateway to implementation of Lean Six Sigma as a business strategy for various industries and companies.
The roots of both Lean and Six Sigma reach back to the time when the greatest pressure for quality and speed were on manufacturing. Lean rose as a method for optimizing automotive manufacturing; Six Sigma evolved as a quality initiative to eliminate defects by reducing variation in processes in the semiconductor industry.
Breyfogle is a recognized leader in applying “Lean and Six Sigma” principles and practices to improve business performance. In The Basics, he provides an understandable introduction to these benefits, and to his series of IEE books.
IEE Volume 1, The Basics, written as an interesting and instructive novel, follows four golfing buddies as they discover how IEE concepts can improve their businesses by helping them plan for the unexpected and avoid counterproductive projects. At 143 pages, The Basics is short, but full of practical tips SBOs can put to the test, while introducing them to Breyfogle’s IEE organizational governance system.
As Breyfogle puts it: “By setting this story in a familiar and fun setting people are able to see how IEE works, and imagine its application in their businesses or organizations.”
Forrest Breyfogle III, founder and CEO of Smarter Solutions, Inc., has authored or co-coauthored 11 books and published over 80 technical resources on project-based improvement and measurement tracking systems.
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