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Design for Six Sigma (DFSS): A Roadmap for Product Development (Book review)

| On 25, Aug 2003

By: Michael Slocum

The TRIZ Journal is pleased to announce the publication of Design for Six Sigma: A Roadmap for Product Development. Drs. Kai Yang and Basem El-Haik have delivered a tremendous research effort that will support the successful implementation of DFSS for years to come.

Basic information: Design for Six Sigma: A Roadmap for Product Development. 624 Pages. Published 2003 by McGraw Hill, New York, NY, USA. Price: $US 89.95 Purchase from your local book store or order from McGraw Hill. There will be volume discounts to encourage the use of this book for corporate training.

The book is organized into eighteen chapters. A table indicating the chapter content is included for your use:


The book also has a section at the end that contains a list of acronyms and their extended forms. The usual collection of references may also be used to gather source materials for additional study. This work is an extensive collection of topics relevant to design and design optimization and forms an excellent referential basis for DFSS endeavors. The text is easy to read and understand and contains many examples for concept reinforcement. An understanding of calculus and matrix math will be very helpful for certain sections of the book (as noted in the table above).

Congratulations to the authors for their excellent reference work on the science of design.
This text is the culmination and integration of several important areas of research. The integration of Axiomatic Design into most of the topics is a highlight of the text. Yang and El-Haik have published concepts that are included in this book in The TRIZ Journal3. The editors encourage the authors to continue and provide excellent works for our readers.
I recommend this book to anyone who is serious about design and the integration of various design methodologies.