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This is the first book to provide a coherent view and guidance for using the Six Sigma approach successfully in IT service organisations. It particularly aims to merge ITIL and Six Sigma into a single approach for continuous improvement of IT service organisations.
Six Sigma provides a quantitative methodology of continuous (process) improvement and cost reduction, by reducing the amount of variation in process outcomes.
The production of a product, be it a tangible product like a car or a more abstract product like a service, consists of a series of processes. All processes consist of a series of steps, events, or activities. Six Sigma measures every step of the process by breaking apart the elements within each process, identifying the critical characteristics, defining and mapping the related processes, understanding the capability of each process, discovering the weak links, and then upgrading the capability of the process. It is only by taking these steps that a business can raise the high-water mark of its performance.
IT is now a fundamental part of business and business processes; this book demonstrates how IT can be made to work as an enabler to better business processes, and how the Six Sigma approach can be used to provide a consistent framework for measuring process outcomes.
ITIL defines the what of Service Management; Six Sigma defines the "how" process improvement; together they are a perfect fit of improving the quality of IT service delivery and support. The Six Sigma approach also provides measures of process outcomes, and prescribes a consistent approach in how to use these metrics.
I think this book is an ideal starting point for practitioners and those who want to become a practitioner. It is the best available collection and combination of IT Service Management and Six Sigma that exists today. - Andreas Gräf, Hewlett-Packard GmbH, Germany
The documented connection of ITIL and Six Sigma - we waited for it very long and the result is worth reading for beginners as for advanced ITIL and Six Sigma practitioners. - Dipl.-Kfm. Ulrich Erik Redmann, Vattenfall Europe Information Services GmbH, Germany
The practical and pragmatic approach that has been described in this publication will significantly contribute to the ease of use when simultaneously applying the concepts of both ITSM and Six Sigma. - Mart Rovers, President InterProm USA Corporation, USA
the multitude of case examples contribute to make it easier for the reader to understand the material. - Steve Tremblay, B.Sc., PMP, President of Excelsa Technologies Consulting Inc., Ottawa, Canada
...This book describes the manner in which Six Sigma may be integrated with ITIL. The result is a very readable book with a lot of practical examples. - Prof.dr. R.J.M.M. Does, Managing Director IBIS UvA BV, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands