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Improving Profits by Improving Performance


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Assembling Your Toolkit

SECTION I  Materials Management

Chapter 2 - The Basics: Are You at the Starting Line?

Chapter 3 - Sales & Operations Planning: Know Where You're Going

SECTION  II  Manufacturing Operations

Chapter 4 - Lean Manufacturing: Power Tools!

Chapter 5 - Six Sigma for the Little Guy: Uh-oh - Math

Chapter 6 - Theory of Constraints: Think!

Chapter 7 - Quality Tools: You've Heard About Them; What Are They?

SECTION III  Management of the Business

Chapter 8 -  Project Management: You're Gonna Do It; Do It Right

Chapter 9 -  ERP: Information at the Speed of Light

Chapter 10 - Supply Chain Management: You're Not Alone

Chapter 11 - E-Commerce: Entering the 21st Century

SECTION IV  Diagnostics and Decisions

Chapter 12 - Now What?

Appendix A  References and Resources

Appendix B  Normal Distribution versus Sigma Conversion



Lean, Six Sigma, Sales & Operations Planning, Theory of

Constraints, ISO 9000, and more. There are many

management systems and techniques being promoted today.

It is time consuming and expensive to learn all you need to

know about them so that you can make an informed decision

about which ones might be the best for you to implement.

This book describes the fundamental principals behind the

systems and provides you with a diagnostic tool that will help

you decide which ones are best for you. All the information

you will need to prevent costly, and possibly devastating,

mistakes by trying to implement a system that is not

appropriate for your unique situation, all in one easy to read

reference guide. This book is written in an easy to read and

comprehend conversational style not normally found in books

of this type. Examples are provided that will help you

understand the concepts behind each topic that is presented.


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Authored by Steve Novak

President, PPR Management Services