In Some Cases, We’ve Written The Book On It

Between groundbreaking books that dig deep into the process and mechanics of process improvement to White Papers and Industry Presentations that explain the particulars of this industry and how success is obtained, SBTI welcomes you to read on.

Learn how to:

  • Establish infrastructure to support successful commercialization
  • Use Stage Gate® processes to minimize risk and optimize the use of people and resources
  • Create better plans: Segment markets, define product value, estimate financial value and position new products for success
  • Capture the “voice of the customer”, analyze it and use it to drive development
  • Choose the right tools: Ideation, Pugh Concept Selection, QFD, TRIZ and much more
  • Develop better products and processes: process maps, cause and effects matrices, failure modes, effect analysis, statistical and data analysis tools and more
  • Test and improve product performance and reliability
  • Perform post-mortems and apply what you’ve learned to your next project

Whether you’re an executive, engineer, designer, marketer or quality professional, Commercializing Great Products with Design for Six Sigma will help you identify more valuable product concepts and translate them into high-impact revenue sources.

Making Change In Complex Organizations

George Strodtbeck


This book is written for the leader or management team of any complex organization attempting to lead an organization-wide change. Successfully leading change has never been easy. Many realities of life in the 21st century have combined to intensify the challenge. This book captures the lessons learned during more than 43 years of experience working in complex, large-scale organizations, 14 years between West Point and the United States Army and more than 29 years in two large, very different American companies. These lessons learned are shared in the hope that it will help others lead change successfully and avoid at least some of the pitfalls that come with it.The principles and questions in this book also benefit leaders making changes in the small organization or those who desire to transform their small organization into a large one. This book is intended to serve as a leaders guide of things to think about and how to plan for successful change.

Six Sigma: The First 90 Days

Dr. Stephen A. Zinkgraf


This book offers leaders a proven turnkey approach to launching a process improvement initiative in 90 days, and using it to transform your company within a year. Writing for executives and future leaders of corporate deployments, Stephen A. Zinkgraf presents a high-speed methodology for linking process improvement methodologies to business strategy, executing a flawless launch, aligning the entire enterprise behind performance improvement and achieving powerful short- and long-term results.

Zinkgraf, who helped run Larry Bossidy’s pioneering Six Sigma program at AlliedSignal, reveals best practices for leading the entire process. Discover how to identify, prioritize and charter breakthrough projects; choose the right consulting group; define roles; build and train teams; mitigate risks; implement metrics and much more. Once you have launched, you will learn how to improve your program and extend its impact. This book’s techniques, roadmaps and milestones represent a complete framework for driving and managing change: the #1 core competency for 21st century executives.

Commercializing Great Products with Design for Six Sigma

Randy C. Perry and David Bacon


To remain competitive, companies must become more effective at identifying, developing and commercializing new products and services. Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is the most powerful approach available for achieving these goals. Now, for the first time, there’s a comprehensive, hands-on guide to utilizing DFSS in real-world product development.

Using a start-to-finish case study, a practical roadmap and easy templates, this book shows how to optimize every stage of product commercialization. Drawing on 65 years of product experience, the authors show how to make better product and portfolio decisions; develop better business cases and benefit assessments; create better concepts and designs; scale up manufacturing more effectively; and execute better launches.