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The Ultimate Improvement Cycle
Maximizing Profits through the Integration of Lean, Six
Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints
Kennesaw, Georgia, USA
ISBN: 978-1-4200-9034-5, 2009, 288 pp.
This text integrates Lean concepts, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints into a
combined business strategy aptly named the Ultimate Improvement Cycle (UIC).
Unlike other systems, the UIC is all about economizing resources by focusing
improvement efforts on those key leverage points that will prove most optimal,
rather than diluting one's efforts with an expensive across-the board-approach to
improvement. The UIC is derived from Bob Sproull's years of executive experience
with the Toyota Production System and consulting work with several high profile
companies. He shows you how to take advantage of the cyclical nature of improvement to implement change
that is perpetually effective, and his approach does not require more resources than you have on hand.