On April 25, 2013 from 8 am to 4 pm the  ASQ Spring Six Sigma Lean Conference at the SIUC Student Center in Rooms Illinois, Mackinaw and Mississippi.

1. Dr. John Legier

Topic: Best Practices in Project Selection

Description — Linking Lean Six-Sigma to Project Management through competitive business strategic objectives, organizational fiscal success, and customer value. Understanding project selection approaches, payback period, Net Present Value (NPV) analyses, and SERVQUAL.

2. Kim M. Aul

Topic: Why Asking Why Isn’t Always Enough: Excursions Into Root Cause Analysis

Description — This is a comparison of the 5-Why method against other Root Cause Analysis techniques exposing the weakness inherent in the 5-Why method. Alternatives to the 5-Whys will be presented along with a description of each and how they are utilized.

3. Jim Pape

Topic: Poking Bears With Sticks and Calling Babies Ugly — Selecting Continuous Improvement Projects

Description — When Lean and Six Sigma professionals go about selecting Continuous Improvement Projects it sometimes seems as if they are alienating the very people or groups they need to help.  Part of the process of selecting projects is to identify where the most good can be accomplished, regardless of the history or personalities involved.  This session will focus on defining project benefits and “selling” the project to the people affected in a way that shows everyone “What’s in it for me?”

4. Jake Lingle CPHQ, CTM & Dewayne Whitener ASQ-CQE, CQA, CMQ/OE

Topic: How Healthcare is Reducing Variation in Outcomes

Description — The discussion of foundational elements in reducing process variation. We will use interactive learning along with true Healthcare Examples to teach our audience practical and applicable Lean concepts to increase repeatability in outcomes.

5. Nick Baudino

Topic – Production Part Approval Process

Description  This will cover an introduction of Caterpillar, as well as the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) methodology, and why the Production Part Approval Process (PPAPs) are used showing both good and bad examples of PPAPs?

6. Don Goldacker

Topic: Helping Your Company Grow by Improving Your Personal Productivity

Description –This presentation will focus on the knowledge, education, and the skills necessary to improve personal productivity for engaging and implementing lean improvements. Those improvements that make our customers excited and devoted to our products and services, and help make your company a solid cultural environment for continuous improvements. There are seven skills that help make people lean. In this presentation these skills will be defined and discussed, and the reasons why they are necessary to help develop a lean culture for your organization.

7. Brandon Lee

Topic: Problem Solving Processes for Internal and Customer Quality Issues

Description This session will focus on the defined processes in Aisin to solve problems, i.e. customer found defects, internal defects, incoming defects from suppliers, internal audit findings, gage problems and calibration failures, etc.

8. Charles Kuhn

Topic: One Person One Kaizen (1P1K)

Description — Learn how to engage all your members in improving your company! It is easy to find the problem and report it, but not so common for members to take action themselves to correct the issue. 1P1K program gives the authority to all of your members to make changes and improve: Safety, Environment, Quality, Cost, and Delivery With everyone contributing together we have large effect!


Topic: Lean on This

Description — A discussion of the use of Lean in the Construction Industry.

10. Ivan Sergeev

Topic  The Elephant in the Room – Lean Six Sigma Failure.

Description  The literature estimates that between 65% to as high as 85% of quality efforts fail to meet enterprise expectations. All indications are that this holds true for Lean Six Sigma and Lean. This presentation will address the three key findings found in the literature. However, this presentation also presents a critical fourth not found in the literature.