Next up is Stephen Turnipseed, Lean Six Sigma Advisor for Chevron Global Upstream. I’ve heard Stephen speak before. He is a great speaker.
Chevron does not have the luxury of a CEO driven deployment. They started Six Sigma as a grassroots deployment, and it has been expanding. Now it’s moving into supply chain.
Steve is going to contrast a grassroots deployment to a traditional top-down deployment. This will be interesting.
Assumption with a grassroots deployment:
The reality of a grassroots deployment: no career path, no recognition, no accountability, limited support, little buy-in, no time given to work projects, large degree of variability, slow maturation and financial benefit.
Critical success factors for grassroots deployments:
Stephen goes on to talk about how to roll out Continuous Improvement in the supply chain. And Chevronengaged their customers and suppliers to join them in Six Sigma training.