Continuously Improving Continuous Improvement

I just spent three days at IQPC’s 2008 Lean Six Sigma and Process Improvement Summit where more than 600 process improvement professionals came together to learn, share and network. In addition to getting a “booster shot” from Jack Welch, it was great hearing other professionals share their thoughts and experiences about how they have applied Six Sigma to facilitate continuous improvement, drive transformation and spark innovation. I met more than 200 new people, acquired dozens of new ideas and even set up a potential benchmarking trip. (By the way, the IQPC staff from London did a phenomenal job in providing anawesome speaker line-up as well as making sure things ran smoothly and on time. Smashing job!)

As I listened to speaker after speaker, I would write down key points and new ideas in my journal. It’s great being back where I can now put some of my key learnings into play. My favorite part is taking the best of the best ideas, mixing them together and creating something new . . . but then that’s what continuous improvement is all about isn’t it?

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  1. Julie Goldstein

    Hi Gianna,

    I am looking for a guest speaker that will come and speak and share ideas on continuous improvement with our operations group in Tuscon, AZ the end of the month. Do you have any suggestions?

  2. Gianna

    There are a couple of things that I would look for in a speaker including experience and the ability to motivate. Also, I’d want to be sure that the message the speaker brings will resonate with your team. Someone from a similar industry is a plus because they will be able to translate Six Sigma in a way that your team can relate to.

    If you are not familiar with anyone local, a good place to start would be to look at your suppliers and see if any of them tout themselves as ’six sigma’ companies. If so, most of them would be glad to share their experience in support of their relationship with your firm.

    Sorry I don’t have a specific name but hopefully these thoughts might lead to some ideas.

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