QPIC, LLC Principal & Manager
Harry Kenworthy, Principal & Manager, QPIC, LLC | Lean Experience: 33 Years
Harry is Principal and Manager of the Quality and Productivity Improvement Center (QPIC, LLC), a consulting organization he founded in 1984 and has been with full time since 2004. He worked with Dr. W. Edwards Deming in 1983-85 on a series of 2 day seminars throughout the US, sponsored by MIT. He has spoken at over 90 conferences on Quality, Productivity, Lean, and Six Sigma, and has been published several magazines including Quality Progress, Purchasing, and Government Finance Review. He also had working relationships with Dr. Joseph Juran and Dorian Shainin.
He was one of the first practitioners to apply Lean in the Government sector in the mid-90’s. Harry’s consulting work has included numerous Government processes that have been improved by removing waste, reducing costs, or increasing revenues in a variety of operational steps while reducing overall process cycle times and improving customer service. Examples of Government work include: multiple State Agencies; Cities and Counties re: Purchasing, Tax Collection, Property Tax Assessment, Reduction of Overtime Costs, Enhancing Community Policing Coverage, and Public Works Effectiveness; and large K-12 schools.
Harry was a founder of the Connecticut Quality Council and chaired CBIA’s (Connecticut Business and Industry Association) Manufacturing Council. He was a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner from 1989-1991, and has held a CT Professional Engineer license and a Certified Quality Engineer designation.
He worked at Rogers Corporation, a Connecticut-based global manufacturer, for 26 years in a variety of capacities, including Operations Manager, Division Manager, Group VP and, for his last 3 years, as Corporate VP, Manufacturing. Harry was the Rogers Executive Six Sigma Champion: leading the Six Sigma effort throughout Rogers; developing the Rogers Six Sigma (R6S) training program in concert with GE, which incorporates the best of traditional Six Sigma (DMAIC), Lean, and a series of Specialized Problem Solving Techniques. He provided R6S training in the US, Europe, Japan and China. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
For 9 years, Harry was on the Board of Directors of a Japanese Joint Venture based in Nagoya, Japan. This joint venture was a key supplier to Toyota and Harry was able to learn about Lean from Toyota. He also had a long term relationship with JUSE (Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers), which administered the Deming Prize in Japan.
His government consulting client base includes: National Institutes of Health, numerous cities engaging virtually all city functions, large K-12 school systems, and a variety of statewide Lean efforts across numerous state agencies, including multiple client collaboration efforts.
QPIC is also the Lean resource provider for ICMA (International City/County Management Association) and GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association). His most recent white paper co-authored with GFOA was “A Guide to Starting the Lean Journey” http://www.gfoa.org/guide-starting-Lean-journey
Education / Certifications
Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt