Two Lean Authors Win Shingo Research, Professional Publications Awards

The authors of two books on Lean and leadership, published by the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), received Shingo Research and Professional Publication Awards at the 23rd Annual Shingo Prize Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Follow the Learner: The Role of a Leader in Creating a Lean Culture, by Dr. Sami Bahri, and The Lean Manager,…

Nationwide Wins Most Successful Lean Six Sigma Start-up Program Award, the leading global provider of online Lean Six Sigma (LSS) training and Blended Learning support technologies, proudly recognizes and congratulates customer Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. on its recognition as the “Most Successful Lean Six Sigma Start-up Program” at the iSixSigma Live! Miami 2011 Summit and Awards.

Laird Technologies Wins Lean Excellence Award for China Facility

Laird Technologies Inc., a St. Louis, Mo., USA-based supplier of antennas for mobile devices, has won the 2010 Great Wall Award for Lean Manufacturing Excellence in China. Laird’s manufacturing facility in Beijing, China, was recognized by the China-based Great Wall Award (GWA) Committee for having the best implementation of Lean manufacturing throughout China.

White House Announces Winning SAVE Award Idea

Posting public notices for seized property online, rather than in newspapers…Ending express delivery of empty U.S. Departmet of Agriculture food inspection containers…Requiring mine operators to use online forms for quarterly data, rather than mailing paper forms. These cost-saving ideas – and more than 18,000 others – were submitted by government employees as part of the…

Northrop Grumman MBB Reed Honored by Society of Women Engineers

Linda Reed, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and senior engineer, was one of four Northrop Grumman Corp. employees honored recently at the annual conference of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Reed was given the Fellow Grade Member award in recognition of her continuous service to the advancement of women in the engineering profession.

Bosch Rexroth Wins Silver Crescent Quality Award

Drive control and hydraulics firm Bosch Rexroth Corp., based in Fountain Inn, S.C., USA, received the Silver Crescent Award from the Silver Crescent Foundation and South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, in recognition of the company’s overall quality, workforce development, and community stewardship.

Varkey, Mickelsen, Dankbar Win Minn. Quality Awards

A Minnesota-based quality group recently presented three people with the 2010 Shurson Awards, honoring commitment to quality principles. The winners, chosen by the Rochester Area Quality Council (RAQC), are Gene Dankbar and Dr. Prathibha Varkey of the Mayo Clinic, and Darryl Mickelson of Hormel Foods Corp.

Bringing Home the Gold

Recognizing accomplishments is an important part of a Lean Six Sigma deployment, both for the honor that it brings to the practitioners and for the visibility it brings to the program. Covidien plc, a $10 billion global leader in healthcare products, has embraced that concept wholeheartedly in its annual Bring Home the Gold competition. The…

Stamatis Named Professional of the Year by Quality Magazine

D.H. Stamatis, Ph.D., a leader in the field of quality, has been named 2010 Professional of the Year by Quality Magazine. He has spoken on numerous engagements, written more than 70 articles and published more than 25 books, including one of the top selling books by Quality Press on failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA).

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Tops Best Places to Work List

Among all industries, upscale hospitality must rank near the top in its attention to customers. Because guest expectations are high, quality is not just a goal, it is the very essence of the business. With nearly 1,000 properties scattered across the globe, Starwood Hotels and Resorts owns some of the world’s most recognizable hospitality brands…


Tips from iSixSigma’s Best Places to Work

In 2008, iSixSigma set out to define the work environment that is most desirable to Six Sigma professionals and to honor the companies that best provide it. Employees from nominated companies were invited to complete surveys that examined factors such as job satisfaction, culture, rewards and recognition, and training and career development. The result is…

A Healthy Approach: Why McKesson Is a Best Place to Work

“We’re the largest company you’ve never heard of.” That description of McKesson Corp. by Master Black Belt Bob Gooby underscores the relative anonymity of the organization that is the largest – and also the oldest – healthcare services company in the United States. McKesson has been providing medical products for more than 175 years, yet…

iSixSigma’s Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee: Bill Smith

The late Bill Smith, widely regarded as the “Father of Six Sigma,” was inducted into iSixSigma’s Six Sigma Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the iSixSigma Live! Summit & Awards in Miami this past January. Smith was the first honoree to the Hall, which will welcome new members annually at the event. The Six…