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Driving Government Improvements at the 2011 Performance Symposium

Continuous improvement (CI) practitioners know that Lean Six Sigma can be applied to almost any business process to achieve positive results. But perhaps no other sector better represents the challenges and potential of Six Sigma than the federal government. In the case of the U.S. military, incremental performance improvements can be a matter of life…

Notes on Newt, Comments on Coffee, and Memos on MoneyGram

Ramblings, grumblings and samplings from the desk of Paul V. Arnold on June 9, 2011: Notes on Newt: iSixSigma publisher Katie Barry forwarded a Politico.com article to me this morning that chronicled Newt Gingrich’s formal signing in New Hampshire of a pledge to adopt Lean Six Sigma principles if elected President of the United States….

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2011 Energy Forum Got Attendees Pumped Up and Energized

Nearly 150 change management professionals representing more than 60 companies in the oil & gas and utilities sectors attended the 2011 iSixSigma Live! Energy Forum for Process Excellence on May 16-19 in Houston. Those attendees came from 19 states and eight countries (United States, plus Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Thailand and the United…

Workshops Open Up 2011 iSixSigma Energy Forum in Houston

Three exceptional workshops opened up the third annual iSixSigma Energy Forum for Process Excellence, being held May 16-19 at the Westin Oaks Hotel in Houston. The workshops, attended May 16 by a host of leaders in the oil & gas and utilities sectors, were as follows: “Change Management: The Cornerstone of a Successful Lean Six…

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Energy Forum Preview: Smart Solutions to Smart Meter Challenges

One of the “holy grails” of continuous process improvement is the reliable collection and analysis of real-time data. At Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the largest utilities in the United States, this fine level of data is being given not only to the process improvement teams, but to their customers, as well, in the…

Up Close with William B. Wark

Wark will be presenting on the role of the CSB and the lessons learned from its investigations during a keynote address at iSixSigma’s Energy Forum for Process Excellence on May 17 in Houston. In an interview with iSixSigma Senior Editor Kirsten Terry, Wark offered a preview of some of the topics he will cover during…

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Computacenter Returns to Best Places to Work List

Computacenter AG & Co. oHG, an information technology (IT) services firm that first began its Six Sigma deployment 14 years ago, has made its second consecutive appearance on iSixSigma’s Best Places to Work list. Computacenter was ranked at No. 10 for this year’s list, the same position it was given in the 2010 list. The…

RF Day 3: Sessions Share Insights on VOC, Business Transformation

The conference portion of the 2011 iSixSigma Retail Forum for Process Excellence concluded on Wednesday afternoon, March 30, with three case studies, a panel discussion and a keynote address. The four-day event officially wraps up on Thursday, March 31, with a post-conference workshop and a benchmarking tour of Best Buy headquarters. All total, the 2011…

RF Day 3: Tips on Talent Management, Plus Six Great Case Studies

An all-star lineup of speakers shared best practices and lessons learned during the morning sessions on Day 3 (Wednesday, March 30) at the iSixSigma Retail Forum for Process Excellence. The conference runs through Thursday, March 31, at the Westin Edina Galleria in suburban Minneapolis. Jess Elmquist, the senior vice president of Life Time University and…

RF Day 2: Macy's, Best Buy and Many Others Share Best Practices

Macy’s, CVS and Best Buy. Oh my! Those were just three of the companies that shared their stories of process improvement success during the afternoon session on Day 2 (Tuesday, March 29) of the iSixSigma Retail Forum for Process Excellence. The conference is being held through Thursday, March 31, at the Westin Edina Galleria in…

RF Day 2: AMEX, Kaj Ahlmann, Walmart, Target Among Morning Highlights

Stories of innovation, growth and business transformation were shared during morning sessions on Day 2 (Tuesday, March 29) of the iSixSigma Retail Forum for Process Excellence, being held at the Westin Edina Galleria in suburban Minneapolis. The four-day conference runs through Thursday, March 31. Keynote sessions this morning were delivered by Tim Wilson, the vice…

Outstanding Workshops Kick Off Retail Forum for Process Excellence

iSixSigma’s inaugural Retail Forum for Process Excellence opened on Monday, March 28, with six hours of educational workshops. The conference runs through Thursday, March 31 at the Westin Edina Galleria in suburban Minneapolis. Robert Hafey, the president of RBH Consulting and the author of the book “Lean Safety – Transforming Your Safety Culture Using Lean…

Excitement Builds for First Retail Forum Keynotes

With just a few days to go, excitement is building for the iSixSigma Live! inaugural Retail Forum for Process Excellence, March 28-31. For four days next week all eyes in the process improvement world will focus on the Twin Cities region, as business leaders and operational experts gather at The Westin Galleria, in Edina, Minn.,…

Nationwide Wins Most Successful Lean Six Sigma Start-up Program Award

MoreSteam.com, 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.

The Top 20 Tweets from Day 3 at iSixSigma Live! Summit and Awards

There has been plenty of buzz at the 2011 iSixSigma Live! Summit & Awards, being held this week at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami. iSixSigma’s team of reporters have been blogging and Tweeting throughout the event. Here are 20 of the most interesting things heard and noted on iSixSigma’s Twitter account (http://twitter.com/iSixSigma)…

Live from iSixSigma Live! Summit and Awards – Day 2

Excitement and learning continues to build at the 2011 iSixSigma Live! Summit & Awards, behind held this week at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami. Featured activities for today (Feb. 8) include several general-session keynotes and addresses, 11 program sessions and two panel discussions. The day opens up with an opening address by…

Building More Capable Belts Using Simulation Tools

To kick off the 3rd annual iSixSigma Live! Summit & Awards, our annual chance to gather as a community and share continuous improvement tips face to face, it felt a bit strange to spend much of the first day discussing ways to train future Belts by way of the internet. But after the three-hour Master…

Live from the iSixSigma Live! Summit and Awards

By Paul V. Arnold, Editor-in-chief, iSixSigma The 2011 iSixSigma Live! Summit & Awards kicks off today, Feb. 7, at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami. Today’s featured activities include the iSixSigma Project Bowl and four Master Class Workshops. The Project Bowl – sponsored by CS International, Minitab and MoreSteam.com – is a daylong…

Starwood: Still Changing After All These Years

When the core of your business is about running more than 1,000 upscale hotels around the world, you learn a thing or two about meeting the needs of demanding customers. In 2001, Starwood Hotels and Resorts – owner of such famous hotel brands as Sheraton, Westin, W and Le Meridien – embarked on a Six…

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Understanding the Five Stages of Tribal Leadership

Most practitioners – even those with successful Six Sigma deployments – need to stand back periodically and reassess their continuous process improvement (CPI) efforts. Does information flow freely among team members? Are conflicts being resolved effectively? Does each team member feel valued? This need for Lean Six Sigma teams to refuel, refresh and recharge is…

iSixSigma Live! Social Lights Up Phoenix

Earlier this month, iSixSigma Live! held the second of its three scheduled Social and Networking Parties for the quality community this fall. For the nearly 40 Six Sigma professionals in attendance at this event in the Greater Phoenix area, the Social was a rare chance for practitioners to strengthen old ties, meet new contacts, chat…

iSixSigma Live! Social Returns to Seattle

After a brief hiatus, the iSixSigma Live! Social & Networking Party returned last week, with the first event taking place in Seattle, welcoming nearly 70 Six Sigma professionals from the Puget Sound region. Held on the top floor of the popular Rock Bottom Brewery in Bellevue, Wash., the Social drew continuous improvement professionals from the…

The 2010 DoD Performance Symposium – Enterprise Excellence

More than 400 attendees gathered at the National Conference Center at Lansdowne, Va., in June for the fourth Department of Defense (DoD) Performance Symposium. The symposium, hosted by the Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Program Office, provided a forum for all services and other government agencies…

iSixSigma Live! Awards Right Around the Corner

With the Labor Day weekend almost here, the iSixSigma Live! Awards materials deadline of Oct. 18, 2010, is drawing near. Have you sent in your nominations yet? These prestigious awards are the perfect way to acknowledge outstanding Lean Six Sigma projects and programs, and honor the personnel who have continuously improved processes at your organization….

Last Chance for Best Places to Work Nominations!

Time is running out for you to take part in the 2010 iSixSigma’s Best Places to Work™ for Six Sigma Professionals.The deadline for submitting your nomination is Monday, July 26, 2010. There are just two weeks left to send us your nomination, so please visit our Best Places to Work page today and fill out…

Energy Forum Makes Lasting Contributions

Top process improvement professionals in the energy sector met recently at the 2010 iSixSigma Live! Energy Forum for Process Excellence, May 24-27, in Houston. Presentations covered a broad range of topics – from innovation to leadership and getting started to giving back. Each of the topics was tailored to the specific needs of professionals in…

One Month Left for Best Places to Work Nominations

Hard as it is to believe, July 4th is almost here, which means that the deadline for submissions for iSixSigma’s Best Places to Work – Monday, July 26, 2010 – is drawing near. Therecognition is an excellent opportunity for companies and employees to celebrate the strength of their Six Sigma programs. The purpose of iSixSigma’s…

Air Force Team Wins DoD-wide Challenge Using AFSO21

In a move that validated the effectiveness of the Air Force tool used for continuous process improvement, J.D. Sicilia, the director of the Department of Defense, Lean Six Sigma program office, presented two Airmen with an award for winning a Defense-wide process excellence skills challenge that took place at the Department of Defense Performance Symposium…