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2018 Lean and Six Sigma Conference

February 26 – 27, 2018  |  Phoenix, AZ   

Engage with a range of topics and quality experts

ASQ’s Lean and Six Sigma Conference offers a variety of session formats and focus areas that allow you to customize your learning experience. Choose from a wide array of session topics that focus on one of the four focus areas outlined in the conference program. Explore these topics in a concurrent session or go more in-depth by participating in available workshop sessions. The wide range of choices allows you to engage in the conference in a way that best suits your interests and preferences

Session Format Descriptions

Concurrent Session: These 60-minute sessions are meant to present real applications, real results, and real solutions based on quality principles or theory that can be implemented immediately. These presentations provide a high degree of value to the hundreds of people who attend the conference.

Workshop: These continuous sessions encompass two consecutive session timeslots on the program. Workshops should address a topic in a manner that leads participants from an identified beginning point through a logical and clearly identified end point with the expansion of the related body of knowledge. Hands-on learning activities should be presented as part of the workshop to demonstrate and reinforce the concepts presented.

Focus Areas

Tips and Tricks: Sustaining Results

This area focuses on implementation, getting results from that implementation, and exploring ways to ensure that the achieved results are sustained. Area also focuses on topics that may include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Change management
  • People and processes: The human side of quality
  • Leadership development at all levels of the organization
  • Sustaining LSS leadership in the organization

Lean and Six Sigma in the Age of Digital Transformation

Technological advances are growing at an exponential rate and have changed the amount of data that organizations have access to, where that data comes from, and the opportunities that can come from effective analysis of it. The opportunity to apply the principles, tools and techniques of lean and Six Sigma to these changing conditions is being overlooked by many organizations that are instead looking for solutions from IT professionals. This area of focus explores the opportunities that exist to leverage lean and Six Sigma when addressing the challenges and opportunities brought on by disruptive technologies such as:

  • Big data
  • Artificial intelligence
  • 3-D printing
  • The internet of things 

Lessons Learned: Implementation of Lean and Six Sigma

In this focus area, we are looking for real-life examples from quality practitioners who have applied lean and Six Sigma tools, methodologies, and techniques. Specific areas of focus could include (but are not limited to) topics such as:

  • Case studies and real-world solutions that focus on challenges that were faced, mistakes that were made, and how each was handled and overcome
  • Getting buy-in (selling lean and Six Sigma to the uninitiated)
  • Matching the right tool to the right problem 

Masters Series

This focus area explores lean and Six Sigma from the perspective of the seasoned professional and offers advanced context covering the more complex and intricate areas of lean and Six Sigma methodologies. Areas of focus may include topics such as:

  • Current trends and the future of lean and Six Sigma
  • Emerging practices
  • Advanced technical/applied/statistical tools 
New Insights

“Great opportunity to network with Lean Six Sigma professionals from all industries. There were so many great session topics that it was hard to choose which to attend. I could not wait to get back and share the new insights with my colleagues.”

Timely, relevant, and Exciting

“This conference was a great way to begin my career in quality and process improvement. I found the material timely, relevant, and exciting. I look forward to implementing the ideas that were shared, and I look forward to attending the conference in the future.”