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Lean and Six Sigma Conference

February 24 – 25, 2020  |  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, results, and solutions based on quality principles or theory that can be implemented immediately.

Workshop: Workshops will lead participants from an identified beginning point through a logical and clearly identified end point with the expansion of the related body of knowledge and include hands-on learning activities that demonstrate and reinforce the concepts presented.

Focus Areas

The “How” of Lean and Six Sigma: Methods for Implementing Projects and Initiatives

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. Specifically, we are looking for an examination of not only what was implemented, but also “how” it was implemented. 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

The Application of Lean and Six Sigma in Nonmanufacturing Environments

The disciplines of lean, Six Sigma, and quality have generally (and traditionally) been applied most readily to manufacturing organizations and environments. However, the applications of these disciplines can and should be applied well beyond these traditional environments. These sessions will examine how to apply these disciplines in industries and markets that include (but are not limited to):

  • Service settings
  • Financial settings
  • Government settings
  • Healthcare settings
  • Administrative settings

Advanced Content Masters Series

These sessions are designed particularly for conference participants who are seasoned quality and Lean Six Sigma practitioners. The ADVANCED CONTENT of these sessions is designed for an audience that has been there, done that, and seen it all. The goal of these sessions is to provide new, innovative, and unique insight and perspective to participants who have a vast amount of experience leading lean and Six Sigma projects and initiatives. The sessions of this focus area highlight ADVANCED CONTENT only! Areas of focus may include topics such as:

  • Cutting-edge application techniques of lean and Six Sigma disciplines
  • New and unique applications of lean and Six Sigma principles
  • Current trends and the future of lean and Six Sigma
  • Emerging practices
  • Advanced technical/applied/statistical tools

The Human Side of Lean and Six Sigma

The power and impact of these tools have been well documented over the years, but it takes people to implement the methodologies, effectively use the tools, and successfully advocate the merits of these approaches. How do you get buy-in? How are these methodologies best supported? How do you establish and maintain the type of culture that embraces the use and leverage of these tools?

  • Change management
  • People and processes
  • Leadership development at all levels of the organization
  • Sustaining Lean Six Sigma leadership in the organization

Lean and Six Sigma Fundamentals

There are basic and foundational tools and techniques that represent the core of lean and Six Sigma methodologies. This area of focus explores these foundational aspects through topics such as:

  • Practical application
  • Technical/Statistical tools
  • Case studies and real-world applications
  • Teaching tools with exercises
  • Sustaining results

Session Level Descriptions

Basic: Provides an introduction to a subject, including practical and “user friendly” definitions of terms. The primary focus is to bring an individual who may not be familiar with the area to a level of knowledge that facilitates further learning.

Intermediate: Assumes some degree of knowledge of the subject. The intent is to build on an individual’s knowledge of the subject to a point of greater understanding.

Advanced: Provides an in-depth and/or up-to-date treatment of a subject. A strong theoretical background and a working knowledge of a subject are expected of those that attend.