2015 LEAN & SIX SIGMA WORLD CONFERENCE
  
 
The Leading Conference on Lean, Six Sigma, and Continuous Improvement

The Leading Conference on Lean, Six Sigma, and Continuous Improvement
March 11-12, 2015 
JW Marriott
Houston, Texas USA
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Practical Applications and New Trends in Lean & Six Sigma

Join the Community of Practitioners, Experts, Gurus, Leaders, and Executives from Manufacturing, Service, Healthcare, Transactional, Government and others.

With 5 keynote presentations, 50+ breakout sessions, and 3 expanded sessions, this year's event aims to be the largest and most comprehensive Lean & Six Sigma event of 2015.
 


INNOVATION MADE SIMPLE

Jean-Paul Gaillard, Former CEO of Nestlé Nespresso, and Chairman/CEO, Ethical Coffee Company

A rare appearance by Jean-Paul Gaillard, who is often described as the "Steve Jobs" of the coffee industry.

Featured and Keynote Speakers

     
 David Edgar, Ph.D.
Professor, Business
 Transformation, Glasgow Caledonian University
 Tina Rothrauff, PMP

Sr. IT Project Manager,

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

 David Meza
Program Manager, NASA Johnson Space Center
 Vino C. Mody
Former VP of Quality, Scientific Atlanta
     
 Ashley Stroud-LoVerde
MBB, PMP, VP LSS Emdeon
 Patrick K. Phillips
Chief Information Officer, DKI
 Ofelia Hodgins
Project Manager, LSS MBB, HSBC-Mexico
 David Silverstein
Founder & CEO, BMGI

CONFERENCE-AT-A-GLANCE

Technical Program - Day 1Technical Program - Day 1; Wednesday, March 11, 2015
 LSS TRACK 1
Keynote: Innovation Made Simple
Track Chair: Darren Flynn
Room Monitor: Grace Duffy
Grand Ballroom B
7:30 AM-8:00 AM Continental Breakfast - Navarro-Hidalgo-Harris Room
8:00 AM-8:10 AM Opening Remarks - Darren Flynn, Conference Chair

Session #LSS-011; 8:10 AM-8:50 AM
Innovation, Value Creation, and Creativity
David Edgar, Ph.D., Professor of Strategy and Business Transformation, Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University; Glasgow, U.K.

Session #LSS-012; 8:50 AM-9:30 AM
Innovation Made Simple
Jean-Paul Gaillard, Former CEO, Nestlé Nespresso, Nestlé USA, Chairman & CEO, Ethical Coffee Company S.A., Fribourg, Switzerland

Session #LSS-013; 9:30 AM-10:10 AM
Tongue Fu! Martial Arts for the Mind and Mouth
Tina Rothrauff, PMP, Sr. IT Project Manager, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA

Morning Break - 10;10 AM-10:30 AM

LSS TRACK 2
Take Lean & Six Sigma to the Next Level
Track Chair: Ashley Stroud-LoVerde
Room Monitor:  Beth Galt
Grand Ballroom B
Session #LSS-021; 10:30 AM-11:15 AM
Creative Six Sigma: Magic, Juggling, and Criss Angel
William Hooper, President, William Hooper Consulting, Inc.; Naperville, IL, USA
Todd Hooper, Quality Process Analyst, Hoosier Racing Tires, Plymouth, IN, USA

Session #LSS-022; 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Lean Six Sigma Training Standards are Coming! How Will Standardization Impact the Future of Lean & Six Sigma?
Ashley Stroud-LoVerde, Vice President, LSS, Emdeon, Nashville, TN, USA

Networking Luncheon - 12:00 PM-1:15 PM - Liberty Ballroom

Lean & Six Sigma and the Bottom Line
Track Chair: Marco Luzzatti
Room Monitor: Russ Aikman
Grand Ballroom A
Employee Engagement in Lean & Six Sigma Projects 
Track Chair: Bonnie Stone Hauge
Room Monitor: Alberto A. Yanez-Moreno
Grand Ballroom B
Reach Your Full Potential with Lean & Six Sigma 
Track Chair:Kimberly Watson-Hemphill
Room Monitor: Krishnan Krishnaiyer
Nueces/Travis/Bexar Rooms
Session #LSS-031
1:15 PM-1:50 PM
Reduction of NPF (No Problem Found) - A Major Cost Driver
Vino C. Mody, Former VP of Quality, SA Cisco Systems, Cisco Systems; El Paso, TX, USA

Session #LSS-032
1:50 PM-2:25 PM
Using Repetitive Yet Flexible Planning to Create Stability
Rebecca Altenhoff, Repetitive Flexible Supply Ltd Associate, Repetitive Flexible Supply Ltd; Madison, WI, USA

Session #LSS-033
2:25 PM-3:00 PM
Work-Cell Everything for a World-Class Bottom Line
Don Johnston, CEO and Master Black Belt, CAS Adaptive Solutions, Titusville, FL, USA
Session #LSS-041
1:15 PM-1:50 PM
In Search of Quixote
Kurt Stuke, DA, CMQ/OE, CQA, LSSBB
Director, Operations Audit, Adecco US, Manchester, NH, USA

Session #LSS-042
1:50 PM-2:25 PM
Leading People Through Transformational Change
Dana Ginn, Senior Client Partner, BMGI; Denver, CO, USA

Session #LSS-043
2:25 PM-3:00 PM
Employee Engagement and the Science of Victory
William Levinson, President, Levinson Productivity Systems PC; Wilkes Barre, PA, USA
Session #LSS-051
1:15 PM-1:50 PM
The Great Waste - Why We Underutilize the Human Value
Patrick K. Phillips, Chief Information Officer, DKI; Sandy, UT, USA

Session #LSS-052
1:50 PM-2:25 PM
Productivity Profiles & Setup Graphs for Better Changeovers
William Houser, President, Eagle Force, Inc.; Spring, TX, USA

Session #LSS-053
2:25 PM-3:00 PM
How to Avoid Getting Laid Off: Enhance Your Management Value
Forrest Breyfogle, CEO, Smarter Solutions, Inc.; Austin, TX, USA

Afternoon Break - 3:00 PM-3:30 PM

Boost Your Lean & Six Sigma
Track Chair: Tanya Pistawka
Room Monitor: Krishnan Krishnaiyer
Grand Ballroom B
Lean & Six Sigma in Defense & Military 
Track Chair: Alberto A. Yanez-Moreno
Room Monitor:  Grace Duffy
Nueces/Travis/Bexar Rooms
Statistics Without the Fear Factor 
Track Chair:A shley Stroud-LoVerde
Room Monitor: Russ Aikman
Grand Ballroom A
Session #LSS-061
3:30 PM-4:05 PM
Toyota Kata: Wax On, Wax Off
Chris Hayes, CEO, Impact Performance Solutions, Morgan, UT, USA

Session #LSS-062
4:05 PM-4:40 PM
Boost Lean & Six Sigma Implementation Using Theory of Constraints
Dushyant Thatte, Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services; Eden Prairie, MN, USA
Renuka Udawant, Business Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd., Eden Prairie, MN, USA

Session #LSS-063
4:40 PM-5:10 PM
Bridging the Gap Between Lean Six Sigma, Statistics, and Process Improvement
Ofelia Hodgins, Project Manager & LSS MBB, HSBC-Mexico
Duncan Valverde, HSBC-Mexico
Session #LSS-071
3:30 PM-4:05 PM
Linking Jets to Janitors – LSS in Global Workforce Determination
Jeff Kahne, PhD, Senior Consultant, Firefly Consulting, San Antonio, TX

Session #LSS-072
4:05 PM-4:40 PM
Sustaining a Continuous Improvement Culture: Paint Area Case
Javier Cervantes, Manager, Engineering & Quality, General Dynamics NASSCO/TIMSA; Calexico, CA, USA

Session #LSS-073
4:40 PM-5:10 PM
Using Data Envelopment Analysis to Measure
Project Efficiency

David Meza, Program Manager, NASA - Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, USA

Session #LSS-081
3:30 PM-4:25 PM
Statistics without the Fear Factor
(Interactive Session)
Joel Smith, Statistician, Minitab, Inc.; State College, PA, USA 

Session #LSS-082
4:25 PM-5:00 PM
Say Hello to “R”!

Marilyn Monda, MA, MBB, Owner, Monda Consulting, San Diego, CA, USA


LSS TRACK 9
Lean & Six Sigma Speed Networking
5:15-6:15 PM; Ballroom C
Brian Clark, engines, inc.; Jonesboro, AR, USA
Track Chair: Brian Clark
Room Monitor: Krishnan Krishnaiyer


WORKSHOP 1 
Lean Project Management 

6:30 PM-8:30 PM; Nueces/Travis/Bexar Rooms
Marco A. Luzzatti, MBB, Train-the-Trainer, Greenville Technical College; Greenville, SC, USA
Fee: For Conferees $95; for non-Conferees $195
Track Chair: Beth Galt



Technical Program - Day 2; Thursday, March 12, 2015
Lean & Six Sigma Applications in Oil, Gas, and Energy
Track Chair: Beth Galt
Room Monitor: Grace Duffy
Nueces/Travis/Bexar Rooms
Deployment Strategies for Lean & Six Sigma
Track Chair: Joel Smith
Room Monitor: Tanya Pistawka
Grand Ballroom B
How to Avoid Pitfalls in Lean & Six Sigma Projects 
Track Chair: Ashley Stroud-LoVerde
Room Monitor: Darren Flynn
Grand Ballroom A
Session #LSS-101
8:05 AM-8:40 AM
A Six Sigma DFSS Approach for Industrial Gas Turbine Repair Products
Somesh J. Ghunakikar, Principal Engineer, Siemens Energy, Inc.; Orlando, FL, USA

Session #LSS-102
8:40 AM-9:15 AM
Process Improvement Projects with Rotating Staff Schedules
Layla Kashani, Principal, Inahsak, Inc.; Monte Carlo, Monaco

Session #LSS-103
9:15 AM-9:50 AM
Kaizen Event Case Study for High Volume Plastic Company
Alberto Yanez-Moreno, Master Black Belt, TMAC/The University of Texas at Arlington; Dallas, TX, USA 
Session #LSS-111
8:05 AM-8:40 AM
Reinventing Ourselves: Cisco’s Journey Beyond Certification
Keli M. Holmes, Program Lead, Cisco Systems; Wake Forest, NC, USA

Session #LSS-112
8:40 AM-9:15 AM
How to Reach Critical Mass While Deploying Lean & Six Sigma
Vania Batista, Executive Director, Gemba Training; Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

Session #LSS-113
9:15 AM-9:50 AM
Making Lean6Sigma Part of the Organization's DNA
Bertram Perry Wells, Global Director, HR Performance & Customer Service, Schneider Electric; Lexington, KY, USA 
 Session #LSS-121
8:05 AM-8:40 AM
Designing Your Processes Right the First Time
Kristine Bradley, Principal, Firefly Consulting; Austin, TX, USA

Session #LSS-122
8:40 AM-9:15 AM
Leaving Money On The Table: Deployment Miscues & Mistakes
Russ Aikman, LSS Program Manager, TMAC/The University of Texas at Arlington; Arlington, TX, USA

Session #LSS-123
9:15 AM-9:50 AM
New Valuation Model for Intangible Project Benefits
Chris Paret, Vice President of Sales,  MoreSteam.com; Powell, OH, USA

Morning Break 9:50 AM-10:15 AM

Lean & Six Sigma Applications in Healthcare
Track Chair: Bonnie Stone Hauge
Room Monitor: Russ Aikman
Nueces/Travis/Bexar Rooms
Unique Applications of Lean & Six Sigma
Track Chair: Kimberly Watson-Hemphill
Room Monitor: Joel Smith
Grand Ballroom B
Software Tools for Lean & Six Sigma
Track Chair: Tanya Pistawka
Room Monitor: 
Ashley Stroud-LoVerde
Grand Ballroom A
Session #LSS-131;
10:15 AM-10:50 AM
Healthcare Quality Improvement and the Triple Aim
James C. Benneyan,Executive Director, Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute at Northeastern University; Boston, MA, USA

Session #LSS-132;
 10:50 AM-11:25 AM
Lean & Six Sigma Implementation within Clinical Research
Gerard Quinn,Director, Strategic Projects & Process Excellence, ICON Plc; Dublin, Ireland 

Session #LSS-133;
11:25 AM-12:00 PM
Inventory Management at Hospitals
Kathleen Sweeney, Vice President of Community Resources, HCA North Texas Division, Irving, TX , USA
Session #LSS-141;
10:15 AM-10:50 AM
Fighting Poverty in East Africa with Lean & Six Sigma
Andrew Parris, Senior Process Advisor, World Vision International; Monrovia, CA, USA

Session #LSS-142;
10:50 AM-11:25 AM
We’re Different! Deploying Lean & Six Sigma in a Sales and Marketing Organization
Ken Feldman, Director, Rapid Continuous Improvement, Dr Pepper Snapple Group; Plano, TX, USA 

Session #LSS-143;
11:25 AM-12:00 PM
A Unique Lean & Six Sigma Deployment in an Agri-Business
Vasant Sridhar, Deployment Head - Leaf Operations, Process Excellence, ITC Limited - Agri Business Division - ILTD; Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Saurabh Gupta, Head Process Excellence, ITC Limited - Agri Business Division - ILTD; Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Session #LSS-151;
 10:15 AM-10:50 AM
Is Software Limiting Your Operating Results?
Jason Tillman, VP, Revenue Integrity, HCA North Texas Division, Irving, TX, USA

Session #LSS-152;
 10:50 AM-11:25 AM
DevOpsing with Lean & Six Sigma
Sudhanshu Anand, Process Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services; Bloomington, MN, USA
Michael Schooler, Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services; Bloomington, MN, USA

Session #LSS-153;
11:25 AM-12:00 PM
What Software Support Package Do I Need?
Kevin Lee Kretzschmar, Lead Decision Science Analyst, USAA, San Antonio, TX, USA

Networking Luncheon - 12:00 PM-1:15 PM

Lean & Six Sigma Applications in Government and Service
Track Chair: Beth Galt
Room Monitor: Krishnan Krishnaiyer
Nueces/Travis/Bexar Rooms
Linking Voice of the Customer to Lean & Six Sigma
Track Chair: Darren Flynn
Room Monitor: Alberto A. Yanez-Moreno
Grand Ballroom A
Measurement & Analysis Methods for Lean & Six Sigma
Track Chair: Joel Smith
Room Monitor: Bonnie Hauge
Grand Ballroom B
Session #LSS-161
1:15 PM-1:50 PM
Lean & Six Sigma in Local Government
Guillermo Garcia, Director of Innovation, City of Tyler; Tyler, TX, USA

Session #LSS-162
1:50 PM-2:25 PM
Improve Services Offered by the Government to SMEs
Reem Abdulrasool Jasim, Quality Assurance Manager, Labour Fund (Tamkeen); Hawarat Aali, Bahrain

Session #LSS-163
2:25 PM-3:00 PM
Let's Get RACI About Accountability
Grace Landis Duffy, President, Management and Performance Systems; Eustis, FL, USA
 
Session #LSS-171
1:15 PM-1:50 PM
Making the Customer Experience Proactive and Preventive Sigma
John Goodman, Vice Chairman, Customer Care Measurement & Consulting; Alexandria, VA, USA

Session #LSS-172
 1:50 PM-2:25 PM
Enhancing the Customer Experience
Kimberly Watson-Hemphill, President, Firefly Consulting; Austin, TX, USA

Session #LSS-173
2:25 PM-3:00 PM
Improving Customer Experience from the Inside-Out
Stefan Sheckells, Vice President, Continuous Improvement, Prudential, Dresher, PA
Vernessa Hopkins, Vice President, Service, Prudential, Dresher, PA, USA
Session #LSS-181
1:15 PM-1:50 PM
Crayola: Connecting the DMAIC Dots with Monte Carlo Simulation
Richard J. Titus, MBB, Principal Titus Consulting, and Adjunct Faculty Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA

Session #LSS-182
1:50 PM-2:25 PM
Capability Analysis for Data from a Low Discrimination Gauge
Daniel Griffith, Minitab, Inc., Software Research Engineer, State College, PA, USA

Session #LSS-183
2:25 PM-3:00 PM
Spec Limits undefined - What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
Matt Savage, Support and Training Services Director, PQ Systems; Dayton, OH, USA 

Afternoon Break 3:00 PM-3:30 PM

Program Management
Mini-Workshop
Track Chair: Bonnie Stone Hauge
Room Monitor: Beth Galt
Grand Ballroom A
Lean & Six Sigma Developmental Tools
Track Chair: Darren Flynn
Room Monitor: Tanya Pistawka
Grand Ballroom B
Session #LSS-191
3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Program Management + Stage Gate + Lean Thinking = Success!

Ashley Stroud-LoVerde, Vice President, LSS, Emdeon, Nashville, TN, USA
Session #LSS-201
3:30 PM-4:05 PM
Using Gemba as a Process Development Tool

Derek Darling, Global Director of Operations and Quality, Spectracom Corporations; Rochester, NY, USA

Session #LSS-202
4:05 PM-4:40 PM
End Keynote: 3 Steps Ahead: Managing the Law of Unintended Consequences

David Silverstein, Founder & CEO, BMGI; Denver, USA 

Conference Workshops; Friday, March 13, 2015
WORKSHOP 2
Lean & Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification

WORKSHOP 3
Lean & Six Sigma Black Belt Training Essentials Based on LSS-6001 DIS
Friday, March 13, 2015
8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Don Johnston, CAS Adaptive Solutions; Titusville, FL, USA
Fee: $495 if registered by Feb. 5, 2015; $595 after this date. Registration with “A2015” code only.
Friday, March 13, 2015
8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Ken Feldman, Director, Rapid Continuous Improvement, Dr Pepper Snapple Group; Plano, TX, USA

Fee: $495 if registered by Feb. 5, 2015; $595 after this date. Registration with “A2015” code only.



Registration for the Conference, Exhibitors, and Speakers

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Conference Registration Form
LSS-6001-DIS-1
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training Draft International Standard 
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LSS-6001-DIS-1
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Two Conferences, 
One Location!
March 9-10, 2015 
Participating Organizations
at the Lean & Six Sigma World Conference
Last year’s conference had attendees from 48 states and 19 countries.
3M
ATT
Bacardi-Martini Canada, Inc.
BASF Corporation
Bayer Corporation
BMW
Bose Corporation
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Campbell Soup Company
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chrysler Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Daimler Chrysler
Dow Chemical
Dunlop Tire Corporation
Duracell
Dupont
Eastman Kodak
Ford
Fujitsu Computer Products
GE Aircraft Engines
Gillette
Goodyear Tire

Hewlett Packard
Honeywell
IBM
Kohler
Lockheed Martin

M&M/Mars
Maytag Appliances
Mercedes
Merck
Mitsubishi
Mobil Chemical

Motorola
NASA
Nestle Research Center

Northrop Grumman
Pfizer
Pratt & Whitney
Proctor & Gamble
Rolls Royce Allison
SC Johnson & Son, Inc.
Schindler Elevator Corporation
Schneider Electric
Shell
Sherwin Williams
Siemens
The Boeing Company
The Coca-Cola Company
Tropicana
Underwriter Laboratories
UPS
Walmart
Westinghouse
Whirlpool


*Partial list of organizations that have participated or participating at the Lean & Six Sigma World Conference, Attendee participation does not indicate or imply endorsement or sponsorship.

Industries

Aerospace
Agriculture
Automotive
Chemicals
Construction
Defense
Electronics
Energy
Equipment
Financial
Food and Beverage
Government
Healthcare
Information Technology
Medical Devices
Metals and Mining
Optical
Pharmaceuticals
Printing

Public Safety

Public Administration
R&D/Design
Recycling
Rubber and Plastic Products
Service
Telecommunications
Textiles Transportation

Who Should Attend

The Lean & Six Sigma World Conference has something for everyone. The Organizing committee aims to have the most comprehensive technical program and training in the field of Lean & Six Sigma.

Auditors
Consultants
Continuous Improvement Managers
Directors
Engineers
Inspectors
Lean & Six Sigma Black Belts
Lean & Six Sigma Champions
Lean & Six Sigma Green Belts
Lean & Six Sigma Master Black Belts
Lean & Six Sigma Sponsors
Lean Professionals
Managers
Process Improvement Team Members
Senior/Executive Officers
Supervisors
Technicians

Focus Area

  • A3 Management for Organizational Learning and Problem Solving
  • Application of Specific Lean & Six Sigma Tools
  • Applied Statistics for Process Improvement
  • Careers in Lean & Six Sigma
  • Case studies for Lean & Six Sigma
  • CRM's Influence/Impact on Organization's Knowledge Management
  • Customer Feedback to Drive Product/Service Innovation
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Deployment of Lean & Six Sigma in Small and Medium Size Companies
  • Design for Six Sigma (DFSS), Lean Design, and/or Innovation
  • Educating Customers to Make Better Choices
  • Execute Business Strategy Using Lean & Six Sigma Processes
  • Future Trends and New Applications in Lean & Six Sigma
  • Hoshin Planning
  • Integration of Lean & Six Sigma with Quality Management Concepts
  • Intranet and Internet Applications of Lean & Six Sigma
  • ISO 9000 Integration of Lean & Six Sigma
  • Leadership's Evolution to Mentor & Coach
  • Leading in the Age of Transparency
  • Lean & Six Sigma Applications and Their Effect on the Bottom Line
  • Lean & Six Sigma to Manage Risk & Enhance Internal Management Controls
  • Lean Accounting and the Language of Money
  • Lean & Six Sigma in Support and Administrative Functions
  • Leveraging ISO & LSS to Sustain a Culture of CPI
  • LSS and Its Application to Sarbanes-Oxley
  • LSS and Market Sustainment
  • LSS for Product/Service Reliability
  • Must-have or Unique Products and Services for Lean & Six Sigma Applications
  • Project Selection & Strategies
  • Quality Leadership Inventory & Selecting Your Green & Black Belts
  • Six Sigma and its Link to TQM, Kaizen or Continuous Improvement
  • Strategic Alignment & Deployment (SA&D)
  • Strategic Change Management
  • Supply Value Chain Management
  • Theory of Constraints and its Relationship to LSS
  • Voice of the Customer


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