As the organizers of the Lean & Six Sigma World Conference, we pride ourselves in bringing together the best experts and practitioners from around the world. There is a very simple reason for this — Lean & Six Sigma (LSS) is defined by its real-world, practical application; thus, making its practitioners the best teachers. There are companies all over the world, of all sizes, that are using a “Lean way of thinking” without even knowing or naming it.
There have been few efforts in the history humankind that have tested our willpower, bravery, and technological capability as thoroughly as our landing on the moon. In that endeavor, and in all future endeavors to explore beyond our planet, ingenuity, quality, and efficiency will be paramount. The organizers of the Lean & Six Sigma World Conference believe strongly in the benefit of pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and are very proud to announce Captain Sullenberger who is known as an international hero for "Miracle on the Hudson," for safely guiding a US Airways jetliner to an emergency landing on the icy Hudson River as the keynote speaker. He is also a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author and was ranked second in TIME's "Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009." His story recently attracted the hearts of millions when Tom Hanks portrayed him in the Oscar-nominated movie, "Sully."
It is our goal to encourage the use of the best tools and methodologies available to tackle complexity and achieve real progress. We bring together experts and practitioners not only to teach what has been defined, but to foster a community in which knowledge flows to where it is best utilized. In that way we hope to join you in your next exciting endeavor.
Miracle on the Hudson landing provides one of the most beautiful examples of applying the principles of LSS. “Lean” because it required a minimalist approach to the process, and “Six Sigma” because it required maximum precision of the target for landing. This conference is a place where “Lean-minded” companies can come together, share insights, and advance the broader application. Hope you can join us!
Sermin Vanderbilt, Ph.D.
President, American Quality Institute