BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Lease

Staff Chief Engineer, NGC, Cooksville, MD, USA

Tom is a Staff Chief Engineer in the Mission Systems Continuous Improvement (MSCI) group.  He has worked for Northrop Grumman since November, 2004.  Prior to working for MSCI group, he worked in Systems Engineering as the Manager of the Mission Systems Engineering – Specialty Engineering group and as a Risk and Opportunity Manager for various programs & proposals.  In addition, Tom has worked in Manufacturing Operations as an Advisory Industrial Engineer.  His previous work experience also includes working as a Mechanical Engineer in nuclear power, working as an Industrial Engineer in healthcare, and working as a Project Manager in training systems & integration.  Tom's areas of expertise include Process Improvement & Value Stream Mapping, Manufacturing, Factory Capacity Analysis, Labor Metrics & Performance, Systems Engineering, Risk & Opportunity Management, and Project Management.Tom graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and The University of Memphis with a MS in Industrial & Systems Engineering.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Maryland and Virginia, a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP), and a Certified Master Black Belt.

ABSTRACT

What Do Inspirational Sports Quotes Have in Common With Lean Six Sigma?

What do Inspirational Sports Quotes Have in Common with Lean/Six Sigma? Did you know Tom Landry, the first head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, attended the University of Texas at Austin as an industrial engineering student, or that Joe Girardi, former major league baseball player and manager, received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University? Even so, it might be safe to state that not many famous sports personalities have an engineering degree or a technical background that relates to Lean/Six Sigma. However, after examining a few inspirational sports quotes, some sports personalities may have accidently made a statement or connection that can be related to Lean/Six Sigma. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”® This quote can relate to piloting a solution to improve efficiency and effectiveness or designing with the end in mind. That is, you don’t know if your solution or idea will work until you give it a try. Be bold. How about, “When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.”® This can relate to project boundaries or scope. That is, make sure to keep the team focused on their specific part of the process and not to examine parts of the process that are out of scope. Avoid scope creep. Whether or not you enjoy sports, this interactive presentation, using the fun gaming-based Kahoot!® application, will examine several inspirational sports quotes for nuggets of Lean/Six Sigma concepts. After attending this presentation, you’ll be able to relate these quotes, or others that you find more relatable or interesting, to help inspire your teams to move their projects over the goal line or finish the fourth quarter.___________________________________________________________________________________ "Wayne Gretzky Quotes." BrainyQuote.com. BrainyMedia Inc, 2022. 5 September 2022. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/wayne_gretzky_378694 "Bill Shoemaker Quotes." BrainyQuote.com. BrainyMedia Inc, 2022. 5 September 2022. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/bill_shoemaker_176304“Kahoot! ® is a registered trademark of the aksjeselskap (as) NORWAY TordenskioldsgateApproved for Public Release; NG22-1513; ©2022 Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

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