Dan L. Shunk, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University. He will be giving his keynote presentation at the IIE Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Lean and Six Sigma are straightforward concepts: First, you earn the right to eliminate the waste, and second, for the remaining value-added activities, you reduce the variability. Most operations teams understand these concepts. Some of the issues we face are:
My messages will be simple and directed at the operations teams at for-profit and not-for-profit, product and service-based industries. Message No. 1 will show the audience how to elevate lean sigma to a very strategic level by gaining senior leadership insight and prioritization. We will be introducing the VSAT – Value-based Strategic Assessment Tool – that we have used in manufacturing, service and education to strategically focus the effort. Message No. 2 will introduce an expanded methodological approach found in Mikel Harry’s original text called “RDdmaicSI.” This adds a “front-end” strategic recognition and strategic definition phase to the overall program and a “back-end” standardization and integration method to make this happen across the enterprise in a logical manner.
My desired workshop outcomes are for the attendees to take away how to elevate lean sigma to a strategic level, how to prioritize the strategic core processes, how to effectively map these processes, and then how to attack the opportunities in a rigorous, complementary manner – first earning the right to eliminate the waste then reducing the variability of these value-add activities that remain. When they leave, attendees should be thinking 50 percent reduction in time to perform a process. Fifty percent sounds like a huge target, but we are hitting this consistently in our efforts.
For more information about Dan L. Shunk and the other IIE Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference keynote speakers, go to the Keynote Speakers page at www.iienet.org/leansixsigma.