Poster Session COMPETITION


The 2021 LSSDS Poster Session highlights best practices and tangible results achieved by applying Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology and tools across multiple industries and settings. This forum provides a visual presentation of storyboards of industry-based case studies, results of independent and sponsored research as well as best practices in academic innovations using LSS tools and techniques. The poster session is open to all conference attendees. Posters will be on display throughout the conference. Winners will be announced and prizes distributed at the closing and awards session on the final day of the conference (Sept. 22).

$600 in cash award prizes will be distributed to the team/submitter of the posters with the highest cumulative scores for each category (industry application, research and academic):

  • 1st Place Prize: 1 Complimentary registration to LSSDS 2022
  • 1st Runner-up Prize: 50% of registration to LSSDS 2022
  • 2nd Runner-up Prize: 25% off registration to LSSDS 2022

General Guidelines

Preparing a well-organized, visually-pleasing poster requires you to plan well in advance. First, consider your audience and what type of poster you'll create. Next, gather your supplies and decide what information to include. From this point, create the text and graphics. Remember to consider how these work together and then format your poster accordingly.

  • MAXIMUM Poster Size: 36 inches X 48 inches (ALL ENTRIES)
  • Layout Orientation: Landscape or Portrait
  • Materials: Paper-based poster with matte finish or coated paper
  • Key Information: Include the following information on the front of your poster: Project title; submitter's name, phone, email, school/organization and location; and type of poster submitted (industry applications, research or academic).

Key Timelines and Deliverables

In order to adequately plan the Poster Session space, you will need to accomplish the following activities, by the date designated, to be eligible for award of prizes:

  • Notify 2021 ELSS Poster Session POC/IISE POC of intent to submit poster by Sept 1. Contact Brian Charles at
  • Include: Contact information (name/title of poster/school or organization/location/phone and email).
  • Designate Poster Category: Designate as either: LSSDS Applications and Training or LSS Research and Education.
  • Register for the Conference at the speaker rate by Aug. 30.
  • Bring Poster and deliver to the Conference Registration Desk upon arriving at the conference; check-in from 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 20.
  • Winners Announced and Prizes Awarded: During the Closing & Awards Session from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 22.

Core Tracks

Poster presentations should be associated with one of the core tracks of the ELSS Conference:

Lean Six Sigma Research and Education Track

Problem solving and process improvement education and research spans a wide array of techniques, concepts and disciplines. There is increasing emphasis on cross-disciplinary approaches that address barriers to effective Lean Six Sigma implementation and long-term sustainment through a culture of continuous improvement. This track will explore education and basic research with a focus on clear and practical recommendations for advancing pedagogy and improving the conceptualization, effective implementation, and sustainment of Lean Six Sigma initiatives. Sub-tracks include:

  • Process Improvement
  • Product and Service Design/Development
  • Creating and Sustaining a Lean Six Sigma Culture
  • Lean Six Sigma Education and Pedagogy
  • Administrative Lean in Academia
  • Emerging Topics & the Future of Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma Applications and Training Track

Presentations in this track share how Lean Six Sigma can be used to achieve world-class performance in a wide variety of applications and industries. Meanwhile, new applications may require specialized process knowledge and careful selection and modification of Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques to be successful. Sub-tracks include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Logistics and Supply Chains
  • Government and Nonprofit
  • Service Systems and Retail
  • LSS Training

Attendee (peer) Voting

The poster session descriptions will appear in the on-site conference brochure. It will contain the list of posters, including the poster title; name of submitter; and poster category (industry application, research, education, or training). Attendees will designate their first, second and third preferences (only). They will drop off their completed ballot at the IISE registration/information booth prior to 10 a.m. on the final day of the conference. Peer scores will be combined with the scores from the judging panel for an overall score.

Formal Judging Panel

A panel of LSS master black belts, academicians and researchers will also score each poster using the following criteria:

  • Use of lean Six Sigma tools and methodology
  • Presentation aesthetics
  • Significant results achieved: case study project or research findings