The Agile/Scrum Process for Process and Product Improvement: An ISE's Perspective

Thursday, April 18, 12 p.m. Eastern time | Register now

Presenters: D. Scott Sink, Ph.D., The Ohio State University and Joan Tafoya, Intel Corp.

Process improvement projects whether they are DMAIC or DCDOV/DMADV or business process reengineering typically take far longer than business desire or require. This is true for product as well as service process development. In the world of software and application development Agile/Scrum principles and methodologies are pervasive and common. Computer science engineering capstone projects require the student teams apply this approach.

ISEs focused on improving new product design and development and/or business process reengineering or just process improvement are rapidly jumping on the bandwagon and learning how to apply the principles and methods of Agile and Scrum. The two presenters have been studying and learning how to practice and deploy this approach for just a short bit but have a lot of learnings and tips to share in this webinar offered by IISE.

Joan Tafoya is a director and senior principal engineer at Intel Corp. in New Mexico. Tafoya joined Intel directly from Stanford (MSIE) and has been in various positions for 26+ years. She has lived in Asia for ~8 years (China, Vietnam, Malaysia) improving Intel’s factories in the region and traveled extensively to many other countries. Adding value for the customer! Using diverse people and experiences to make the work more efficient, effective and clearly tied to the business goals and objectives.

Tafoya has been part of a classic “Industrial Engineering” department in over 20 years yet the work is always about Industrial and Systems Engineering. Moving from a manufacturing/cost center to a business unit that had full P&L responsibility; the conversation is very different: Where is the revenue?

She is currently starting up UAV (Drone) Business for Intel.

D. Scott Sink, Ph.D., P.E., is director, Integrated LeanSigma Certification Program, ISE at The Ohio State University. Sink is team lead for IISE Chapter #1, Columbus. He was previously vice president business process improvement, MDS, Intl. and vice president of business process reengineering at ESI Inc.

From 1984-1997, Sink was a professor and director at Virginia Performance Center, ISE, Virginia Tech and president of IISE in 1992. Upon earning his Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies (based in ISE), Sink joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University.

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