Keynote Speaker: Martin Nazareth
Presentation: Why Continuous Improvement Methodologies Fail to Move the Needle!
Most companies are now stating that implementation of continuous improvement methodologies have not moved the needle. Unfortunately, the cross-company and cross-industry discussion panels conducted at the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) conferences and OpEx Solutions sessions on performance metrics revealed that continuous improvement methodologies have not moved the needle. The two main issues were sustaining the implementation of continuous improvement and realizing and sustaining the benefits. This session will focus on some of the reasons and causes for not being able to sustain the change and the benefits.
Pre-Dinner Speaker (Tutorial 1) Main Room: Mara Martinez & Jamison V. Kovach, University of Houston
Presentation: Designing an Information Management Process for ASQ Houston Using Design for Six Sigma
Many industries use information management systems/processes, i.e., how information is generated, acquired, ordered, shared, and stored, to support operations within their organization. These systems encompass conscious and careful effort to exchange work-related information and communicate with others to ensure the right information is shared and delivered it to the right people; hence, organizations often derive strategic/competitive advantages based on their use of information management systems/processes and appropriate information sharing. Recently, the Historian for the ASQ Greater Houston Section 1405 provided recommendations to the Section Leadership Team (SLT) about how the section’s business related information could be stored and/or shared (prior to this, information storing, sharing, and communication had been very ad-hoc). However, the SLT could not come to a conclusion regarding this matter because member leaders’ needs were not yet evident. To address this issue, this research used the Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology to develop an effective process for communicating and sharing/storing information relative to ASQ Houston business. Specifically, the DMADV (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design and Verify) approach was used to identify and analyze SLT members’ needs for storing/sharing information based on interviews and surveys, establish metric(s), develop ideas for creating an information management process, and finally, verify that the implemented process fulfilled the needs for which it was designed. This work will provide ASQ Houston with a better way to effectively and efficiently communicate among SLT members to support future section growth.
Pre-Dinner Speaker (Tutorial 2) rooms EF: Dana Littlefield
Presentation: ASQ Certified Quality Manager / Organizational Exellence Refresher course overview
An overview of the Certified Quality Manager Body of Knowledge to help attendees understand what is required to study for the exam and learn auditing concepts.
5:00 - 7:00pm Registration
5:30 - 6:30pm Pre-dinner Presentation
6:30 - 7:00pm Dinner
7:00 - 7:15pm Announcements
7:15 - 8:30pm Keynote Dinner Presentation
Entrée 1: BBQ BEEF
Entrée 2: BBQ Chicken
Entrée 3: Charcoal Grilled Vegetable Kabob
Sides: Sauce, Beans, Potato Salad, French Bread, Pickles, Onions, Jalapenos
Dessert: Peach Cobbler
Coffee, iced-tea, and bottled water
As always, our monthly professional development dinner meetings are open to the public. There is no requirement to be an ASQ member to purchase a meal or to attend. Online registration closes on Tuesday at 11:45am before the event. If you choose to purchase a meal at the event, the price will be $25 and food choices may be limited.