I’ve been invited to speak at WCBF’s 2008 Lean Six Sigma Summit (You can view my presentation on Integrating Lean and Six Sigma).Â It should be a fun event.Â The confirmed speakers include heavyweights from Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Medtronic, etc.Â In the grand scheme of things — okay, fine, outside my immediate family, I’m really a nobody, but I was invited anyway — I’m not sure why, how, or if somebody is playing a practical joke on me.Â In any event, I’ll be speaking.Â Here are some details.
The confirmed speakers include the following:
- Rob Bryant, Vice President Process Improvement (GIS) Computer Sciences Corporation
- Laurel LaBauve, Vice President, Merck Sigma, Merck & Co
- Martina Kuhlmeyer, Executive Vice President of Six Sigma, Textron Financial
- Jerry Bushnell, Global Vice President of Operations, Medtronic Xomed Surgical Products
- Craig Long, Vice President of Quality, MILLIKEN
- Debra Levantrosser, Executive Director, Lean/Supply Chain Johnson & Johnson
My counterpart in Europe and I will co-present and our topic will be “Synergizing Lean and Six Sigma”.Â We will share some history between both Lean and Six Sigma, argue forcefully against the marketing sub-culture that aims to carelessly combine both Lean and Six Sigma into “Lean Six Sigma”, but in the end reconcile both and make a case for how Lean and Six Sigma and Queueing Theory might actually make sense to be in the same sandbox and play well together, and then a discussion on how that might practically be done with some relevant examples.Â Â We will discuss a little on infrastructure, standards, and some lessons learned.
You can learn more by downloading the draft Agenda for the April 29 – May 2, 2008 WCBF Lean Six Sigma Summit in Chicago, Illinois.