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LEAN SIX SIGMA WORLD CONFERENCE ABSTRACT

A Brief History of Beers, Bells, and Bytes

Presenter: Joel Smith, Director of Rapid Continuous Improvement, Keurig Dr Pepper, Inc., Plano, TX, USA
Keywords:

Data Analysis, Competitiveness, Industrial Revolution

Industry:

All

Level:

Intermediate

Since the industrial revolution – and arguably earlier – collecting and effectively analyzing data has been perhaps the greatest competitive advantage many of the most successful companies have had over their peers. Take a look at the most successful companies over the past century and you may not at first realize it, but behind most of them is a story of making better decisions and running more profitable operations through better use of data than their competition.

Stories of some of these great successes and the famous and not-so-famous characters behind them shed light on how they came to use data analysis as a competitive weapon. In one case, the tool was believed to provide such an advantage that the company forbid the individual who developed it from publishing under his real name or employer for fear the other brewers would realize how to apply it. Another – one of the biggest, most profitable companies on earth today – entered a crowded market with no distinguishing feature whatsoever except for better prediction. These and others provide examples of how critical it is to not just use data, but to use it more effectively than your peers to truly achieve excellence.

Despite this, today we take for granted that data-driven decision making is an effective tool, and in many ways we have lost our way in process improvement. We often take the easy path and let our initiatives drift toward traditional business methods that provide us no advantage in the market. Worse, in some cases we actively complain about statistics and tell ourselves that they are useless!

A brief history of beers, bells and bits should set us straight and remind us that the path of least resistance crowded with our peers has never led anywhere except stuck among them. Excellence has always come from taking a road less traveled, and in process improvement that road has always been lined with data.

Proposal Submission Deadline:
October 11, 2019

Acceptance notification date:
November 11, 2019

Early Registration Deadline:
February 11, 2020

Please make sure to review and prepare the material needed before you start the on-line Proposal Submission Form. Click here to see Proposal Submission Guidelines.

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Multiple Proposals: You may submit multiple proposals.

Conference Registration Fee:
The conference registration fee is waived for the principal speaker of accepted proposals. Speakers are responsible for their travel expenses and arrangements. Co-speakers will receive a 30% discount for the conference that they are presenting at.

Length of Presentations: Technical sessions are typically 35 minutes. There will be a limited number of "double" sessions, 70 minutes, at the end of each day.

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