Lean AGILE and Voice of the Customer: Aligned for Success!

Presenter: Nathan Gehman, Manager, Advanced Analytics, Aflac, Columbus, GA, USA

Keywords: Agile, Voice of Customer, VOC, Lean

Industry: All

Level: Intermediate


The Voice of the Customer (VOC) is usually defined only as surveys and focuses on satisfaction. In this session, Nathan Gehman will speak about his first-hand experience of being a Lean AGILE Product Owner and the benefits of aligning a team within your corporation to focus on a broader set of Voice of the Customer data which can be translated into a broader business case that addresses revenue along with cost savings. Nathan will suggest other types of data that should make up the VOC and how this data can create a more compelling business and internal case for action.

Nathan will address issues including: What type(s) of survey do you send to your customer and what does voice of the customer mean to you? When is the last time you reviewed what your survey was asking and will the questions provide you with actionable feedback? How do you handle the data that your customers respond with? Do you analyze it and send it out to leadership and most important, how do you act on it afterwards to bring their comments to fruition? How do you use contact and website data to reinforce and corroborate survey findings and get Finance and Marketing buy-in?

During this presentation, Nathan will tell you about his journey in Lean AGILE and also the proper alignment within his organization that allowed him to directly impact the customer experience. With the right type of corporate alignment, Nathan was able to drive a customer facing platform “Ease of Use” customer experience from 73% up to 79% during 2016 which was the highest increase seen on that particular platform ever. Learn the simple steps that he used to create customer satisfaction and now has customers writing in stating “thank you for listening” to their comments. It is all about how you utilize your data provided and how you organize a team to engage with other areas to ensure what the customer wants is what the customer gets.


  • Where to find more actionable VOC data and gain assistance in analyzing it
  • How to improve your surveys
  • How to build a business case based not just on cost but also on revenue and retention
  • How to measure, manage and improve ease of use

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Conference Chair's Message 

Joel Smith

Continuous Improvement is not just something a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) practitioner leads their organization in practicing, but is also a core competency of their professional makeup. That is why more and more innovative and leading companies are looking for leaders that use the LSS way of thinking in everything they do within their organization.

In this era of data science and machine learning, the ability to connect the dots for end to end solutions across the boundaries of people, process and systems is the key to success. This year’s conference is focused on making sure we are “continuing” our journey as practitioners. Whatever your level of experience, you will learn new concepts, new perspectives and network with the best in the industry.