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 LEAN SIX SIGMA WORLD CONFERENCE

Lean Six Sigma in a Technologically Advancing World - KEYNOTE

Presenter: Don Johnston, Vice President, Roxtar Consulting, Inc., Titusville, FL, USA

Keywords: Technology, Transformation

Industry: General

Level: All

ABSTRACT

As Lean Six Sigma (L6S) professionals, we've mastered a toolset that is powerful enough to transform our organizations. But the ground is shifting beneath us as we speak: technology is advancing at an accelerating rate. Do the L6S tools developed decades ago still apply, or is the very playing field we're on advancing so rapidly that we've becoming irrelevant?

The truth is that L6S and its underlying concepts are needed more than ever, but we must grow and adapt our methods in this dynamic technological world. To keep pace, L6S professionals must grow in three areas: understand the technologies affecting our organization's processes, master the technologies that affect the L6S methodology itself, and effectively adapt what we’ve learned for the benefit of our organizations.

First, the processes in our organizations are being impacted by a multitude of technologies and dynamics, from Big Data and Robotic Automation to the changing emphasis on supply chains, e-commerce, and globalization. As L6S professionals, if we only focus on removing waste and reducing variation, we could be missing out on what's truly important.

Second, new technologies are becoming available that directly affect how we apply L6S and conduct improvement projects. This is good news, but we must stay on top of the possibilities if we are to take advantage of them. In addition to advancing statistical analysis tools, there are a host of advanced optimization techniques that can uncover better solutions faster, such as discrete event simulation, genetic algorithms, and quantum computing, to name a few.

Third, all this knowledge is of no consequence if we don't adapt and apply it. Your organizations are looking to you to show the way. Your most valuable trait is fearlessness! To apply what you've learned, you must discover what you can from others, and then experiment!

This talk will close by presenting ways for you to find low-risk approaches to learning and experimentation that will keep you in front of this technological wave. 



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