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LEAN SIX SIGMA WORLD CONFERENCE ABSTRACT
Panel Discussion: Best Practices in LSS Deployment

Panel Moderators

Joel Smith, Director of Rapid Continuous Improvement, Dr Pepper Snapple Group & Kimberly Watson-Hemphill, President, Firefly Consulting

Panel Members

Kenneth R. Banas, VP, Global Supply Chain, USG, Chicago, IL, USA

Doug Drolett, North American Business Excellence Director, Essilor Luxottica, Houston, TX, USA
Barry Gasaway, Vice President, Lean Six Sigma, Transplace, Fayetteville, AR, USA
Kathy Weitmann, VP of Operational Excellence, Dean Foods, Dallas, TX, USA

Keywords:

LSS Deployment, Panel of Experts

Industry:

All

Level:

Intermediate 

Deploying a Lean Six Sigma program is like climbing a mountain without ropes: some minor stumbles on the way are bound to happen, but an outright failure can only happen once. You wouldn’t show up to a challenging climb with only superficial knowledge of climbing – rather, you would learn the most effective techniques and strategies from those who are already highly successful. Otherwise, you risk finding yourself in a situation where the only way out is to go down, not up, and end up trying to at least make sure the trip down is controlled and not freefall.

If you want to get advice from an experienced mountain climber, it is easy enough to go hang out around equipment shops and mountain bases to encounter them. But Lean Six Sigma Deployment leaders don’t congregate in such places – a quick FMEA has them avoiding mountain climbing without ropes after all – so finding a group to get input from is not so easy. Fortunately the Lean and Six Sigma World Conference is bringing together a team of experienced leaders to share their experiences and knowledge in a panel setting!

The panel will enable audience members to get a variety of thoughts about common questions and more confidently build a path forward in their own programs. Every organization has its own culture, challenges, values, and engagement, and thus there is no one size-fits-all approach to an improvement initiative. However, by bringing together a panel of experts from across multiple industries and environments, participants will better understand not just WHAT each has done to be successful, but WHY and whether that same situation applies to their own or not.

Successful deployment of a Lean Six Sigma program is very much like climbing a mountain: some initial gains are going to be easy but the true peak – a culture of customer-driven, data-based decision-making where waste is constantly sought out and removed – is far from easy to reach. If it was, that’s how everyone would be doing business. But by listening to those who have experience climbing towards that peak and filling in your own knowledge gaps and alleviating your concerns, you will be prepared to move towards the summit confidently!

Don’t miss the opportunity to get your questions answered during this interactive panel discussion. 

    Call for Proposals

    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.

    Who May Submit: This online form may be used by a principal speaker, co-speaker, contact person, or a committee member submitting on behalf of a speaker.

    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.

    You will need the following to submit a proposal

    Proposal Title: Maximum 80 characters including spaces. 

    Keywords:Please include three keywords with a maximum of 100 characters, including spaces. 

    Industry Sector: Please select the most relevant Industry sector for the proposal from a list.

    Abstract: The Abstract should be 1,500 to 5,000 characters (note that it is Characters, NOT words), including spaces.

    Biography: The Biography must be 1,500 to 5,000 characters, including spaces.

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