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LEAN SIX SIGMA WORLD CONFERENCE ABSTRACT

The Sinking of Titanic from a Quality Perspective

Presenter:

Mark D. Brown, Director of Quality, Elbit Systems America, Pflugerville, TX, USA

Keywords:

Root Cause, Ishikawa Diagram, Calamity of Errors

Industry:

Defense/Military

Level:

Basic

The tragic tale of Titanic is most commonly associated with the collision with an iceberg. Whether as depicted in the recent Hollywood blockbuster movie, or the major news sources of the time have - all focused primarily on the iceberg.

While there is no disputing the contributing factor of the iceberg, there were many other circumstances (Mother Nature, Design/Requirements, Human factors, Training gaps, Leadership Assumptions, Materials, etc.) that led up to the collision, sinking and ultimately large fatality totals. In fact, there was a calamity of errors, and circumstances that worked together to create the perfect storm.

In this briefing, we take a look at over 30 circumstances, acts of Mother Nature, miscalculations and human error that played key roles in the sinking of the Titanic. We also take a look at how a few could have either prevented the tragedy or greatly minimized it’s ultimate scope.

While we know a great deal more today about the tragedy of Titanic, there are still many mysteries, unanswered questions and theories under debate. The material used in this briefing has been collected over a number of years, and through a variety of sources. It uses many of the most commonly held facts, along with well-researched theories. It looks at the tragedy through the lens of a Quality Professional, seeking to understand and reveal the root cause.

At the completion of this briefing, you will gain a unique perspective on the Titanic tragedy. It is hoped you will also see lessons learned that you can apply to your own profession and industry. Learning from the Titanic, and preventing such events in the future is the best way I know to honor the fallen.

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.

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You will need the following to submit a proposal

Proposal Title: Maximum 80 characters including spaces. 

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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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