February Meeting – (02/13/2013)


 Speaker:  Robert “Jobby” Johnson

Topic:  Integrated Rolling Wave Approach to Lean Six Sigma

Slide Show: ASQ Section 1414 – Johnson_Integrated_Rolling Wave (Feb. 2013)


The purpose of this presentation is a case study on the use of the Integrated Rolling Wave (IRW) approach to Lean Six Sigma.  The nine month contract started with the Master Black Belt conducting an exercise to determine the areas of the client that needs improvement using affinity diagram.  This resulted in 87 suggested Lean Six Sigma projects.  These projects were then consolidated into categories of just do it (JDI) where the solution was clear, rapid improvement event or Kaizen (RIE) where this could get quick hit wins and the final category was extended projects that need more structure and time to complete.  The 87 projects were then grouped where the scope of the projects naturally grouped together and the final total to start the IRW called sprints were 12 JDIs, 39 RIEs and 3 Extended Projects.  A prioritization matrix with agreed to weighted criteria was sent to management of the client and these scores were used to decide the order in which the events would unfold.  Each sprint is seven weeks long and covers seven events with a two black belt alternating weeks as the facilitator.  Each black belt has one week to plan and follow-up on the past event, while the other black belt facilitates the event and the following week they switch roles.  After each sprint the priorities are reviewed with a Governance Board to ensure we are still on the right track.  Special consideration is needed in scheduling so you don’t have the same team members on the event in back to back weeks.  This rapid deployment of events maintains momentum and improves many areas of the client in a very short period of time. The key tools used in the events are the affinity diagram, cause and effect diagram (fishbone), value stream mapping, spaghetti diagram and prioritization matrix to provide value fast.


Robert (Jobby) Johnson is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt for Kforce Government Solutions in Austin, Texas.  He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt through ASQ applying Six Sigma projects and tools over the past ten years.  He is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence managing quality systems and refining ISO and SPC in several organizations.   In addition, Jobby is a former Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through Project Management Institute (PMI) and has taught Masters level Project Management classes for Clarkson College.

Jobby is Past Chair of the Lean Enterprise Division and past chair of the Nebraska Section of American Society for Quality (ASQ).  He was a lead state examiner for the State of Nebraska’s Edgerton Award and was on the conference committee for Quality Texas Conference examining and applying the Malcolm Baldrige criteria.

His educational background includes a MBA from UNL graduating with distinction and BS in Management from Park College in Parksville, MO graduating Summa cum Laude.

He has given many project management, quality management, lean thinking and six sigma presentations at the local, state and national levels including the ASQ’s Lean Six Sigma conference and ASQ’s World Conference for Quality and Improvement (WCQI).


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  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking Time
  • 6:30 – 6:45 PM – Announcements
  • 6:45 – 7:45 PM – Main Speaker Presentation
  • 7:45 – 8:00 PM – Door Prizes


Appetizers are being provided to members and guests.


RSVP would be greatly appreciated to determine food requirements (not required to attend).


0.3 RUs shall be awarded to attendees of this event.