Oct. 9, 2019 6PM CST General Meeting: Lean Rapid Plant Assessment for More Effective Audits

Speaker: Kevin Posey

Problem statement/Theory:   Have you ever felt that the plant tour was a waste of time at the start of your audit?  Adding aspects of the Lean Rapid Plant Assessment to your audits can add significant value to those tours and your audit reports.  The Lean Rapid Plant Assessment will allow you to maximize the return on a typical plant tour for audits where assessing Lean, Efficiency, or Effectiveness is an important goal.


In this presentation, we will cover a brief history and background of the Rapid Plant Assessment methodology as created by Dr. R. Eugene Woodson. We will cover what the RPA is, and also what it is not.  We will discuss the benefits of the RPA, and how and why the RPA can be used in appropriate audit situations.  Next, we will go through the details of the two assessment tools that make up the RPA and discuss how they are used, with real life examples.  We will then conclude with opportunities to discuss more real life or general examples from Dr. Woodson’s work, along with some analysis and discussion about the long term benefits of use of the RPA method over time to identify improvements and show progress.

Registration/ Cost:

Free for ASQ Members

First five non-members free; $10 for non-members thereafter

Eventbrite ASQ Austin

Venue: National Instruments

Date: September 11, 2019


11500 N Mopac Expressway
Building C – Room 1s13/14/15
Austin, TX 78759
United States



  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking Time/ Snacks
  • 6:30 – 6:45 PM – Announcements
  • 6:45 – 7:45 PM – Talk
  • 7:45 – 8:00 PM – Door PrizesRU’s:0.5 RU’s will be awarded to ASQ members for attendance