Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (LSS MBB) Training Feb/March 2018

ASQ Austin Section 1414 is excited to share a unique training and career development opportunity right here in Austin, TX


Smarter Solutions, Inc.

in partnership with 

 Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Training

 

Course Description:

https://www.smartersolutions.com/services/lean-six-sigma/lss-master-black-belt

Join a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt training course that teaches you how to manage an improvement program that is tied to organizational success – not just projects and hard savings. This intensive two-weeks-over-two-months robust curriculum is based upon wise application of next generation Six Sigma and Lean concepts via the Integrated Enterprise Excellence system. Topics included in this training meets and exceeds the ASQ MBB Body of Knowledge.

This Master Black Belt training offers an enhanced how-to methodology for creating an organizational Operational Excellence system.   Operational Excellence Master Black Belt training describes the benefits of this two-week offering.

Testimonials explain both personal and organizational gains received from this beyond Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt offering.

 

Instructor Bio:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forrest_W._Breyfogle_III

Forrest Breyfogle III is an ASQ Fellow who has an MSME degree from the University of Texas in Austin.  He is CEO of Smarter Solutions Inc. (www.SmarterSolutions.com).  He has authored or co-authored over a dozen books.  His five-book set, Integrated Enterprise Excellence provides an enhanced operational excellence system for the utilization and integration of scorecards, strategic planning, and process improvement so that the enterprise as a whole benefits.

Mr. Breyfogle was named Quality Professional of the Year for 2011 by Quality Magazine and in 2012 was awarded alumni of the year by Missouri University of Science and Technology. He also received the prestigious Crosby Medal from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in 2004 for an earlier book, Implementing Six Sigma and was presented the Leadership Award at the 2013 Lean & Six Sigma World Conference.

Forrest W. Breyfogle III

CEO, Smarter Solutions, Inc, Austin

Smarter Solutions, Inc.

Location: 

The University of Texas at Austin
Engineering Education & Research Center Building (EER)
2501 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712

Map & Directions

 

Course Schedule:

February 26 – March 2, 2018 and March 26 – March 30, 2018

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs):
7.2
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Registration / Cost:

Learn more at http://lifelong.engr.utexas.edu/epd/leansixsigma.php

The nominal registration cost is $7500 and early registration is $7000, however discounts are available for a variety of situations.

The registration cost includes:

  • Coaching (during, between training weeks, and after the course) – Value of $800
  • Master Black Belt Certification (project required) – Value of $500
  • Reference Text/Materials – Value of $525
  • Certificate of Completion – Documentation of the number of hours completed that can be submitted for Continuing Education Units.
To obtain a quote, contact Forrest Breyfogle at Smarter Solutions: info@smartersolutions.com
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Testimonials:
  • “Forrest really helped me connect Lean Six Sigma concepts back to the types of business process we see in a school division, creating true relevancy.” … J.B., Manager Information  Technology, Public Schools
  • “Forrest offers a very practical and effective methodology to provide more insight to the use of data. This approach can be a huge game changer in pursuing improvement goals.” … P.M., Healthcare Consultant
  • “This course changed the way I usually approached analyze and look for improvement opportunities.” … N.G., Manufacturing Production Manager
  • “This workshop was very engaging and well structured.” … S.S., Hospital Quality Improvement Manager
  • “Forrest continues to innovate and provide alternative approaches to Lean Six Sigma providing a clear roadmap to success.” … K.L. Director Operations Healthcare Provider
  • “Forrest training is really more than a regular Master Black Belt training.  Forrest’s training is not just teaching statistical tools, the training goes far beyond because it teaches the use of an Operational Excellence approach that combines with continuous improvement (CI) tools to create a truly CI system.  Forrest also makes you think again and challenge current processes and tools in a way that you really think in a continuous improvement mindset.  This training is like no other.” … A.C. Supply Chain Project Manager, Manufacturing

Volunteers Needed – Austin Energy Regional Science Festival – 02/21-24/18

Judges/Volunteers needed for the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, February 21-24 2018

 

Topic:

The  Science Festival is a competition for students from 23 school districts and 12 counties who are advancing from their local schools. Junior (middle school) Division and Senior (high school) Division students submit their projects in one of 17 scientific categories, covering both Life and Physical Sciences as well as Math and Engineering.

The  top three winners in each category from both divisions advance to the state fair in San Antonio. Elementary students are judged on Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 and are graded but do not advance/

The overall top six projects in the Senior Division, called “Best of Fair”, advance directly to the international competition.

 

How to Help:

  • We need subject matter experts to evaluate the projects. About 7-8 projects are assigned to each group of 3 judges Who interview the students and  discuss the project to determine the ranking.
  • Judging  is a 2-4 hour commitment, plus orientation.  We offer orientation sessions in the weeks prior to the fair. Judging  will take place on Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at the Palmer Event Center. Links to the abstracts will be made available the week-end prior to the fair.
  • We also need general volunteers from Wednesday, Feb 21 to Saturday, Feb 24 to help with registration, project set-up, and assisting with the awards ceremonies. You can register as either a judge or a volunteer by going to http://www.sciencefest.org/volunteers

ASQ volunteers may submit a request for RU’s  from their  section recertification chair based on 0.1 RU per hour of time spent in service as a volunteer.

 

When and Where:

Wednesday Feb 21, 2018 – Saturday Feb 24, 2018

Palmer Events Center

900 Barton Springs Road

Austin, TX 78704

ASQ Austin Hosting Regional Member Leader Training – 01/20/18

ASQ Region 14A 2018 Member Leader Training

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

 

 

Get your new year off to a good start by making sure you are ready to go as an ASQ  leader!

This training is for All Region  14 A Member Leaders, new and old. Learn about ASQ’s new strategy and tactical direction, learn what you need to know as a member leader,  and learn  how to access the information you need to be a successful ASQ Member Leader.

 

Speakers:

  • Vijai Venkata, ASQ Region 14A Director
    • Vijai is a dynamic leader who has been a key participant In reshaping the organizational strategy of ASQ during the past year

 

  • Belinda Chavez, ASQ region 14A Assistant Director
    • Belinda is a long time regional leader in ASQ with a wealth of knowledge in how to make your ASQ section successful

 

  • Keith Pache, ASQ region 14A Assistant Director
    • Keith is a skilled teacher and long time ASQ Director who can help you learn the ropes as an ASQ leader

 

Location: Circuit if the Americas Media Center, Press Briefing room

(Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard, Austin, TX 78671)

-No parking charge to park at the venue

-For hotels, we recommend to stay close to the Austin Bergstrom Airport for cost and travel distance to the venue.  The Circuit of the Americas is a 30 minute drive from downtown Austin.

 

Date:  Saturday, January 20th

 

Time:   8:00 am – 4:30 pm with lunch from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

Agenda: Refer to attached agenda for details:  Agenda

8:00am –    Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

8:30am –    Opening Comments and Introductions

8:45am –    ASQ Governance, Section Requirements & Management

9:15am –    Section Requirements and Management

10:15am – Break / Networking

10:30am – Quality Café Table Topics (Pick from these or others as determined by the attendees)

  •          How to Add More Member Value?
  •          How to Retain Our Members?
  •          How to Find and Prepare New Member Leaders?

11:30am – Lunch/Networking (lunch provided)

12:15pm – Member Leadership Transition Process

1:00pm –    Voice of the Customer

1:45pm –    Break / Networking

2:00pm –    Navigation of the ASQ Member Leader Site & Friday Fast Facts

2:30pm –    Quality Café Table Topics (Pick a 2nd topic)

3:30pm –    ASQ Transition: Future state ideas

4:30pm –    Recap What Worked and What Didn’t

4:45pm –    Adjourn

 

RUs: Will be given at event.

 

Cost:  $35 / person which covers meeting expenses

 

Meals: Continental breakfast, box lunch, and all day coffee, water, and tea will be provided

Please communicate any dietary restrictions in your RSVP

 

Registration: <<<<Click here to RSVP and pre-pay via Eventbrite>>>>

-If you prefer to pay cash at the door, please email Jim Johnstone, ASQ Austin Chair at jim.johnstone@asqaustin.org to RSVP

-Registration closes at midnight, January 18.  No refunds are issued for cancellations after January 18 close of registration.

 

Event Photos:

Jim Johnstone in character as a track marshal, explaining the job’s role and responsibilities
Jim Johnstone giving a tour of the track control room

November Speaker Event 11/08/2017

I Help People Get Jobs

 

Deckel Israeli

Product Manager, Indeed

https://www.indeed.com/

 

Topic:

Indeed’s mission is to help people get jobs. Through constant experimentation and an emphasis on making data driven decisions, Indeed has grown to the world’s largest job search website. In this talk, you will hear about how Indeed’s values shape the way problems are solved and success is evaluated.

 

Speaker:

Deckel Israeli

Product Manager, Indeed (https://www.indeed.com/)

Deckel is a product manager at Indeed, working on supporting jobseekers throughout their job search journey. Previously, he worked on a government data analytics platform as a founding member at Poplicus, product manager at The Resumator, and co-founded a denim company. He’s also the co-founder of Excise Records, a vinyl focused music label out of Oakland, CA.

Deckel has been on a quest to find the world’s spiciest beef noodle soup but often gets distracted drinking boba tea on the way.

 

Date/Time:

Date: Wednesday 11/08/17

Start Time: 6:00 PM

End Time: 8:00 PM

 

Agenda:

  • 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 Prizes

 

Location: 

 

Indeed

6433 Champion Grandview Way
Building 1
Austin, TX, 78750

Indeed – Google Maps

Parking: Attendees can park their vehicles in the garage or surface lot located near building 1. Indeed does not have any assigned parking, but please do not park in the Jobs2Careers dedicated spots (Painted orange with J2C)

Food: TBD

RUs: 0.3 RUs are awarded to attendees

Registration / Cost:

Cost will be $10 per person to cover meeting expenses.

Attendees are required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) at check in.

Registration is limited to the first 50 people. Please register no later than November 7.

Registration Link: Eventbrite

For questions contact our Arrangements Chair (David Estes):  david.estes@asqaustin.org

November Free Webinar 11/06/2017

Supply Chain Risk Assessment

Jim Johnstone

2017 Chair, Austin ASQ Section 1414

Topic:

How do you assess and measure risk in your supply chain?  ISO 9001/2017 certification requires us to assess and mitigate risk in our businesses, including the supply chain.

In this webinar you will  learn how to define and assess the eight common types of risk in every supply chain and where you can easily get the data you need to assess those  risks. Then you will be shown how to systematically organize your risk assessment so you can prioritize your risk reduction activities. Attendees will then share what has worked for them in reducing risk in their own supply chains.

Bio:

Jim Johnstone is an author and quality consultant from Austin, Texas and works with companies to improve their quality management systems; train, coach, and develop management, and develop strategies that transform  businesses, improving profit and customer satisfaction.  Past clients in include Veeco, Benchmark Electronics, and Ichor Systems. Prior to starting his own business, Jim was a Sr. Director of Supplier Development with Applied Materials and worked in various executive management positions at Applied Materials and IBM.  He has  Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. A member of ASQ since 2011, he is currently the Chair of Section 1414 in Austin. Jim  is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer, And Certified Quality Auditor.

Date / Time:

  • Monday November 6th, 2017
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST

 

Registration and Access to Webinar:

This is a free event.  Please RSVP on our Eventbrite page to receive the webinar link.

Instructions on  how to connect to the event will be sent to those registered a day before the event.  Access will be via the JoinMe web application.  For any questions about this webinar, please contact our Education Chair (Norma Antunano)

1414education@asqaustin.org

 

RUs:

0.1 RUs shall be given for participating in this event.

Upcoming Free Fall 2017 Webinars

The ASQ Austin Education Chair is excited to share some upcoming webinar events hosted by various ASQ divisions.  These informative sessions can be a great way to get some RUs for recertification!  Did we mention they are free?

Please see the information listed below.

 

 

ASQ Human Development & Leadership Division

  • Aug 30, 2017 – Secrets of Building Influence in your Team and Company

Registration Link: http://asqhdandl.org/education–events.html

Cost: Free

Time: 7-8pm Eastern (6-7pm Central)

0.1 RUs

  • Sept 27, 2017 – Tips for using LinkedIn that Every Quality Professional Should Know

Registration Link: http://asqhdandl.org/education–events.html

Cost: Free

Time: 7-8pm Eastern (6-7pm Central)

0.1 RUs

 

ASQ Reliability & Risk Division

  • Sept 14, 2017 – ASQ RD Webinar Series – Causal Learning

Registration Link: http://www.asqrd.org/webinars/210

Cost: Free

 

ASQ Statistics Division

  • Sept 20, 2017 – Exploring Relationships Between Variables

Registration Link: http://www.asqstatdiv.org/news/2017/07/free-statistics-division-webinar-exploring-relationships-between-variables-september-20-2017-at-1200pm-est/

Cost: Free

 

August 2017 Message from the Section Chair

Message from the ASQ Austin Section Chair:


Have you ever thought about becoming an American Society of Quality Member Leader?

Three good reasons to consider it are:

  1. Networking possibilities
  2. Developing your leadership skills
  3. Providing a service to your professional community

In my tenure with ASQ, I have met many interesting and influential people who helped me enhance my leadership and problem solving skills and connected me to opportunities that I would have never been able to access as easily without the contacts I made through ASQ. Why not make your own career go and grow as an ASQ Member Leader?

Leading a volunteer team is different than leading a paid team. Communication skills are vital because you have no central meeting place you go to every day. Creating a compelling vision that aligns your team and developing a strategy to carry it out is instructive and invigorating.  ASQ member leaders have the opportunity to define and execute their own projects in a supportive environment with low risk to their careers. By demonstrating and developing your leadership skills as an ASQ member leader you become more marketable in the job market and can command a higher level of pay.

Providing value to your fellow professionals as an ASQ member leader is something you can be proud of, and, it identifies you as someone with a passion for quality and a commitment to helping others. Many committee chairs like this aspect so much, they come back year after year to make a contribution to the advancement of their profession. Along the way, they earn Recertification Units for their work.

Our ASQ section has 20 elected and appointed leadership positions and 5 to 7 of them turnover every year. We can always use help, but August is a good time to put your name in the hat because that is when we start the nomination process for the following year’s officers and learn which committee chairs will be returning.

Take a look at our ASQ Austin Committees web page to find which committee you want to work with and volunteer so you can get to know the current section leadership and ASQ operating policies. Contact our Membership Chair, Shoshana Bokelman, at shoshana.bokelman@asqaustin.org to get started.  From there, continue learning and contributing and go as far as you want to take it.

As your section Chair, I have found working with new people who bring new questions, ideas, and energy to be one of the best parts of my job. I encourage you to join the ASQ member leader team and make your ideas a reality.

Jim Johnstone

Chairman, ASQ Austin Section 1414

Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Training – Aug/Sept 2017

ASQ Austin Section 1414 is excited to share a unique training and career development opportunity right here in Austin, TX


Smarter Solutions, Inc.

in partnership with 

 Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Training

 

Course Description:

https://www.smartersolutions.com/services/lean-six-sigma/lss-master-black-belt

Join a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt training course that teaches you how to manage an improvement program that is tied to organizational success – not just projects and hard savings. This intensive two-weeks-over-two-months robust curriculum is based upon wise application of next generation Six Sigma and Lean concepts via the Integrated Enterprise Excellence system. Topics included in this training meets and exceeds the ASQ MBB Body of Knowledge.

This Master Black Belt training offers an enhanced how-to methodology for creating an organizational Operational Excellence system.   Operational Excellence Master Black Belt training describes the benefits of this two-week offering.

Testimonials explain both personal and organizational gains received from this beyond Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt offering.

 

Instructor Bio:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forrest_W._Breyfogle_III

Forrest Breyfogle III is an ASQ Fellow who has an MSME degree from the University of Texas in Austin.  He is CEO of Smarter Solutions Inc. (www.SmarterSolutions.com).  He has authored or co-authored over a dozen books.  His five-book set, Integrated Enterprise Excellence provides an enhanced operational excellence system for the utilization and integration of scorecards, strategic planning, and process improvement so that the enterprise as a whole benefits.

Mr. Breyfogle was named Quality Professional of the Year for 2011 by Quality Magazine and in 2012 was awarded alumni of the year by Missouri University of Science and Technology. He also received the prestigious Crosby Medal from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in 2004 for an earlier book, Implementing Six Sigma and was presented the Leadership Award at the 2013 Lean & Six Sigma World Conference.

Forrest W. Breyfogle III

CEO, Smarter Solutions, Inc, Austin

Smarter Solutions, Inc.

Location: 

The University of Texas at Austin
Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Building (POB)
Room 6.336
201 E 24th St.
Austin, TX 78712

Map & Directions

 

Course Schedule:

August 21 – 25 and September 18 – 22, 2017

  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday
  • 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Friday

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs):
7.2
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Registration / Cost:

The nominal registration cost is $7500, however discounts are available for a variety of situations.

The registration cost includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments, project coaching from the instructor, verification of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) earned, instructional materials, and reference texts.

To obtain a quote, contact Forrest Breyfogle at Smarter Solutions: info@smartersolutions.com
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Testimonials:
  • “Forrest really helped me connect Lean Six Sigma concepts back to the types of business process we see in a school division, creating true relevancy.” … J.B., Manager Information  Technology, Public Schools
  • “Forrest offers a very practical and effective methodology to provide more insight to the use of data. This approach can be a huge game changer in pursuing improvement goals.” … P.M., Healthcare Consultant
  • “This course changed the way I usually approached analyze and look for improvement opportunities.” … N.G., Manufacturing Production Manager
  • “This workshop was very engaging and well structured.” … S.S., Hospital Quality Improvement Manager
  • “Forrest continues to innovate and provide alternative approaches to Lean Six Sigma providing a clear roadmap to success.” … K.L. Director Operations Healthcare Provider
  • “Forrest training is really more than a regular Master Black Belt training.  Forrest’s training is not just teaching statistical tools, the training goes far beyond because it teaches the use of an Operational Excellence approach that combines with continuous improvement (CI) tools to create a truly CI system.  Forrest also makes you think again and challenge current processes and tools in a way that you really think in a continuous improvement mindset.  This training is like no other.” … A.C. Supply Chain Project Manager, Manufacturing

September Speaker Event – 09/13/2017

Why Lean and/or Six Sigma Deployments Fail

And what you can do to resolve the Issue

Forrest W. Breyfogle III

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forrest_W._Breyfogle_III

CEO, Smarter Solutions, Inc, Austin

Smarter Solutions, Inc.

Topic:

Know anyone who has been laid off because his/her organization’s Lean and/or Six Sigma deployment was downsized or eliminated?  My bet is that you know people and organizations who have encountered this fate. What can be done to resolve this issue?  Presented is a solution to this frequently-encountered occurrence.  In this session, we will first assess the past and then determine the ten steps you could follow to resolve this disbandment problem for organizational process-improvement deployments.

Content for this presentation is taken from an article that is to be published by the speaker in the August 2017 issue of Quality Progress.

Bio:

Forrest Breyfogle III is an ASQ Fellow who has a MSME degree from the University of Texas in Austin.  He is CEO of Smarter Solutions Inc. (www.SmarterSolutions.com). He authored or co-authored over a dozen books. ASQ Body of Knowledge references are made to several of his books. His five-book Integrated Enterprise Excellence series provides the details for implementing an Operational Excellence system that structurally integrates predictive scorecards with the processes that created them. This IEE system provides the guidance for the selection and execution of improvement project efforts that benefit the big picture.

Location: 

Flex

12455 Research Blvd

Austin, Texas  78759

Visitor Welcome Center, please use map link below

Flex – Map & Directions

Schedule:

Wednesday / September 13th

  • 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 Prizes

 

Food: Sandwiches (including vegetarian option) from Jersey Mike’s will be provided, along with chips, and choice of soda or bottled water.

 

Registration / Cost:

Cost will be $10 per person to cover meeting expenses.

Registration is limited to the first 50 people. Please register no later than Tuesday September 12.

Registration Link: Eventbrite

For questions contact our Arrangements Chair (David Estes):  david.estes@asqaustin.org
RUs:

0.3 RUs shall be given for participating in this event.

August 2017 Social Event – Quality Career Networking – 08/17/2017

Quality Career Tips and Networking

Hosted by

Young Quality Professionals – ASQ Austin Section

The ASQ Young Quality Professionals Network strives to cultivate a stimulating community for young professionals by developing resources and learning opportunities relevant to young leaders.  It is our goal to learn together, to seek out mentorship and to shepherd one another through a variety of social networking and events which support success in the spirit of ASQ for all young professionals.

Date / Time:

  • Thursday August 17, 2017
  • 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Note:  Light food/snacks will be provided by ASQ.  Attendees are required to pay for their own alcoholic drinks.

Location:

Pinthouse Pizza

4729 Burnet Rd

Austin, Texas 78756

Pinthouse Pizza Website

Map

Food:

  • Light food/Snacks will be provided by ASQ.
  • Drinks need to be purchased.

RSVP:

No need for reservations.

Contact / Questions:

For any questions concerning this social event please contact Andrew Davison, YQP Chair:

  • Andrew Davison, 512-431-7255
  • Look for Andrew wearing an ASQ shirt

RUs:

This is a social event only so no RUs are awarded.

 


Event Photos: