Online Problem Solving Workshop Opportunity

The ASQ Blue Ridge Section 1108, is excited to offer a first-ever, online problem solving workshop in two half-day sessions on Thursday, September 21, 2017 and Thursday, September 28, 2017.  

 

This workshop will be led by Joseph D. Vacca, who is Head of Operational Excellence at CIGNA Health Spring in the Hartford, CT area.  Here is a link to Joe’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joevacca/

 

The sessions are open to both ASQ and non-ASQ members.

 

The deadline to register for one or both sessions is by Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 12:00 noon Eastern time.  The registration link is here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-problem-solving-workshop-tickets-34302430493 

 

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):
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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:

 

June 28 – ASQ Human Development & Leadership Division Webinar

The Gift of Quality: How to make the World a Better Place

Wed Jun 28th 7:00pm
Quality, Well-Being

ASQ Human Development & Leadership Division Webinar

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET

Topic: The Gift of Quality: How to make the World a Better Place

Presenters: Dr. Mark R. Jones

Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1060248450838251009

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. A recorded copy of the original webinar will be published on both our YouTube channel and our web site (www.asqhdandl.org/archived-webinars.html) as soon as possible after the event.

The Gift of Quality: How to make the World a Better Place

Quality Management when applied as a leadership and human development approach, can make the world a better place by training practitioners to demonstrate how individuals, organizations, and communities can plan, assure, measure, and improve well-being (health and wellness). This webinar uses a quality management lens as a human development approach to achieving “well-being” as the quality (state or condition) of individual and organizational health and wellness. We will introduce an architecture of the Gift of Quality in terms of the roles of Performance Optimization, Quality Management, Human Development, and Leadership Development. We will explore how Quality Management can be used as the planning, assurance, quality control (verification/regulation), and improvement of individual and organizational health as the observable condition of physiological (individual) and structural (organizational) fitness. We will also explore how Quality Management can be used as the planning, assurance, quality control (verification/regulation), and improvement of individual and organizational wellness as the subjective and behavioral experience of abundant prosperity (causes of joy). We will introduce some tools that address relational well-being (H-S-L), technical-structural well-being (MBNQA), and relational competency (ESCCO | INA) — leading to greater individual and organizational resilience, effectiveness, efficiency as indicators of well-being.

About the presenter:

Dr. Mark R. Jones is a leadership psychology and performance optimization expert specialized in the integration of emotional-social-cultural-cognitive-organizational competencies with process and quality improvement. He provides leadership, mentoring, coaching, and consultation on high-performance team development, (multi)cultural analysis and design; organizational development; transformational technology analysis, and performance optimization. He has provided over a billion dollars in cost savings, cost avoidance, and/or revenue generation for his clients/employers/sponsors. He is a Senior Executive with over 25 years of fulltime corporate experience, including 5 years fulltime experience serving at a senior executive level — CEO / Executive VP / Corporate VP / CIO / CTO / CTA — in organizations with annual budgets of $100M or greater, and in non-profit and elected and/or appointed positions. He is a regional-level Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) examiner, senior member and past Chapter Vice-President of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and a Vice Chair in the Human Development and Leadership division of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is also the CEO and Research Director for Sunyata Group.

June 2017 Social Event – Tips on How to Start your Quality Career! – 06/22/17

Tips on How to Start your Quality Career

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 June 22, 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:

Moontower Saloon

10212 Manchaca Rd

Austin, Texas 78748

Moontower Saloon 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.

May Speaker Event – 05/10/17

 Applying Risk Management Concepts

Throughout Your QMS

Anne Holland (photo)Anne Holland

founder and CEO of QA Consulting, Inc.

QA Consulting, Inc.

Topic:

Risk management is an essential component throughout the development and life cycle of both products and services. Utilizing the ISO 13485:2016 Medical devices-Quality management systems–Requirements for regulatory purposes and ISO 14971:2012 Medical Devices – Application of Risk Management to Medical Devices, this presentation will focus on how risk is incorporated during design, verification, supply chain (outsourcing), and validation (design and software) as well as production and post-production phases. The presentation will include examples of risk management utilization in CAPA analysis and Complaint handling.

Regardless of the product. Risk management entails identification of hazards associated with the devices, estimation of severity of the failure and likelihood of occurrence of failure to determine the associated risks. Control measures will be discussed to obtain effective results. The goal is no harm to patients, users or the environment.

Brief case studies, will be presented to differentiate changes in the application of ISO 13485:2016 and ISO 9001:2015 standards as well transition to ISO 13485:2016. Ideas for best practices will be provided to help develop or improve the performance of your current risk management program.

Bio:

Anne Holland combines more than 25 years of biomedical engineering with business acumen as founder and CEO of QA Consulting, Inc. Under her guidance, QA Consulting has grown from a local Austin-based firm, founded in 2000, to one of the leading HUB and WBENC-certified medical device consulting firms with clients throughout the nation. She is an expert in every phase of quality assurance from design concept and R&D through manufacturing/ production, and post-market surveillance for Class I, II, and III medical devices.

Anne’s expertise has been sought by medical device manufacturers, from startups to Fortune 500, to develop and implement compliant solutions that meet their quality and regulatory needs. She has been called as an expert witness on medical devices and regulatory compliance. Anne has conducted over 100 supply chain and internal audits. Clients rely on her thorough knowledge of good manufacturing practices (GMP), good laboratory practices (GLP), and regulatory remediation. She facilitates and responds to FDA and ISO 13485 Notified Body audits for manufacturers.

Anne gained much of her knowledge of quality assurance and manufacturing operations during 15 years of working in the field. Prior to beginning her consulting business, she worked for Sulzer Carbomedics in Austin, TX; Ohmeda Monitoring in Louisville, CO; Cobe BCT, Inc., in Lakewood, CO; Fischer Imaging in Broomfield, CO; and LA BAC Medical Systems in Englewood, CO. She holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and an MBA from the University of Colorado in Denver, CO.

Anne holds certifications as an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), ASQ Certified Quality Manager (CQM), RABQSA Quality System Lead Auditor, and Society of Quality Assurance Registered Quality Assurance Professional in Good Laboratory Practice.

Location: 

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Austin Community College (ACC) Highland Business Center (HBC)

5930 Middle Fiskville Road

Austin, Texas  78752

Room 301.0

ACC HBC – Map & Directions

Schedule:

Wednesday / May 10th

  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking Time
  • 6:30 – 6:45 PM – Announcements
  • 6:45 – 7:45 PM – Talk
  • 7:45 – 8:00 PM – Door Prizes

Registration / Cost:

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


May 10, 2017 Meeting Fee
Attendee Name
Attendee Email



We look forward to seeing you there!

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

RUs:

0.3 RUs shall be given for participating in this event.

May Webinar – 05/15/17

Assessing Your Reliabilty Program

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Fred Schenkelberg

FMS Reliability

Topic:

If you are part of a product development process, you are part of a reliability program.   Product reliability, like quality, is designed into a product.   Reliability programs and plan should be more than a list of environmental and life tests. Your ability to improve your product reliability results  starts with understanding the status of your reliability program.   Let’s talk about a reliability maturity matrix and two ways you can quickly assess your organization’s reliability program. Armed with a clear view of your program, you can begin to improve the program.   Organizations with proactive, mature reliability programs enjoy lower warranty, higher customer satisfaction and lower cost of failure.   Plenty of time for discussion, Q&A, in this highly interactive discussion concerning the assessment of your reliability program.

Bio:

Fred Schenkelberg is an international authority on reliability engineering. He is the reliability expert at FMS Reliability, a reliability engineering and management consulting firm he founded in 2004. Fred left Hewlett Packard (HP)’s Reliability Team where he helped create a culture of reliability across the corporation to assist other organizations. His passion is working with teams to improve product reliability, customer satisfaction, and efficiencies in product development; and to reduce product risk and warranty costs. Fred has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Science in Statistics from Stanford University.

Date / Time:

  • Monday. May 15th
  • 6:00 – 7:00 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 send to those registered a day before the event.  For any questions about this webinar contact our Education Chair (Norma Antunano)

1414education@asqaustin.org

Post Webinar Handouts:

Assessing Your Reliability Program

Reliability Maturity Matrix

Links to share copy

RUs:

0.1 RUs shall be given for participating in this event.

September Conference – 09/27-29/17

Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Conference

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Sept. 27-29 in Austin Texas

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ASTR is co-sponsored by ASQ-Reliability Division and IEEE Reliability Society.

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Exceeding Customer Expectations through Accelerated Reliability Testing

The 2017 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Conference is focused on highlighting cutting-edge methods to deliver maximum cost-benefits from reliability testing. ASTR 2017 is relevant to manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, defense, medical, telecommunications and other industries where reliability is a key driver of operational and business success. If your company needs to improve product testing with a goal to improve reliability, reduce warranty costs, improve profits, gain market share, and be more competitive, then the 2017 ASTR Conference is for you.

You’ll Use What You Learn at the 2017 ASTR Conference

Accelerated stress testing is a key tool within a well-structured development program—enabling timely opportunities for product improvement and delivering assured product performance.

ASTR 2017 will be comprised of short sessions, tutorials and will feature exhibits. Topics will include Accelerated testing, degradation methods, effective test, HALT, and field reliability.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who determines how to test for reliability, experts and novice
  • A Reliability Development Managers
  • A Sensor Manufacturers
  • A Test Equipment Manufacturers
  • A Senior Reliability Engineers
  • A Test Engineers
  • A Test Lab Managers
  • A Quality Engineers
  • A Reliability Engineers
  • A Systems & Development Engineers
  • Engineering students & faculties interested in Accelerated testing or Reliability

Reliability Topics: 

  • Product and Process Reliability in the Medical arena
  • Availability, Maintainability & Reliability synergies
  • Design of Experiments and Reliability–case studies
  • Risk & Reliability connections
  • Explaining Risk to Management

Location:

Hilton

Austin Downtown Hilton Garden Inn

500 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd

Austin, TX 78701

TEL: 512 480 8181

Event Dates:

September 27-29, 2017

Registration / Questions:

Discuss your opportunities and challenges with industry experts at the 2017 ASTR Conference.

Go to the following link to register and for more information: www.ieee-astr.org

Plan to attend this exciting and cutting edge conference!!

If you have any questions, send an email to James McLinn at: JMREL2@Aol.com

May Social Event – 05/05/17

Cinco de Mayo & Margaritas

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Come meet and socialize with some local ASQ members and guests to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

 

Date / Time:

  • Friday, May 5th
  • 4:30 – 7:00 pm

Note:  Happy Hour drink specials: 3:30 – 6:30pm

Location:

Lupe Tortilla

10515 N. Mopac Expressway NB

Austin, Texas 78759

Lupe Tortilla

Lupe Tortilla

Map

The Shops at Arbor Walk

We will be out on the patio / cantina area.

Food:

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

RSVP:

No need for reservations.

Place is very busy for this event due to the live music so arrive as soon as possible.

Look for Maria (wearing a black fedora hat).

Contact / Questions:

For any questions concerning this social event please contact Maria Vinhais:

RUs:

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