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

Statistics for Non Statisticians – 3/12/18 Free Educational Webinar

Statistics for Non-Statisticians

Think statistics are not intuitive? We all use statistics to make decisions every day without even thinking about it. Attend this webinar and learn how to collect, present, and use statistical data in a way that is so intuitive, everyone will understand it whether or not they understand statistics.

 

Speaker Jim Johnstone, a popular Quality consultant in Austin, Texas works with companies to improve their quality management systems

Prior to starting his own business, Jim was Sr. Director of Supplier Development with Applied Materials. Jim holds Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Business Administration. A member of ASQ Austin since 2011, he is ASQ certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer and Quality Auditor

Date Monday 03/12/2018

  • Start Time: 11:00 AM
  • End Time: 12:00

Agenda

  • 11:00 – 11:05 Introductions and ground rules
  • 11:05-!2:00 Presentation

Eventbrite Link to Register: Statistics for  non Statisticians 

Link to Join:  join.me/asq-1414-

To Dial in by Phone:

  • Join the meeting:  5 minutes early Using the Join Me app, then mute your phone as a courtesy to others
  • You may join via VOIP, Landline or cell phone. Call number In USA: US +1.404.400.8750 or +1.857.706.3435
  • Conference ID: 558-262-817 #
  • Time of the event is Central Std. Time.
  • If you do not already have the Join me app, you will need to download it to your device to join the online event and see the slides

RUs to attendee: 0.1 RUs

For questions contact our Education Chair:  Norma Antunano  norma.antunano@asqaustin.org

Corrective Action (CA) Plus Training at 10% Discount – 02/06-07/18

Local training class is now being offered to ASQ members at a 10% discount.

For details contact the McDonald Consulting Group

https://mcdcg.com/product/ca-plus-feb-6-7-2018-austin-tx/

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CA PLUS: Feb 6-7, 2018 – Austin, TX

$1,195.00

CA PLUS

Minimize Risk

Strong Root Cause Analysis / More effective Corrective Action

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

You get a customer complaint – they’ve received a defective thingy from you.

  • You go through Root Cause Analysis (RCA) – determine the problem, fix it, and notify the customer.  The customer is happy.

A few months later, the customer gets another defective thingy from you.

  • You go back through RCA, determine that it was a different Root Cause (RC), fix that, and notify the customer (again).  The customer is less happy, and a little grumbly.

A few months after that, the customer gets a third defective thingy from you. They’re really mad now, and losing confidence that you even know how to make defect-free thingys!

  • You go back a third time, find a different RC from the first two, fix that, and grovel to the customer so they won’t take their business elsewhere.  The customer is downright cranky now, and wants to implement additional controls so they don’t receive any more defective parts – at your expense, not theirs, of course.

Have you been here?  Are you worried that this could happen to you?

Maybe this has happened to you already…. or you’re worried that it could in the future.

You thought you had the problem solved, but it recurs (even for a different root cause)?  Your bosses ask why it wasn’t “fixed right the first time”?

Tens of hours of analysis and implementation,

spent by dozens of highly-trained people,

wasting (tens of) thousands of dollars in time and resources,

with the net result of ZERO customers happy in the end.

I can help!

The scenario above really happened.  The Fortune 50 company, at their wits’ end, called me in to help them fix the problem – once and for all.   They had smart engineers on the problem, so I was a bit nervous about what value I could add.  I reviewed what they did –

  • They followed all the protocols for Root Cause Corrective Action.  ✓
  • They did their analysis, and hadn’t missed any of the possible root causes. ✓
  • They fully implemented and verified the selected Corrective Action.  ✓

So – why was the problem recurring, not once, but twice??!?

I went back to the drawing board.  I went back to the training I had personally received from the great Japanese masters on how to do effective Root Cause Analysis.  I realized the step that most everyone was skipping, or rushing through…. Time and time again.  I validated that this step is the one most often overlooked.  I went back and worked with their team to implement this step better.

And I fixed the problem for the client.  Permanently.  Problem never reared its ugly head again.

And it works just as well for quality, environmental, and health and safety systems – anywhere that you need to implement permanent corrective action.

Everything Old is New Again

I didn’t develop a new tool.
I didn’t have breakthrough innovation.
I simply applied what my Japanese instructors told me to, with a few modern tweaks.

Better Corrective Action – CA PLUS

If you’d like to learn this technique – how to improve the chances of implementing a Corrective Action that prevents the problem from returning – then sign up for CA+

BONUS:  This tool is also very effective in identifying and minimizing risk.

Six Sigma Deployments That Last – Free Webinar – 01/29/18

Six Sigma Deployments That Last

Forrest W. Breyfogle III

CEO of Smarter Solutions 

Topic:

Six Sigma projects often fail after a short period, or worse, are abandoned before they are completed, because organizations have not created a culture which embraces improvement efforts and ties them to big-picture enterprise benefits.

Learn how to overcome these obstacles using proven techniques that help you connect with top executives as well as front line staff to design and implement projects that everyone can relate to. These techniques have been perfected over hundreds of trials in real businesses and government organizations.

Speaker:

Our speaker,  Forrest W. Breyfogle III,  is the CEO of Smarter Solutions.  

He is an ASQ fellow and has authored over a dozen books on the use of six sigma techniques to improve operations. His five-book set, Integrated Enterprise Excellence provides a system for the integrating scorecards, strategic planning, and process improvement that create lasting enterprise benefits 

Format:    Webinar Educational Event

Date/Time:    Monday, January 29, 2018 10:30 – 11:30 AM Central Time (US & Canada)  

 

Registration and Access to Webinar:

This is a free event.  Please RSVP at Eventbrite to receive the webinar link.

You may join via VOIP, Landline or cell phone.

Call Number In USA: US +1.404.400.8750 or +1.857.706.3435  

 

Event Cost: Free

 

RUs to Attendee: 0.1 RUs  

 

For Questions:  Please contact our Education Chair (Norma Antunano):  Norma Antunano norma.antunano@asqaustin.org

 

October Speaker Event 10/11/2017 **Slides Attached**

The Non-Traditional Job Search

David Hughen

Cofounder and Managing Partner, Austin HR

http://www.austinhr.com

**Slide Presentation Link**

Topic:

Working professionals (and those in transition) interested to be resilient in a rapidly changing work environment.

This talk would be on the emerging “new work” conditions due to companies re-thinking how they align people to work. The talk is called “The Non-Traditional Search”, in which the speaker will review the changing environment in which business is adjusting to shorter product cycles and the overall speed of change. David’s messages are focused on pressing attendees to define themselves as a business entity and to adopt behaviors that ensure they can be resilient in the changing work environment.

 

Speaker:

David Hughen

Cofounder and Managing Partner, Austin HR www.austinhr.com
David Hughen is a Cofounder and Principal of Austin HR. He brings over 25 years experience driving creative human resource strategies and solutions. Austin HR has provided outsourced HR services to over 500 clients in the Central Texas region adding significant value to their operations and positively impacting their bottom line. Hughen’s emphasis is on optimizing employee commitment and productivity—linked to the organization’s strategic business goals. He has the rare advantage of partnering with a number of early to mid-stage companies in a consulting capacity as well as leading human resource operations of prestigious companies such as Applied Materials, Exterprise, ClearCommerce, NEC Electronics and HelioVolt in a variety of industries — including semiconductors, internet, software, hardware and clean technology. He holds Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.

Date/Time:

Date: 10/11/17

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: 

Flex

12455 Research Blvd

Austin, Texas  78759

Visitor Welcome Center, please use map link below

Flex – Map & Directions

 

Food: Pizza

 

RUs: 0.3 RUs are awarded to attendees

 

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 October 10.

Registration Link: Eventbrite

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

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.