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

CEO, Smarter Solutions, Inc, Austin

Smarter Solutions, Inc.


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.


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. ( 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.



12455 Research Blvd

Austin, Texas  78759

Visitor Welcome Center, please use map link below

Flex – Map & Directions


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):

0.3 RUs shall be given for participating in this event.

Lightning Presentation in Austin October 29, 2012 Mon 3pm

October 29, 2012  Mon 3pm – Lightning presentation in Austin -Nevada Lightning Lab and Myth-busters presentation explores the unusual ability of natural lightning to ‘cheat’ classical physics… throwing arcs kilometres in length with less than a tenth of the voltage gradient required to produce normal laboratory arc discharges.  Although researchers don’t fully understand how lightning performs this trick, new theories and a few tantalizing experimental results suggest that relativistic effects [and possibly the presence of antimatter] can greatly enhance lightning formation at physical scales beyond about 60 meters in length.

Presenter will be Greg E. Leyh is the principal engineer for the Lightning Foundry, a research facility for exploring the large-scale physics of atmospheric electricity.  He designed the Electrum Project, a 38ft high kinetic lightning sculpture currently operating in New Zealand.

Presentation will be at the 3M Innovation Center, Hill Country Room.  AUSTIN TX

There is not a charge for the meeting but please send an RSVP to Ray Bowman at with name, company, & phone for security badges and room planning.


2012 Texas ESD Association Board of Directors

Ray Bowman  – President / Webmaster
Ginger Hansel,  Dangelmayer Associates L.L.C.  – V.P. Education
Jason Jowers, Velocity Electronics – V.P. Membership
David Swenson, Affinity Static Control Consulting, LLC – Treasurer / National Liaison
Gary Sutorius, Stanley Consultants – Secretary
Frank Rodriguez,  3M Corp., – Member at Large
Jeff Salisbury, FLEXTRONICS, Member at Large

Fred Bahrenburg, Dell Inc., Member at Large

Bob Renker, Temple College/Retired TI – Board Advisor

Gilbert Koss,  Retired 3M – Board Advisor

Tech Forum & Expo – September 26

The Free Event for Central Texas Electronics Industry Professionals

Tech Forum & Expo

When:  Wednesday, September 26, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Where: Norris Conference Center   Anderson Lane & Burnet Road, Austin, TX

Info & Register at:


30+ Supplier Exhibits!  <>  Four Technical Presentations!

Free Lunch!  <>  Refreshments!

Door Prizes!  <>  Professional Networking!

Presented by the Central Texas Electronics Association