Happy Halloween from MoreSteam!

What does it take to become a Master Black Belt?

If you've been juggling with the decision of whether or not to become MBB certified, you've likely been scrolling the internet for answers. How much time should I set aside for studying? Is this right for my career trajectory? What are the project expectations?



This month's blog is your one-stop-shop for all things Master Black Belt! We sat down with several recent MoreSteam MBB graduates and picked their brains on the certification process, their career changes, the value they bring to their organization and much more.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

 
Register for our Master Series, Supply Chain Disruption: Modeling for Resiliency

Last call! Prepare for the next supply chain disruption. Join us on October 26th, November 2nd, and November 9th as Dr. Lars Maaseidvaag walks through supply chain optimization strategies using virtual prototyping with Process Playground. Use code MasterSupply50 at checkout for 50% off!

 
One of MoreSteam's simulations, Sherlock Holmes Zombie Hunter

Learn How to Fight Zombies with Us

Did you know that we offer bi-monthly demonstrations of all of our simulations? These two-hour sessions cover the basics of each simulation including how to play, facilitate, and prepare them.

Register here and bring your questions!

 
MoreSteam is heading to Boston for ASQ BOSCON

Some of us MoreSteamers are heading to the East Coast on November 7th and 8th for ASQ BOSCON. This year's discussion will focus on Navigating Quality Performance in a Post-Pandemic World.

 

MORESTEAM UPDATES

 
We've updated our admin Nag-o-matic tool

New feature alert! We're gearing up to release a fresh take on our 'Nag-O-Matic' - a tool for coaches and training leaders. If you're a coach or leader that's currently using Nag-O-Matic, keep an eye on your email for more details to come. In the meantime, check out the tutorial below.

 
EngineRoom has added some new tools for process capability and non-normal data

EngineRoom has two new tools to calculate Process Capability for Non-Normal Data. For more information on the continuous and discrete process capability tools for non-normal data, click the button below. In the meantime, check out this article that begs the question, "Does capability require normality?"

 
Diana L Evans recently earned her Master Black Belt certification!

Congratulations to Diana L Evans, The Schroer Group, for completing her final project portfolio reviews for Master Black Belt certification. Learn more about our MBB program offered in partnership with Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

 

FOR YOUR PERSONAL ENHANCEMENT

 
An article on rethinking the meaning of "Lean Supply Chain"

Think Lean supply chains are dead? This article from Quality Digest defines a Lean supply chain as having a defined value of what your inventory levels should be and the amount of risk you're willing to take on.

Read When Your Lean Supply Chains Feel Out of Control, Focus on What You Can Control

 
An article on how many applications we toggle between during the workday

How many apps and websites do you use everyday to get your job done? An article in the Harvard Business Review argues that it's far too much - and that managers that add people to cover for bad processes doesn't fix the problem.

Read How Much Time and Energy Do We Waste Toggling Between Applications?

 
An article on the future of agriculture through the eyes of Lean

Is it possible to marry data analysis and agriculture to create better irrigation systems? A new study from Purdue Polytechnic Institute is tackling a crucial sustainability issue by experimenting with wireless data collection.

Read Farmers Can Save Water With Wireless Technologies, But There Are Challenges

 

HAPPY HALLO-LEAN!

 

Halloween is right around the corner. We wanted to give you some tips on eliminating waste this holiday season: 


DEFECTS: Check your candy to make sure it’s edible and safe for the kiddos! 

OVERPRODUCTION: Don't bake too many treats for the Halloween party. 

WAITING: Eliminate excess time your trick-or-treaters spend standing on your lawn by planting your candy bowl on the porch. 

NON-UTILIZED RESOURCES: Take advantage of your family's underutilized talents by making them decorate, dress up, or pop out at unsuspecting trick or treaters. 

TRANSPORTATION: Eliminate unnecessary transportation by making your kids walk to the houses.

INVENTORY: Don't buy too much candy.

MOTION: Plan out the most efficient trick-or-treat route.

EXCESSIVE PROCESSING: Get the most bang for your buck when it comes to Halloween decorations. Purchase that Giant Inflatable Ghost you've been eyeing for years. Easy set up, and your neighbors will thank you for adding value to the neighborhood.

 

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