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5.11.2022 - Blog - The Great Retirement by Lars Maaseidvaag
4.20.2022 - NEW RESOURCE - Green Lean Six Sigma
Lean methods reduce waste, smooth out flows, and utilize resources efficiently. Those objectives make it a natural fit with sustainability initiatives. Both people and the environment benefit when we look at the world through a universal process improvement lens. Take a look at how organizations are making important things work better and improving the health of our planet.
3.15.2022 - BLOG - Finding the Belt That Fits
In order to create a culture of organizational excellence, it's important to align the training with the specific roles that are needed to complete various process improvement projects. Every level offers valuable insight, and deciding on which level to train employees should depend on the complexity of the problem that they need to solve. The more complex the problem, the more sophisticated the tools necessary to solve it.
2.22.2022 - WEBINAR - Efficient, Effective, and Engaging Communication
You’ve done the analytic work, evaluated the data, and/or designed a solution that makes things better: now you have to bring others on board—and that means talking to other people about it. From reporting findings to creating a compelling case for change in practice or culture, this webinar is about telling better, more compelling stories with data. March 23rd at 11 AM Eastern. 60 min.
2.15.2022 - BLOG - Habitual Process Improvement
So much effort is put into process improvement training to build critical thinking and project skills, but all too often there is little energy devoted to building the structures and systems necessary to ensure that those skills are applied as intended. Read Bill Hathaway’s blog to better understand the psychology behind routines and how to design the management system to yield the behaviors we want.
1.18.2022 - BLOG - Testing, Tinkering, and Virtual Prototyping
“Let’s figure this out, and fast.” This has become a pandemic-era reality for most of us as process improvement professionals. A recent article, “Unlearning What Toyota Taught Us” highlights how automotive innovators like Tesla are “ripping Toyota’s game plan to shreds” by breaking tradition with old product development practices to slice years off the process. Read about the approaches they’re using.
12.16.2021 - BLOG - 4 Keys to Making Your Virtual Study Halls a Success
MoreSteam President Peg Pennington recently chatted with two experienced virtual study hall leaders, Chris Spranger of Spranger Business Solutions and Strategic Quality Solutions’ Maria Fry. The three agree that there might be nothing more valuable to students than coaches connecting one-on-one. Read the article to learn how to lead impactful study halls customized to fit varied attendee needs.
11.18.2021 - HOW I FIXED THIS - IISE-MoreSteam Blended Learning Partnership
"The biggest thing we hear is that candidates need to hit the ground running," said James Swisher, Director of Continuing Education and Program Development for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). Learn how a new partnership with MoreSteam is helping IISE to reenvision how it can better serve its 14,000+ membership with a variety of channels for professional development.
10.22.2021 - BETTER WAYS TO WORK - New Perspectives on the Seven Basic Tools of Quality
Much has changed in the 70 years that Kaoru Ishikawa was quoted as saying, “As much as 95% of quality related problems in the factory can be solved with seven fundamental quantitative tools.” It’s worth examining whether Ishikawa’s belief has held true in modern application. Are these the right tools? Is anything missing? And if so, what is a good model going forward?
10.20.2021 - BLOG - A Holistic Approach to Six Sigma Certification
One powerful tool to sustain your continuous improvement culture and to maintain alignment with organizational priorities can be found in your recertification requirements – but this is a delicate dance. Leading companies find it best to balance project-specific recertification requirements with active involvement in the organization’s coaching, mentoring, and problem-solving initiatives.
9.28.2021 - ON-DEMAND - 2021 Best Practices for Operational Excellence
The "new normal" is ours to define. Is your organization designing it or adapting in it? Join us for our 19th annual Best Practices for Operational Excellence Conference. The 2021 agenda is structured as a flexible series of four sessions to fit your busy schedule. As always, the focus is on practical knowledge you can take back to improve your program, your workplace, and your organization. No registration fees. No travel required. No all-day sessions.
9.15.2021 - BLOG - Finding a Cure for “One-and-Done Syndrome”
One of the hardest parts of developing a continuous improvement culture comes immediately after the celebratory toast with a project team: making sure the win just clinched is one of more to come, not just a "one-hit wonder." The objective of continuous improvement is a consistent and sustained culture of problem solving — a wall of platinum records produced over many years, not just a lone Top-10 single.
8.20.2021 - MASTER SERIES - Process Modeling Tools to Reveal & Resolve
Join Lars Maaseidvaag, Vice President of Product Development and Lead Master Black Belt instructor, to learn how building virtual prototypes can help to stress test your process. Reveal problems before your customers find them. This package includes an online course, process modeling software, and live broadcasts. Live sessions will be held on September 23 & 30. $150 covers all materials.
8.18.2021 - INTERVIEW - Costa Rica: A Hot Spot for Operational Excellence
Though forged in the transformative practices of Japanese automakers, the principles of continuous improvement aren't unique to a specific culture. In a 15-year stretch from 2004 to 2019, Costa Rica's GDP has more than tripled from $18.6 billion to $64 billion. The remarkable transformation of the country's economy has sparked a surge of interest in continuous improvement.
8.3.2021 - BLOG - Lean Six Sigma Nutrition
We've seen Lean Six Sigma "green belt" or even "black belt" courses a few days in length, with a long list of topics in the curriculum, but little time spent on any of the subjects, and no practice. It would be like selling food that is "fortified" with 100 vitamins, but with only a trace amount of each. Without a nutrition label, it's difficult to know about the real ingredients.
7.19.2021 - BLOG - Return to the Work-place
As companies begin to negotiate their paths back to pre-pandemic operations, I've been hearing the term "return to work" a lot. The problem with that term: we never left work. We just brought work home, all of us while looking for flickers of normalcy in a stretch of history that has been anything but normal. Like many other companies, MoreSteam is mapping out what office life will be as we emerge from the pandemic.
7.7.2021 - PARTNER PROGRAM - Executive Certificate in Data Science
Continue your professional development with the Executive Certificate in Data Science. This 7-week virtual program is offered in partnership with the University of Notre Dame. You will be introduced to the basic methods of machine learning and big data, as applied to process improvement challenges. Registration includes online coursework, 14 instructor-led virtual sessions, and a subscription to EngineRoom.
6.28.2021 - WEBCAST - Process Mapping: Bring Your Process Maps to Life
Join us for this introduction to process modeling and prepare for all kinds of scenarios. See how modeling can let you explore process variability and what happens when things change. Understand how you can answer "what if" questions like: What happens if someone doesn't show up for work? Or errors create rework? Or a process step hits a snag and takes longer? July 27th @ 1:00 PM
6.24.2021 - ENGINEROOM UPDATE - Innovative VOC Chain Updates to Support Your Design Process
Move seamlessly from brainstorming on an Affinity Diagram to defining CTQCs. Then select your design using Cause & Effect Matrix, Basic QFD, or Pugh Analysis before validating your design with the new scorecard. Your information will auto-populate the next template to reduce work and potential for mistakes. Log in to see these new features for yourself!
6.4.2021 - NEW PARTNER - Institute of Industrial & System Engineers
Founded in 1948, IISE is the world's largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. With this new partnership, MoreSteam will offer a curriculum of its online process improvement courses to support continued professional development of the IISE international membership.
5.28.2021 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Master Series: Mapping Your Workflows
This new Summer Master Series will focus on the tools used to map workflows and process performance. Live sessions will review core process maps like SIPOC, Value Stream Maps, Value-added Flow Charts, and Spaghetti Diagrams as you complete an "out of this world" case study. Package includes two live sessions, a short online course, and EngineRoom software. $150 includes all materials.