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10.26.2021 - MORESTEAM EVENT - 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.
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.
9.15.2021 - 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.
5.21.2021 - PARTNER PROGRAM - Upskilling Lean Six Sigma Capabilities Webcast
Join Kathy Miller, MoreSteam Vice President of Business Development, and a panel hosted by PwC to learn how the blended learning approach is being used successfully to train and certify people in Lean Six Sigma. You will get acquainted with the MoreSteam platform and hear our panel share their experiences with the blended learning approach by focusing on how it adds value to day-to-day operations. June 22.
5.14.2021 - MORESTEAM EVENT - Register for SimCamp for Trainers (FREE Program)
Join us at SimCamp to see how simulations can kickstart your training curriculum. We'll cover how the simulations can be used to help drive a problem-solving culture in your organization from project team training to executive onboarding. Then, you'll get a 360-view as you try on the role of a participant. Our expert facilitators will share their insights and you'll leave with plenty of ideas to take back to your organization.
4.15.2021 - TRACtion UPDATE - New Feature Released - Project Report Wizard
Reporting on your projects shouldn't be work, but we know it can be. TRACtion's new report builder helps you to create impactful custom reports to share project metrics across the enterprise. The Wizard guides you through selecting and organizing the most meaningful report components for your stakeholders. Focus on project work, not reporting work.
4.6.2021 - ENGINEROOM UPDATE - Charting Feature Enhanced
A compelling visual display of your data is key to your audience understanding the ‘so what’ of your analysis. Our EngineRoom team recently upgraded the charting function to provide high resolution output to help you tell your story. Your charts will look crisper and you can use your own logo color codes to truly personalize the look.
3.22.2021 - NEW PARTNER - Center for Operational Excellence
MoreSteam recently became a member of the Center for Operational Excellence (COE) at The Ohio State University. Founded more than 25 years ago, COE is a network of organizations committed to building and sustaining a culture of problem solving and continuous improvement. COE member organizations span the manufacturing, supply chain, financial services, and utilities sectors and connect to share common challenges and best practices.
3.16.2021 - BETTER WAYS TO WORK - Master Black Belt Uses Data to Help YMCA Stay Strong
It was a huge cultural shift for us to go from saying "I feel" to instead saying "the data tells me." The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is applying Lean Six Sigma thinking to overcome membership and workforce challenges. Keri Brewer, former Master Black Belt with Bridgestone, is leading the way and MoreSteam's project management software, TRACtion, is providing the platform for the organization’s work.
2.24.2021 - INTERVIEW - Exploring the Evolution of Continuous Improvement
How does continuous improvement differ in the U.S. compared to Europe? What elements have been overlooked when teaching the material? Arnd Huchzermeier, Chaired Professor of Production Management at the WHU — Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany and Co-Founder of the INSEAD-WHU Industrial Excellence Award shares his thoughts and experiences about developing skilled CI practitioners.
2.10.2021 - BLOG - Teaching the Next Generation of Lean Six Sigma Problem-Solvers
"When I talk to companies, what they want most are employees who can think critically and solve problems," said Alan Goodman, Instructional Chair for the Quality Engineering and Technology program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). "Being able to come in and do the job you're asked to do is great, but if you're able to see the big picture and be a problem-solver, that's how you really add value."
1.11.2021 - OSU-MoreSteam Master Black Belt Certification - 2021 Schedule Offers Virtual Classes
Our 2021 MBB training schedule will offer virtual sessions during the first half of the year. Visit the program page to learn more about this program offered in partnership with Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. The training segment combines live classes with online coursework. Certification requires successful performance on two exams and a project portfolio review of the candidate’s body of work.
1.4.2021 - LEAN 1-2-3 - Virtual Lean Simulation Pairs with Online Lean Training
This past year, we've helped a lot of clients figure out how to provide realistic practice within their Lean training programs when you're not bringing students together in a classroom. MoreSteam offers a solution to flex Lean training to suit individual needs and still unite everyone on common ground. Learn how this blended model of online and experiential learning can support your Lean culture!
12.17.2020 - TRACtion UPDATE - New Idea Scoring Feature in TRACtion
When you can't work on everything at once, let TRACtion help you sort out the noise and focus on the most important work in your CI journey. The new idea scoring wizard helps connect strategies with execution by converting good ideas to specific project work. Build your pipeline of project ideas across your organization, evaluate the ideas based on your own customized criteria, and then choose the best-fit projects.
12.10.2020 - ENGINEROOM UPDATE - Instructor Slides to Teach EngineRoom Tools
Introduce your students to all the process improvement tools with a step-by-step tour of how to use each tool in EngineRoom. No need to prepare extra class materials – slide sets are available for commonly used Lean and DMAIC tools. If students have questions when they're practicing or later doing project work, they can access the in-product User Support that includes video tutorials and the same step-by-step instructions.
11.30.2020 - BETTER WAYS TO WORK - Meet EngineRoom & Its Product Manager
So much focus on Big Data. Solving problems close to where the work is done is how organizations get better every day. Little data still matters, but you need the analytical tools to mine it. Learn why some of the biggest companies in the world – including Google, Uber, and Southwest Airlines – use EngineRoom to analyze data and manage projects.
11.23.2020 - PROFILE INTERVIEW - Rapper Highlights the Fun Side of Lean Six Sigma
By day, Emmanuel Aouad is a process optimization program manager with a passion for Lean Six Sigma and organizational efficiency. By night, he's an up-and-coming rapper and nerdcore artist who goes by the name Creative Mind Frame, writing and performing original songs about anything and everything that interests him. And that's how a rap song about the DMAIC process — called "Take it Back to Define" — was born.
11.12.2020 - MASTER SERIES - Applying Design Thinking to Blended Learning
Join MoreSteam CEO, Bill Hathaway, to discuss how to redesign your training model to fit 2021 and beyond by applying the tools of process improvement to its actual training design. Live sessions will step through a case study to show how the DCDOV roadmap and VOC tools are used to deliver better training outcomes and, ultimately, project results. Package includes Customer-driven Process Design course and EngineRoom software. $150
11.6.2020 - eLEARNING UPDATE - Additional Language Offerings Released
New language options are available to support your global process improvement training! Now it’s even easier to keep course content consistent across multiple sites. German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese versions have been added to our Root Cause Analysis course. Our popular Lean 1 course is now offered in Russian and Italian. Check out our full listing of languages!
10.30.2020 - ENGINEROOM UPDATE - Voice of Customer (VOC) Chain of Custody
Have you checked out the most recent EngineRoom updates yet? The next time you log in, be sure to explore the Voice of Customer (VOC) tools—Affinity Diagram, CTQC, and Cause & Effect Matrix—to experience the fresh user interface. We've also added a new feature that unifies these tools and creates a smooth flow of trackable information. See what else is new!
10.28.2020 - BLOG - Culture Can Never Be Compromised
In a normal year, when most of our team is working together under one roof, it's easy to promote a strong team culture through fun parties and regular team meetings. In 2020, as with pretty much everything else, it's been more challenging. Still, though, we've found creative ways to keep that culture front of mind even though our team is staying socially distant and working from home.