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10.22.2020 - BETTER WAYS TO WORK - Creating the Path for a Lean IT Transformation
Michael Orzen and Thomas Paider worked together to co-author the 2015 book "The Lean IT Field Guide: A Roadmap for Your Transformation." Now, they've partnered with MoreSteam to create an online course aimed at helping IT professionals across all industries. We asked Orzen and Paider to share a few insights about their history together, including the story behind the new course and who can benefit from it.
10.21.2020 - PARTNER PROGRAM - Pennington Welcomes Indiana University as New MoreSteam Partner
The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University is partnering with MoreSteam to offer a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification program. Students will complete MoreSteam’s online Green Belt modules and attend live virtual coaching and review sessions led by IU faculty. The training portion of the program concludes with a capstone simulation: MoreSteam’s Sherlock Holmes Zombie Hunter. The first session opens in early November.
10.19.2020 - NEW COURSE - Lean IT Essentials for Leaders & Teams
This course is designed to help organizations become the next success story in applying the principles of Lean IT. The road starts by understanding how Lean IT fits in the world of IT process improvement and project management methodologies, including Agile and DevOps. Learn how Lean principles can transform all aspects of IT, including application development, deployment, security, networks, and infrastructure.
9.29.2020 - BLOG - Finding Innovation During a Pandemic
A colleague recently mentioned that his organization has experienced an innovation bump during the pandemic. During this year of constant change, ideas that had previously been discarded were, out of necessity, now being embraced. The upside of these experiments is that many of them turned out to be valuable changes for the organization. His question to me was: "How do I keep this going?"
9.28.2020 - PARTNER EVENT - Online LIVE with Central Coast Lean: InBox Simulation
Learn to apply the lean approach to project-based problem solving with your team in this virtual workshop. Teams practice the Plan-Do-Check-Act process and apply Lean and Six Sigma tools while playing MoreSteam’s InBox Lean Office simulation. Each team builds a project storyboard and is evaluated on the impact of their improvements on the system. Nov. 12-13. $199-$299 per participant.
8.18.2020 - BLOG - Why Students Prefer the Blended Learning Model
The accessibility is really nice. The online curriculum made the class more fun. A lot of creative elements are included. Hybrid learning models that blend online coursework with live instruction have been gaining in popularity, especially with the need to socially distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much has been published about the instructional benefits, but what do the students think?
8.10.2020 - Virtual Event - Best Practices for Operational Excellence Conference
Be our guest at MoreSteam’s 18th Fall Best Practices for Operational Excellence Conference. This year, we’re hosting a travel-free, budget-free event. The 2020 schedule includes a sensational lineup of 3 Leadership Panels + New Solutions Showcase + Deeper Dive Workshops. As always, the focus is on practical knowledge you can take back to improve your program. Join us and create your own agenda!
7.16.2020 - BLOG - Virtual Camp Teaches Students Lean Basics
Learn how Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) repurposed several practice exercises from MoreSteam's Yellow Belt course to provide middle and high school students some hands-on experience with quality tools. MoreSteam’s virtual mini sims were a perfect fit for the virtual camp that highlighted snippets of cyber security, electronic technology and quality engineering careers.
7.9.2020 - eLEARNING + ON-DEMAND WEBCASTS - Master Series: Changing the Blame Game with Root Cause Analysis
Join Master Instructor and MoreSteam President, Peg Pennington, for this new Master Series certificate program. This class helps leaders institute Root Cause Analysis as a way of thinking to support a Lean problem-solving culture. Package includes online Fundamentals of Root Cause Analysis course, EngineRoom software, and two broadcast sessions led by Peg. $150 fee covers all materials.
6.17.2020 - ARTICLE - Blended Learning Keeps Classroom Productive
At many of the country's top universities, instructors have been using eLearning courses and online simulations for years, helping them smoothly transition to a fully virtual classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recently spoke with a few college instructors and asked what they like best about the blended learning model, and why they think it benefits everyone involved.
6.10.2020 - WEBCAST - Anheuser-Busch InBev: Continuous Improvement Community
AB InBev’s continuous improvement strategy has evolved, in the past two years, to provide belts with formal program training and support. The focus has been placed on fewer, more impactful projects and to develop a community, leveraging AB InBev's 3,000 employees who are trained in higher level lean six sigma methods to engage their analytical skills and provide value to the business.
5.27.2020 - BLOG - Creating a Virtual Gemba for Practice
Although we never planned to offer our InBox training simulation virtually, a client recently asked us to run the simulation with their remote participants and it was a huge success. We ended up running it for 39 people, rather than the standard 15-person classroom runs and the online setting actually INCREASED participation! Here are a few things we learned.
5.21.2020 - WEBCAST - Applying Lean Principles to Today's Workforce
A core principle of Lean management is about observing the place where work is happening – but how can we accomplish that with a remote workforce? How can you train new practitioners without a classroom? Join Peg Pennington, MoreSteam President, for a group discussion about lessons learned and best practices of Lean management in today's increasingly virtual workspace.
5.18.2020 - BLOG - Coaching from a Distance
As part of MoreSteam's Client Services team, Amita Sherwood coaches Lean Six Sigma practitioners at some of the biggest companies in the world. Because the majority of her coaching is done virtually from her home office, she's an obvious source for helpful insights about how to coach in the current work-from-home environment. Here are a few of her keys to success for coaching Lean from a distance.
5.11.2020 - TRAINING - "Master Series: Everyday Uses of Process Modeling"
Earn a certificate in this new professional development program led by Dr. Lars Maaseidvaag. Online course, live group sessions, case study, and EngineRoom software included. Turn design thinking into design doing without the fear of failure. Live kickoff will be broadcast on May 14th. This series is geared towards anyone who would like to learn process modeling techniques. We hope you’ll join us!
5.1.2020 - EVENT - SimCamp is Going Virtual
Join us at SimCamp to learn more about facilitating our most popular simulations and see how they 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.
4.16.2020 - eLEARNING UPDATE - Gauge R&R Toolset Updated
When measurement matters, measure the measurement system. Our Gauge R&R toolset recently got a makeover including: (1) new “Take 2” blackboard videos to summarize key concepts; (2) new Deeper Dive to explain the importance of a good gauge; (3) new animated example; and, (4) updated audio and software tutorials. See other recent updates on our What’s New page!
4.15.2020 - BLOG - Developing Solutions & Team Camaraderie at the Same Time
Taking the time to hone a team's creative problem-solving skills during "normal" business cycles better equips team members to adapt and excel when they have to navigate uncharted waters. Hackathons are used by many companies and universities to give developers a chance to think outside the box and explore new technologies. They also are a great team building event and can be held in-person or virtually.
4.2.2020 - BLOG - Engaged Workforce Leads to Reduced Wait Times, Happier Customers
By placing an emphasis on Lean principles like Gemba Walks and Kaizen suggestions, the Arizona Department of Transportation has radically changed the way its employees operate. With new standardized procedures in place at Motor Vehicle Division offices across the state, they’re seeing noticeable improvements in several key metrics, leading to a better overall customer experience.
4.1.2020 - A SMILE FOR APRIL 1st - Beyond Dark Mode: The Next Wave of Screen-Display Options
Our friends at the International Six Sigma Institute & Secret Society for Imperious Professionals of Process Improvement (ISSISSIPPI) released a new collection of screen-display options for online courses and process improvement software. “Dark Mode is so yesterday,” ISSISSIPPI President Zoltan Minksy says, “Our enhanced Modern Modes are here for today.” Take a peek at the new collection.
3.24.2020 - EngineRoom UPDATE - Messy Sketch to Polished Deliverable
On the heels of releasing Process Playground, we also improved functionality for our Value Stream Mapping and Process Flow Chart tools. See the big picture on the newly expanded work area. Add pizzazz with additional formatting options. Save time with pre-formatted objects to create data blocks. Learn more about these updates as well as other recently released features!
3.19.2020 - HOW I FIXED THIS - Governing with a Lean State of Mind
Lean thinking has changed the way we do business, but can it change the way we govern? Arizona is proof that it can. Five years after implementing the Arizona Management System (AMS) – a statewide initiative built on Lean principles – the state government has fundamentally altered the way it operates. The new system emphasizes process, visibility and efficiency, empowering employees at every level to be part of the solution.
3.18.2020 - BLOG - Jack Welch: Final Thoughts
"An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage." These words from Jack Welch sound like every organization’s mantra in this rapidly changing landscape of COVID-19. While often attributed to be the early adopter of Six Sigma, his philosophy also aligns with some of today’s Lean and Agile principles. Learn-Adjust-Repeat.
2.20.2020 - BLOG - 900 Project Charters and Counting
Maria Fry, MoreSteam Client Services, recently approved her 900th project charter since she began conducting certification reviews for MoreSteam. This trail of project charters has led to MoreSteam's certification of 140 Black Belts and nearly 194 Green Belts across nearly 500 certified projects. Maria took a few minutes to share her observations about the project trends she’s noticed.
2.19.2020 - eLEARNING UPDATE - Coach View: Data-Driven Coaching
Coach View, our new dashboard for training administrators, is LIVE! Display a bird's eye view of your cohort's analytics such as skill check scores, engagement, and training progress. Use group trends to pinpoint topics for study halls. Or, choose to drill down to a student-by-student view to track individual progress and quickly identify outliers who might benefit from one-one-one coaching.
2.6.2020 - WEBCAST - Big Data, Bigger Opportunities for Operational Excellence
Roger Woodard, Program Director of M.S. in Data Science at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss how to apply data science to improve your business. He’ll cover the basics of AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning. Key concepts pertaining to process improvement leaders, including the curriculum of the Executive Certificate in Data Science, will be highlighted. March 4th at 11 AM Eastern.
1.22.2020 - BLOG - Schedule Time for "Deep Work"
Read Peg Pennington's thoughts on how Cal Newport's research on "deep work" connects to the world of operational excellence and leader standard work. Newport is a computer scientist at Georgetown University and author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. Newport says we're weakening our ability to do the most challenging kinds of work—what he calls "deep work"—due to constant interruptions and distractions.
12.18.2019 - BLOG - Pull, Don't Push, Your Way to a Continuous Improvement Culture
"How do we ingrain continuous improvement thinking without changing our culture, stopping our warrior spirit, or removing our fun-loving attitude?" In its 49th year of service, Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 59,000 employees to a customer base topping 130 million passengers annually. Read about its commitment to CI.
12.12.2019 - WEBCAST - Southwest Airlines: A Continuous Improvement Journey
Join Ruben Del Toro, Director of Enterprise Continuous Improvement, for a discussion on how Southwest continues to transform its business by integrating Continuous Improvement, Data Science, and Innovation. Ruben is a certified Master Black Belt, Project Management Professional, and Aircraft Mechanic with an MBA in Technology Management. January 30th at 11 AM EST.
11.15.2019 - WEBCAST - Continuous Improvement in the New Reality of Industry 4.0
Current buzzwords such as "Industry 4.0", "Artificial Intelligence", and "Machine Learning" sound louder each day and you might be thinking that the "old" concepts of Lean and Six Sigma are not relevant anymore. Join Alexander Silantyev from PwC Advisory Belgium for a two-part program to discuss how the old and the new concepts complement each other and play hand-in-hand. Dec. 5th & 12th at 10 AM EST
11.8.2019 - BLOG - Is Continuous Improvement in our DNA?