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High Fidelity Customized Classroom Simulation at PPG

Recorded Webcast

Jesse Shearin, Director Corporate Enterprise Excellence – PPG Industries

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A typical college football teams plays a minimum of 12 games, each of which has 60 minutes of running clock time, for a total of 12 hours. During the season, the team practices approximately 380 hours during the week. The ratio of practice to play - 32:1.

When it comes to Lean Six Sigma deployments, when does the practice occur: during or after your Belt training? While every project is an opportunity for Belts to gain experience and hone their skills, the number of projects (games) you complete in a year is relatively small, similar to a football season. Each project is that much more critical to your business success, so shouldn’t you be as prepared as possible before you start to play?

One company that has polished its practice-to-play ratio is PPG Industries. PPG has a solid track record of delivering innovative solutions both internally and externally. Their innovative approach has led them to increase the amount of practice that new Belts get by developing customized simulations to provide new Belts a hands-on opportunity to apply BPI tools in a safe environment. New Belts begin their Lean Six Sigma journey with greater speed and confidence, and provide the company with a faster return on investment.

Get an inside look at how PPG has used training simulations to engage employees and promote the culture of operational excellence.

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Jesse Shearin has over 28 years experience with PPG spanning process and production engineering, production planning and scheduling, inventory management, materials management, and quality management. He is an ASQ Certified Manager of Quality & Operational Excellence (CMQ/OE), APICS Certified in Production & Inventory Control (CPIM), and Black Belt transactional lean six sigma. He is also Adjunct Faculty University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business.

He currently chairs the Manufacturer’s Alliance on Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Quality Council and has also held leadership positions with the Pittsburgh Community of Leaders in Business Excellence (COLIBE).

Jesse received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry.