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Lean Six Sigma Forum

August 12-13, 2014

How can Google predict a flu outbreak before the CDC?  How does Netflix know which movies you want to watch?  How do on-line retailers know “if you like this product, you might also like this one”?  The single answer is Big Data.  It’s transforming the world.  Big Data is willing to embrace real world messiness and offers the ability to analyze populations without relying on sampling.

But what does Big Data mean for Lean Six Sigma practitioners?  What role will we play?  Can we be part of the explosive growth?

The 2014 Lean Six Sigma Forum will explore these issues and explain Big Data from the LSS perspective.  During the Forum we will examine the implications for companies, some of which are speed of data and security/privacy issues and the implications for professionals, including new mindsets, aligned skills and the job market.

For businesses to compete in today’s marketplace, they must find ways to improve performance in their products and processes and boost customer satisfaction. Lean Six Sigma provides solutions for breakthrough performance improvement, allowing for significant financial impact and quality gains.

The NCSU Lean Six Sigma programs provide government agencies and manufacturing, service, and healthcare organizations with a proven methodology to significantly reduce costs and increase productivity. We offer training and certification for Yellow Belts, Green Belts, Black Belts and Master Black Belts through open enrollment courses or through our Customized Training program, in addition to providing Performance Excellence courses and software training.

In addition to public and customized training courses, our instructors, all Master Black Belts or Black Belts, are skilled facilitators and project leaders. We are often asked to provide a facilitator to work with an organization's executive team as they develop project selection criteria and project lists. In most of these situations, the facilitator has also helped coordinate the projects and serve as a project coach to the project team. Another area in which our Master Black Belts and Black Belts are available is in facilitating process mapping, data collection and analysis. Our facilitators also lead Kaizen events for clients. To learn more about how NC State University Lean Six Sigma programs can help your organization contact Lori F. Rothenberg, lfrothen@ncsu.edu, 919.513.1597.

What is Lean Six Sigma? Lean Six Sigma is a business philosophy focusing on breakthrough improvement and incorporates Lean Manufacturing tools with Six Sigma methodologies. Lean Six Sigma focuses on reducing variability in a process. In a service or manufacturing environment, a Lean Six Sigma process would be virtually defect free. In one million operations of a process, Six Sigma allows only 3.4 defects. Most companies operate at three sigma, which allows 66,807 defects per million opportunities.

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