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Lean Six Sigma SIG Meetings

ASQ 509 & 511 Lean Six Sigma SIG

Fostering a Culture of Quality with High Maturity

Ron Lear, Director Corporate Quality, Booz Allen Hamilton

Kevin Schaaff, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

6:00 � 6:30 PM � Networking & Pizza

6:30 � 7:30 PM � Program

7:30 � 7:45 PM � Q&A and Announcements

There is no cost to attend

Organizational culture and change management are essential considerations in any successful Lean Six Sigma program. In this presentation, we will discuss a set of guidelines used by one company to help foster a culture of quality enterprise-wide. We�ll include several examples from our CMMI High Maturity initiative that will provide Lean Six Sigma practitioners with specific tips on how to actively promote a culture of quality within their own organizations.

Mr. Ron Lear: As Booz Allen Hamilton's Corporate Quality Director, Ron leads the firm�s Corporate Quality Office, in support of over 23,000 employees across the globe.  Ron is an accomplished, senior quality executive and advisor with more than 31 years of experience and is an internationally recognized leader in several key organizations:

  • CMMI NextGen Sponsor, Architecture Working Group representative, and advisor
  • Senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • Member of ISACA and the Conference Board Quality Council
  • Member of the United States ISO Technical Committee (ISO/TC 176 or TAG 176)
  • Corporate representative and liaison to the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC)

Mr. Kevin Schaaff is a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton responsible for the system delivery of large scale IT systems. He is also a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute. He is a certified High Maturity Lead Appraiser and Instructor, with over 30 years of experience in Systems Engineering and Project Management. His previous experience includes managing a variety of programs ranging from large Navy R&D efforts to implementing small to medium scale IT Systems. Before joining the SEI, Kevin led other organization's quality programs to SW-CMM and CMMI Maturity Level 3, CMMI Maturity Level 5 and was responsible for numerous sites being both ISO and AS9100 registered.

Location and Registration

The presenters will be at the TeqCorner location with the presentation offered to remote dial-in attendees via teleconference and WebEx.


3rd Floor Conference Center

1616 Anderson Road

McLean, VA 22102


   Registration Webpage: https://asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/38891


Join online meeting:  https://asq509.webex.com/asq509/j.php?MTID=m0ea1804701f689009dbb974c80f98ea2


Meeting number

807 629 560

Meeting password


Join by Phone:

1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)


Access Code:   807629560

Meeting Flyer here.

You must register by noon on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. If you cannot attend at our physical location, simply select telephone dial-in when you register

For registration problems or further information contact Rhonda Farrell at: [email protected] or 831-419-4585


LSS SIG Chairpersons: Rhonda Farrell (ASQ 509), Kristine Hejna (ASQ 511) & Danny Moore (ASQ 511).

Sponsored Jointly By: The American Society for Quality (ASQ), Washington DC & Maryland Metro Section (509) & Northern Virginia Section (511) Lean Six Sigma Special Interest Group (LSS SIG). The ASQ LSS exists to serve the interests and needs of the Six Sigma professional community around the National Capital Region.  Monthly meetings with expert speakers highlight topics that matter to you and your business. We meet every month in person and via remote dial-in.

Our Next Regular Meeting: Tuesday May 24, 2017


February 8, 2016

Dear ASQ 509/511 Section Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Special Interest Group (SIG) Members,

A Happy Belated ASQ LSS SIG New Year to you all! Well, you've survived the snows and cold of Winter Storm Jonas and Super Bowl 50. As you may or may not been aware, the LSS SIG Executive Team decided not to begin our in January so we may avoid some of the white stuff. I think we predicted it well but we are ready to start our 2016 program.

First and foremost, we want your opinion! �Practice what you preach, preach it to a practice survey!� You are the Voice of the Customer so it�s important that we capture your thoughts and expectations so please take the ASQ LSS SIG Section 509/511 survey at:


It�s important that we get your feedback so that we can improve our LSS SIG meeting experience! It�s a simple 10 question survey and should not take more than ten minutes to complete. The Executive team will be offering a special token of appreciation to attendees at the February meeting. If we hit a response rate greater than 10% by February 23rd, we will be offering a special raffle beyond the UCR LSS SIG ASQ books. We would like to use time at our February meeting to highlight the survey results. We are looking at your responses to provide greater value to you and your career but more importantly how that can be within our LSS SIG community. So go online and take the survey. For those of you who can�t get to functional computer we will have hard copies for attendees at our first meeting of the year.

Most of us are familiar with the Ted Talks, but have you heard of Tech Talks? In May, for the first time, are looking to have three LSS SMEs provide short, informal yet conversational talks in a Ted Talk format lean or six sigma topics, tools and methodologies that you are passionate about. Suggestions include:

-Best practices and lessons learned on applying lean six sigma in an organization

-Pot Holes: things to avoid at all cost when applying lean within an organization

-Some of the greatest discoveries (or success) within a career in lean six sigma

As you can see, these are intended to be your stories! We are looking for three volunteers to present a topic within 15 minute sessions. You can use slides if you wish, but it is not necessary. Again, we want to hear your story and your lessons learned. We will be looking for you at the February meeting and will be making a selection for the April meeting. If this is a successful event, we will try this again in the 2016-7 year.

Lastly, a special thanks to all of our veteran attendees as well as our first time attendees. We want to tell you how much we appreciate your support and want to provide the very best in tools and experiences to further your career in lean, six sigma, and quality management.

With the Very Best Regards,

 Your ASQ 509/511 Executive Team

James, Danny, Ron, and Rhonda

About ASQ's Lean Six Sigma Special Interest Group (SIG)


Surging demand (government) is driving supply (contractors) of Six Sigma services in the National Capital Region (NCR) � Washington D.C. and surrounding MD/VA areas.  The demand is also driving the translation of Six Sigma to Transactional Service from Manufacturing.  Growing pains are inevitable.  To mitigate the impact of this transition, communication not only between government and contractors but also among contractors is critical to effective and proper implementation of Six Sigma projects.  In this market of cooperative competition (�co-opetition�), the SIG serves as a neutral, competition-free zone for the balanced exchange of ideas, best-practices and lessons learned to benefit all market parties.


To promote the furtherance, understanding and standardization of the Six Sigma industry Body of Knowledge (BoK) by and for Six Sigma professionals in the Transactional Service Sector.


The SIG exists to serve the interests and needs of the Six Sigma professional community around the National Capital Region.  Monthly meetings with expert speakers highlight topics that matter to you and your business.  Periodic electronic newsletters alert you to relevant news and trends.  Simply put, the SIG�s mission is to help you ...

1. Be in-the-loop: Information is key. Monthly meetings help you stay in-the-know about high-relevance and high-impact issues affecting the Six Sigma community.

2. Be well-connected: It�s what you know, but also who you know. Network with current and prospective clients, colleagues and competitors. 

3. Be resource-full: Treat others as you�d like to be treated. Count on the SIG�s loose network of professionals for resources and be recognized among your peers as a go-to expert.

4. Be wise: Don�t repeat mistakes, benchmark! Share and learn lessons and best-practices from those in the same boat and those who�ve been there done that. 

5. Be innovative: Let diverse expert speakers from business and academia challenge and inspire your Six Sigma thinking with a fusion of new ideas and unique perspectives.

6. Be...long: You�re not alone. Meet like-minded professionals equally passionate about their work in an open, friendly atmosphere of learning and professional growth.

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