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MITRE McLean; FDA Silver Spring; MITRE Bedford MA; MITRE Eatontow; MITRE Aberdeen, MD
MITRE-2 room 1N100, 7525 Colshire Drive, McLean, VA 22102
FDA, Bld 66, room G512, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
various, Maryland

Feb 23    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT -5:00) EST

Building Proficiency in Process Improvement Skills

Presented by Tim Kelley

Tuesday February 23, 2016

6:30 PM – Networking and Pizza

7:00 – 8:00 PM – Program

There is no cost to attend at McLean, Silver Spring


For the past 15 years, MoreSteam.com has advocated the use of blended learning models for Lean Six Sigma training. We believe that proficiency in process improvement skills can be achieved only through practice, and that a combination of self-directed learning in combination with facilitated simulations and practice exercises provides an effective, scalable model for building personal capability, which is the first step toward organizational excellence. 

Our belief is founded in the research on the effectiveness of learning models. We were very encouraged by the recent results of a blended learning effectiveness survey administered to our larger global clients.

Academic research conducted 10 years ago had indicated that blended learning enjoyed a 20% premium over traditional lecture-based classroom training in building procedural knowledge.  We wondered whether advances in interactive eLearning and simulation-based practice over the last 10 years might have further improved the effectiveness of blended learning.  So we asked the people who should know: our larger clients who have migrated from lecture-based classroom training to a blended learning model.  For perspective, this group of respondents represents well over half a trillion dollars in annual revenue, and trains tens of thousands of people a year.

What they told us exceeded our expectations, with the group reporting an average improvement in learning effectiveness of 39%.  This 45 minute webcast conveys the lessons learned about how these companies successfully build proficiency in process improvement skills. 

Since 2005, Tim Kelley has served as MoreSteam's senior vice president and general counsel.  His primary areas of responsibility are business and organizational development efforts, as well as legal matters.  Tim started his career as a manufacturing engineer in General Electric's Aircraft Engine Group before working for 17 years as a patent attorney and partner at the firm of Michael, Best & Friedrich, a large general practice firm located in Milwaukee, WI. 

Tim earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree (with honors) from Marquette University. 

Tim and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 25 years and have 3 adult children.  His personal interests include bicycling, downhill skiing and soccer. 

February meeting flyer here. 

Locations and Registration 

The presenter will be remote with the presentation video/teleconferenced to the following locations:

MITRE-2, Room 1N100

7515 Colshire Drive

McLean, VA 22102

Host: Scott Ankrum, Cell 240-731-7581

MITRE, Room 2503

260 Industrial Way West

Eatontown, NJ 07724

Host: Aaron Dagen, Desk: 732-578-6301

US Food and Drug Administration (White Oak)

Building 66, Room G512

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993
host: James Simpson, Cell: 301-996-4976

MITRE, Room 02-301

Northgate Building A,

209 Research Blvd.,

Aberdeen, MD 21001

Host: Richard Eng, Cell: 703-201-9112


If you can host another location via VTC, please contact Scott Ankrum (below)


 Join online meeting  https://meet.mitre.org/ankrums/M9GRS6JR

Join by Phone  +1 (703) 983-2020

Conference ID: 9105627

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Registration: Webpage: https://asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/26913

 You must register by noon on Monday, February 22.  If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dial-in when you register.  FDA (Silver Spring) cannot host non-citizen visitors.  If not a US citizen, please provide your title, employer, and address.  Allow 2 business days for registration before the meeting.

For registration problems or further information contact Scott Ankrum at: or 703-983-6127

Software SIG Chairman:    T. Scott Ankrum (ASQ & IEEE)

Software SIG Committee: Salwa M Abdul-Rauf, Farzad Aidun, Aaron Dagen, Richard Eng, Rhonda L. Farrell, James L. de la Houssaye, Hung Ngo, Chris Jones, Lance Kelson, Alfred Kromholz, Mary E. Lewis, James M. Simpson

Sponsored Jointly By: The American Society for Quality (ASQ), Washington DC & Maryland Metro Section (509), Software Special Interest Group (SSIG); and IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC & Northern Virginia Chapters.  Members of the ASQ SSIG include software quality professionals, software engineers, and others interested in applying quality principles to the field of software development.  See our web page: https://asq509.org/ht/d/sp/i/2499/pid/2499.  We meet every month, usually at the MITRE facility in McLean, Virginia, with VTC to other locations   


Next month, on Tuesday, March 22, 2016: 

“Information System Contingency Planning – A Success Story”

By Rob White