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November General Meeting  

The Golden Bull Restaurant
7 Dalamar Street
Gaithersburg, Maryland  20877

Map to The Golden Bull Restaurant

Nov 16, 2006    6:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Washington, DC & Maryland Metro (Section 509) and
Northern Virginia (Section 511)

Proudly Present

Minh B. Tran
Director of Business Performance Management
Femme Comp Inc. (FCI)

�Co-opetition in the Evolution of Six Sigma�

Six Sigma is �hot� in the National Capital Region (NCR).  Amidst growing pains, it is important for all parties involved to maintain clarity and perspective.  To this end, this presentation aims to sketch a BIG PICTURE linking 2 different but interrelated industry trends.  (1) Evolution of Six Sigma refers to current ongoing changes in the perception and application of Six Sigma as it makes inroads into Transactional Services from Manufacturing.  (2) Co-opetition (cooperative competition) is a term coined by Ray Noorda (Novell) then popularized by Adam Brandenburger (Harvard Business School) and Barry Nalebuff (Yale School of Management), who sum it succinctly: �Co-opetition explains how to compete without destroying the pie and how to cooperate without getting your lunch eaten.�

How is Co-opetition related to the Evolution of Six Sigma?  Why is Six Sigma evolving?  How is it evolving?  Where do Lean, DFSS and Transactional Services fit in?  Why is Co-opetition particularly relevant to the Six Sigma market in the NCR?  What are the key market dynamics?  This presentation will probe these questions and preview some of the upcoming topics of the Six Sigma for Services Special Interest Group.

Minh B. Tran

Mr. Tran is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB).  From a global community of over 5,000 ASQ CSSBBs, he was 1 of 12 Subject Matter Experts (SME) invited to ASQ HQ to participate in the 2006 Job Analysis Workshop, part of the ASQ process every 5 years to update the ASQ CSSBB Body of Knowledge (BoK).  Mr. Tran is the of the �Six Sigma for Service� Special Interest Group (SIG) for ASQ Section 509 (MD/DC) as well as Section 511 (N. VA). 

As Director of Business Performance Management (BPM) at Femme Comp Inc. (FCI) � a boutique engineering services DoD Contractor � Mr. Tran advises Management Executives on the strategic implementation and key performance indicators (KPIs) of multiple Six Sigma client engagements as well as mentors Black Belts & Green Belts on core process improvements. His experiences span Biomedical Research, Information Technology and Strategy Development.

Mr. Tran earned his M.S. in Management Science & Operations Research at Warwick Business School (Coventry, England) and his B.A. in Philosophy and Molecular Cell Biology at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY).

Washington, DC & Maryland Metro Section 509 Presentation - November 16, 2006

Cost is $20 for non-members or $10 for members and students.  To register for the Washington, DC presentation at the the Golden Bull Restaurant, click on the registration button above.

Northern Virginia Section 511 Presentation - November 15, 2006

Northern Virgina ASQ Section 511 is also hosting Mr. Tran's presentation on Wednesday, Novemeber 15, 2006 at the Marco Polo Restaurant.  Cost is $20 per person.  To register, for the dinner & program, or program only, please contact Marie Rondot at
, 703-968-7117.

For directions to the Golden Bull and Marco Polo restaurants, please read the November General Meeting Announcement below.

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