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June LSS SIG - Process Improvement and Sun Tzu's The Art of War Mashup  

1616 Anderson Road
Center Conference Room (3rd Floor)
McLean, Virginia  22102

Jun 29, 2011    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT -5:00) EST

Lean Six Sigma (LSS)
Special Interest Group (SIG)


Sponsored by: ASQ Section 509 (MD & DC) and Section 511 (N.VA)

LSS SIG Monthly Meeting

DATE:    Wednesday, June 29, 2011

TOPIC:    Process Improvement and Sun Tzu's The Art of War Mashup

SPEAKER:    Barbara Dreon Canody, Certified Black Belt for Lean Six Sigma, MITRE

1616 Anderson Road McLean, Virginia 22102
Center Conference Room (3rd Floor) 
(See map for directions to TEQCORNER, www.teqcorner.com)
6:00-6:45pm - Networking
6:45-7:45pm - Program
7:45-8:00pm - LSS SIG Announcements

ADMISSION:  Please register for the meeting here

Registration is complimentary and ASQ Membership is not required.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Questions can be directed to [email protected] 

WHAT: Process Improvement and Sun Tzu's  -- The Art of War Mashup

Many process improvement professionals have learned that process improvement, like the art of war, can be "a road either to safety or ruin. Hence, it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected." The Art of War promises, "The general that hearkens to my counsel and acts upon it, will conquer:  let such a one be retained in command!  The general that hearkens not to my counsel nor acts upon it will suffer defeat:  let such a one be dismissed!" This mini-mashup uses elements of The Art of War as a lens to focus on a related wisdom from process improvement lessons learned.  The lessons learned were derived through an extensive literature search and sifted with personal experience. This mashup results in a package that organizes process improvement advice in a new way that is both entertaining and instructive.  When applied judiciously, Sun Tzu�s advice furnishes metaphors that process improvement leaders can use to select strategically superior approaches and actions for successful organizational changes.  These metaphors also offer images for shared communication and persuasion so that the course selected is more likely to succeed and to avoid paths that lessons learned show tend to lead to failure. The presentation provides selected passages and combines them with lessons learned from the field.   Portions of the advice can be leveraged for discussions with colleagues or executive sponsors.
This offering of the presentation will highlight several portions of Sun Tzu text with some key lesson learned from the process improvement community.  The attendees will be given the option of choosing to review a few more portions of the text and lessons learned in a more interactive format or having the speaker use the time to present a more comprehensive set of lessons learned with their Sun Tzu text connections. 

WHO: Ms. Barbara Canody, MITRE, Certified Black Belt for Lean Six Sigma

Barbara Canody�s process improvement experience began in 1992. She has worked with Civilian and DoD government agencies, as well as with large contractors and 8A firms.  In 2008 she joined MITRE�s Software Engineering and Computing (SWEC) Department (E548).  She�s been having fun helping government sponsors ever since with various aspects of IT work, including organizational change management appraisals, consultation on systems engineering topics such as requirements or configuration management, process definition, and lessons learned.  Ms. Canody is a Certified Black Belt for Lean Six Sigma.  She also enjoys facilitating, statistics and measurement, gardening, bird watching, and teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages.