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Lean Six Sigma SIG Meetings

Lean Risk Management

(A Lean Treatment)

Presented by Mr. Mike Helton, Senior Risk Manager

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

5:30 – 6:00 PM – Networking & Pizza

6:00 – 7:00 PM – Program

7:00 – 7:15 PM – Q&A and Announcements

There is no cost to attend at Fairfax or Silver Spring

This talk describes what Lean Risk Management is and different levels of “Lean” from an inadvisable ‘back of the envelope’ treatment to a fully detailed and comprehensive treatment.  This includes the major drivers that promote a ‘Lean’ treatment.  Levels of Lean are identified via Proportional Risk Management with the criteria for making a selection.  Agile values are discussed and are shown how they apply to risk management and how they increase program value to the Stakeholders.  Finally, a criteria that defines Program Success is presented and shown how it is derived from Lean and Agile applications.

Mike Helton is a senior Risk Management consultant and has practiced Risk Management for over 17 years on very large to very small programs and projects.  These included the Air Traffic Control DSR Program, an NSA Process Improvement Program and many smaller group projects within larger programs such as various groups within NASA’s Landsat Program.  He was the instructor for the Risk Management Process for the National Security Administration where he trained over 350 NSA professionals on Risk Management.  This included tailoring aspects of industry standard risk management processes documented by the PMBOK, SEI Carnegie Mellon Institute and several other sources of risk management to fit various kinds of programs and projects.  His prior endeavors included integration manager on a key stage of the NASA’s International Space Station, integration manager on a commercial satellite communications system for the American Satellite Company and mission & science sequence design engineer on various interplanetary space missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Software SIG and LSS SIG will be meeting jointly together this month.

November flyer here.

Locations and Registration

The presenters will be at MITRE’s MITRE-2 location with presentation video/teleconferenced to the following locations:

MITRE Corporation

MITRE-2 Building, Room 1N100

7515 Colshire Drive, McLean, VA 22102


Host: Hung Ngo, Phone: 571-765-3333

MITRE Corporation, 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

Join online meeting: https://asq509.webex.com/asq509/j.php?MTID=mbe1b51c2d4c0cc7126819b7acedf6218

Meeting number:

805 274 863

Meeting password:


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

You must register by noon on Monday, November 28th, 2016  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.


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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