21 Feb 2017
Using TRIZ Innovation Techniques in Transactional Settings
The “Theory of Inventive Problem Solving” or “Theory of the Solution of Inventive Problems” known as TRIZ, as developed by Ginrich Altshuller, has been difficult to effectively use in a wide variety of settings. Creativity has been viewed as an art with innovation a close cousin. Ginrich uses a more disciplined tool to look for opportunities to improve the process.Read More»
The U.S. Coast Guard, a perspective from one who served
March 14, 2017 – SLU CONVERGENCE 2017 – INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE IN SUPPLY CHAIN & OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
(Operations Collective represents the Center for Supply Chain Management at Saint Louis University, APICS, ASQ, CSCMP, ISM, NDTA, and the Transportation Club of St. Louis)Read More»
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017
The First Year in the Life of a Startup
In October 2015 I had an idea one year later I have a product, customers and won an Arch Grant. I will discuss how the process I followed for creating a new company, defining and developing the product and the Arch Grants process. I will share what went well and what I would do differently.
Our product is SensrTrx a manufacturing analytics application that helps small to medium sized manufacturing companies better understand capacity, downtime and quality.Read More»
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017
Lean Six Sigma in the Healthcare Industry
Katie Castree will present on how Lean Six Sigma can be applied within the healthcare industry today. Presentation will include both general information and real life case studies from successful programs and projects.Read More»
2016 Annual Quality Conference
Quality, Today to Tomorrow
November 3rd, 2016Read More»
A Night of Comedy and ASQ Awards
Oh My Gosh Josh, aka Joshua Routh is a nationally recognized entertainer, and a founding member of the performing troupe, Circus Kaput. As well as being an exceptional physical comedian Josh is an accomplished magician, juggler, hypnotist, sideshow performer and acrobat. He has performed in 42 states, for thousands of people in many diverse venues. Including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC!
And if that isn’t enough, there will be an opportunity to start your holidays early, with a GIVING TREE to benefit Epworth Children and Family Services.
Bring a gift, or just bring a donation and we’ll do the shopping for you!
- Bring a gift for the Children of Epworth
- The annual presentation of ASQ awards
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016
Are you responsible for transitioning your quality management system to ISO 9001:2015? Have you delayed your implementation because you are not sure how to implement the changes? Have you completed a gap analysis yet?
This presentation will share the tools we used and tips we learned to assist us in an easy transition. It will focus on how we addressed the revised process auditing and risk requirements, and other helpful tips.Read More»
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016
Accelerated Stress Testing for Robust and Reliable Product DesignRead More»
This talk will bring out the importance of experts using stories and metaphors, how these stories and metaphors should be used, and where to apply them most effectively. Also discussed will be the skillful use of language by experts to solve problems that cannot be taken on with textbook solutions (addressing an intermediate zone of practice). Lastly the social aspects of educating those that work around the expert will be highlighted.
The behavior of experts is often off-conscious and defies personal examination by them. It is through careful interviews and dialog that we can discover the characteristics that make the expert so good at what they do, and thus providing the opportunity for others to learn at a much greater rate. Three critical behaviors were revealed as a result of analyzing 14 interviews of expert project managers.
These behaviors are: One, communicating often using stories or metaphors, two, creating innovative solutions to problems, and three, educating other stakeholders with social realities in mind. These three behaviors lead to more successful outcomes, are the preferred way for managing tough situations, make the expert professional easier to work for and with, and overall make them more valuable to their firms.Read More»