Category Archives: Presentations

Fueling Innovation Through Gemba Walks

Presentation Slides from the April 2015 General Meeting:

“Fueling Innovation Through Gemba Walks”
Mr. Derks, a business innovation teacher, speaker and author will discuss the importance of Gemba Walks to Innovation.

ASQ – Innovation and Gemba Walks

Rich Derks, Managing Partner – Innovation 360, MBA, Speaker, Author

24f9db4Rich is Managing Partner of Innovation360, headquartered in the Chicago area. Innovation360 provides innovation training and full-service new product development for organizations. Over his 25-year career, Derks has developed and launched hundreds of new products for the consumer, medical, and industrial markets. Before starting Innovation360, Derks was president of Medline’s Durable Medical Equipment Division, where he had global responsibility for all new product development, manufacturing, and marketing for a wide variety of medical equipment. Derks holds a MBA-Marketing and a BS-Industrial & Systems Engineering, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also CPIM certified through APICS. Derks holds multiple patents, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, Stanford University, MIT, Northwestern, and the University of Wisconsin. He is also an instructor with the Illinois Institute of Technology where he team teaches a class on business innovation. Rich has published numerous articles on creativity and innovation, and is a past columnist for Product and Process Innovation.
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Quit Sabotaging Your Company

On a list of executive-related business issues, your biggest company concern for 2015 is filling the skills-gap and leveraging your talent. [Forbes, Feb.11, 2014]. Quit struggling with your demand for Lean Success. One’s inability to attract, retain, develop talent will hurt supply chain. Carrie through interactive discussion and exercises will present: How to shrink the widening skills gap for Lean Success. How to capitalize on and maximize your talent for Lean Success. How to calculate future earnings of your talent for Lean Success. How to utilize your talent for Lean Success. How to qualify your Subject-Matter-Experts and Trainers for Lean Success.

See Pictures from the February Meeting on Facebook…

carrieCarrie Van Daele, MSM, Author Carrie has over 25 years of experience in business. Her Training Company was founded in 1996. Carrie is a published author of a book called The Fifty-Best Training Techniques published by Logical Operations. She is featured in several publications such as Business People Magazine. Her degrees from Evangel Bible College (AA), Indiana University (BS) and Indiana Wesleyan University (MSM) have provided the academic requirements to her business success. Her manufacturing experience in the automotive industry has provided the real “hands-on” bumps, bruises and wisdom to her business success. Carrie’s LinkedIn Profile:

An Orientation Into ISO 9001:2015

Attached to this post is a PDF version if the presentation given by Dan Brown at the January 2015 General Meeting.

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“An Orientation Into ISO 9001:2015” This presentation will focus on the changes coming to the ISO 9001 standard in September 2015. While the presentation will address only 9001, the changes are based upon ISO Annex SL which is also being used to direct the changes to 14001, 18001 and other management system standards. Highlights of the changes, some simple implementation strategies, and the timeline for implementation will be reviewed.

Daniel J. Brown, ASQ Certified Quality Auditor, RAB/QSA Principal Auditor of Quality Management Systems and President of DB Performance Solutions, LLC Dan_BrownDan Brown has been a quality professional for over thirty (30) years in a variety of industries, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, nuclear, and machinery. Dan has been a member of the American Society for Quality since 1987, senior member since 1992, a Certified Quality Auditor since 1989 and past chair of both the Chicago Section ASQ & Northern Illinois Quality Conference. He has facilitated IS0 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001, QS9001, SQF, BRC, NQA, Drug GMP, and Device GMP compliance for his clients. He is currently a quality management consultant and is a lead auditor for Eagle Registrations. Dan invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn. LinkedIn Profile:

Presentation from the November General Meeting 🗓

Presentation: Section General Meeting Wednesday, November 12th

Stonegate Conference Center 2401 West Higgins Road Hoffman Estates, IL

Change Management – Successful Strategies For Planning In An Ever-Changing Environment” Presented by: Scott Stribrny

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Scott Stribrny, (speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur, with over 30 years of experience in organizational change) will explore large-scale organizational change and continuous improvement and will provide a cogent illustration of the various interventions that lead to success.

Change is something companies must do if they are to survive and compete in today’s business world. The successful management of change using a project-based intervention is crucial for any organization to succeed in the highly competitive and evolving global business environment.

For many, expensive flaws persist in their approach to change. This presentation examines effective models of change along with key operating assumptions worth understanding. Discussion will address how to assess readiness for change including organizational members’ shared resolve to implement a change (change commitment) and shared belief in their collective capability to do so (change efficacy). Organizational readiness for change varies as a function of how much organizational members value the change and how favorably they appraise three key determinants of implementation capability: task demands, resource availability, and situational factors.

This presentation will describe both successful and unsuccessful efforts to bring about large-scale change and will provide a cogent illustration of the various interventions that lead to success. Two major questions will be addressed:

  1. What are reliable operating assumptions about dealing with change, and how do you apply them?
  2. What are approaches for dealing with change, and how do you recognize and choose among them?


stribnyScott Stribrny is the Cofounder, President, and Managing Director of Group Atlantic, Inc., a consulting firm that has advised private, commercial, and governmental organizations on successful strategy development and operations improvement since 1992. He is also an author with Cutter Consortium’s Business Technologies Strategies practice and Enterprise Risk Management & Governance practice. He is currently advising on techniques for enabling change and a culture of continuous improvement. Scott’s corporate career began with a start-up firm that went from zero to 100 million dollars in just five years. Next Scott moved to a Fortune 50 conglomerate where he worked with industry-leading engineers, scientists and their executive management. Scott quickly ascended to management and was responsible for the development of groundbreaking, sophisticated products and services where he applied best practices in product development, manufacturing and quality.

During his more than 30 years experience he led successful multi-year, multimillion-dollar development programs and was responsible for completion of the world’s largest flexible manufacturing system for heavy equipment. His accumulated management experience ranges from growth companies to conglomerates in many industries, including aerospace, telecommunications, financial, insurance, retail, information services, and manufacturing. Scott is author of many professional papers and is a frequently invited keynote speaker at scores of conferences and company events. LinkedIn Profile:

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