IIE Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2015
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Innovative Lean and Six Sigma Applications and Research  

Transform your thinking about lean and Six Sigma by learning the latest techniques and theories impacting industry, education and research. No matter your industry, you’ll return to work with cutting-edge ideas that can impact your organization. With more than 50 sessions in the program, you’ll find plenty of inspiration, best practices and expertise.

Keynote speakers Sam MacPherson, Joseph F. Paris Jr. and Dr. Leigh S. Hamby are distinguished experts in the field and highlight an implementation case study, a skill gap and a hurdle to success. Learn from these leaders in the field and discuss their ideas with other attendees during networking breaks.

The jam-packed program features Applications, Research and Education tracks, plus panel discussions and poster sessions to ensure you learn best practices, review case studies and get ideas in numerous formats and across industries. Diverse experiences and ideas will be shared by speakers from Brazil, Kuwait, Mexico, Vietnam, Colombia, Germany, India, the Philippines and more. Hands-on pre-conference workshops and behind-the-scenes facility tours provide additional learning opportunities while you're in Atlanta.

With more than 2,500 daily flights, Atlanta is easy to get to from many domestic and international locations. Once here, you’ll enjoy the diverse activities, attractions and restaurants that demonstrate why Atlanta is a top destination.

Preview ELSS 2015

The ELSS program committee is hosting free webinars to showcase the types of sessions and learning provided by the conference. Sign up for the next free webinar!

Implementing a Robust Quality & Process Improvement Transformation Program to Improve Quality & Reduce Cost - OPEN TO ALL

WebinarThursday, July 30 | 2 p.m. Eastern Time | Register
Presenter: Michael O'Toole, executive director of the Project Management Office, Piedmont Healthcare

Learn from a five hospital healthcare system that recently implemented a robust quality and process improvement transformation program that has delivered a significant impact on quality, service, safety and financial performance. The program was developed internally (without the use of a consultant!) by a diverse team of physicians, service coaches, patient safety and quality leaders within the organization. The program incorporates techniques from lean, Six Sigma, change management, systems thinking, and human factors design.

Optimizing Cycle Stock and Lot Sizes in High-Mix Manufacturing: Balancing the Costs of Changeovers with the Cost of Inventory


Tuesday, August 25 | 2 p.m. Eastern Time | Register
Presenter: Tom Knight, chief executive officer, Invistics

Join Invistics CEO Tom Knight for a webinar presentation on best practices for optimizing cycle stock and lot sizes. He will discuss where EOQ falls short in modern high-mix environments and how to understand the trade-off curve between changeover costs, inventory costs and customer service. Knight will also explore software tools and review case studies where industry leaders implemented these best practices and tools to achieve sustainable results.

Explore Process Mapping - View the Recording and PowerPoint Presentation

Whether you're a Six Sigma green belt, a black belt, or someone tasked with capturing organizational processes, this webinar is for you! Fred Johnstone, a consultant and lean Six Sigma master black belt, reviewed how to apply different levels of process mapping to individual work activities. He covered strategic, operational and tactical mapping in relation to business, industrial, medical and educational organizations.

A look at last year’s Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference

In 2014, the ELSS Conference was held for the first time in collaboration with the Lean Educator Conference. As the confluence where research meets practice to develop innovative lean Six Sigma solutions, the ELSS conference was an opportunity for attendees to enhance their knowledge and build lasting partnerships with industry peers. View the photo album and a short recap video.

Conference Proceedings 

Click here to view presentations from the 2014 conference online.

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