Recent Updates

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 11:37

In 1988, the House of Quality (HOQ) was introduced to the United States in an article written by Don Clausing and John Hauser. Prior to their article, the HOQ had long been used in Japan as a technique for product development and was rarely used in the U.S. In less than 30 years, the HOQ has gone from obscurity to mainstream. Since Clausing and Hauser’s article, the HOQ has become a regularly used product development tool and is being taught as a foundational block in the Design for Six Sigma project management framework. Please see the attached pdf for my thoughts on QFD/HOQ.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 08:47

Lean Office: Staying Focused and Organized Handout

In order to make daily time management trade-offs, it's important to understand what you want to do and why you want to do it. In this 60 min session, the student will be introduced to the building blocks of a Lean Office, include making a good plan, understanding the work, managing distractions (email) and identifying wasteful habits.  Some key Lean Office tools include; PDCA, KPIs, SIPOC, 5S, 5Ds, Sequencing, Standard Work, WIP, TIMWOOUD, DIG and KATA.

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 11:27

Truman Cabinet - White HouseIntroduction

Leading a team is an important job - everyone looks to the leader to answer questions.  They watch how he/she behaves so they know what is acceptable, and they listen to the leader to find out what is most important.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 06:09

WA State 2016 Lean Transformation Conference

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 11:50

My Lean Office workshop helps the participants learn to identify, clarify and align their goals, understand how to make decisions based on their goals, define their work processes and discover how to work collaboratively with their upstream suppliers and downstream customers.  Through instruction and exercises the student learns how to organize their physical and digital workspaces to efficiently and effectively execute and manage the daily demands on their time.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 14:33

Email sucks at tracking action


We use email to help us get things accomplished.  However, it is widely accepted email is not the best mechanism for tracking action. The email method can lose information, cause confusion and missed expectations.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 15:45

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As the CEO of Ceptara and Lean Six Sigma practitioner, I find myself traveling frequently.  Often for sales calls and in some cases for consulting projects. To meet my tax obligations and to track how much time and money is being spent traveling between jobs, I needed a method for tracking my trips.  Just after college I used a mileage logbook and it worked.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 11:56

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Moving from managing action via an email inbox to more task driven lists is a great step forward. However, soon we end up with long lists of tasks that are constantly overdue, causing frustation, and often returning us back to our more comfortable (yet less productive) habits.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 15:39

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Often the email inbox is a "holding area" for work.  A queue or bin that contains work waiting for us to do something or provide a response.  Imagine the email inbox is a stack of paper sitting on the corner of the desk.  Which would you find more distracting, a pile of paper that is two feet tall, or a few pages of paper?  The inbox is the stack of paper.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 09:24

Ceptara's FocusMe application is a Microsoft Outlook 2010, 2013 & 2016 add-in designed to help you and your team achieve greater focus.