Recent Updates

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:14

We often hear about Lean - the program that is going to teach us to be more productive.  It's going to save us from our bad habits.  We hear snippets such as 5S or Kaizen, however, have you ever wondered what Lean really is and how it can help?

Recently I had the opportunity to present our Lean - Why & How presentation, aka Seven Habits of Highly Effective Organizations at the Washington State Lean conference (October 2014).

The title of the talk:

Lean - Why is it Important & How Does it Work?

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 15:33

5S Implementation Strategy

By Patrick Detroit

I was talking to a friend the other day and he was mentioning a conversation he had with a client concerning the 5S’s.  The client said that they’ve tried it a few times but it never stuck.  I quietly went home and started thinking about the 5S’s and began asking myself some questions.  The first question we always ask is “why,” so I started there.  Not just each iteration in the 5S system but why 5S’s?  Why not 5T’s or 5W’s?

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:04

The FocusMe add-in for Microsoft Outlook 2013 is nearly ready. FocusMe for Outlook is the next generation of the Organizer for Outlook tool. In a few more weeks we'll be launching the FocusMe Pro version.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 15:11

Ceptara’s Green Belt (GB) Certification program is designed to create the continuous improvement knowledge foundation organizations desire to create a culture that is focused on doing things more effectively and efficiently.  The program builds important transferable skills and prepares participant who desire an American for Society Green Belt Certification.  The program is design to help any student regardless of previous training to be familiarized with the GB Body of Knowledge and through classroom interaction and project focused study be able to apply the GB principles and tac

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 13:17

This paper delivers an analysis that compares the level of competency required at each Lean Six Sigma belt level.  It describes over 150 competencies and the level of cognition expected for each Lean Six Sigma Belt.  Competency areas include enterprise deployment, organizational training, team management, design for Six Sigma, and the necessary skills to exercise the Lean and Six Sigma Improvement methodologies.

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 12:37

Have you ever wondered about the skill differences between a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) White Belt, Green Belt, Black Belt, and Master Black Belt?  We have.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 11:47

Virtual Process reinforces Standard Work

We just completed the [LinkedIn] webinar with Virtual Process.  We talked about how to leverage the Training Within Industry (TWI) Job Instruction and Job Relations methods along with the Virtual Process tool to reinforce Standard Work.

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 16:38


Waterfall to Lean, With Agile In Between

A Journey in Software Project Management

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 13:40

ASQ Lean Enterprise Division

I recently had the opportunity to deliver a webinar for the ASQ Lean Enterprise Division (May 2013).  We talked about how to leverage the Training Within Industry (TWI) methods for reinforcing Standard Work.

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 13:52

Training Within Industry

Training Within Industry - How the Make Standard Work Stick

The Training Within Industry (TWI) service was created by the United States Department of War, within the War Manpower Commission in 1940.  Its main purpose was to provide consulting services to industries that were critical to the ramp up of the war machine for World War II to assure there were enough trained and skilled personnel necessary to meet the demands of the war.