Recent Updates

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.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 16:01


Training Within Industry's Job Instruction provides a method for assuring that Standard Work processes are operationalized into the everyday employee work interactions.  Supervisor's are taught how to teach their area's jobs so that the workers can efficiently and predictably execute the work while practicing 5S work habits.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 11:01


  • America was the global manufacturing leader.
  • Process & Productivity were paramount.
  • Social technologies are defocusing.
  • We need to apply process thinking to information and innovation.

Necessity is the mother of Invention. – Anonymous.