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Alumni in Action: Nick Hatzinikolis Continuous Improvement Leader

Nick Hatzinikolis’ career as a continuous improvement leader started in the late 1970’s at an Aluminum Die Cast company when he and a few coworkers organized informal Kaizen events. His work continues today where, as Director of Plant Operations at a snack food manufacturer (Mikesell’s), his [...]

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KANBAN: A POWERFUL LEAN AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOL

Question: What Powerful Lean Tool: Is used in Agile Project Management Has been applied to manufacturing, programming, accounting, and many other task-oriented areas Can be scaled for use at an organizational, team, project, or individual level May be quickly and easily implemented Fosters [...]

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Data Entry Deserves Your Respect

As any Lean Six Sigma White, Yellow, Green, or Black Belt will tell you, data is fundamental to identifying and improving processes. But what if much of an organization’s data is bad – or “dirty.” Is Dirty Data Costing You Money? IBM has estimated the costs of bad data to be $3 trillion dollars [...]

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Use Spaghetti Charts to Identify Waste

Spaghetti Charts: An Introduction Spaghetti charts are a visual tool used to identify the wastes of time and motion.  Sometimes called transportation maps, you can find many examples of spaghetti charts that reveal inefficient layouts of manufacturing equipment and workflows. Spaghetti Charts [...]

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PMP + LSS A Powerful Combination

Joel Palmer had extensive process improvement and project management success in the automotive and transportation industries before he completed BPG’s PMP Exam Prep and LSSBB programs in 2019 and 2018.   Since taking the courses, Joel: earned his PMP certification, began teaching project [...]

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 Supply Chain Risk Management Lessons from the COVID Pandemic

Did pandemic-related shortages of toilet paper, changes in how restaurants and other businesses delivered their products and services, and spikes in demand for items like yeast, bikes, and home improvement tools heighten your interest in supply chain management (SCM)? We asked J.B. Wilcox, [...]

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TIPS FOR CREATING AND USING PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROCESS MAPS

These tips apply to each of the process maps reviewed. Always name the process and its start and end points before you begin. Practice creating charts with processes you are familiar with or interested in either in your personal life or work.  Take an example and run it through more than one [...]

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Alumni in Action: Kari E. McLean

Last month we reported that Kari E. McLean had accepted a full-time position as Creative Manager, Content & Programs at Integral, a New York based employee activation company. Because Kari was enthusiastic about the value of her LSS training experience at BPG, we contacted her to learn more [...]

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Glad You Asked That: Daryl Gunnarson Answers Questions on Implementing PMP processes and Growing as a Project Manager

Daryl Gunnarson is a business consultant and BPG’s PMP Exam Prep instructor.  Here he shares his thoughts on implementing PMP Processes and growing your project management skills and career.  What About the PMP Process is most challenging to organizations? Understanding the amount of work [...]

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LEARNING REFRESHER: Tips on Analyzing Data

Last year, in the April 2020 issue of VOICES, we identified examples of project management and LSS principles being applied in real time by businesses and governments responding to the COVID crisis. Recently, we asked Joe Valvona, a Master Black Belt and former BPG Regional Director and LSS [...]

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