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Historic Royal Palace Benefits from UD Intern

Center for Competitive Change

02.26.2015 | Business

by Mendy Fedotowsky

University of Dayton’s Center for Competitive Change

You wouldn't think that pulling up a bunch of poppies would require a team of people and a process engineer.  But when you are talking about pulling up 888,246 ceramic poppies surrounding the Tower of London, it becomes a huge undertaking.  Nigel Randall, is the Head of IS at Historic Royal Palaces and charged with this project.  The display of poppies was a memorial entitled, Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red and they surrounded the Tower of London.  Each poppy represented British and Commonwealth deaths in World War I.  8,000 volunteers would be used to remove the poppies within 24 hours.  Extraction needed to be meticulous to preserve the poppies for purchasing patrons.

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The evolution of TQM to Lean Six Sigma

Center for Competitive Change

02.11.2015

Dayton, Ohio -

by Mendy Fedotowsky, Center for Competitive Change

My first professional job was working for a young, start-up organization that was committed to something new to the industry, called "Total Quality" or "Statistical Process Control."  It was the early eighties.  America had just discovered that Dr. Deming and Dr. Juran had saved Japan after the war and we were flush with an evangelical enthusiasm to spread the gospel of quality. By the time I joined PQ Systems, they were supporting companies with statistical process control software, training and consulting.  They believed so full-heartedly in the ideals, the President applied the concepts internally with improvement teams, listening to customers, investing in employees, practicing participative management and using statistics. 

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Do traditional project management practices apply in a LEAN Six Sigma environment?

Center for Competitive Change

01.26.2015

Dayton, Ohio -

by Pam Nintrup, PMP, CSSMBB, CCP

Over the years, I’ve been asked this question many times.  Many organizations have been struggling to improve their efficiency during economic challenges and yet, still have strategic initiatives they desire to achieve.  So where should they focus their attention?  Can you use what you know about project management and incorporate LEAN Six Sigma principles to improve efficiencies while still moving the organization forward?

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Six Characteristics of High Performance Teams

Center for Competitive Change

01.26.2015

Dayton, Ohio -

by Pam Nintrup, PMP, CSSMBB, CCP

High performing teams work together harmoniously every day, they continually meet and surpass their goals and achieve at remarkably high levels.  They are open-minded, ready for change, nimble, candid, down-to-earth, know how to let ideas and opinions clash rather than people and care that the right idea wins without regard for whose idea it is. Their competition doesn’t stand a chance! Here are the six characteristics of high performance teams.

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Five Leadership Principles – How do you Measure Up?

Center for Competitive Change

01.26.2015

Dayton, Ohio -

by Pam Nintrup, PMP, CSSMBB, CCP

As a project manager and team leader, how do you know if you are treating members of your team right?  Are you doing the right thing?  How do you know you are communicating with others effectively?  How do you know you are encouraging initiative and innovation?  How do you know you are inspiring greatness in others?  Understanding your performance against these questions and thus, the Five Leadership Principles, is critical to your success.

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ANNOUNCING THE ISO 9001:2015 REVISED STANDARD

Center for Competitive Change

12.30.2014

ISO 9001 is changing for the better.  The revisions reflect current business practices and supports how customers actually sustain a thriving organization.   The newest version evolves from checking something off the box, to a living, breathing standard that promotes corporate health and sustainability.

The revised standard is based on extensive customer and business surveys.  A committee of nearly 170 worldwide members has worked for two years to create ISO 9001: 2015 International Standard.  Organizations will be eager to embrace the changes in order to benefit from this wealth of knowledge and experience.  Not just because their customers require it, but because it’s a phenomenal way to run a business.

The DIS (Draft International Standard) is currently available for purchase from the ASQ.  The Center for Competitive Change is offering a half day overview of the key changes so that you can hit the ground running when the new ISO 9001 International Standard is released.

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United Grinding Case Study

Center for Competitive Change

12.23.2014

Congratulations to Rick Mamula of United Grinding Technologies North America, Inc. for receiving Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from the Center for Competitive Change.  "His Black Belt Improvement Project is a perfect example of Lean Six Sigma in action," says Mike Fedotowsky certifying Master Black Belt.  The goal of his project was to improve the time it took to complete a cumbersome process by 20%.  By applying Lean Six Sigma concepts and tools, he far exceeded his goal.   

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Taking a Gamble That Paid Off

Center for Competitive Change

12.17.2014

Dan Fountain, the eCommerce Project Delivery Director at Tryzens in London, England took a gamble this past summer that paid off.  Lonnie Franks, a partner with the University of Dayton's Center for Competitive Change, has served as a consultant to Tryzens for the past 7 years.  On a recent visit, he identified a project that would be ideal for University of Dayton student interns.

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UD Student impacts Tower of London Memorial

Center for Competitive Change

11.20.2014 | Business

by Mendy Fedotowsky

University of Dayton’s Center for Competitive Change

Emily Cooperrider, an Industrial Engineering Technology major had an unbelievable opportunity to design a project for the Tower of London.  In order to complete her Green Belt Certification with a Lean Six Sigma project, she began searching for a project.  She happened to be at the right place at the right time.  When she asked the Center for Competitive Change Director, Paul Piechota, for project ideas, he connected her with Lonnie Franks.  Lonnie was the lead Project Manager for the Historic Royal Palace and had a project that was a perfect fit. 

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Shopping for Lean Six Sigma Certification? We did the legwork for you.

Center for Competitive Change

10.13.2014 | Business

by Mendy Fedotowsky

University of Dayton’s Center for Competitive Change

Like any business, we have done extensive research on our competition’s offerings and pricing. We naturally want to make sure we are not reinventing the wheel and that we are offering something unique in the field of Lean Six Sigma.  But instead of just using this data to inform our business, we thought others would also find it useful.  We’ve decided to present our findings to the public - educated people who may have limited time and resources to complete the research on their own. 

For your convenience, we’ve also provided links to all of the Centers, Universities and businesses offering similar programs as the Center for Competitive Change.  At the end of the blog, we provide useful questions to consider when making your decision.

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