In support of your business excellence journey we've created a number of continuous improvement opportunities we hope you can attend. Visit our website to view a complete calendar of upcoming events.
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Introduction to Strategy Deployment
Strategy Deployment, or Hoshin Kanri, is a very powerful Lean Leadership process that truly engages all leaders and associates in developing and deploying company strategies. It's a vital tool to help you create change by strategically aligning your Continuous Process
Improvement (CPI) with your business goals and objectives. In doing this, you give a clear message, purpose and create leverage for everyone to fully engage in the change process. Presented by Optima's President and Founder, Steven Hirt, on Thursday, Feb. 1 at Optima in De Pere.
Value Stream Mapping in the Office
As a manufacturer, you’ve most likely used many of the lean tools to help you eliminate waste and variation in your processes. Organizations sometimes struggle on how to improve processes in the office environment, because you cannot easily see the “waste”. Information is passed from department to department, many times waiting on people’s desks to be processed. Missing or incomplete information makes the process stop, causing rework and frustration. Presented by Optima's Laurie Stoveken on Feb. 8, this valuable Breakfast Series event at the Horton Group in Waukesha, will provide the knowledge you need to get started facilitating a team through a transactional-based Value Stream Mapping event.

Training Within Industry (TWI) Certification Program
Do you have or plan to undertake serious continuous improvement efforts within your organization? Training Within Industry (TWI) is the next step in creating and sustaining a lean culture. It enables you to:

  • Build front-line leader skills through better job relations and training
  • On-board new hires more effectively, leading to higher productivity
  • Enhance retention through more effective training and coaching practices

Optima’s TWI Certification Program aims to deliver a better-skilled workforce, improved labor and management relations, productivity improvements and a focus on continuous improvement. Our three-component TWI program is the ideal process for training people within your organization who are responsible for mentoring others in job skills, monitoring and effectively managing continuous improvement initiatives and doing so with consistent and proven results. Three, one-day sessions conducted throughout the year, will certify you in Job Instruction (JI), Job Methods (JM) and Job Relations (JR) skills.

One introduction Breakfast Series session remains to TWI Certification Program

Optima's Dave Lange and Christian Wolcott have hosted two TWI breakfast events so far with seats for the three-course Certification Program filing fast. One more introduction to the program breakfast event remains in Waukesha on Jan. 31 at the Horton Group . This event will provide an overview of the TWI Certificate Program along with an abbreviated Job Instruction, Job Methods and Job Relations presentation.

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Upcoming Continuous Improvement Alliance events
CI Alliance NE WI #1 at Green Bay Packaging - Mill Division.
Jan. 31, 2018 - Green Bay Packaging Mill Division is excited to hear member feedback. They are building a new plant and with that comes challenges, with maintaining production with the current associates and starting up new assets.

CI Alliance South Central at Plastic Ingenuity
Feb. 1, 2018 - Plastic Ingenuity will share how they leverage 5S to control near misses and incidents. This event will include tours of both the Cross Plains and Mazomanie plants.

SEATS FILLING FAST for this special full-day workshop facilitated by Mike Hoseus, co-author of the Shingo Award-winning book Toyota Culture, Executive Director for the Center for Quality People & Organizations (CQPO) and Senior Consultant for Lean Consulting Associates. CQPO is an organization developed in 1999 as a vision of Toyota Motor Manufacturing to share Lean Quality philosophy and human resource practices with education, business and community organizations.

Hoseus was a corporate leader for 13 years at Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant both in Human Resources and Manufacturing. His responsibilities included personnel, safety, HR development, employee relations, benefits and training manufacturing/human resource teams for a plant of 8000 team members.

In this special program Hoseus will address the top barriers to your lean transformation and provide proven techniques to overcome them.


Get in front of business decision makers!
Mike Hoseus will attract company executives and management from a variety of businesses. A special executive event will also be held the evening of March 5. These opportunities offer excellent exposure to get your brand and your message in front of key decision makers. We're offering a limited number of corporate sponsorship opportunities that will include branding, media placement, access to industry leader and more. Contact Bob Poggi for details at 920.425.1005.
Optima Associates, Inc.
1861 Nimitz Drive, De Pere, WI 54115
(920) 425-1005
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