In support of your business excellence journey we've created a number of continuous improvement opportunities we hope you can participate in. Visit our website to view a complete calendar of upcoming events.
Continuous Improvement opportunities for you
Led by former Toyota executive and co-author of ‘Toyota Culture’  Mike Hoseus, the Kentucky Lean Tour 2019 is a guided 3-day experience which explores best practice lean leadership alongside other experienced lean veterans. With unparalleled insight to the largest Toyota plant in the world, we’ll observe their culture of continuous improvement and leadership development programs. Most importantly, you’ll create tangible action plans on how to take your own lean programs to the next level.

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”. This valuable session will provide you with the knowledge you need to get started facilitating a team through a transactional-based Value Stream Mapping event.

Masaaki Imai (Father of Kaizen) is quoted as saying Kaizen, otherwise known as Continuous Improvement, means; Everybody, Everywhere, Everyday. The challenge/direction is clear; Engage people! Stay engaged yourself and spread commitment!

Perhaps the most important element to effective use of TWI is the understanding and practical application by leaders to use Job Relations techniques. This is one course of Optima’s three-course TWI Certification Program.

SigMax Solutions and Optima Associates are offering a ten-day Six Sigma Black Belt course. This customer focused, methodology-based training, teaches students to solve relevant customer and business problems using data.

UPCOMING Continuous Improvement Alliance events
Grande Cheese Company will share their progress with implementing Managing for Daily Improvement over the last year along with lessons learned. In 2019 the Grande team will be focused on creating standard work and request implementation advice and feedback.

Schneider will share their organization’s continuous improvement culture along with Driver Recruiting’s journey, to include their recent focus to bring automation to the department.

Bay Tek Entertainment is excited to share their 39,000 sf manufacturing expansion with Alliance members. We will discuss how leveraging value streams and the involvement of their people has enabled continued growth. The Bay Tek team would like Alliance members to offer suggestions relating to driving change through daily metrics. Arrive at 8:15 to have some fun in their new Game Room!

Green Bay Packaging-Wausau will share their CI journey including their implementation of Managing for Daily Improvement and their 4 DX Accountability board for the Leadership team. We will also see a demonstration of Device Magic, an intelligent form module that automates the completion and distribution of forms.

Modine Manufacturing will share their approach to coaching and mentoring associates in the improvement process, why leader standard work is essential and how creating improvement capability plans ensures capability development of their associates.

Alliance groups are vital to your continuous improvement efforts
Your business plays a key role in our state’s and nation’s economic growth. By sharing best practices and helping one another with specific issues, our Continuous Improvement Alliance and Service Alliance supports continued growth.

With monthly events held at member companies, you have an opportunity to engage with continuous improvement professionals and see first hand what other’s are doing to ensure success. We have six Alliance groups in Wisconsin. Member companies can attend monthly Optima Breakfast Sessions for free held in Waukesha, Wausau and De Pere, Wisconsin. We also have a Continuous Improvement Consortium in Minnesota.

More information contact Bob Poggi at 920-425-1005.
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Optima Associates LLC
1861 Nimitz Drive, De Pere, WI 54115
(920) 425-1005
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