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073: Wes Graham’s Primer on Process Improvement

What do peanut butter, gas gauges, coffee, and flat tires have in common? Leave it to Wes Graham to explain. As an Industrial Engineer and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he uses clever analogies to assert the value of processes and why, if not properly defined or followed, “Everybody will always follow the path of least resistance.” In this episode, Wes dons his training hat to offer a crash course on Lean and Six Sigma – two process improvement methodologies rooted in customer-centricity and increasing quality and value. Listen as he takes a complex subject and breaks it down using anecdotes and humorous examples that we can all relate to.

Special Guest: Wes Graham, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Graham Process Consulting

Location:  Atlanta, GA  USA

Show Notes:

  • American Society for Quality (ASQ): an organization that serves as the voice of quality via education, best practices, case studies, and training with membership in 130 countries.
  • The George Group (now owned by Accenture): (NYSE: ACN) “…George Group, a privately held consulting firm specializing in helping companies and governments enhance their performance through strategic process improvements, accelerated innovation and streamlined operations.”

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Related Episodes:

  • Episode 008: The Lean Methodology: What It Is and How to Apply it to Your Small Business
  • Episode 012: How to Find the Right Person for Your Process Improvement Initiative
  • Episode 021: Improving Quality in Healthcare Operations
  • Episode 039: Using Processes for Structure & Consistent Results with Paul Nicholaides

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021: Improving Quality in Healthcare Operations

According to quality expert Jarvis Gray, assessing the culture of an organization is one of the first things to consider when improving processes to ensure better quality.  As a certified Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt consultant specializing in healthcare, Jarvis shares some of his favorite tools and techniques for transforming operations to eliminate waste and make for a better and safer patient experience.  He reminds us that it’s critical to move past the jargon and look at this for what it actually is – problem-solving.  So yes, these are tools and techniques that you can also apply to your small business.  Tune in to learn how!

Special Guest:  Jarvis Gray, Sr. Managing Director of The Quality Coaching Company

Show Notes:


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