Tuesday, what a day!
Luckily, I did start the day in the same session as Aimee, Value Stream Mapping, so I don't have to tell you about that as she already did.
I stayed in the room to learn about Kaizen Events for the Office from Karen Martin and Mike OSterling, co-authors of Kaizen Events Planner. The session was very informative as it showed me that the Kaizen Event, which is traditionally applied to a manufacturing enviromnent does easily traslate into the office.
I also attended 5S's in Construction presented by Dennis Sowards. Two facts shared by Dennis were:
- Lean Works in other industries
- Lean also works in Construction
Some examples from the session included photos of work sites that have piles of old equipment retained from project to project 'just in case we need it'...this is waste! and a quick exercise was performed with regard to Sorting...he had us take out our wallets and find all the waste that we carry every day such as expired credit cards, coupons for fast food restuarante that have expired, etc.
Next I attended the Organization Member luncheon as a guest of friend and colleague John Stine from L-3 Communications. I thoroughly enjoyed my time and my meal. I connected with some others I've not seen yet this year such as Lloyd Barker from Alcoa and Joe DeFeo from The Juran Institute.
The afternoon session I attended was a two parter...Mind the Gap: Communication between the Generations. This session addressed that, for the first time in US history, there are 4 generations in the workforce. The generations are segmented as:
- Traditionalists - the older generations - those born prior to 1945
- Baby Boomers - those born between 1945 and 1964 (I still believe its up to 1961 which puts be on the trailing edge of the Boom)
- Gen X - those born between 1965 and 1980
- Millenials, also known as Gen Y or Babyboomettes - those born between 1981 and 1999
We learned that Generations are defined by 5 categories:
- People - notable figures, both positive and negative
Each generation was examined and the 5 above categories were filled in for each generation.
The second half of the session was a World Cafe the expolred two questions:
- How do you think your generation defines success and failure both at work and in life?
- What are the biggest issues you have experienced while working and communicating with members of other generations? How can these be lessened or resolved?
Results if the cafe will be shared on the Customer Supplier Division's Blog - I'll add the link when I get the info!!!!
I also sat in on the kick off meeting for the development of a new Network for ASQ - a Consultants Network. Unfortunately, I needed to leave early so I don't have an extensive report at this time.
The rest of the day was socialization...beginning with The President's Reception, the cocktail hour prior to the grand Banquet. What always impresses me about this single event is that while I am in a room with many of the greatest minds in the Quality field and past, present and future leaders of this great organization we call ASQ, we spend our time socializing...there is no "do you know what's wrong with ASQ" or "do you know what I would do if I were back on the BoD" or "when I was on the BoD, everyone...". This is catch-up time. How's the family? How's business? What have you been up to? Great to see you again! And most significant, "It is my great pleasure to meet you!"
After about 1 1/2 hours we wandered up to the Grand Ball Room in the Hilton Americas for a the annual banquet. I sat at a table with some friends, some people I've never met before and several staff members. We had a great table, and a wonderful time was had by all. Good meal, great discussion, lots of laughs. The jokes were flying, and those of you that know me know that telling a story, a joke, is essential to my good health and my enjoyment of an event...I thoroughly enjoyed this event.
The night went into the wee hours of the morning connecting with other conference attendees both in receptions, hospitality suites and the hotel lobby lounge. All in all a great day and a wonderful night!