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May 2013

2020 Team members, Continuous Improvement

Meet the 2020 Task Force

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   Sponsor & Champion
   John McCall Associate Dean & CFO
   Faculty Sponsor, Champion, & Coach
   John Olson Operations and Supply Chain Management
   Deployment Champion
   Amy Klein Associate Dean & CFO’s Office
   Subject Matter Expert & Team Resource
   Bob Gaffney Faculty & Scholarly Development
                                                             2012/13 Members 
   Debbie Battis OCB Grad Records & Data Management
   Sandy Beach OCB Faculty Support
   Lisa Burke OCB Technology and Web
   Jess Durrant OCB Technology and Web
   Jean Gabler Undergraduate-Administration
   Corey Getchell OCB Faculty Support
   DeAnn Kautzmann OCB Grad Records & Data Management
   Marie Klein Associate Dean & CFO’s Office
   Sarah Knutson Associate Dean & CFO’s Office
   Suzanne Krzmarzick OCB Faculty Support
   Shoua Lee Associate Dean & CFO’s Office
   Betsy Lofgren Undergraduate-Administration
   Cindy Lorah Health Care UST MBA Program
   Maureen Murphy OCB Faculty Support
   Renee Nelson OCB Faculty Support
   Jim O’Connor OCB Technology and Web
   Pam Phairas OCB Grad Records & Data Management
   Kathy Sauro OCB Schulze School of Entrepreneurship
   Joyce Wilking OCB Faculty Support
   Brittney Wolf OCB Faculty Support
2020 Team members, Continuous Improvement

Is Continuous Improvement Relevant?

Continuous improvementHow many of you have ever cleaned your garage or a linen closet and in a few days it looked just as messy as did before you cleaned it? If you are like everyone else, you said yes. The real question is why does your garage or closet become messy again so quickly? There are several reasons, but perhaps the most glaring is that most people don’t create a process or system to keep it clean and sustain that great feeling.

What does this have to do with the relevance of continuous improvement in today’s working world?  Actually, everything! Since the economic downturn, companies have been forced to spend considerable amounts of  time and energy to grow their businesses or cut expenses to remain  solvent  and competitive. The problem that often results from these efforts is that internal company processes are often neglected  until they become constraints that halt that growth. Eventually, all organizations need to make sure internal company systems  are working efficiently and not hindering the company’s ability to deliver value to their customers. This is the perfect fit for  continuous improvement programs like Lean Six Sigma (LSS).

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