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July 2013

2020 Team members, Continuous Improvement

Lisa Burke: 2020 Team Member

 Livingston quoteThe work that has been done to date has made a huge difference to the way that we approach projects in the Opus College of Business. We are more thoughtful about making decisions, and more thorough, when we look at those projects through a process lens. I’ve been really pleased with the way our 2020 Vision project in support of improving the way we manage faculty profile pages on our web site has gone; it’s been collaborative, thoughtful, and thorough. We’ve managed to separate the process problems from the technology needs and will have a more effective publishing process as the result, which will require less time to manage, and will better showcase our faculty.

 Also, I’m finding that having a set of people with a similar understanding of how to break down a problem or challenge within the college has had a subtle but significant impact on day-to-day work that we do. It’s been a great experience to be part of the OCB 2020 Vision effort; while I’ve done work with project and process management for some time, I always learn something new from Dr. John Olson in our ongoing workshops; he has great examples from his consulting and teaching that help me to look at what I’m doing from a fresh perspective.

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2020 Team members, Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma

Suzanne Krzmarzick: 2020 Team Member

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Six Sigma Green Belt training and continuous improvement is a journey. When I began that journey, I had no idea where it would take me. The multiple benefits from what started as a week of Six Sigma Green Belt training were unexpected.

The training lets you see things around you in a different way. Room for improvement almost always exists. It is gratifying and rewarding to see where a project can lead. It’s a bit like a mystery tour; the end result can be somewhat surprising and turn out to be completely different than what you expected.

 Since the Six Sigma training and the experience I gained from working on several projects, a new world has opened up for me professionally. If you have the training, the necessary tools, and a mentor, the transition from learner to leader is natural. 

Furthering our education through training and earning certifications is within our reach here at OCB. These opportunities can help us to grow and expand our goals. This is an awesome benefit of our employment.

I strongly encourage participating in the Six Sigma Green Belt Training and working with the Continuous Improvement group in the Opus College of Business. The training is interesting and fun; the support system for working on projects is very good; and the work is enjoyable and challenging; and you may be interested in learning more. That was my experience.

This past spring, I completed the Six Sigma Green Belt certification and I’m currently enrolled in a Project Management certification course in August. We have so many opportunities for professional growth here in the Opus College of Business. It is just a matter of becoming involved in a project that interests you and forging ahead. Who knows where it can take you!

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