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A business podcast dedicated to teaching and sharing how the popular business improvement methodologies of Lean and Six Sigma can be applied to environmental impacts (water, air emissions, solid waste, trash, rubbish, hazardous waste, toxins, and energy) and societal issues (homelessness, government agencies, education, healthcare, gender equality, poverty, etc). These techniques and principles can help businesses, nonprofit organizations, NGO's, not-for-profit organizations and local communities save money, engage employees and residents, and become better stewards of the environment. Learn more at LeanSixSigmaForGood.com



Keywords: Lean, Six Sigma, Environment, Sustainability, Green, Energy Reduction, Energy Conservation, Carbon Footprint, Triple Bottom Line, Eco-friendly, Environmental Sustainability, Water Conservation, Lean Six Sigma, Business Improvement, Process Efficiency, Zero Waste, Waste Reduction, Efficiency, Poverty, Donations, Homelessness, Healthcare

Lean Six Sigma for Good Podcast Brion Hurley: Lean Six Sigma for Good

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A business podcast dedicated to teaching and sharing how the popular business improvement methodologies of Lean and Six Sigma can be applied to environmental impacts (water, air emissions, solid waste, trash, rubbish, hazardous waste, toxins, and energy) and societal issues (homelessness, government agencies, education, healthcare, gender equality, poverty, etc). These techniques and principles can help businesses, nonprofit organizations, NGO's, not-for-profit organizations and local communities save money, engage employees and residents, and become better stewards of the environment. Learn more at LeanSixSigmaForGood.com



Keywords: Lean, Six Sigma, Environment, Sustainability, Green, Energy Reduction, Energy Conservation, Carbon Footprint, Triple Bottom Line, Eco-friendly, Environmental Sustainability, Water Conservation, Lean Six Sigma, Business Improvement, Process Efficiency, Zero Waste, Waste Reduction, Efficiency, Poverty, Donations, Homelessness, Healthcare

    E076: 2020 Excellence in Sustainable Development Award Winner – City of Fort Collins

    E076: 2020 Excellence in Sustainable Development Award Winner – City of Fort Collins

    In this podcast, I interview Pete Iengo and Jamie Gaskill from the City of Fort Collins (Colorado, USA). The City of Fort Collins in Colorado (USA) has been on a continuous improvement journey since 2010. They made great progress on their Income-Qualified Assistance Program (IQAP) to help residents pay their utility bills, and were recognized as the 2020 winners of the IISE Excellence in Sustainable Development Award.







    Starting with a baseline of 10% participation in the utility payment assistance program, they wanted to increase participation to 75%. Rework related to the application process was 40%, which created at least one hour of effort to correct.







    You can also watch the video of the slides below



















    Links







    * City of Fort Collins* IISE Excellence in Sustainable Development Award* Read full show notes | Subscribe or rate this podcast







    Promotions







    * FREE online course called “Lean Six Sigma and the Environment”* OpEx Six Sigma Online Training and Certification* Creative Safety Supply – Free 5S Guide















    Have you ordered the new book, “Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 1)?” The book is made up of 8 chapters written about experiences from Lean and Six Sigma practitioners, to give you tips and tricks to help you work with nonprofits in your area. All proceeds donated to charity. We are also close to releasing Volume 2, so check back for the latest news.







    Transcript







    Jamie Gaskill is a people-focused program manager, supervisor and educator who creates innovative ways to tackle challenging issues that affect people’s everyday lives. In her current role as a Senior Supervisor and Program Manager with the City of Fort Collins Utilities Department, Gaskill leads the team that develops, implements, and evaluates the Utilities Affordability Programs (UAP). Additionally, she supervises a group of Program Specialists that implement programs that help residential and business customers reduce their utility costs and impacts by conserving energy and water. In addition to benefitting customers, these programs help the City meet organizational objectives and climate action goals. Gaskill also has worked in other industries such as transportation, public health and outdoor retail, implementing behavior change and education programs. Gaskill holds a bachelor’s degree and a master...

    • 59 min
    E075: Saving the Timber – Henry Ford’s Today and Tomorrow

    E075: Saving the Timber – Henry Ford’s Today and Tomorrow

    In this episode, I share chapter 11 of the 1926 book, “Today and Tomorrow” by Henry Ford.







    In this chapter, he discusses how they reduced their use of wood while still increasing production. He also talks about minimizing fuel usage and reducing metal scrap. He applied his improvement methods to all aspects of his business, including ways to reduce his environmental impact. His techniques formed the basis of the modern Lean improvement system.







    In addition, he talks about salvaging people who might not have jobs otherwise. He also invested in the future by equipping people who had “no foreseeable future.” That included educating and training orphans and at-risk youth at The Henry Ford School for Boys. His philosophy seems to align with the Lean and Sustainability efforts we’ve discussed in this podcast.







    Here is the full video of the book recording…



















    Links







    * “Today and Tomorrow” from Generosity Press and Paul Akers* Read full show notes | Subscribe or rate this podcast







    Promotions







    * FREE online course called “Lean Six Sigma and the Environment”* OpEx Six Sigma Online Training and Certification* Creative Safety Supply – Free 5S Guide















    Have you ordered the new book, “Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 1)?” The book is made up of 8 chapters written about experiences from Lean and Six Sigma practitioners, to give you tips and tricks to help you work with nonprofits in your area. All proceeds donated to charity. We are also close to releasing Volume 2, so check back for the latest news.







    Transcript







    Download a PDF version of the book

    • 29 min
    E074: Setting Up a Lean Six Sigma Volunteer Group in Your City

    E074: Setting Up a Lean Six Sigma Volunteer Group in Your City

    In this episode, I provide more details for anyone interested in setting up a local volunteer group to provide process improvement consulting to nonprofits in your area.







    You can find a list of existing volunteer groups on LeanSixSigmaforGood.com







    I cover the following recommended steps:







    * Find an organizer* Find a small organizing group* Hold kickoff meeting* Setup LinkedIn Group* Promote Group* Setup first group event* Partnering with college students







    You can check out the video below with the slides, or go to https://youtu.be/jbi353GjT40



















    Links







    * List of volunteer groups by city* Read full show notes | Subscribe or rate this podcast







    Promotions







    * FREE online course called “Lean Six Sigma and the Environment”* OpEx Six Sigma Online Training and Certification* Creative Safety Supply – Free 5S Guide















    Have you ordered the new book, “Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 1)?” The book is made up of 8 chapters written about experiences from Lean and Six Sigma practitioners, to give you tips and tricks to help you work with nonprofits in your area. All proceeds donated to charity. We are also close to releasing Volume 2, so check back for the latest news.







    Transcript







    I wanted to get a little bit more effort around setting up these volunteer groups around the country, and actually around the globe, so I thought I’d put a little video together to explain my thought process. A little bit of explanation on the LeanSixSigmaForGood.com website, but I wanted to go into a little bit more depth here.







    My name is Brion Hurley. I run a consulting firm called Business Performance Improvement. I’m based in Portland, Oregon as of right now, but I’m soon locating to St. Louis, Missouri. This is also part of the reason I’m putting this together is try to...

    • 29 min
    E073: Reuse Organization Performance Metrics with Chris Pletcher

    E073: Reuse Organization Performance Metrics with Chris Pletcher

    Chris Pletcher is the Business Developer (and “Jack of all trades”) at Finger Lakes ReUse. I met him at the 2019 Build Reuse conference in Pittsburgh, PA and saw a presentation he gave about the metrics and data he uses at the reuse store to improve sales and manage expenses.







    We had a lengthy discussion about the following topics:







    * Chris’ background in solar, deconstruction and reuse* About Finger Lakes Reuse and what they accept and resell* How they track sales and inventory throughout their stores and locations* What key metrics (KPIs) he uses to decide how each store is doing* Decision tree on how he uses the data to make decisions about how to improve* Customer behavior with a reuse store based on inventory turns* How they use a 6 color pricing system for discounting items* Criteria for “culling” or removing items off the shelf to make room for new stuff, and where those items go* How he measures productivity* How they’re dealing with COVID and volunteers* New “dollar tree” reuse store they are opening soon and how they’re making new items more visible* Working with local college students* How they have learned to collaborate more closely in the community so all businesses thrive as a system







    This podcast is almost 2 hours in length, but there is so much good content I didn’t want to take anything out. I also don’t like when podcasts are split into two episodes, so you’re getting it all at once.







    Links







    * Chris Pletcher* Email: chris@fingerlakesreuse.org* LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-pletcher-b706915b/* Finger Lakes Reuse @ IthacaReUse.org* Cascadia Alliance* Build Reuse* Read full show notes | Subscribe or rate this podcast







    Promotions







    * FREE online course called “Lean Six Sigma and the Environment”* OpEx Six Sigma Online Training and Certification* Creative Safety Supply – Free 5S Guide















    Have you ordered the new book, “a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 1) (opens in a new tab)"...

    • 1 hr 54 min
    E072: Food Systems Projects Between Schools and Nonprofits

    E072: Food Systems Projects Between Schools and Nonprofits

    For the 2020-2021 year, I am the President of the IISE Sustainable Development Division. The mission of the group is to help align Industrial and Systems Engineers with organizations working on the UN Sustainable Development goals. This is the 2nd interview we’ve done this year, the first one was with Bradley Miller from the University of Houston.







    In this podcast, we discuss some past projects to connect students with nonprofits to improve food systems in Iowa and across the country.







    * Jason Grimm, Deputy Director with Iowa Valley Resource and Conservation Development (IVRC&D)* Anuj Mittal, Senior Instructor at Dunwoody College of Technology* Dave Adolfson, Senior Instructor at Dunwoody College of Technology* Moderator: Brion Hurley, IISE Sustainable Development Division President, consultant for BPI







    You can also watch a video of our interview below, or visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXGArdJOWzQ



















    Links







    * Dunwoody College of Technology* Iowa Valley Resource and Conservation Development (IVRC&D)* Read full show notes | Subscribe or rate this podcast







    Promotions







    * FREE online course called “Lean Six Sigma and the Environment”* OpEx Six Sigma Online Training and Certification* Creative Safety Supply – Free 5S Guide















    Have you ordered the new book, “Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 1)?” The book is made up of 8 chapters written about experiences from Lean and Six Sigma practitioners, to give you tips and tricks to help you work with nonprofits in your area.

    • 1 hr
    E071: Interview with Brad Miller from University of Houston

    E071: Interview with Brad Miller from University of Houston

    In this podcast, I interview Brad Miller, who is Senior Professor of Practice in the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, and teaches courses in Supply Chain Management. He shares his success with teaching students how to apply lean and Six Sigma methods in their homes and at their part-time jobs, including two projects that were done with local nonprofits.







    This interview was conducted for the IISE Sustainable Development Division, of which I’m the current president for 2020-2021. I invited another board member Anuj Mittal to join me, who is also passionate about helping nonprofits.







    Links







    * Brad Miller Profile at UH* Bradley Miller YouTube Channel* Videos mentioned:* Transmission time reduction* Heeling Soles* Project C.U.R.E.* Read full show notes | Subscribe or rate this podcast







    Promotions







    * FREE online course called “Lean Six Sigma and the Environment”* OpEx Six Sigma Online Training and Certification* Creative Safety Supply – Free 5S Guide















    Have you ordered the new book, “Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 1)?” The book is made up of 8 chapters written about experiences from Lean and Six Sigma practitioners, to give you tips and tricks to help you work with nonprofits in your area. All proceeds donated to charity. We are also close to releasing Volume 2, so check back for the latest news.







    Transcript







    Brion (B):  We’ve got Brad Miller here. He’s a professor with the Bauer School at the University of Houston. What I had first learned about you was through your supply chain management course. I saw these videos that have been posted on YouTube from your students taking your class that were applying in their home life and projects on campus, these methods that you were teaching them, and then you were uploading a lot of your own personal videos. I was just really impressed with the program as a way to really g...

    • 51 min

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