Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 1)
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Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 1)

Real-life stories and experiences written by Lean and Six Sigma volunteers working with not-for-profit organizations

About the Book

After writing the first book about why Lean and Six Sigma practitioners should volunteer their skills to help nonprofits (free to download), I wanted to give more tangible and real-life examples of how these tools and techniques can be applied.

I've reached out to friends and colleagues who are already volunteering their time, and asked them to write a chapter for this first volume, called "Lessons Learned from the Gemba."

This book will continue to grow, as more and more volunteers share their experiences. We will update the book with each new chapter released (one piece flow), instead of waiting for all the chapters to be completed (batch).

Each author has agreed to donate 100% of any donations or book proceeds to the nonprofit of their choice. The proceeds will be split evenly based on when the book was sold, and how many chapters were in the book. If you know someone who would like to contribute, please have them contact us at LeanSixSigmaForGood.com

Listen to a free chapter, or download the PDF at http://leansixsigmaenvironment.org/index.php/ec-039-applying-lean-six-sigma-to-a-nonprofit-fundraiser-conference/

About the Author

Brion Hurley
Brion Hurley

Brion is the founder and owner of Business Performance Improvement (BPI), a consulting firm in Portland, Oregon. His mission is to help businesses and organizations achieve “triple bottom line” performance using Lean and Six Sigma.

For 18 years, he was a Principal Lean Six Sigma Consultant at Rockwell Collins (aerospace manufacturer) in Wilsonville, Oregon. He is certified as a Master Black Belt, Lean Master, and has numerous sustainability certifications. He was hired in 1999, and has worked out of 3 different facilities: Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Melbourne (Florida) and Wilsonville (Oregon). He has a bachelor’s degree in Statistics, a master’s degree in Quality Management and Productivity, and lettered four years in football as a placekicker and punter at the University of Iowa. 

In his free time, he helps lead Lean Portland, a group of volunteer consultants who help nonprofits in the Portland (OR) metro area implement Lean and Six Sigma. 

He is also a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Sustainable Development division, which is working to bring sustainability to the engineering field. They have conducted a community service project with nonprofits at the IISE Annual Conference every year since 2013. 

He is currently President of Recycling Advocates, a nonprofit organization in Portland that is "dedicated to creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle."

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Joe Hnat: Can a Corporate Employee Garden Feed the Hungry?
  • Pat O’Connor: Lessons from a Flag Program and Ushering
  • Andrew Parris: International Relief and Development Improvement
  • Mark Novak: Leaning Out Disaster Relief
  • Brion Hurley: Applying Lean Six Sigma to a Nonprofit Fundraiser Conference
  • Kieran Mohammed: Performance Improvement journeyman; from manufacturing to government and nonprofits
  • Brent Weichers: Training and Implementing Lean with a Blind Workforce
  • Philip Washburn: Continuous Improvement in Affordable Housing Development
  • Resources and Next Steps
  • Notes

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