Lean vs. Six Sigma: Two Sides of the Same Coin?


On November 1st, the Chicagoland Chapter of the Project Management Institute held the 3rd annual Project Development Day Event in Rolling Meadows, IL.    The title of the event was “Going beyond the Triple Constraints”, and there were 4 tracks of educational programming offered.    I was the track lead for track #3 covering stakeholder management, procurement, and risk management, and I was responsible for getting 7 speakers from a wide variety of application areas, including IT, manufacturing, construction, and transportation, as well as project management consulting firms that specialized in everything from Lean Six Sigma, public speaking/leadership principles, and strategic planning.    During the next week, I intend to give summaries of the presentations that were given at the PD Day Event.

1,  Speaker Bio

Brent Tadsen is a GE certified Master Black Belt and partner at Adaptive Business Solutions.  Before joining Adaptive, Brent was a top rated Lean and Six Sigma trainer.  Additionally, he was a member of the GE Corporate team which helped facilitate GE’s adoption of Lean thinking principles and integrate Lean thinking with the existing Six Sigma culture.

Brent’s Lean experience transverses numerous industries and business models. He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.  Brent is a former U.S. Army Captain and is a GE certified Green Belt, Black Belt, and Master Black Belt.

He has presented at numerous national conferences including the IIE Annual Conference, IIE Operational Excellence Conference, Lean Six Sigma Summit, Business Process Management Conference, Railway Supply Institute Annual Conference, National Manufacturing Week, and Industry Week’s Annual Conference.  Brent is a dynamic and energetic speaker who is able to get audiences involved and excited.  His class and presentation feedback scores average 9.7 out of 10.  He is also a former member of the Lean Board of Directors at the  Institute of Industrial Engineers.

2,  Presentation Summary

I am waiting for the presentation slides from the author in order to make the summary available.

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