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Webinar: Making a Case for Six Sigma e-Learning

May 4, 2009
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MADISON, NJ-In an upcoming May webcast, “Building the Business Case for Lean Six Sigma e-Learning,” presenters from Quest Diagnostics Inc., Textron Inc. and, provider of online Lean Six Sigma training, will reveal how organizations can invest in and implement a successful blended Lean Six Sigma training model that capitalizes on the cost-saving features of high-quality e-Learning.

The webcast will be held on Tuesday May 12, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. EST. Doug Evans, Master Black Belt and former director of lean Six Sigma training at Quest Diagnostics, and Michelle Johnson, executive director Textron Six Sigma, will discuss the challenges their companies faced when converting from instructor-led lean Six Sigma classes to online training.

The roundtable webcast will describe how these two deployments-one service-based and one manufacturing-built the business case for adopting e-Learning. Bill Hathaway, founder and chief executive officer of, will round out the discussion by addressing the technical and operational concerns that companies have as they consider and commit to e-Learning. Attendees will have the opportunity to post questions to the speakers at the end of the webcast.

e-Learning, or online training, is now a standard delivery method for corporate training and academic classes. These organizations have learned that online training can deliver cost savings, flexible scheduling and standardized content-while also boosting effectiveness. Yet despite the obvious benefits, organizations still struggle with how and whether they can make the transformation from a traditional classroom training model to a model that includes e-Learning components. Lean Six Sigma leaders find it difficult to justify the long- and short-term costs, the required IT infrastructure and the format of self-directed study to executives who have not generally been exposed to online training methods.

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Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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