Immediate Past Chair
ASQ Inspection Division
Jim Spichiger as over thirty years’ experience in the quality profession as a manager, coach, Black Belt, engineer and auditor. He currently utilizes his process improvement skills in the financial services sector but has previously worked in the manufacturing, construction, and service sectors.
Spichiger has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, is a licensed Professional Quality Engineer, a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and holds eight ASQ Certifications. Spichiger is the author of “ASQ’s Influence”, a column that appears quarterly in Quality Magazine. He has also contributed several articles to Quality Progress magazine. Spichiger has presented at numerous meetings, webinars and conferences on a variety of quality related topics both domestically and abroad.
He is an ASQ Fellow, a two time Malcolm Baldrige examiner and a former member of both ASQ Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Quality New Jersey. Spichiger has been a member of ASQ for over 30 years and is an active member leader for the ASQ Inspection Division and ASQ Columbus Section. He also currently serves on ASQ Awards Board and the Society’s Examining Committee.
Spichiger was instrumental in developing and now maintaining ASQ’s course content for CQI and CQT exam preparatory courses. He has served as an instructor for these and ASQ’s CQM/OE course for over 20 years,. In addition he routinely teaches White Belt and Yellow Belt Lean Six Sigma courses.
Thursday, October 24, 11:05am - 11:35am
Invigorating Innovation within a Six Sigma Program
Though Six Sigma is commonly considered a framework for improving existing process, the usage of DMAIC and the incorporation of lean and the various Design for Six Sigma methodologies may also invigorate an organization’s ability to innovate. When Lean Six Sigma and innovation are integrated into the cultural fabric of an organization, design and process improvement project teams can produce breakthrough results. This presentation will quickly review lean principles and Six Sigma methodologies before discussing how the chaos of innovation and the structure of Lean Six Sigma can coexist and complement one another in order to provide a synergistic effect.