Marylhurst University

Skip to content »

PAR1: A Lean/Six Sigma Simulation Workshop

PAR1: A Lean/Six Sigma Simulation - click to register
Instructor: Rudy Burrus
Dates/Times: TBD, 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Marylhurst University, Commons, Willow Room
Cost: $1,499, noncredit, includes materials and parking
21 contact hours

PAR1 - Turning your Lean Six Sigma tools into effective process change and real ROI

PAR1 - which stands for Process Advancement and Redesign - is a special offering from Marylhurst University's Professional Development Center. This a highly interactive three-day "Yellow Belt" Lean/Six-Sigma simulation is for process improvement specialists. This course builds on our Lean Boot Camp to using accelerated learning principles to teach the concepts of process improvement and redesign. PAR1 takes Lean Six Sigma one step further by demystifying the innovation behind process improvement, providing redesign coaching and value stream mapping, and presenting customer mapping and feedback process training.

Using a phenomenal and unique simulation, the workshop goes beyond learning through case studies and role-play. Considered best in class, the "Shrink-Wrapped Homes, Inc." simulation used in class gives participants immediate hands-on experience changing the very processes they will have to change at their organizations. Not only do participants learn interpersonal team building skills, gain the ability to identify problems and make changes in ineffective processes, they learn the skills for effective execution of solutions, how to change supply chain process, and what mechanisms they need to mobilize their organizations to be more successful. PAR1 goes beyond your Lean Six Sigma toolbox to design, build, and live-in whole processes.

Workshop Contents

The PAR1 workshop allows participants to apply what they learn to a simulated process and to their "real world" business processes.

Part 1: Introduction and Simulation

  • Workshop introduction
  • Simulation overview
  • Establish simulation baseline
  • Align process improvement with scorecard metrics
  • Reduce process variation, errors and failures
  • Root cause analysis and problem solving techniques
  • Process mapping
  • Identify non-value added activities
  • Radical process redesign
  • Simulation debrief

Part 2: Application

  • Transfer what was learned into real-world actions
  • Identify and select strategic/priority projects that are critical to their work processes that can be completed in a short cycle time
  • Document plans for change
  • Begin to mobilize improvement efforts at organizational, cross-functional, departmental and even individual levels
  • Review and discuss individual plans with other participants

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Processes to be redesigned must link to key goals and objectives of the business
  • Listen to the voice of the customer
  • Do not jump to fix the process based on a hunch instead of data
  • Following a methodology that helps you understand the process will lead you to a better solution
  • Reducing the variability in your process behavior will improve the quality of your product or service
  • Design out non-value added activities in your process
  • Engage employees as knowledge experts
  • You own your process - technology is an enabler
  • Do not automate a broken process

Instructor Rudy Burrus has over 30 years of experience consulting to all levels of Management Teams of Fortune 500 companies on Implementation of Lean, Six Sigma, Quality, Business Process Redesign and Organizational Development experiences utilizing a variety of Process Re-Engineering learning Models & Methodologies, Customer feedback models, and Focused Strategic Planning and Deployment. Rudy has a personal mission, to teach and help people make their businesses successful by making key processes more defect free, optimizing the speed of performance, and initiating the appropriate Change Management Campaigns.

Rudy understands intimately that a redesign effort using Lean and Business Process Redesign tools before investing in automated solutions is critical. Additionally, in organizations where systems are in place, Rudy works tirelessly to find the critical process "pain points" to correct, adjust or implement new system applications as necessary to facilitate the success for the people he works with.

Rudy's work with some of the biggest and brightest companies in the US gives testament to the significant contribution he and PAR1 give to business redesign. To highlight, as a contracted provider with Motorola, Rudy has educated over 15,000 employees with Lean, Six Sigma, and PAR1 and additionally, reduced Motorola's finished good inventory buy process by an astonishing 35% saving 15.1 million/year. For Seagate Technologies, Rudy led a process redesign project of their New Product Introduction Product Development Packaging Process. Not only did this process reduce defects, and time to market for packaging results included identifying and extracting 45% non- value added work activities because of redundant tasks, Re-work, poor procedures, etc., ultimately identifying 2.6 million dollars of savings in rework costs and contractor fees.

What people are saying about PAR1, led by Rudy Burrus"

"This was by far one of the best training classes I have ever attended in my professional career. The pace was fast, but just right in keeping people focused and on course."  Manager at Dean Foods

"This simulation was detailed enough to actually learn the tools, and made it possible to tackle our immediate challenge of organizational and process redesign. This was the fifth Six Sigma training that I had attended and was head and shoulders above the rest." Strategic Sourcing Process Director, Motorola

"If I had to pick only one program to impact management on quality it would be the PAR1 simulation." Director of Learning, Motorola

"The feedback from the session was outstanding, and we are already seeing people who are leading major projects taking a smarter approach. Probably the best metric thus far is the number of people who heard about the PAR1 that are clamoring to get trained, and the number of participants that are looking for ways to get their people involved. Thanks for again delivering a great program and helping our people 'get to the next level'." Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Bob Evans Farms Inc.

"Walking into PAR1 my main objective was how do we do things quicker, just fix the problem! I was enlightened and amazed to see what a little mapping and analysis could uncover. I have come away with a new way of looking at things." GM Rogers Digital Media Senior Manager, Toronto, ON

"We're still using the concepts we learned in PAR 1 from 4 years ago. It is the best class I have ever attended." Plant Manager, Anheuser-Busch Houston Brewery

Yes, we bring this class and other customized trainings onsite to organizations. Contact program director Vincent Fritzsche at 503.534.4076503.534.4076 to talk things over.

Seminar cancellation policy: The Professional Development Center offers full refund of program fees up to and including the day of first session of any seminar. Register with confidence.

Related News

See All News

Jenifer Wills Hired at Camp Fire Columbia

MBA alum Jenifer Wills was offered a position as human resources generalist at Camp Fire Columbia in March 2014, just as she was finishing her program in nonprofit management.

Barry Bennett Appointed to Socially Responsible Committee

Barry Bennett, business faculty, was appointed to the City of Portland's Committee on Socially Responsible Investments in February 2014.


See All Events

May 22, 2014

Professional Development Center Seminar: Negotiation Skills

Learn a variety of approaches to negotiating successfully, and skills for keeping negotiated agreements and decisions on track. This one-day semina...


©2013 Marylhurst University