Three Upcoming Webinars: TWI, Kata, “Measures of Success” And a short Process Behavior Chart case study
I'm participating in three webinars here in August — one as host and moderator and two as the presenter. All are free and open to public registration. Details follow here in this post.
“Oscar Roche and Jim Huntzinger of Lean Frontiers will discuss how learning and developing the skills provided by the practices of Training within Industry (TWI) and Kata behaviors will develop good coaching practices while simultaneously developing the culture and actual practice of process improvement in your organization.”
Click here to register to view it or get the slides (PDF) or view the recording below via YouTube:
Now to the two webinars I'm presenting:
This webinar will be geared toward a healthcare audience that is also, likely, interested in or practicing elements of Lean Daily Management.
This is being held Monday, August 20 at noon EDT.
I'll be presenting a similar webinar, but one that's geared toward a broader audience across industries, on Monday August 27 at 1 pm EDT (this is just a 30-minute webinar). This one is hosted by Lean Frontiers as part of their summer webinar series.
Nothing says “summer” like a webinar, ha ha.
I hope you can attend. If you can't watch live, register and you'll be sent a recording. Thanks!
A Webinar Process Behavior Chart
Oh, and since I manage the KaiNexus webinars, one metric we track is the number of people who register for each monthly webinar.
We use our own KaiNexus software for managing and improving KaiNexus the company, and we have functionality for “control charts” in our system:
The dark line is the data — the number of people who register.
The green line is the average, which was established off of a baseline time period.
The red lines are the calculated lower and upper Natural Process Limits.
The “signal” (the one point above the red upper limit) was the first webinar that Jess Orr gave on A3 thinking in everyday life.
Before that “signal” (and afterward, it seems), we had a “predictable system” with predictable outputs. I could predict that any webinar would attract between zero and 500 registrations, roughly. We basically do the same things to promote each webinar — my social media, our email lists, etc. Some of the sources of “routine variation” (or “common cause variation”) in the metric might include how well known the presenter is, their social media or email list reach, etc.
It makes sense that the number would fluctuate. The Process Behavior Chart tells us the “voice of the process” so we see how much variation there is.
We can do things to increase webinar attendance — and I'd look at boosting the average number of registrations. A “signal” that I've increased the average would be eight consecutive points above the old average. We haven't had that.
A signal for the Jess Orr webinar suggests that something was different in the system since it gave results outside the predictable range. Jess gave an awesome webinar. It was a relatable topic and a bit unusual, so that might have attracted a lot of people. She did a lot of promotion on LinkedIn… but so do our other webinar presenters.
The Process Behavior Chart tells you something changed. It just won't tell you what changed. And whatever magic we had for the Jess webinar wasn't repeated even when she did a second follow up webinar (registration numbers were lower and I think she did the same things as the first time). The second webinar was about a “deep dive.” Maybe people don't want deep dives?
The Process Behavior Chart helps me avoid overreacting to every below-average point or every blip in the numbers. I don't waste time looking for or cooking up an explanation for the noise. That way, I can focus on doing what I can to improve the system and its average performance… and apparently I'm not doing that very well :-(
But the webinars are great! Check them out in our KaiNexus webinar library.