PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2013 October Meeting

15 October 2013 - Morristown - Hyatt


PDP Information

Program Number: C020-15102013
Adaptive Lean Six Sigma for Project Management
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.5
Leadership - 0.0
Strategic - 0.0
Technical - 1.5


Successful Project Management is dependent on many factors. For many years, practitioners in the field have recognized the importance of certifications from the Project Management Institute in providing a solid foundation for leading all types of projects. At the same time there has been an increasing interest in the approaches of the parallel field of Lean Six Sigma. For example, recently PMI and MIT jointly released the study called “Lean Enablers for Managing Engineering Programs” that covers some of the important connections between these fields of expertise (linked at

 Adaptive Lean Six Sigma now represents the most advanced thinking and methodology in how to succeed in an increasingly competitive and dynamic environment. Throughout the duration of a project the challenges and opportunities continue to shift and change as the actions taken today begin to “alter the experiment” in often unforeseen ways. In the pursuit of the essentials of Cost, Schedule and Quality objectives new ways to “alter the facts on the ground” are now available and easily integrated to the PMI platform.
 In this presentation become familiar with these key concepts:
  • Time based improvement:
    • Determine the key “flow units” of the project: material, information and decisions
    • Focus on delays and obstacles to flow
    • Effectively react to events that stop the value adding work and decision flow
  • Waste elimination:
    • Limit scope to what is actually necessary for the client
    • Perform necessary work on a cost efficient basis
  • Prevent Defects:
    • Surface opportunities to prevent work-arounds and do overs
Most importantly, learn about the key elements of daily accountability routines and standardized work for Managers and Leaders and how to bring these to the work group level while building a culture that is in most ways significantly different from typical American Management practices.



John Muka, Ph.D, is an expert at Process Improvement using Adaptive Lean Six Sigma methods. His adaptive approach focuses on changing the “facts on the ground” to eliminate delays, reduce waste and prevent defects with both immediate and long term impact.

 John is highly skilled in Adaptive Lean Six Sigma at the certified Master Black Belt level. His engaging style is based on working shoulder-to-shoulder with Process owners and their staff where the actual work is being done. He is particularly experienced in the world of large, complex technical projects which include Space Satellites, Phased array radars, Navy Submarine upgrades, as well as manufacturing and Hospital and Healthcare environments.

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