May Meeting

Thursday, May 18, 2017 ASQ 1106 Meeting

Feature Presentation: Kata in the Classroom – Teaching the Scientific Method
Tutorial: ASQ Certifications and How to Re-Certify

The Press Room at Food City, 335 Roller Street, Kingsport, TN


Agenda:    5:00                Registration Opens

5:30 – 6:15    Tutorial (Joe Kirkpatrick)

6:15 – 6:45    Dinner – Catered by Food City

6:45 – 7:45    Feature Presentation (Dan Brown)


Menu:  Chicken Tenders, Toss Salad, Pasta Salad, Baked Beans, Desserts & Drinks

Meal Cost is $12.00

On-line Registration:  CLICK HERE

This Monthly Meeting will be webcast at  starting at 5:30 pm.  Just go to the URL and select “Use the Browser”, enter your name and e-mail then a phone number to be called on to hear the meeting audio.  Use the above registration link and indicate no dinner and note you will be part of the webcast.

Deadline for Reservations or Cancellations is Tuesday (Noon), May 16, 2017

Reservation POC: Nadine McMackin at 423-229-6393 W or 423-361-6402 C or

Feature Presentation Abstract:  Kata in the Classroom – Teaching the Scientific Method

Do you struggle with a perpetual improvement cycle that requires constant policing of the “improved” condition to avoid backsliding, or worse yet tying up scarce resources to “re-solve” problems that reappear?

Toyota Kata addresses this challenge of maintaining operational improvements.  It provides a framework for developing a sustainable culture of scientific problem solving, targeting experimentation and personal learning throughout the organization.

The Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata turn scientific thinking into a practical skill anyone can learn, by combining a four-step scientific working pattern with techniques of deliberate practice.

During a short presentation, we will explore the learning process, the effect it has on how we solve problems today and why practice is necessary to change the way we approach problems.  Following the presentation, the audience will participate in an interactive, hands on activity, “Kata in the Classroom”. Working together, you will have the opportunity to improve a task using the four-step iterative process of Improvement Kata and to also experience the Coaching Kata using the 5-question card.

Kata in the Classroom developed by and used with permission from Kata to

Feature Speaker Biography:

Daniel Brown, Independent Resource, University of Tennessee, Center for Industrial Services.  Dan has worked in the manufacturing sector for over 30 years and has a great deal of experience coaching teams in areas such as the strategic implementation of lean enterprise and the development of a continuous improvement culture.  He has worked extensively with teams at manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia teaching the principles of lean and six-sigma with an emphasis on practical problem solving for sustainable results.

Tutorial Abstract:  ASQ Certification’s – Why get them and how to keep them?

What are the benefits of getting certification?  Is it worth the time, money and effort?  This presentation will inform you on how to obtain and maintain your ASQ Certifications.  You will learn that re-certification is now easier than it has ever been before.  It can all be done on-line.  Just keep your objective evidence, upload and submit.

Tutorial Speaker Biography:

Joe Kirkpatrick is currently a quality systems consultant with UT’s Center for Industrial Services and an ISO9001 Lead Auditor for several registrars.   Joe is currently in the IATF ADP program becoming a lead auditor for IATF16949.  Joe is trained in AIAG core tools and IATF16949:2016 requirements

Joe has over 22 years’ quality management systems experience as quality engineer, quality manager and quality director with responsibilities for manufacturing locations in United States, Mexico and China.

Joe holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from East Tennessee State University studying Engineering Technology.  He has held several board positions with ASQ section 1106.  He currently holds the following ASQ certifications: CQE, CQIA, and CMQ/OE.  Joe is currently ASQ’s Chapter 1106’s Re-Certification Chair and Education Chair.  Joe is a member of ISO/TC 4 on Roller Bearings and a member of ASTM Committee F34 on Rolling Element Bearings.

Joe, his wife, Shirley, and two children currently reside in Johnson City, Tennessee.  Joe is also a national NISOA collegiate soccer referee.

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