Structured Problem Solving
* Please refer to grant funding opportunities at bottom of this page for companies located in the Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont.
Do problems reoccur? Do you feel like you are just putting a bandaid on the issue? Time to try VMEC’s Structured Problem Solving workshop! A methodical, collaborative approach for problems and opportunities of all sizes. The routine is simple. The impact is profound. How is this accomplished? By thinking first, getting some data, trying a test solution and then following up to see how it works. This is called the PDCA cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act). The Problem Solving workshop explains the theory, but more important, provides examples and exercises to try it out. Better yet, if you have a nagging work problem needing attention, come ready to share and discuss and we’ll start applying PDCA right away to your organization no matter its size or industry.
These proven methods will reduce you encounter the same problems over and over? Remove the frustration that no one seems to learn from experiences? Stop the “firefighters” mentality that happens when someone can only jump in for a quick fix. VMEC integrates proven methods from highly regarded experts in the field such as: Steven Spear – currently a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and co-author of the 1999 HBR paper “Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System” – summarizes the keys to continuous improvement and company success like this:
- See the Problem
- Solve the Problem
- Share the Knowledge
- Improve Capabilities 1, 2, 3
VMEC’s approach to “teach you to fish” will not only help you see the problems, but also insure that you can keep working on continuous improvement by introducing A3 Problem Solving communication tools. You will be able to bring your own A3 back to your organization to support continuous cycles of learning. But don’t worry…we’ll try it out first with a case study and then perhaps on your actual problem.
* The Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC) through the Vermont Quebec Enterprise Initiative agree to fund (50%) of VMEC’s fee, with funds from the Northern Border Regional Commission Grant provided the following conditions are met:
- There must be sign in sheets documenting attendance.
- The Company must be located in one of the following Vermont counties: Caledonia, Essex, or Orleans.
- The Company may not be using other funds from other Vermont or Federal agencies in addition to this Grant.
- The Company will complete a VMEC “Economic Impact Questionnaire” if requested by VMEC.
- Employees who register and attend will be invoiced at 50% of the posted event rate following the training. Cancellations less than 3 business days before the workshop and no shows will be invoiced the full workshop fee. Substitutions are encouraged to avoid cancellation fees.
Payment: Please make check payable to “VMEC” and mail to PO Box 12, Randolph Center, VT 05061-0012. To pay by credit card (VISA, MC, AMEX), click here.