Factory Physics
About the Conference

You Can't Afford to Miss This Event

Leaders do not gain a competitive advantage by imitating others. Simply copying what worked in a different business might or might not work in yours. Instead, effective leaders obtain outstanding results by transforming an environment of confusion into an environment of stability. This means establishing predictive, practical control in the face of random events and complex processes. If you want to be a more effective leader, join us in Chicago.

For decades now, leaders have used the innovative Factory Physics framework to achieve outstanding and predictable results in difficult environments. They have established simple, effective, and intuitive practices in the face of poor forecasts with high mix demand and complex processes. You can too. Come to Chicago and hear from the people who have been there to guide you through best practices using practical science. Don’t get left behind. Space is limited.

Thought Leadership

  • Gus Pagonis - As Lt. General (ret.) in charge of all logistics during the first Gulf War, will share his first hand experiences from leading in stressful environments. Pagonis will also describe leadership skills honed during his work to turnaround the Sears supply chain and the requirements for succeeding in today’s complex and changing environments.
  • Michael George - designer of the Lean Six Sigma methodology and author of several books on that topic, will speak on the next phase of improvement. He will describe how companies can apply practical, comprehensive science to reinforce existing efforts and move beyond the limitations of today’s continuous improvement efforts.
  • Mark Spearman - co-author of the award-winning book, Factory Physics, and developer of Factory Physics analytics will describe how to successfully use science to improve any manufacturing supply chain. Manufacturing processes and markets for products differ widely but the basic physics of process flows and of inventory is the same for any operation. The Factory Physics approach allows leaders to design a production or service supply chain uniquely suited to their particular business environment.

Practical Application

  • Panel discussions providing stories from industry managers and leaders who have successfully applied the concepts in practice.
  • Demonstration of basic concepts of the Factory Physics framework.
  • Linking strategy to tactics to ensure successful execution by balancing the goals of high on time delivery, low cost, and reduced inventory.
  • Discussion of how Factory Physics analytics can accelerate use of existing Lean Six Sigma and Information Technology resources.
  • Description of a powerful SPC-like control limit approach to using your existing ERP system to connect strategy to execution and move beyond outdated “financial ERP”.
  • Methods to optimize the production and inventory decision rules in any ERP system.
  • A means to “schedule without detailed scheduling,” allowing the plant to run without interference until a special cause deviation is detected. Companies unnecessarily adjust schedules too often which lead to increased variability and worse performance—exactly the opposite of what the Factory Physics approach will achieve.





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Speakers
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Lieutenant General Gus Pagonis (U.S. Army, Retired)

Leading in difficult environments is the first-hand experience of Lt. Gen. Gus Pagonis. He led Logistics during the Gulf War of 1991 and helped Sears turn around in the 1990's. Now widely recognized for his operations expertise, Pagonis will share innovative leadership practices and describe how to lead complex organizations in uncertain times. Topics include: Converting strategy to execution; Leadership principles in times of change; Transition (change) Management-the need to tailor implementation.



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Michael George

Innovator of Lean Six Sigma and founder of the George Group. George is uniquely suited to understanding the post-Lean Six Sigma world as he first unified the Lean and Six Sigma approaches. George’s talk will address management practices beyond Lean Six Sigma. Managers need a practical, scientific understanding of how supply chains work in order to move beyond “improvements by imitation.” This understanding also allows predictive increases in profitability from cycle time reduction.





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Mark Spearman

Co-author of the award-winning book, Factory Physics, and developer of Factory Physics Operations Analytics will describe how to successfully use science to improve any manufacturing supply chain. Manufacturing processes and markets for products differ widely but the basic physics of process flows and of inventory is the same for any operation. The Factory Physics approach allows leaders to design a production or service supply chain uniquely suited to their particular business environment.

Conference Schedule


 
May 8 May 9
7:30AM Registration & continental breakfast   8:30AM - 3:00PM Workshop: Factory Physics for Managers
8:30AM Keynote: Lt. General (ret.) Gus Pagonis
Leadership and Science as a Compass for Business
     
9:30AM Break      
9:45AM Keynote: Mark Spearman, President, Factory Physics, Inc.
Practical Science: Innovatively Connect Strategy to Successful Execution
     
10:45AM Break      
11:00AM First Breakout – two rooms
Topic 1: Spearman - Concepts in Practice, Shape Your Organization to Succeed
Topic 2: Pagonis - Leadership in Complex, Challenging Environments
     
12:15PM Lunch & Keynote Speaker Michael George
The Post-Lean Six Sigma World
     
2:00PM Second Breakout - two rooms (Factory Physics and Lean)
Topic 1: Factory Physics and Lean Six Sigma
Topic 2: Factory Physics in application
     
3:15PM Break      
3:30PM Closing Panel (George, Spearman, Pagonis)
Leadership in the Post-Lean Six Sigma World
     
5:00PM - 6:30PM Networking Reception      
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Factory Physics, Inc.
3600 East 29th Street
Bryan, TX 77802
Tel.: 979-846-7828
Fax: 508-664-5668
E-mail: info@factoryphysics.com
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