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The Power of Continuous Improvement

Join us Tuesdays and Fridays, May 11 - June 8

Process Palooza celebrates UC San Diego’s commitment to business excellence, operational efficiency and continuous improvement. The 2021 series provides support, lessons, actionable takeaways and inspiration! By attending, you’ll:

  • Learn how continuous improvement (CI) and Lean Six Sigma (LSS) are transforming higher education and industry
  • Hear about real results achieved by leveraging CI and LSS  
  • Leave with actionable strategies to apply in your role

Kuali-Build-Logo-Horizontal.pngThank you to our sponsors, including Kuali Build, and all organizations donating prizes, for their support of Process Palooza 2021. 

Committee Members Discuss Why You Should Attend!

What can you expect at Process Palooza? The leaders of our planning committee recently joined The Current Podcast to tell you everything you need to know!

The Current · Episode 154: Get Ready For Process Palooza 2021!

Tuesday Signature Sessions

tracy-screen-shot-2.jpgHear from global thought leaders on how they apply and leverage our theme of "The Power of Continuous Improvement."  These aren't sit-back-and-relax webinars. Process Palooza sessions are fast-paced, engaging and interactive. Prepare to think, participate and win prizes!

While the sessions build on each other, they each have their own unique insights and takeaways. Sessions run 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. PDT and require separate Zoom registrations. 

May 11: The Power of Continuous Improvement

To kick off Process Palooza 2021, you'll hear straight from UC San Diego leadership - Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth H. Simmons - on the role of continuous improvement in shaping the university's strategic plan and forming a response to COVID-19.

Up next, best-selling author and multiple Guinness World Record holder Chase Boehringer flips the script on a traditional process-oriented view and explores the role that people play in continuous improvement. "Why not you?" he'll ask, before leaving you empowered and inspired to become your own change maker. 

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May 18: UC San Diego’s Continuous Improvement Journey

Join us for insights on how continuous improvement shapes UC San Diego operations. 

First up: Return to Learn, UC San Diego's nationally-recognized approach to re-opening campus for limited operations with innovations like outdoor classrooms, COVID-19 testing vending machines and wastewater detection. The project is supported by a sophisticated continuous improvement and Lean Six Sigma framework. 

Then we'll check in with other program leaders driving process improvement initiatives, including the Lean Bench, Transformational Healthcare, and the Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives.  

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May 25: Lean in Higher Education

 Lean principles are in practice in all four corners of the globe. During this session, we'll prove it!

The session starts with an interview of William K. Balzer, author of Lean in Higher Education. He'll touch on his experience with Lean at multiple universities, then leave us pondering the big questions, such as how to truly and seamlessly incorporate Lean into the core teaching and learning mission. 

Then, grab your (virtual) passport and ticket for a trip around the world. We'll check in with higher education Lean practitioners from Australia, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. It's all wrapped up in the form of a PechaKucha competition! And if you don't know what a PechaKucha is - all the more reason to join in and find out. 

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June 1: The Power of Continuous Improvement in Healthcare

Prepare to be inspired as we showcase the life-saving power of continuous improvement in healthcare. 

We'll start with the story of Lifesharing, which is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation. Lifesharing relies on process optimization to make an incredible impact in the community!

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June 8: Community Inspiration

Non-profits and community organizations must be extra diligent in how they spend time, funds and other resources. Hear inspiring stories of organizations that have embraced the continuous improvement mindset to make a different in their community!

Vince Kellen, UC San Diego Chief Information Officer, leads off with ruminations on the personal nature of continuous improvement. 

Then we get to know Kitchens for Good, a San Diego non-profit that has embraced continuous improvement while fulfilling its mission of teaching knife skills and life skills to those needing a second chance. 

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Friday Workshops

Roll up your sleeves for hands-on instruction with the latest tools and techniques. Workshops run 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. and require separate Zoom registration. 

May 14: Lean Six Sigma White Belt

Perhaps you've heard of Lean Six Sigma, but want to know a little more. Get your feet wet at this hands-on introductory class. Enter now, all ye non-believers!

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May 21: Process Landscapes

Forge your path through dense process jungles with a very structured approach. You'll learn:

  1. A technique to consolidate and communicate information about the business processes across a large business area in a cohesive way  
  2. To build a solid foundation to prepare adequately before embarking on the journey of process improvement 
  3. An introduction to applications of this technique for process evaluation and intentional process transformation

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June 4: Automate Your Business Processes the Easy Way

Learn how UC San Diego leverages a powerful new application development platform to reduce process waste and free up staff time to concentrate on value-added activities. The Kuali Build platform allows anyone on campus to develop custom smart forms, approval workflow and automated email notifications without writing a single line of code. It’s so easy, anyone can do it! 

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