DATE AND LOCATION OF EVENT
Date: October 11, 2017
Location: Atlantic Beach Resort, 240 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, RI 02842
COST OF EVENT
NCMA Members and Government: No Charge
Note: Valid member number or .mil e-mail required (no email@example.com for example)
SCHEDULE OF EVENT
- 1100-1130: Check- In
- 1130-1200: Lunch Served
- 1200-1330: Speaker Presentation
- 1330-1400: Networking
The High Velocity Edge
Spear’s work focuses on managing complex organizations to deliver exceptional value at unmatchable speed with ease, with the underlying capabilities of systemic learning being the source of resilience, agility, and sustainable advantage. The key theme is that anything ‘designed’ will fail in unexpected ways, so everything designed—product or process—needs accelerated dynamics of error detection and correction to stay ahead of changing circumstances.
Tests in practice of high velocity concepts have included:
High Tech Operations: A semiconductor plant compressed throughput times by 2/3rds, added capacity, cut yield loss, and reduced unit costs by half. Monthly profits increased $10 million.
High Tech Design: A jet engine maker reduced from 4 years to 3 its design-cycle time, halved engineering change orders (reflected as improvements in quality and affordability), thereby winning an enormous contract on the pilot program.
Social Services: The Pittsburgh region’s healthcare system cut by 70% a costly and painful complication, with particular hospitals eliminating them entirely while also adding capacity and reducing staff overburden. The Women’s Center and Shelter reduced from 4 days to 4 hours the time to get a abuse victim settled, despite having to navigate 42 public agencies.
Public Sector: The Treasury Department cut to 3 days from six months’ time to close its books, with ‘liberated’ analysts free to create new real time data systems for policy makers.
Current undertakings include bringing ‘high velocity learning’ into the military, reducing cycle time and increasing yield in pharmaceutical development, and doing the same in high tech product design.
Publications based on this work have garnered the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review for “Fixing Healthcare from the Inside, Today,” the Philip Crosby Medal from ASQ for The High Velocity Edge, and the Shingo Research Prize five times. “Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System” is a leading Harvard Business Review reprint and part of the “lean” canon, and Spear has published in medical journals like Annals of Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, and Health Services Research and in the general press, such as the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Fortune, and USA Today.
Spear, his wife, Miriam, an architect, and their three children live in Brookline MA, where he is on the board of the Maimonides School.