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Oct. 9, 2019 6PM CST General Meeting: Lean Rapid Plant Assessment for More...

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National Instruments Corporation

11500 North Mopac Expressway

Austin, TX 78759

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Speaker: Kevin Posey




MBA in International Business Management, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Bachelors Science in Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas


2020 Chair Elect for the Audit Division, Kevin Posey has a wide variety of technical and quality assurance management skills, and is a recognized expert in the application of the ISO 9001, ISO 19011, and ISO 13485 families of Standards. Kevin is a member of the ANSI Technical Advisory Group to ISO/PC 302 that is currently reviewing and revising ISO 19011 for Auditing of Quality Management Systems. Kevin is also a voting member of ANSI’s ASC Z1 Committee which is charged with review, modification, and adoption of international standards as American National Standards.

Kevin is currently the acting Sr. Manager of Quality for Risk Management at Beckman Coulter and is a quality and regulatory executive manager and leader with over 28 years’ international experience in quality management, product development, manufacturing, and regulatory approval for medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, defense and aerospace, mining and exploration, as well as industrial equipment and controls. He is an active practitioner and also occasionally consults, trains, writes, and speaks on quality management, auditing, innovation, and medical devices. Kevin holds an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering to which he’s added an MBA in international business.

Kevin has co-authored two books in the Quality arena; The Executive Guide to Innovation, and The Supplier Quality Professional Handbook. Kevin has been an instructor and course developer with the ASQ Learning Institute since 2009, teaching multiple courses and topics including the Certified Quality Auditor Refresher, the Certified Calibration Technician Refresher, Medical Device Import/Export, as well as Supplier Management and Auditing. Kevin is the Education and Training Chair as well as Treasurer for the ASQ Audit Division, a founding member of the Innovation Division of ASQ, and an ASQ Senior Member, with certifications as a Manager of Quality and Operational Excellence, Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Biomedical Auditor, Software Quality Engineer, Calibration Technician, Quality Technician, and Six Sigma Green Belt. Kevin also holds the RAC certification for the EU from RAPS.

Problem statement/Theory: Have you ever felt that the plant tour was a waste of time at the start of your audit? Adding aspects of the Lean Rapid Plant Assessment to your audits can add significant value to those tours and your audit reports. The Lean Rapid Plant Assessment will allow you to maximize the return on a typical plant tour for audits where assessing Lean, Efficiency, or Effectiveness is an important goal.


In this presentation, we will cover a brief history and background of the Rapid Plant Assessment methodology as created by Dr. R. Eugene Woodson. We will cover what the RPA is, and also what it is not. We will discuss the benefits of the RPA, and how and why the RPA can be used in appropriate audit situations. Next, we will go through the details of the two assessment tools that make up the RPA and discuss how they are used, with real life examples. We will then conclude with opportunities to discuss more real life or general examples from Dr. Woodson’s work, along with some analysis and discussion about the long term benefits of use of the RPA method over time to identify improvements and show progress.

Venue: National Instruments

Date: October 9, 2019


11500 N Mopac Expressway
Building C – Room 1s13/14/15
Austin, TX 78759
United States


  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking Time/ Snacks
  • 6:30 – 6:45 PM – Announcements
  • 6:45 – 7:45 PM – Talk
  • 7:45 – 8:00 PM – Door Prizes


0.5 RU's will be awarded to ASQ members for attendance

Registration/ Cost:

Free for ASQ Members

First five non-members free; $10 for non-members thereafter

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