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Welcome to Great Systems!! There are over 150 pages on this site, which means that you can find a lot of free things here to help you improve the effectiveness of your organization, your teams, and even yourself. Over the past 30 plus years, multiple work and national Baldrige experiences, intense personal self-study, and 10,000 hours of public speaking in the past ten years alone, have provided me with valuable insights into the best practices required for sustained high performance.

If you are tired of chasing fads, if you are struggling to sustain performance improvement initiatives such as lean six sigma, or if you are struggling to improve leadership effectiveness or create a high performance work culture in your company, it is possible that you might benefit from making a systems change or two. We have become all too familiar with the urban dictionary definition of insanity.

The bottom line is this - our process and operational excellence journeys should not be as challenging as we are making them. I have spent my entire work career looking for the best systems that can be used to help you develop more engaged teams, design excellent processes, and sustain performance excellence.

If you have questions, give me a call or shoot me an e-mail - my contact information can be found at the bottom of this page. I believe that I have found success with some great systems, and I would like to have the chance to help make them work for you.

If you take a look at the Articles page you will find links to over 100 plus articles that I have written on the topic of performance improvement over the past fifteen years. You may also find value in the different workshops, workbooks, and books that I feature on this site.Keep in mind that I update this site monthly as well, so you might want to bookmark it.

November 2015 News!! Back to top

In November, I will be facilitating a public 3 DayTapRooT® Team Leader Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Course plus Equifactor® course in Calgary, AB and a 5 DayTapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training course in Edmonton, AB.. There is still room for you in the other TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Courses I am teaching over the next few months (see below).

Upcoming Great Systems Webinars Back to top

The following webinars - some free and some low cost - will be offered over the next few months. Follow me on Twitter (see below) to learn about future webinar dates and times as they are scheduled.

Pursuing Process Excellence - What's Holding You Back? - 50 minutes
November 10th - Noon EDT

How Effective is Your Root Cause Analysis Process? - 50 minutes


November 24th - 3pm EDT

Click here to follow Great Systems on Twitter so you can learn about future webinars and other Great Systems news.

Can You Relate to These Six Sigma Challenges? Back to top

"Are Your Six Sigma Leaders Really Trained to Lead?" - Outlines the five main factors that make most six sigma training efforts much less than adequate.

"Why Does Six Sigma Training Fail?" - Some of the key reasons why typical six sigma training approaches don't work and what can be done to fix these systemic problems.

"Are Your Six Sigma Teams Struggling?" - Most six sigma training courses fail to devote enough (if any) practice-based time to concepts and skills related managing group dynamics, and in turn, team effectiveness suffers.

"Too Many Six Sigma Tools, Too Little Time, - Most six sigma course curriculums introduce too many tools, with little time being devoted to actually learning how to use those tools.

Follow these links to explore these articles in more detail.

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VSM 2.0 - Using Mistake Proofing to Take Value Stream Mapping to the Next Level' Workshop - BRING THIS WORKSHOP TO YOUR ORGANIZATION!

Are You Tired of Chasing Fads?

Can Kevin help you avoid the frustrations that come with repeated fad chasing?

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Are you wasting too much time in meetings? Do your team leaders need to improve their team facilitation skills? Great Systems can help!

There is still room for you to attend one of the many public TapRooT® workshops that are held each month. In my opinion, TapRooT® offers the best approach for getting to, and addressing, the root causes of any type of human performance problem or equipment difficulty. Visit the TapRooT® website to learn more about the TapRooT® process itself and to see when a TapRooT® two day or five day public course might be coming to your area. You can check out the course outlines and learn more about registering for these workshops on the TapRooT® website. I would really like to see you there!

Upcoming Workshops and Presentations by Kevin McManus Back to top

3 DayTapRooT® Team Leader Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Course plus Equifactor® - November 4 - 6, Calgary, AB
5 DayTapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training Course - November 16 - 20, Edmonton, AB
5 DayTapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training Course - November 30 - December 4, Vancouver, BC
2 DayTapRooT® Team Leader Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Course - December 14 - 15, Edmonton, AB
Downloadable 15 minute podcast by Kevin on "Process Excellence"
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