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Reducing Process Costs with Lean, Six Sigma, and Value Engineering Techniques by Jon M. Quigley, Kim H. Pries

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About the Authors
Kim H. Pries has four college degrees: B.A. in history from the University of Texas
at El Paso (UTEP), B.S. in metallurgical engineering from UTEP, M.S. in metallurgical
engineering from UTEP, and M.S. in metallurgical engineering and materials science
from Carnegie-Mellon University. In addition, he holds the following certications:
APICS
Certied Production and Inventory Manager (CPIM)
American Society for Quality (ASQ)
Certied Reliability Engineer (CRE)
Certied Quality Engineer (CQE)
Certied Software Quality Engineer (CSQE)
Certied Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)
Certied Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence (CMQ/OE)
Certied Quality Auditor (CQA)
Pries worked as a computer systems manager, a software engineer for an electrical
utility, a scientic programmer under a defense contract, and for Stoneridge,
Incorporated (SRI), he has worked as the following:
Software manager
Engineering services manager
Reliability section manager
Product integrity and reliability director
In addition to his other responsibilities, Pries has provided Six Sigma training for
both UTEP and SRI and cost reduction initiatives for SRI. Pries is also a founding
faculty member of Practical Project Management. Additionally, in concert with Jon
Quigley, Pries is a cofounder and principal with Value Transformation, LLC, a training,
testing, cost improvement, and product development consultancy. Pries also holds
Texas teacher certication in mathematics, technological education, technological
applications, and special education. Pries’s rst book was Six Sigma for the Next
Millennium: A CSSBB Guidebook (Quality Press, 2005), now in a second edition as
Six Sigma for the New Millennium: A CSSBB Guidebook, Second Edition (Quality
Press, 2009).
Jon M. Quigley has three college degrees: a B.S. in electronic engineering
technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a M.B.A. in marketing,
and a M.S. in project management from City University of Seattle. In addition to the
degrees, he holds the following certications:
Project Management Institute
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Project Management Professional (PMP)
International Software Testing Qualications Board (ISTQB)
Certied Tester Foundation Level (CTFL)
In addition to the degrees and certications, Quigley holds a number of patents and
awards:
U.S. Patent Award 6,253,131 Steering wheel electronic interface
U.S. Patent Award 6,130,487 Electronic interface and method for connecting
the electrical systems of truck and trailer
U.S. Patent Award 6,828,924 Integrated vehicle communications display (also
a European patent)
U.S. Patent Award 6,718,906 Dual scale vehicle gauge
U.S. Patent Award 7,512,477 Systems and methods for guiding operators to
optimized engine operation
U.S. Patent Award 7,629,878 Measuring instrument having location controlled
display
U.S. Published Patent Application 20090198402 Method and system for
operator interface with a diesel particulate lter regeneration system
Volvo-3P Technical Award for global IC05 Instrument cluster project 2005
Volvo Technology Award for global IC05 Instrument cluster project April 2006
Quigley has worked within a variety of capacities within the new product
development organizations including:
Embedded product development engineer (hardware and software)
Product engineer
Test engineer
Project manager
Electrical and electronic systems manager
Verication and test manager
Quigley is on Western Carolina University’s Masters of Project Management
advisory board.
In concert with Pries, Quigley is cofounder and principal with Value Transformation,
LLC, training, testing, cost improvement, and product development consultancy.
Collectively, Pries and Quigley are the authors of the books Project Management
of Complex and Embedded Systems: Ensuring Product Integrity and Program Quality
(CRC Press, 2008), Testing of Complex and Embedded Systems (CRC Press, 2010),
and Scrum Project Management (CRC Press, 2010). Additionally, they have authored
numerous magazine articles and presentations at product development conferences
about various aspects of product development and project management.
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Embedded System Design
Product Design and Development
Embedded Design News (EDN)
Software Test and Performance (STP)
Electronics Weekly (online)
DSP Design Line (online)
Design Reuse (online)
All Business (online)
Quality Magazine (online)
Automotive Design Line and Automotive Design Line Europe (online)
Project Magazine (online)
Tech Online India (online)
Embedded Design India (online)
E-mail Quigley at jon.quigley@valuetransform.com.
Additional information about Pries and Quigley and Value Transformation, LLC,
can be found at: http://www.valuetransform.com. The site has areas to ask the authors
questions and exchange ideas about product development.

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