The Delaware MEP has a core group of highly interactive workshops focused on helping your organization succeed in today’s highly competitive marketplace.  Please see below for a list detailing the latest DEMEP Public Workshops being held during the Spring of 2021.  

Your organizations course fees may be covered by a workforce training grant.  Please contact your DEMEP Advisor or to determine eligibility.

Excellence in Leadership Series

All classes will be held via Zoom Virtual Training – a Zoom link will be provided after registration.

The Delaware MEP has a core group of highly interactive workshops focused on helping your organizations current and future leadership succeed in today’s highly competitive market place. Based on needs identified by manufacturing clients over time, we have combined some of our proven training content delivered by top instructors to give your organization their best chance for success. This series is specifically tailored towards core leadership skill-sets both at an interpersonal and team-based level.

2021 Training Seminars

1 Managing Virtual Teams/ Innovation!
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
April 09, 2021
2 Communication/ Conflict Resolution
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
April 16, 2021
3 Problem Solving
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
April 23, 2021
4 Project Execution/ Change Management
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
April 30, 2021
5 Team Building for Performance
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
May 14, 2021
6 Decision Making/ Customer Focus
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
May 21, 2021

Course Descriptions

Managing Virtual Teams (Half Day) – Technology is changing our world and how we get work done. A company’s employees are no longer in the same building, town or even country, yet they still need to work, function and collaborate as a team. Learn techniques to manage your remote teams.

Innovation! (Half Day) – If you’re not Innovating, your competition is and that could leave you in the dust. Learn what Innovation means to you and your company and how to go about Innovating your business approach AND your product line. Hear from a certified Innovation Engineering Black Belt how you can outperform and outpace the competition.

Communication (Half Day) – Understand the difference between good and bad communication skills. Learn how to recognize both types in yourself and others. Practice using good skills in both written and verbal communication.

Conflict Resolution (Half Day) – Learn how to identify when a conflict exists. Recognize the types of conflict and understand your own conflict resolution strategy and how to improve it. Learn how to manage conflict development.

Problem Solving (Half Day) – Root Cause Determination – Problem Solving at the fundamental level. This training will focus on the Plan-Do-Check-Act Deming Wheel for improvement following a 7-step process to determine root causes. Along with the methodology, tools will be introduced and practiced as teams, including new brainstorming techniques, 5 Whys, fishbone diagrams, and prioritization models. Both experienced participants and new to PDCA participants will learn fresh skills and a common language for root cause analysis, determination and problem solving.

Project Execution (Half Day) – Learn techniques for project management. During this seminar you will learn to define your work, build a plan, control execution and evaluate the performance. While discovering the skills and resources necessary to effectively execute a project.

Change Management (Half Day) – How do you respond to change? Understand the change process, dynamics and how to improve your change performance.

Team Building for Performance (Full Day) – Unleash the power of your teams. Understand how to build a productive team, what makes teamwork productive, how to appreciate your team and understand the requirements for success.

Decision Making (Half Day) – Leaders need to understand when and how to make the correct business decisions. Tools can be used to address complexity, high risk and consequences as well as differences of opinions among the team. Specifically, risk analysis, decision matrix, decision trees and group decision processes will be demonstrated.

Customer Focus (Half Day) – Orienting the organization toward the customer’s needs is important in every aspect of a successful business. Customer focused leaders are continually validating and mining new information on their customers strategies and business direction. This workshop will focus on how to leverage these strategies internally.

Pricing (Seminar Rates)

1 Managing Virtual Teams / Innovation! $190/$190
2 Communication/Conflict Resolution $190/$190
3 Problem Solving $345
4 Project Execution/Change Management $190/$190
5 Team Building for Performance $345
6 Decision Making / Customer Focus $190/$190
  Total $2210
  Complete Series (1/3% Off) $1475

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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training

8 Contact Days:
June 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24 and July 14 & 15, 2021

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Cost $2,250
All classes will be held via Zoom Virtual Training – a Zoom link will be provided after registration

This eight day workshop prepares participants to guide a team through the process of identifying and solving a problem as well as implementing and sustaining the solution. The project strategy is built around the five phases of DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) and introduces key lean six sigma tools as the project unfolds. This is a team-based approach designed to ensure that problems are clearly defined, root causes are identified and solutions are permanently installed.

Course Deliverables:

  • Understand the fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma process improvement
  • Apply the basic D – M – A – I – C improvement methodology
  • Learn to identify and reduce waste and defects in daily work
  • Recognize how to choose and apply the most frequently used tools
  • Develop and progress a personal improvement project during the course
  • Acquire project leadership and change management skills for improved team and stakeholder management

Who should attend?

  • Those interested in learning a pragmatic approach to improving work processes and outcomes
  • Individuals or teams that are involved in making improvements as part of their daily work
  • Individuals who would like to improve their knowledge and understanding of basic improvement tools
  • No statistical knowledge is required prior to attending the course

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The Industrial Supply Chain, State of Our State: What Manufacturers Need Know!

March 22, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Cost: Complementary
Webinar – a Zoom link will be provided after registration

This webinar will address the trends influencing Delaware’s Industrial Supply Chain and highlight several no-cost, supplier scouting options available to every manufacturer in the state.  

Register to learn more about the valuable resources available to help manufacturers effectively build and manage a resilient supply chain.  Key take-aways will include:

  • A near term review of the trends impacting our industrial supply
  • State & Federal options that are available to support manufacturers
  • How & When to engage a supplier scouting effort for your business 

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Demand Planning during Times of Uncertainty

April 5, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Cost: Complementary
Webinar – a Zoom link will be provided after registration

Many organizations had settled into S&OP processes that included their demand planning processes.  ERP systems and AI tools led to high levels of accuracy.  Then COVID-19 wreaked havoc on manufacturers’ demand planning processes.  The ability to pivot has never been so prized.  And of course, this ability to respond to demand requires an equally adaptable supply chain strategy.  This webinar will discuss how companies were able to be nimble during the emergence of COVID-19 and what the best plans are to prepare for the next normal, including scenario planning and risk assessment.

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80/20 Critical Thinking and Acting Webinar

April 26, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Cost: Complementary
Webinar – a Zoom link will be provided after registration

20 percent of your efforts produce 80 percent of your results.  Simply put, the 80/20 principle means tat the relationship between inputs and outputs is rarely equal.  In fact, the Pareto Principle tells us 80% of the benefits come from 20% of the work.  Implementing 80/20 thinking means treating things differently: customers, products and your time and efforts.  This webinar will discuss using 80/20 in two important areas: analyzing customers and products (quad analysis) and time management.

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