Publishing Innovation The Lean Six Sigma Way

Dan FilbyMeasurement and analysis: These are fundamental activities in the laboratory. Together, they help to guide researchers toward discoveries and innovation. As elements in the Lean Six Sigma management doctrine, measurement and analysis help identify deficiencies in a given organization and to address business problems.

“Lean Six Sigma” and its doctrinal parent “Six Sigma” have seen successful adoption at numerous manufacturers and technology firms including Honeywell, General Electric, Verizon and IBM. At HighWire Press, a leading e-Publishing platform, “Lean Six Sigma” is the CEO’s chosen method for making over scholarly publishing and reinvigorating the scientific media ecosystem.

“We are really laser-focused on making sure that, if we’re providing data for our customers, it better be something that allows them to make a better decision and something that they can act upon,” Filby tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “Otherwise it’s really only ‘interesting’ data. And studies show that too much data can actually reduce clarity, not surprisingly.”

Highwire LogoDan Filby, Chief Executive Officer, HighWire Press, has more than 20 years of experience leading global organizations from Fortune 500 brands to start-up companies that provide software and technology enabled services. Prior to joining HighWire, Dan was President of First Advantage’s Corporate Tax, Transportation Management and Employee Verification businesses.  Dan has also held key management positions at Oracle, Workshare and GE Capital. Dan is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and earned a Master Certification in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University.

A leading ePublishing platform, HighWire Press partners with independent scholarly publishers, societies, associations, and university presses to facilitate the digital dissemination of more than 3,000 journals, books, reference works, and proceedings. HighWire also offers Bench>Press – a complete manuscript submission, tracking, peer review, and publishing system for journal editors. HighWire has been affiliated with Stanford University since 1995.

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