Introduction to POLCA

Date: October 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Location: Fluno Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Registration deadline: October 15, 2021

One-day in-person workshop provides an overview of POLCA, a simple visual production control system designed for high-mix, low-volume environments.

Presenter: Rajan Suri, Founding Director, QRM Center

How to Implement Quick Response Manufacturing

Date: November 10-12, 2021
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (Central Time) on 3 successive days
Format: Virtual training sessions via Microsoft Teams
Registration deadline: November 8, 2021

Comprehensive overview of the QRM strategy and its four core concepts. The workshop covers all aspects of QRM and provides a roadmap for implementation.

Presenter: Charlene Yauch, Director, QRM Center

Learn and experience QRM one step at a time

Every QRM journey starts with many and varied questions. What is QRM? Is it right for my business? How have other companies used QRM? What implementation challenges will we face? What kind of results should we expect? At our QRM events, experts in the field answer such questions and provide you with a toolkit to make time work for — and not against — your company.

Every year, the QRM Center offers a wide variety of training events, from introductory seminars for newcomers to more advanced workshops for people already familiar with QRM and dealing with concrete implementation issues. In addition, QRM Center members have access to special working groups and case study presentations highlighting current implementation successes and challenges.

“An eye opening way to look at many issues that have burdened our company for years. Finally a solution that creates less not more paperwork.”

Jim Koberg
Factory Manager
Trystar Cables
Fariboult, Minnesota

QRM Event Features


QRM’s time-based focus challenges conventional wisdom and offers novel answers to common manufacturing issues. Some of our research results will surprise you and challenge traditional beliefs/common practices.


Theory is important, but it is practice that counts. QRM events include hands-on workshops that give participants a head start in bringing QRM to their companies.


Our events are by professionals for professionals. We focus on the important issues at hand and nothing else. Time is money, and we want to make sure your valuable time is spent right.

Continuing Education

Quick Response Manufacturing is a growing continuous improvement strategy and an important addition to the toolkit of every industry professional. Many of our events qualify for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits that can be applied to degree and certificate programs.


We take feedback seriously. Based on our participants’ recommendations, QRM workshops and seminars are regularly improved and revised to meet the current and evolving needs of our audience.


At every QRM event, QRM Center staff and students are available to answer additional questions about the QRM Center, the University of Wisconsin, event logistics – and where to find the best food in town.