Practical Strategies to Support Cross-training, Teamwork and Empowerment in Quick Response Cells

Date: January 21, 2021
Times: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Format: Virtual training session via Microsoft Teams
Registration deadline: January 19, 2021

How to effectively manage employees that are members of Quick Response cell teams. Topics include the pros and cons of having a team leader, how to prioritize cross-training needs, how to incentivize employees to expand their range of skills and responsibilities, planning job rotation strategy and how to ramp-up empowerment and accountability without overwhelming people.

Presenter: Charlene Yauch, Associate Director, QRM Center

How to Design Shop Floor Cells to Reduce Lead Times for Custom Products

Date: February 17, 2021
Times: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. (CT)
Format: Virtual training session via Microsoft Teams
Registration deadline: February 15, 2021

Attendees will work with data from real-life case studies to learn the process of designing shop floor cells that effectively address challenges due to product mix variations, shared resources, sub-contracting and scheduling.

Presenter: Charlene Yauch, Associate Director, QRM Center

How to Implement Quick Response Manufacturing

Date: March 24-26, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (CT) on 3 successive days
Format: Virtual training session via Microsoft Teams
Registration deadline: March 22, 2021

This workshop provides a complete overview of the entire QRM strategy and is highly recommended for everybody who plans to implement QRM in their company.

Presenter: Charlene Yauch, Associate 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.