Lean Six-Sigma, The Basics

Last month I attended a Six Sigma Workshop during lunch with Professor Peg Pennington. It was about an hour and students with non-operating majors were encouraged to attend. I had my Matching Supply and Demand class with Professor Hill yesterday — boy was I glad I had that ops review a few weeks before! Professor Hill’s class will focus on different things than what we discussed during lunch, but the workshop was the perfect jolt back to the “ops world”.

I saw the Six Sigma Workshop on the Hub, a RSVP system that allows students to review and sign-up for activities.  These range from lunches to events put on by student organizations or Fisher departments, information sessions and more.  It’s a great system that allows students to stay organized and involved with everything at Fisher.

Throughout the workshop we discussed how six sigma is a problem solving methodology that uses research and data to construct a plan. Topics also included the DMAIC method (see illustration below) and quickly talking through two examples of a banks and an emergency room in a hospital. For a one hour workshop, it was jammed-packed with information!

Visual explanation of the DMAIC method – image taken from Google.

This type of of workshop is one of the reasons I absolutely love Fisher’s MBA Program. One of my fellow students described it best: I am treating this opportunity like a dressing room – I want to try on everything and see what fits”.

Fisher has given me an opportunity to find out my passions, but has also exposed me to brand new worlds. I will never be a finance guru, but I feel much more comfortable with the topic after my CORE finance classes and my  Corp. Finance 1 Class. Operations and Logistics, sign me up! Negotiations and strategy, let’s try it out!

My heart will always lean towards marketing and advertising, but why would you ever stop yourself from learning everything you could? I am excited for my Matching Supply and Demand and my diverse course load next semester. Who knows what I’ll learn and what “will fit”!?

Back to school, back to the books

In less than 72 hours I will be walking into Global Environment of Business and starting my second semester of my MBA program. I will be back in a (hectic/coffee-driven) routine of classes, interviews, homework, reading, study-groups, meetings, happy-hours, and more.

I can’t wait!

Truly, break was wonderful – peaceful and relaxing. I saw family, ate more than a normal human should, got in a ton of great runs, saw so many old friends and had a wonderful time ringing in 2013. I focused on filling out internship applications, researching companies and sending out networking emails. I traveled to Chicago with a few members of the Association of Marketing Professionals (AMP) and had a whirl-wind of a trip. Scrubbed my apartment till it sparkled and even slept in a few days (never thought I would say that in grad school).

And now I am ready to get back to work and back to school. I think a month break is my limit – started to go a little stir-crazy.

-photo found on Ohio State’s Image of the Day website- Hello snow!

I think what makes me even happier about classes starting again is the lack of apprehension. Let me explain, in August before pre-term and first term, I had NO idea what to expect. I wasn’t sure whom I would meet, how I would adapt to my professors’ teaching styles and if I would be able to meet my own expectations (I know, sorry, emotional blog). But I survived, met incredible colleagues and friends, and in my humble opinion, am doing pretty well with everything 🙂

So, here’s to 2013.  Within this year I will finish my first year of my program, intern at a great company, continue to grow and network the heck out of every opportunity. I will try not to stress, try not to over-think and enjoy this great adventure.

Can’t wait to see what happens next!




Lookin’ sharp

One of the sweetest compliments a blogger can receive is someone emailing them and commenting on a blog – and then continuing to ask questions! It truly makes a writer feel like they are touching on meaningful topics and making a difference…no matter how small! So to that person, thank you very much!

Moving forward with that idea, I was recently asked in an email: What do you WEAR to business school?!?

Great question! And, just to be honest, that was a question we anxiously asked one another during pre-term (well, ok, at least some other girls and I talked about it! Sorry guys, this post may not be for you).

This website is a great resouce that outlines business casual for both men and women.

Jessi’s opinion on how to dress at Fisher College of Business:

-During pre-term you will be expected to dress business casual and business professional. So, nice pants and a blouse, and a jacket when needed. Besides, the jacket is great when the AC is on and blasting!

-Once classes start the outfits begin to span across the board. Students who are working in offices around the college are usually in business casual. However, on regular days, jeans are totally acceptable – but you usually don’t see a lot of sweatpants in Gerlach Hall.

Personally, I try to dress-up a little bit for class every day! When I see my professors in full suits for class and looking extremely professional, I want to be seen in the same light. When I only have class I am typically in jeans and a dressy top with heels. Comfortable when I’m spending 10 hours on campus studying and going to class — but still business school “appropriate”.

Just remember! There always seems to be an fantastic networking/meet-and-greet event going on at Fisher and these require business attire. You always want to present yourself in the best light when meeting business professionals and learning more about their careers.

Something I’ve learned within seven weeks of classes? If you don’t want to dress up, have a nice outfit (don’t forget your shoes!) and a few resumes in your locker. You never know who will be on campus and who could be your next important contact!

Again, this is a quick post of my own opinion about what to wear at Fisher. As an MBA Candidate who is constanly scheduling meetings with advisors, the Office of Career Managment and professors, I am always striving to put my best (dressed) foot forward.

Hopefully this shed a little light on how to dress for school 🙂

Have a great week, see you guys soon!

Week Three

Or should it be “Week Three??”  This spring quarter is starting off with a bang and without a nice, slow lead-in.  No syllabus days, no easy transition back from our spring break.  This quarter has been go go go and I am not mad about it.  We are in core classes now (no more intro courses, hence no more syllabus days) and the workload and course material is intense.  But with the increased rigor comes increased reward and satisfaction.

My fellow Cohort members have already talked about Staffing and Econ, so I’ll be brief about them:

Staffing – the very first night, Dr. Klein tells us that people who have already worked in staffing don’t tend to do well in his course.  I was a recruiter for the largest privately-held staffing firm in the nation.  Great.

Econ – Chuck, as he likes us to call him, is an interesting guy with a very unorthodox teaching method.  He doesn’t use his beautiful PowerPoint slides and instead encourages us to converse with him about the reading and challenge each others’ opinions.  I’m guessing he used to be a hippie based on his frequent references to Communism and his use of the word “man” at the end of each sentence.  I like him very much.  I also said I was going to call McCarthy and report him.  He liked that.

Mostly, I want to talk about BMHR840 – Leadership Values and Decision Making.  And no, it is not the morning class with Rucci.  (Do I seem like a morning person to you?)  This leadership class is being taught by Lewicki, better known as the professor who teaches Advanced Negotiations.  After registering for this course last quarter, I went on a mission to find other students who had taken it or were even PLANNING on taking it.  I found no one.  Luckily, I did end up with a couple of friends in the course, and along with another MLHR and an MBA, we have an amazing group.

This class focuses almost entirely on HBS cases.  If you like tearing them apart and finding every last morsel of information in them to use in your arguments, you will love this class.  Lewicki is an amazing professor.  The only adjective I can find to describe him is charismatic.  There is never a slow moment in the session and you hang on his every word.  He is respectful of your opinions and helps you develop your arguments into a more sophisticated form.

The reading assigned is actually interesting and relevant to your personal development as a leader.  One of the first assignments we had to complete was a Personal Integrity Case where you examine a time when your own integrity, or that of a mentor, was challenged, how the challenge was responded to, and what happened.  I learned a lot about myself from this assignment, and I expect to learn a lot more before the course is over.

If you are one of those MLHR students who is timid about interacting with the other disciplines in our school, this is a good opportunity for you to break out of that mindset and do so.  The class is a well-balanced mix of working professional MBA’s, full-time MBA’s, Masters of Accounting and MLHR with a smattering of non-Fisher students like the Ag department.  It is a safe environment for you to interact and develop yourself while learning from other peoples’ value systems.

So next year when you are looking at electives and you are wondering whether or not 840 is a good choice or want more information, come to me.  I will a) tell you that yes, it is an amazing choice for an elective.  And b) anything you want to know.  I may talk your ear off, so let’s go somewhere we can grab a drink and some food while we’re at it.  I’m always thirsty and hungry.  Especially for knowledge.

(ok, that was corny.  sorry.  still come talk to me though.)

New Classes for Winter Quarter

Hello everyone, long time no see! Actually this was quite possibly the shortest winter break I can remember of my academic career, but it still feels like it’s been awhile since I “blogged.” We are already into our second week of the winter quarter, and it looks like it will be a great quarter of challenging, yet very worthwhile courses. This quarter I have four classes, and I figured I’d give a brief explanation of those courses since a lot of potential students read this blog and might find it interesting to hear what options they may have in the future…

My first class of the week is a required course for all MAcc students: AMIS 803 – Foundations of Accounting with Professor Arya. After one week, this class seems to have a strong focus on managerial or “cost” accounting, but with an interesting spin. The professor likes to take the typical accounting that we have always learned throughout our education and mix it up by throwing in different variables and assumptions that maybe you never thought of before. There also seems to be a good mix of economic theory mixed into this class, so I’m really looking forward to the rest of this course.

My next class is Finance 822 – Security Markets and Investments with Professor Bao. The course title is somewhat self-explanatory, but so far in this class we have talked about interesting finance-focused topics such as the efficiency of stock markets and the varying hypotheses that go behind that. As an MBA class that does not focus on accounting, this course will be a great way to get a break from my accounting coursework while also improving my overall finance knowledge.

The third of my courses is another accounting course called AMIS 861 – Fraud Examination with Professor Turner. I am looking forward to all of my courses, but this one especially since I will be going into the field of auditing – a profession where fraud is extremely important. Not to mention it is just an interesting topic to learn about. For example, today we watched the video “How to Steal $500 Million” and in our last class we had a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud that has given similar presentations to the likes of the FBI, Office of the Attorney General, the SEC Institute, and the AICPA.

My fourth and final course is FIN 849 – Financial Spreadsheet Modeling in Excel with Professor Oglevee. In this course we will learn how to create around 55 types of financial models using excel, while learning various useful techniques of how to use excel along the way. I know some people are not the biggest fans of Excel, but after taking this class, you’ll quickly realize that it is a powerful tool and most people have no idea of the things you can do with it.

So that’s my course load for the quarter. It’ll definitely be a busy quarter, but in a good way, and I so am really looking forward to the next 9 weeks.


Review of the first week of the fifth quarter!

As I’ve mentioned before (and have many other second-year students), it’s so hard to believe the end is so near!

This quarter is already crazy – a lot of the classes are offered only at night, or at other weird times of the day/week.

For example, my classes run 1:30PM – 9:48PM two days a week, along with a project class with local businesses, that must be fit in during the rest of the week.

The really good thing about this quarter is that the majority of classes are ones that I’m excited about taking. Dr. Rucci’s strategy implementation class has been really enjoyable thus far, aided by the fact that he is a truly amazing professor. The global sourcing class will really come in handy in many different future careers, and my project group includes two very stellar students. And who can forget Intopia, the business simulation course run by Dr. Dial. Our first two decisions were due by this morning, so our team was at lovely Gerlach Hall for untold hours last night… and into the morning. There are so many variables, but of course, not nearly as many in real life! The last course I’m taking the Lean Six Sigma project class, which partners students with local businesses to aid them in solving real, quantifiable problems.

This quarter also will bring many different events outside of the classroom. The first EOTW event was held Tuesday at the Rusty Bucket, where many students came to watch the Buckeyes play in the Sugar Bowl. Several famous groups are also coming to town soon, including Cirque Du Soleil. I recommend all OSU students check out D-Tix – which lists different events that students can get discounts to.

I hope everyone’s quarter has started well!


Another quarter approaches

So another quarter is complete…

  • grades are in
  • books for next quarter are on order
  • teams are already forming for some classes and meeting times are being set up

Winter quarter has some really great elective options for second year students!

Intopia is a really interesting course – it’s a full business simulation, where each week represents one financial quarter of a business. Teams of four people compete against each other, and use the skills we’ve learned during the MBA program to make the most viable business decisions. My team members are very intelligent people, with different backgrounds and strengths – I definitely recommend considering this course.

There is also a Lean Six Sigma project course that partners teams of 4 – 5 students with local businesses. The students run a project over 1.5 quarters – meeting with the company to kick off the project, moving through the DMAIC process (define, measure, analyze, improve and control) and using all the skills we’ve learned in the Lean Six Sigma course last quarter. I’m really looking forward to this – I’ve done some Lean Six Sigma work at my last company, and am excited to get into it again!

Of course, coursework isn’t the only thing that MBA students (should) think about, especially this time of year! One of the great things about the quarter system is that we all get a decent amount of time off between Fall and Winter quarter. I’m glad to hear that many people were able to go home to visit their families and friends – it’s definitely great to get the chance to “recharge” the mental batteries before another quarter begins.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday break, and I look forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces in Gerlach Hall at the beginning of 2011!


Time to Register

So this week is when most of us “MAccers” get to register for our courses for next quarter. (Quick funny story about “MAccers” – I had a friend text his roommate to say that he was watching the game with a group of us “MAccers” and since he is not in the MAcc program, he had no idea what that meant and apparently he actually tried to Google the term “MAccers” to no avail… haha, probably one of the only things out there that Google can’t answer, for now).

Anyways, back to the topic at hand. Since I’ll be registering for courses this week, I thought any potential students reading this blog might like to hear some of the courses we have at our disposal. For winter quarter, I only have to take one required course called “Foundations of Accounting” with Professor Arya, and even if it were not required, I would definitely want to take this course. The topic sounds very interesting, but to be honest, I am really looking forward to working with Professor Arya. When I came and visited the Fisher College of Business, I had the opportunity to sit in on one of Professor Arya’s courses, and I was extremely impressed. I’ll have to blog about how I like the course next quarter.

Aside from Foundations of Accounting, here are the other courses I am debating:


-International Finance

-Fraud Examination

-Financial Spreadsheet in Excel Modeling

-Business Tax and Tax Planning

-Managerial Negotiations

Derivatives and International Finance are both Finance courses, and I am considering those because I have heard that finance knowledge is a great thing to have when going into auditing for a public accounting firm. The fraud class is a clear choice for auditors as well. The Excel Modeling course, despite any predisposed notions about excel, actually sounds like a really useful course and all the alumni that I’ve asked have highly recommended this course. The Business Tax course sounds like a good way to get in some solid tax knowledge (which will be useful for my final section of the CPA exam, Regulation), and in general, I’ve heard the Managerial Negotiations class is an enjoyable course. I’ve also heard great things about the professors for all of these courses, so that is another factor in my decision process.

It’s going to be a tough choice, but regardless of which 3 of the above I choose, I know I won’t be disappointed. I will also have the option to take maybe one or two of these in the spring quarter, so maybe if I don’t take them now, it won’t be my last chance.

Until next time,