HPT Video 2020 with Scott Rutherford

Scott Rutherford

Scott Rutherford works in quality assurance at a nuclear shipyard, and specializes in performance improvement.

Scott is a twelve year veteran of the US Army having served in logistics, recruiting, and operations research positions in locations in the United States and Republic of Korea. While in his operations research position at Rock Island Arsenal, IL, Scott developed one of the first artificial intelligence projects in Value Engineering, creating a heuristic-based system to automate the value engineering process.


After his Army tenure, Scott spent five years in the packaging industry.   During that time Scott had increasingly more responsible roles in Quality Management.  Scott led numerous process improvement initiatives that centered on ISO 9000 implementation, standard work, visual controls, raw material performance and statistical process control.  It was his last position where he led a quality department of 30 individuals that Scott decided that teaching was more preferable than working in manufacturing quality.

Scott spent four years in the School of Business at Christopher Newport University.  Scott served as an assistant professor and assistant dean, teaching Statistical Thinking to undergraduate students. As part of his course, Scott mentored students through small improvement projects.  This served as a precursor to his next role with the US Navy’s Lean Six Sigma College. While with the college (2005-2010) Scott taught the US Navy’s curriculum for Green Belt, Black Belt and Champion courses at Navy installations worldwide.  From 2008-2010 he revised and maintained the Navy’s Black Belt curriculum.

Scott’s previous assignment was serving as the Master Black Belt for the 500-person, Quality Assurance Office for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA. During that assignment, Scott’s primary role was to advise leadership on process improvement activities, advise on self-assessment activities and mentor organizational Green Belts.

Scott is a senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), recently serving as a member of the administrative councils for both the Learning Institute and the Six Sigma Forum.  Scott is recognized by ASQ as a Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Manager, Certified Quality Auditor, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and Department of Navy Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He most recently achieved the ASQ Certified Calibration Technician certificate.

I’ve Known Scott for 15 or So Years

I’ve known Scott, via long distance only, since about 2005 or so, through a colleague, Art Willoughby, that we shared through several consulting projects I did with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard back in 2003-2005. And when I was approached by ASQ to help them redo their approach to their Instructional offerings I had recommended my former business partner (1982-1997), the late Ray Svenson, whom Scott then collaborated with back then, as part of his volunteering with ASQ.

Scott mentions both Art and Ray in this video interview.

This video is 27:04 minutes in length.

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Guy’s HPT Video Series

The HPT Practitioner and HPT Legacy Video Series … now the HPT Video Series …was started by Guy W. Wallace in 2008 as a means of sharing the diversity of HPT Practitioners, and the diversity of HPT Practices in the workplace and in academia. The full set of videos may be found and linked to – here.

HPT – Human Performance Technology – is the application of science – the “technology” part – for Performance Improvement. As the late Don Tosti noted, “All performance is a human endeavor.”

Whether your label for HPT is that, or Performance Improvement or Human Performance Improvement, it is all about Evidence Based Practices for Performance Improvement at the Individual level, the Team level, the Process level, the Department level, the Functional level, the Enterprise level, and at the level of Society/World.

HPT Practitioners operate at all of these levels, as this Video Series clearly demonstrates.

Although ISPI – the International Society for Performance Improvement is the professional home of many HPT Practitioners – the concepts, models, methods, tools and techniques are not limited to any one professional affinity group or professional label.

ISPI just happens to be where I learned about HPT – and has been my professional home since 1979.

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