Lean Enterprise Institute’s 2017 Conference Will Examine Management Systems that Develop Problem Solvers

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In keeping with the Institute’s goal of continuously improving the annual lean management conference, the theme was suggested by last year’s attendees.

Conference crowd shot.

The annual Lean Transformation Summit draws a sell-out crowd.

The most popular requests in a survey at last year’s Summit were more networking time and more focus on how management systems can create problem solving cultures.

Managers and executives from manufacturing, service, and healthcare companies will describe how their lean management systems support and develop people’s problem solving skills at the annual Lean Transformation Summit, March 7-8, 2017, in Carlsbad, CA.

“We listen to customers to improve the Summit every year,” said Josh Rapoza, customer strategy officer at conference organizer, the Lean Enterprise Institute. “The most popular requests in a survey at last year’s Summit were more networking time and more focus on how management systems can create problem solving cultures.”

Plenary and breakout sessions will address the specifics of how different lean management systems at a variety of companies develop the problem solving skills of people at every organizational level.

The Summit also will feature more networking in the form of breaks and receptions, lunch roundtables dedicated to specific subjects, a golf outing, tour of nearby San Diego Safari Park, and preconference conversations with lean management authors and thought leaders John Shook, LEI CEO, and Jim Womack, LEI founder and senior advisor at the Cambridge, MA-based nonprofit.

The Summit takes place at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. For complete information and to register visit: http://www.lean.org/Events/2017_lean_transformation_summit.cfm, call 617-871-2900, or email summits@lean.org. An early registration discount of $300 is available until Jan. 31.

Lean Management and Innovation
The annual conference is expected to draw more than 600 lean practitioners from around the world, seeking innovative, how-to information about starting or sustaining lean transformations. In the keynote, Shook will share his unique views of what true innovation is and how it drives management systems that create problem solvers.

Other plenary speakers are:

  •     Ci&T co-founders Cesar Gon, global CEO, and Bruno Guicardi, president of North America, who will explain how a lean effort began at the senior level with hoshin kanri and ultimately encompassed all employees worldwide.
  •     Lantech CEO Jim Lancaster will describe why Lantech, a stellar performer in improvement by means of kaizen and kaikaku in the 1990s, struggled over time to sustain its gains and improve financial performance until it developed a daily management system.
  •     Cindy Steckel, VP, chief nursing and operations executive, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Alexie Nguyen, MD, medical director, Hospitalist Program, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, will explain how Scripps adapts its lean management system at five very different campuses to incrementally improve operations by engaging people at all levels in problem solving.

Other highlights include learning sessions, small interactive classes on the leading-edge of lean thinking and practice. Pre-conference workshops, in-depth sessions for building skills and behaviors, will run March 6.

Summit Learning Sessions

  •     Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Enterprise
  •     Building Trust and Creating Problem Solvers at San Diego Zoo Global
  •     Lead with Respect
  •     Lean Culture Transformation at Toys “R” Us
  •     Mindfulness: A Research-Based Way to Supercharge Lean Practice
  •     Personal Kanban
  •     Surfing, Creating, and Sustaining a Lean Culture
  •     Sustaining a Problem-Solving Culture at TaylorMade
  •     The Four Types of Problems
  •     The Lean Bakery - Better Customer Service Through Problem Solving
  •     Understanding and Implementing a Continuous Improvement Culture

Pre-conference Workshops

  •     Change That Sustains
  •     Coaching for Development – Structured Coaching Using A3 Thinking
  •     Continuous Improvement Using Personal Kanban
  •     Gemba Walks
  •     Improvement Kata Experience
  •     Kaizen: Culture of Continuous Improvement
  •     Lead with Respect: Practicing Respect for People to Enable Engagement, Teamwork & Accountability
  •     Seeing the Whole Value Stream
  •     Understanding Lean Transformation

The Summit takes place at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad. For complete information and to register visit: http://www.lean.org/Events/2017_lean_transformation_summit.cfm, call 617-871-2900, or email summits@lean.org. An early registration discount of $300 is available until Jan. 31.

About LEI
Lean Enterprise Institute Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Cambridge, MA, with a mission to makes things better through lean thinking and practice. Founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, PhD, LEI conducts research, teaches educational workshops, publishes books and ebooks, runs conferences, and shares practical information about lean thinking and practice through lean.org. We support other lean initiatives such as the Lean Global Network, the Lean Education Academic Network, and the Center for Lean Engagement and Research in Healthcare at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, and the Healthcare Value Network. Visit LEI at lean.org for more information.

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