The optional preconference workshops occur concurrently on Sunday, April 5, 1-5 pm. Each workshop involves hands-on exercises and includes a refreshment break. Attendance is limited to conference attendees.
John Compton, Principal, Compton & Associates
A Lean organization understands customer value and focuses key processes to continually meet those needs with the least amount of resources. In this workshop attendees will receive foundational knowledge of Lean manufacturing concepts and tools. The training combines a classroom setting with hands-on simulation. The simulation gives participants the opportunity to manufacture products in a simulated factory and see the benefits of Lean manufacturing firsthand. Participants will learn about one-piece flow, cellular production, pull and Kanbans, point-of-use storage, quick changeover, quality at the source, batch reduction, teams, standardized work, workplace organization, and visual controls. Each concept will build an individual’s ability to identify and eliminate manufacturing waste.
Note: This workshop is highly recommended for conference attendees with limited familiarity with Lean manufacturing concepts.
Value Stream Mapping
Michael Maxon, Senior Consultant, Duggan Associates
This is the class to get your Lean journey moving! Value stream mapping is a tool that will allow you to see how work moves through your facility. You’ll learn how to construct a current state map that captures not only the flow of work, but information such as inventory, process times, and setup times. Mapping will allow you to compare production lead-time to processing time. After the current state is established, the workshop will focus on how to “Lean out” a value stream. In the case study attendees will apply guidelines to create a future state map. Finally, developing an implementation plan is covered so you’ll know how and where to begin improving a value stream.
Leadership Skills for Engaging Employees in CI
Jamie Parker, Principal, Process + Results Leadership Coaching
Do you lead your employees in a way that engages them in continuous improvement (CI)? If you’re not sure, sign up for this highly-interactive workshop. Taught by an accomplished speaker and consultant with plenty of hands-on managerial experience, Jamie explains how to bring Respect for People to life in a way that engages the frontline staff so CI thrives. She’ll show you how to get your frontline team to change old, unhelpful behaviors and adopt new behaviors that are needed to fuel your CI transformation. You’ll learn and practice the art of asking good coaching questions that help people become competent problem solvers. In addition, you and your fellow attendees will demonstrate the importance that active listening has on driving connection and building aligned, committed action.