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.
Leader Standard Work & Theory of Constraints
Russ Aikman, Lean Six Sigma Program Manager, and Brandon Phoenix, Sr., Lean Advisor, TMAC
This workshop covers two key concepts that significantly influence the effectiveness of leaders and the throughput of custom manufacturers. Leaders intent on developing Lean processes and thinking must replace their tendency to “firefight”—skipping from one meeting to another—with daily tasks that ensure that processes and systems are working. They must exhibit new levels of transparency and accountability and engage, coach, and sometimes confront others. The first half of the workshop delves into the concept of Leader Standard Work, its benefits and challenges, and how to incorporate the practice into your daily schedule. The second half is devoted to how the theory of constraints applies to the printing industry. TOC is a philosophy introduced by Eliyahu Goldratt in his best-selling 1984 book The Goal. TOC views any manageable system as being limited by a very small number of constraints. There is always at least one constraint, and the instructors will present a focused process to identify the constraint and restructure the rest of the organization around it.
[The workshop is delivered by TMAC, the Texas affiliate of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers.]
Developing and Coaching a Team of Frontline Problem Solvers
Jamie Parker, Principal, Process + Results Leadership Coaching
You see the potential that continuous improvement can have to help your organization stay competitive and innovate in the changing print industry landscape. But you know you’re just scratching the surface. The truth is that none of those Lean tools “work” without employees making the magic happen. For CI to be effective, you need effective leadership. And leading in a Lean or CI environment is different than what most managers are taught or shown. In this workshop, you’ll discover why it’s so hard to get CI systems to stick and what you should do differently. You will learn and experience the 5 Cs to develop a team of problem solvers. This is a hand-on workshop, so come prepared to actively participate. Attendees will also walk away with training exercises and a model to develop other leaders. The workshop is appropriate for operations/production managers, CI/quality managers, and team leads—with or without direct reports—who want to leverage CI to improve their business.