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Focus in on Problem Solving….

2015 Users Conference

September 15-16, 2015 in Lexington, KY!

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Regardless of whether you’ve been lean for years or just got started, come join us in Lexington and delve deeper into one of the key tools for a successful, sustainable true lean transformation – 8 Step Problem Solving. You already know the basics, we have divided the two day span to cover four more advanced topics…

Executive Engagement

To completely engage the organization and ensure that roadblocks to Lean can be overcome, Executives/ Management must lead the lean transformation.

  • What is the role of the executive in lean transformation?
  • What does it look like when an executive is performing his/her role?
  • What are effective ways to engage executives in lean transformation?
  • What happens when executives are not engaged?
Creating and Sustaining a Problem Solving Culture
  • What does a Problem Solving Culture look like?
  • What are methods to develop that culture and make it stick?
  • What are pitfalls to avoid?
Techniques for Success
  • What are key areas of challenge (ie. Breaking down the problem) when problem solving.
  • Why are these areas challenging?
  • What are practical solutions to those challenges?
Strategy to Deploy Problem Solving
  • What are strategies to train members of an organization in problem solving that lead to actual application in daily work over the long run?
  • What are some supporting tactics in making the strategy work?
  • What are some tools to support Problem Solving training?

Our instructors will be there to guide the event and network with you. This year we are will add two panel discussions with instructors and speakers leading the way.

Speakers Day One

Opening Keynote: Toyota Perspective on Problem Solving in Daily Operations
Wally Palen, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK)

Jamie Helmer, Norfolk Southern Railroad

Larry Sims, Boeing

Jeff Stryker, Chick-fil-A

Speakers Day Two

Kyle Sheffler, Roderick Riley, Jeff Myers, Union Pacific Railroad

Bret Anderson, Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA)

Eduardo Rivas Valazquez, Metalsa

Closing Keynote: Jamie Bonini, TSSC, TEMA

September is coming fast. Register now, space is limited! Don’t miss this intense two day immersion with other lean thinkers.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Collaboration between Toyota and the University of Kentucky's  - Institute of Research for Technology Development - Lean Systems Program and Research & Development. Lexington, Kentucky Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 Photo by Joseph Rey Au

Why attend?

Attend for affirmation…

Whether you feel the challenges on your true lean journey are overwhelming or your journey is going smoothly, hearing how others are progressing will increase your knowledge and boost your confidence. Take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions, perhaps questions you wouldn’t have known to ask before hearing about other companies’ implementations.

Attend for confirmation…

Is my company on track? Are we moving in the right direction? Are we performing the correct activities? Is our experience in line with that of others?

Attend to build relationships…

Connect to people in your industry and see a different perspective from those in other industries. Spend time sharing your lean stories with those who will have their own stories to share.

Attend for a status check…kikuchi

How far has my company traveled and how quickly did we get here? Is our rate of implementation OK? How do we compare with other companies?

Who should attend?

Anyone engaged in transforming their processes is welcome……..all clients of the Lean Systems Program, whether you came to Lexington or we came to your company…….if you have not yet attended any of our trainings, come and see the true lean difference……..

……..facilitators…….lean trainers…….engineers……..team leaders and members……..executives………health care administrators………human resources specialists………fund raisers……….fast food franchisees……….

……….if you are involved in a lean process to run your organization you can benefit from attending our conference.

clientFee: $750.00

We keep our fee low – just enough to recover expenses – to make attendance more feasible. Includes lunch both days. The location in Lexington, Kentucky will be the Carrick House, a historic home that has been preserved and enhanced to be a very special event venue.

Mark your calendar now and start planning to attend.

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For more information:

Contact Sandra Dunn



Photos by Joseph Rey Au