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Lean Summit 2019 Lessons Can Help You Achieve Bigger Goals

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Lean is all about finding new ways to improve processes, and the Lean Summit 2019 aims to help companies achieve this goal. This year’s Summit, organized by the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), is set for March 27-28 in Houston.

A remarkable group of innovators will take to the stage to share success stories and strategies. This kicks off with a keynote session that will inspire your company to set bigger goals. As Google’s former Senior Engineering Director, Ann Mei Chang led a team from nothing to a billion-dollar mobile business. Later, as chief innovation officer for USAID, Chang’s team set goals to end extreme poverty around the globe. Sure, dreaming big can have its risks. However, Chang finds that dreaming big is central to driving transformation. Achieving those dreams starts with outlining steps for steady, continuous improvement. Above all, it’s important to set metrics to limit the risk in meeting big goals.

Transformative journeys

Chang is joined by a of group speakers sharing powerful change journeys. For example, speakers will discuss:

  • How Cleveland Clinic brought 14,000 caregivers into a continuous improvement mindset to solve life-changing challenges.
  • Why Lean encouraged NASA leaders to open mission control data to the global community of problem-solvers.
  • How ING seeks draws on Lean among other practices to continuously improve customer experiences.

Hands-on learning

Of course, learning tends to happen best in application. Because of this, the summit has on tap a number of creative hands-on workshops as well. For example, attendees can hone skills in:

  • Coaching—in the spur of the moment.
  • A3 thinking and management.
  • How to create a blueprint for tracking errors with effective poka-yoke.
  • 3 behaviors every leader needs to drive Lean buy-in.

Because learning also happens in the gemba, the event also features tours of the nonprofit SBP. This national disaster recovery group based its rebuilding model on the Toyota Production System. With labor from volunteers and AmeriCorps members, SBP can rebuild disaster-devastated homes in about two months. Tour attendees will learn how Lean makes this possible—and help build wall panels for use in local homes.

Lean practitioners serious about continuous improvement can learn plenty from how other practitioners are applying common tools. If you’re excited to learn more, visit

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