This year's Continuous Improvement Conference keynote lineup is all-star! Join us in the vibrant downtown of Columbus, Ohio April 5-8 to learn the secrets to developing your playbook for success in operational excellence and Lean manufacturing.
HOW TO CREATE A SYSTEM OF PEOPLE WILLING AND ABLE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS
Mike Hoseus, Executive Director, Center for Quality People & Organizations
Many companies embarking on a Lean journey become frustrated with kaizen events and isolated improvement projects that yield great short-term results but have limited sustainability. They are searching for something more: the culture of continuous improvement with its philosophy, processes, and people aligned to cultivate problem solving. Learn how to create a system of people who are willing and able to solve problems.
CHOOSE TO BE OUTSTANDING
Karen Martin, President, TKMG, Inc.
Discover the essential ingredients that drive exceptional performance. Learn how to strip away unnecessary complexity to enable the levels of performance and innovation that make an organization truly OUTSTANDING. Proven, practical, and surprisingly simple, Karen’s system focuses on four key behaviors for excellence—clarity, focus, discipline, and engagement—that, once instilled into a company’s DNA, open the door to sustainable growth, profit, and a deeply engaged workforce.
OUR QUEST FOR OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE
Travis Russell, Production Manager, US Synthetic
Creating real change in an organization requires that you change people’s habits and behaviors, the sum of which is your culture. Getting employees to think and act differently is the key. Hear the story of how manufacturer US Synthetic developed a change management approach that not only helped it win The Shingo Prize, world’s highest standard for operational excellence, but also created a continuous improvement culture that has driven consistently strong results.
THE IDEA FARM
David Veech, President, D. Veech & Company, Inc.
Change is sweeping through organizations at an exciting and challenging pace. Those who can’t embrace this or build resilient systems will suffer in many ways. Building resiliency skills in the workplace is the best preparation for any kind of change. To build these skills, you’ll need a system that allows ideas to surface and then flourish through collaborative refinement that leads to more ideas. In short, what you’ll need is an idea farm.
OUR TRANSFORMATION: FROM 5S TO GEMBA WALKS
Dave Macfarlane, President, IC Group, Inc.
The IC Group, a provider of print and marketing solutions, has been harnessing the power of continuous improvement and technical innovation to reduce waste, meet stringent service requirements, and focus on customer-defined value. Many Lean tools are in use, and the latest to be introduced—daily Gemba walks—have proven effective in improving team communications and solving problems before they snowball and impact customers. Hear about the progress and challenges as IC Group continues its Lean journey.