Prof. Dr. Constantin May

Prof. Dr. Constantin May
Conference Chair

The European LEAN EDUCATOR Conference 2014 provided a platform for trainers, coaches, professors and teachers from industry, academia and government organizations in order to share their knowledge and experiences and learn from each other.

The European LEAN EDUCATOR Conference was dedicated to improve the exchange within academia as well as between education and industry, which we believe is especially important. In the end, we are targeting an audience which had 50 percent educators and 50 percent Lean teaching and coaching specialists from industry. All participants got practical knowhow in order to share experiences with each other.

After many successful LEAN EDUCATOR Conferences in the United States, the European LEAN EDUCATOR Conference was held in Europe for the first time. Keynote speakers, coaches and Lean implementers of leading organizations and companies shared their experience and knowledge.

Through innovative educational approaches - ranging from simulations, case studies, training factories and new training methods - participants received new ideas for teaching, practicing and coaching continuous improvement.


  • 27 presentations
  • 5 workshops
    • Improvement KATA Workshop with Live Simulation
    • Plant Tours to TRUMPF and RITTER SPORT
    • Trip to the Learning Factory and Learning Office at CETPM
    • Experimential Learning of Lean in Higher Education: The Toyota KATA Approach
    • Beyond Lean
  • 6 sessions
    • Improvement KATA
    • Teaching LEAN
    • Lean and Project Management
    • Lean Simulation and Games
    • Lean Programs at Universities
    • Lean Specials
  • Speakers from 15 countries discussed Next-Generation Lean Thinking with Mike Rother, Author of "Toyota KATA" and coauthor of "Learning to see"
  • There was a meeting with John Y. Shook, Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Institute and coauthor of "Learning to see"
  • Patrick D. Cowden, Author of the Bestseller "Neustart" spoke
  • Simple methods for teaching complex behaviour
  • Experience of best practice companies like TRUMPF and Ritter Sport
  • They got in touch with the Improvement KATA and the Coaching KATA
  • Useful tricks how to make Lean Thinking stick were shown
  • They had a chat with Experts from Academia and Industry
  • Personal network was enlarged to European scale