Conference Schedule - at a glance

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Wednesday, Sept. 17 - Pre-Conference Workshops
Thursday, Sept. 18 - Keynotes and Presentations at Porsche Museum
08:15 - 09:00 Shuttle from Hotel to Porsche Museum / Registration
09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Note

Constantin May / Peter Ward

09:15 - 10:00

Lean Thinking: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Education

  • The State of Lean: In General, Sectors, Geography / In Academia
  • Trends: Lean Product & Process Development / Lean Startup
  • The Future – Challenges and Opportunities: In General / In Academia

Keynote by John Shook, Lean Enterprise Institute, Cambridge, USA

10:00 - 10:30

Lean Thinking in High Schools? The Experience of the Lean Education Network Torino

  • Lean: proposed by entrepreneurs, embraced by teachers and students
  • The Lean Education Kit: learning without getting bored
  • A new frontier: Toyota KATA on real school processes
  • Lessons learned and next challenges
  • The Lean Education Network Torino

Giorgio Possio, Lean Education Network Torino, Italy
Sigfrido Pilone, ASSOCAM Scuola Camerana VET, Italy

10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30

Lean Training – Using Games for Training

  • Why Games for Training
  • Case Lean Game University Admissions: structure of game, how is it used
  • Facilitators role in games
  • Important design parameters of successful games
  • Benefits and pitfalls of using games in Lean transformation

Joakim Hillberg, Revere AB, Göteborg, Sweden

11:30 - 12:00

Training Transfer Breakdowns in Lean Roll-Outs

  • The roll-out of Lean productions systems in complex organizations
  • Lean roll-outs as knowledge transfer and diffusion processes
  • Training transfer breakdowns in Lean roll-outs
  • Improving training effectiveness in Lean production systems' roll-outs
  • Examples from the industrial and service industries

Arnaldo Camuffo, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

12:00 - 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 - 13:45

Vital Behaviors – The Key to Continuous Improvement

  • Culture Change: Focus on vital behaviors
  • From solution oriented to root cause oriented
  • Sustainability: Continuity of setting challenges
  • Management sets priority: make sure it’s on improvement

Tilo Schwarz,, Germany

13:45 - 14:15

"Lean Cafeteria" - How to Give Students Opportunities to Understand Lean Management in All Its Complexity

  • Teaching Lean from Classroom to Real World Added Value Processes
  • How the University Provides Opportunities to Experience Lean Management
  • What Students Can Learn and What They Can Not Learn at the University
  • How Students Improve Cafeteria Processes by Applying the PDCA Cycle
  • - Students Cut Lead Time of Cafeteria Processes in Half

Ralph Kriechbaum, Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences, Rosenheim, Germany

14:15 - 14:45

What Makes Lean Viable and how it Should Change the Way we Teach Lean?

  • Complexity theory and understanding the Roman empire’s collapse and what does that have to do with Lean
  • How to generate mental energy in a social system based on experience and research
  • What makes a system viable – a system is more than the sum of its parts
  • Understanding Lean as a system
  • Why and how should this change the way we teach Lean
  • Open questions about Lean sustainability and new approaches to teaching Lean

Teemu Toivonen, Nitor Delta Ltd., Helsinki, Finland

14:45 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 15:45

Toyota KATA – Habits for Continuous Learning and Improvements

  • What are the habits, routines, behavior patterns, needed to strive for excellence every day?
  • How do we create a culture of continuous learning and improvement?
  • The Improvement KATA and the Coaching KATA
  • The KATA in knowledge work context
  • How to start applying the Improvement KATA and Coaching KATA tomorrow

Håkan Forss, Avega Group, Stockholm, Sweden

15:45 - 16:15

Toyota KATA as Kaizen Blitz – A Rapid Way to Create Significant Improvements

  • A case study of Carletti Denmark
  • New ways to use the Toyota KATA method
  • How to train the companies own coaches
  • Gain from unsuccessful experiments with unexpected result
  • How we reduced costs and increased capacity

Egon Kjaer Jensen / Morten Friis Jacobsen, Lean Akademiet, Copenhagen, Denmark

16:15 - 17:15

Beyond Leadership – Redefining the Rules of Business. Forever.

  • Our Lean reality today
  • People-Oriented future
  • Connecting our Potentials
  • The path to a better World

Keynote by Patrick D. Cowden, Beyond Leadership

17:15 - 18:15 Guided Tour Porsche Museum
18:15 - 21:00 Dinner Buffet / Get-Together
Shuttle Bus from Porsche Museum to Hotel starting from 18:30 until 21:00
Friday, Sept. 19 - Conference and Workshops at Holiday Inn
Location Room "Sala Grande" Room "Renoir" Room "Miro"
08:00 - 08:30

Registration (Foyer)

08:30 - 09:15

How Connected Industry (Industry 4.0) supports a Lean Production

  • Megatrends in a highly Connected World
  • Influences on Production
  • Success Criteria for a Connected Lean Production

Bernd Häuser, Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany

Session 1
Topic: Improvement KATA
Host: Arnaldo Camuffo

Session 2
Topic: Teaching Lean
Host: Ralph Kriechbaum

Session 3
Topic: Lean and Project Management
Host: Peter Ward

09:30 - 10:00

Toyota KATA & TWI J-Programs. Lessons Learned so far and how Do these Connect?

  • TWI and the connection to Lean
  • It’s all about creating patterns
  • A learning leadership, every day
  • The threshold of knowledge
  • Experiences so far

Joakim Bjurström, Leanab AB, Halmstad, Sweden

Lean Leadership for Middle Managers – Overview of 8 years of Lean Academies

Marie-Pia Ignace, Lean Institute France, France

Praxis-based Structured System of Implementation of Lean Methods into the Project Management Environment

  • Evolution of Lean Thinking: Manufacturing, Construction, Project Management
  • Lean Project Management training and coaching system of MBtech Group
  • Tools explaining the benefits of Lean management techniques and assisting cultural change
  • Characteristics of implementing Lean Project Management methods for companies of different branches, sizes and economic conditions
  • Difference and similarities for implementing Lean in German and international projects
  • Lessons learned

Svetlana Slitnikova / Thomas Schaper, MBtech Group GmbH & Co. KGaA, Sindelfingen, Germany

10:00 - 10:30

Developing Competencies for Systemic Continuous Improvement Processes

  • The challenge to link continuous improvement activities and organizational goal direction
  • Competencies in systemic improvement activities from an academic and industrial perspective
  • Didactical settings to develop these competencies at TU Dortmund University
  • Lessons learned from continuous improvement processes based on a case study
  • Future education requirements

Marlies Steffen, TU Dortmund University, Institute of Production Systems, Germany; Sabine Hempen, WILO SE, Dortmund, Germany

Experience from Teaching Lean Warehousing in Lectures and Labs

  • Status of Lean Warehousing in practical use and teaching
  • Developing a Lean Warehousing Lab at KIT
  • Lessons learned
  • Future plans

Melanie Schwab, Karlsruhe Institut of Technologie (KIT), Institute for Material Handling and Logistics (IFL), Germany

Blending Gemba Coaching and Classroom Learning

  • Finding the right balance of classroom efficiency and one-on-one coaching
  • Standardized work for coaches
  • Importance of following a rubric to enforce learning objectives
  • Use of A3 as a common method
  • Teaching students to coach

Peter Ward, Ohio State University, USA

10:30 - 11:00


Session 4
Topic: Lean Simulation and Games
Host: Arnaldo Camuffo

Session 5
Topic: Lean Programs at Universities
Host: Ralph Kriechbaum

Session 6
Topic: Lean Specials
Host: Peter Ward

11:00 - 11:30

Dojo: Practical Action Learning as a Key Enabler for Implementing the Lean Principles in Product Development Processes

  • Conventional and unconventional training: the DOJO Concept
  • Educational principles for effective training
  • Affecting the organizational behaviors of individuals
  • How to conceptualize and internalize what has been learned
  • Real cases from JMAC Europe workshops

Giovanni Capozza / Paolo Sganzerla, JMAC Europe, Milan, Italy

Delivering the Masters in Lean

  • The development and evolution of the course
  • The use of consultants as lecturers
  • On-site exercises and games that are played during the course
  • The integration of new developments such as A3, TWI, Lean accounting, and Lean IT
  • The integrated capstone exercise

John Bicheno, University of Buckingham, UK

Roadmap to Implement Lean Healthcare in a Public Hospital

  • How to teach Lean to physicians and nurses
  • Lean introduction in a public hospital
  • Value chain in a public hospital
  • Lessons learned

Julio J. Garcia-Sabater / José P. Garcia-Sabater, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, ROGLE Departamento Organización de Empresas, Spain

11:30 - 12:00

Learning Lean Through Experience: Fad or Fab? The Lean Expererience Factory Case Study

  • Synthesis of the main sequential learning models
  • Synthesis of Lean management models and frameworks
  • The 8-phases learning path
  • The Lean Management Model
  • Operative Tools of the framework
  • Lean Experience Factory case study

Andrea Fornasier, Lean Experience Factory, Italy

Development of a Lean Management Program at Singapore Management University: A Pilot Program in the Li Ka Shing Library

  • Development of a Lean Management Program
  • Implementation and pilot of the program in the Library
  • Objectives of the pilot
  • Outcomes and lessons learned

Tamera Hanken, Singapore Management University, Singapore

The Lean QRM Experience

Jannes Slomp / G. Oversluizen / Vincent Wiegel, HAN University of Applied Sciences; Faculty of Technology, Arnhem, Netherlands

12:00 - 12:30

A Straightforward and Engaging Approach for Stimulating the Right Habits and Making Lean Thinking Stick

  • Back to basics - the best way to find out what internal and external customers need
  • No more hassle - how to reduce waste in a structured and simple way
  • Perfecting the flow - a simple way to engage everyone in perfecting the entire flow
  • Power to the people - fostering employee commitment by making sure everyone can and wants to take part

Joakim Ahlström, C2 Management AB, Sweden

Practice-Oriented Lean Education at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Miskolc

  • Effect of multinational companies on Lean education in Hungary
  • Development of practice-oriented Lean education at the University of Miskolc
  • Combination of classroom education and in-field practice
  • Students on the labour market

Viktor Molnar, University of Miskolc, Faculty of Economics, Hungary

21st Century Technologies and Lean Manufacturing

  • Internet of Things
  • 3D Printers
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Cloud Computing

Ayperi Okur, Turkish Lean Institute, Turkey

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Buffet

13:30 - 15:00

Experiential Learning of Lean in Higher Education: The Toyota KATA Approach

  • Integrate theory with experiential learning during the course
  • Apply distinctive philosophy about developing people
  • Apply the KATA approach in actual organizations for joint learning on real world problems or personal issues

Dennis Gawlik / Eduardo Lander / Joshua Ma / Betty Gratopp, University of Michigan / Zingerman’s Mail Order, USA

Beyond Lean

  • Introduction to BEYOND LEAN
  • The potential of highly connected people
  • The ingredients of connectivity
  • Practical experience of the process

René Junkes, Beyond Leadership, Germany

15:00- 15:30


15:30 - 16:00

Get Out of the Lecture Room, Start to Learn on the Gemba

  • Value Stream Mapping student team projects on the companies' premises (WUT)
  • B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses based on the Lean projects in companies (WUT)
  • Public Lean workshops on the companies’ premises (LEI Polska)

Tomasz Koch, Wroclaw University of Technology and Lean Enterprise Institute Polska, Poland

16:00 - 16:20

Lean Education: Reflection and Looking Ahead

Mike Rother, University of Michigan, USA

16:20 - 16:45

Summary and Farewell

John Shook / Constantin May


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