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2015 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference



Upcoming events

    • 15 Jun 2015
    • 20 Jun 2016
    • Various Maryland host/participant facilities
    • 9

    The Maryland World Class Consortia's Lean Peer Groups are designed to help participant organizations build active cultures of continuous improvement.  The peer group approach provides a unique and powerful way to share experiences and learn from others. 

    Participating company leaders from across the region will have an opportunity to develop, or to refine and reenergize their Lean Transformation by networking with and learning from others in the regional group who are committed to developing a Lean culture.  You will assess your current condition, learn how to address your improvement opportunities, share experiences and information, learn from MWCC staff and guest speakers, and learn from other participants.   

    The most recent MWCC Lean Peer Groups have been active in the greater Baltimore area, and in Frederick/Washington counties.  Registrations are currently being accepted for the next Lean Peer Group forming on Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore.  Look forward to future MWCC Lean Peer Groups again in the Baltimore region, and in Maryland's northeastern and western-most counties. 

    Lean Peer Groups are open to MWCC member organizations, as well as to non-members.  Lean Peer Group participation includes a one-year complementary membership in the Maryland World Class Consortia.











    • 05 May 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • National Electronics Museum (1745 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD)
    • 46

    The next  Quarterly Meeting will be held at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum near BWI. 

    The Maryland World Class Consortia holds regular meetings each quarter for members, potential members, supporters, and guests.  Each meeting is a half-day "mini-conference" that provide new developments among Consortia members, examples of World Class tools in action, and networking with active practitioners.  

    Speakers for this quarter's meeting:

    • Michael McKeefery, Chief of Process Improvement at Tobyhanna Army Depot, will join members of his team in describing ongoing process improvement efforts at one of the nation's primary repair and overhaul centers for military equipment.
    • John King of Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems will discuss Lean Six Sigma improvement projects at the company's Linthicum facility. Learn how they mentor Green Belts and the benefits mentoring brings. 
    • 2016 is the 20th Anniversary of the Maryland World Class Consortia! Jeff Fuchs, MWCC Executive Director, will look back over the hundreds of organizations we have supported and describe common traits of lean transformation efforts, which any company can apply.

    Substitutions for registrants is permitted.  Refunds for cancellations will not be available after April 28, 2016. 

    For directions to the museum click here.

    Lunch Buffet - Catered by Phubs Vietnamese Restaurant.  Shrimp & Pork Spring Rolls, Shrimp Summer Rolls, Citrus Sesame Chicken served with rice, salad and dessert.  


    • 09 May 2016
    • 8:30 AM
    • 11 May 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Hearn Kirkwood, 7591 Montevideo Rd, Jessup MD 20794
    • 21

    Leadership Skills & Style Development (LSSD) is designed around proven leadership tools, skills and concepts. The goal of LSSD is to assist managers and frontline leaders in better matching their leadership approach to the performance needs of the organization and the maturity, motivational and skill levels of their associates. LSSD spans three focus areas to provide participants with the insight and hands-on skill practice needed for personal improvement:

    • Work Unit Performance Improvement: Learn to isolate and improve critical factors that impact employee performance and morale.
    • Personal Style & Interpersonal Skills: Strengthen communication effectiveness, assertiveness building rapport, listening skills and effective nonverbal communication.
    • Leading & Managing Others: Specific concepts, tools and techniques aimed at gauging the needs of associates and delivering the most effective forms of leadership: Direction, Coaching, Counseling / Participating, and Delegating.

    The LSSD Program for Developing Front-Line Leaders is an application - and output-driven workshop ensuring you leave with:

    • A deeper insight into yourself as a leader and what’s important for your success.
    • Knowing exactly how to improve the factors that impact associate performance, including how to lead and manage.
    • An understanding of when, how and with whom to apply the appropriate leadership approach.
    • The tools, assessments and reference manual to ensure on-the job implementation of the improvement plans created during the workshop.

    Who Should Attend:

    Leadership Skills & Style Development is designed for managers, program managers, team leaders and frontline leaders; key people on the front line of leadership having a good deal of personal, face-to-face interaction with team members and colleagues.

    The goal is to provide participants with the leadership, team and personal skills that help them to have a positive impact on others and on performance.

    What You Can Expect:

    This is a high involvement, interactive, applied and personalized learning experience.  You’ll spend the majority of time focusing on what’s important to you, your future and your company — not theory.

    Your Facilitator for This Event:

    Kelly Petrock is President of The LEAD Institute, and has twenty years of global experience in change management, organizational development, leadership development, performance improvement, group psychology and human behavior.  Kelly has a long-standing relationship with the MWCC, and has been a trusted resource going back to the earliest workshops offered by the Consortia.  Kelly is a faculty member and curriculum developer for the MWCC's Lean Facilitator Certification Program.

    • 12 May 2016
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Loyola University Maryland - Columbia Campus, 8890 McGaw Rd, Columbia, MD 21045
    • 24

    This workshop is designed for lean leaders who struggle to deal with people at work who are not on board with change, in denial, "addicted to the status quo", and are actively or passively resisting change.  The workshop provides tools and practice opportunities to build the skills needed to facilitate change.

    At some point, every lean journey requires a change leader to deal with associates who just don't get it or are squarely not on board with change.  In recent years, lean coaches at Capital One have developed powerful techniques, adapted from the methods of clinical psychology, to help leaders and associates overcome their addiction to the status quo.

    Traditional change management techniques focus strongly on behavioral compliance, and they create a compliance culture that ultimately fails to engage the hearts and minds of associates.  Motivational Interviewing provides coaches with a new technique that focuses on associates' personal choice to create behaviors that are consistent with a transformational culture and lean principles.

    How does a therapist coach a patient who does not want to be coached, and does not want to break their cycle of addiction?  The answer is in the proven techniques of Motivational Interviewing.  Capital One has discovered how to adapt these approaches to breaking change resistance and the addiction people often have to the status quo.

    For more information on Motivational Interviewing as a means of addressing resistance to change, see the Summer 2015 Target Magazine article here

    This workshop is not theory; it is a full day skill-building workout. Participants will cycle through learn-and-do practice all day long.  Participants can elect to be videotaped during some of their role-practice scenarios so they can continue their learning at home. Participants will be given access to an app that will continue their learning and assist them in conversations with leaders and associates who exhibit the symptoms of "Addiction to the Status Quo".


    Your facilitators for this session are Ron Oslin, Team Leader of the Capital One's Lean Sensei Team, composed of retired Toyota teachers.  Ron interned with Dr. W. Edwards Deming and honed his leadership skills as a manager at Toyota.  He has over 20 years' of lean application experience across a range of industries.  Ron is a trained coach and process/leadership therapist, and specializes today on organizational change and transformation.

    Larry Anderson is a coach for One System / One Voice. He has extensive experience coaching for organizational change and more than 20 years' lean/operational improvement experience.  Larry is President at Resource Syncing and has served as an operations vice president.  He achieved gold level SME/AME/ASQ/Shingo lean certification.  Larry is President AME Southwest Region Board and a Certified Shingo Institute Facilitator and Senior Examiner.

    • 13 Jun 2016
    • 8:00 AM
    • 14 Jun 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Loyola Graduate Center Columbia Campus - 8890 McGaw Rd., (Rm. 270) Columbia, MD 21045
    • 25

    Lean Accounting for the Lean Enterprise

    Early on, many businesses that begin a lean journey struggle to show positive financial results of improvement. Savings reported by lean leaders are not reflected in P&L statements. Unabsorbed overhead increases. Losses appear to increase. 

    This course will help you understand why this occurs and what you can do to report your financials in a way that is realistic, financially sound, and provides evidence of lean's true impact in providing better value for customers and competitive advantage for your company.

    Topics covered in this workshop include:

    • Learn why traditional financial accounting does not support the Lean Thinking
    • Understand the mechanics of how lean implementation can punish the traditional Profit and Loss Statement
    • Learn how Accounting for Lean supports Lean and enables better business decisions
    • Discover the benefits and methods of identifying and eliminating wasteful financial transactions
    • See why Value Stream Costing is more accurate and efficient than traditional Standard Costing methods
    • Learn about Lean performance metrics, and their role in Lean Accounting and how they support the drive toward shorter lead times, optimized work-in-process, and improved customer service
    • Examine successful Lean Thinking transformations, including the successful application of Lean Accounting tools and principles
    • Learn the relationship between Lean Manufacturing and Lean Accounting through an interactive classroom simulation that demonstrates how lean improvement can impact financial statements
    • Gather proven lessons-learned and implementation recommendations

    Your instructor for this engaging two-day workshop is Jerry Solomon, former Vice President of Operations of MarquipWardUnited-Hunt Valley, a division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, the Western Hemisphere's leading packaging automation and converting group.

    Previously, Mr. Solomon has simultaneously held the positions of CFO and VP of Manufacturing at three mid-market manufacturing companies. In these roles, he was able to apply Lean Thinking to both the manufacturing and accounting operations, affording him multiple unique perspectives on Lean Manufacturing and Lean Accounting.

    Mr. Solomon is the author of Who's Counting and the co-author of Accounting for World Class Operations: A Practical Guide for Providing Relevant Information in Support of the Lean Enterprise.  Both books won the prestigious Shingo Prize for Research in 2004 and 2008, respectively.

    This workshop is best suited for leaders in operations or accounting.

    Registration includes light breakfast, lunch meals and afternoon refreshments.

    For directions and information to Loyola Graduate Campus in Columbia click here

    • 14 Jul 2016
    • 08 Jun 2017
    • Various Maryland host/participant facilities
    • 6

    The Maryland World Class Consortia's Lean Peer Groups are designed to help participant organizations build active cultures of continuous improvement.  The peer group approach provides a unique and powerful way to share experiences and learn from others. 

    Participating company leaders from across the region work together to refine and reenergize their continuing Lean Transformations by networking with, and learning from, others in the regional group who are committed to developing a Lean culture.  Lean Peer Group members assess their current conditions, learn how to address improvement opportunities, share experiences and information, learn from MWCC staff and guest speakers, and learn from other participants.

    Lean Peer Group participation includes a one-year complementary membership in the Maryland World Class Consortia.











    • 18 Oct 2016
    • 7:30 AM
    • 19 Oct 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Radisson North Baltimore Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Dr, Timonium MD 21093
    • 288
    The Maryland World Class Consortia will host the

    2016 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference

    on Tuesday and Wednesday, 18 and 19 October.

    Our fifth annual conference will feature:

    • Four keynote discussions with prominent lean thought leaders
    • Thirty-two concurrent presentations on lean, leadership, culture, change, and more
    • Dedicated tracks in lean healthcare and government
    • Exhibits, displays, door prizes, and more
    • A cocktail mixer and opportunity to network with lean practitioners from across the mid-Atlantic region
    • Access to presenter materials

    This year's conference will include special features in celebration of the Maryland World Class Consortia's twenty year anniversary!

    Registration includes continental breakfast and served lunch, access to all keynotes, presentations, exhibit area, and admission to Tuesday evening's cocktail reception. 

    To learn more, see the wrap-up of our 2015 conference here.


Past events

16 Mar 2016 March 16, 2016 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
21 Jan 2016 Facility Layout Design for Lean Operations
04 Nov 2015 MWCC 2015 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference
23 Sep 2015 September 23, 2015 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
16 Jun 2015 Toyota Kata Learning Workshop
04 Jun 2015 Facility Layout Design for Lean Operations
27 May 2015 May 27, 2015 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
20 May 2015 Lean Overview Workshop
21 Apr 2015 Value Stream Mapping and A3 Thinking
17 Mar 2015 Lean Accounting Workshop
04 Feb 2015 February 4, 2015 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
22 Oct 2014 MWCC 2014 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference
11 Aug 2014 Lean Leadership Visioning Tour
07 Aug 2014 August 07, 2014 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
20 May 2014 May 20, 2014 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
25 Feb 2014 Lean Overview Workshop
11 Feb 2014 February 11, 2014 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
07 Nov 2013 Lean Tools for the Office with Live Simulation
07 Nov 2013 GM Powertrain Allison Transmission Tour
05 Nov 2013 MWCC 2013 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference
05 Nov 2013 Maryland Lean Government Track - 2013 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference
04 Nov 2013 Toyota Kata: A Better Way to Coach, Mentor and Develop People
05 Sep 2013 September 05, 2013 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
14 May 2013 May 14, 2013 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
23 Apr 2013 Lean Your Life
13 Mar 2013 March 13, 2013 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
27 Sep 2012 Lean Service Design
27 Sep 2012 September 27, 2012 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
22 Aug 2012 Improving Government with Lean Thinking
08 May 2012 How Lean IT Really Works
08 May 2012 May 8, 2012 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
26 Apr 2012 Transitioning to Daily Kaizen
16 Apr 2012 Leadership Skills & Style Development Program
13 Apr 2012 One-Day Lean Overview Workshop
22 Mar 2012 Training Within Industry (TWI) for Training and Development
23 Feb 2012 February 2012 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
13 Dec 2011 Webinar - The Reshoring Initiative: Bringing Manufacturing Back Home
03 Nov 2011 MWCC Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration
23 Sep 2011 One-Day Lean Overview Workshop
01 Sep 2011 September 2011 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
03 Aug 2011 Maryland Lean Government Conference
05 May 2011 Standard Work for Leaders
05 May 2011 May 2011 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
28 Apr 2011 Policy Deployment (Hoshin Kanri) and Lean Implementation Planning Overview
22 Mar 2011 Building a Dream Team Culture: People-Powered Lean
11 Mar 2011 One-Day Lean Overview Workshop
03 Mar 2011 Developing Exemplary Leadership / Followership
03 Mar 2011 March 2011 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
02 Feb 2011 Lean Sigma for Bio Companies Symposium
28 Jan 2011 One-Day Lean Overview Workshop
07 Dec 2010 Leadership Skills & Style Development Program
03 Dec 2010 Lean Leadership Workshop
01 Dec 2010 MWCC Annual Dinner and Award Presentations
15 Nov 2010 "In the Shadow of Lushan" - Reading and Reception
08 Nov 2010 Extending Lean to Offices and Services
29 Sep 2010 Wright Manufacturing Benchmarking Tour
28 Sep 2010 Selling Lean: The Art of Aligning the Organization and Gaining Commitment
01 Sep 2010 September 2010 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
17 Aug 2010 The Shingo Prize and Self-Assessment
02 Jun 2010 June 2010 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
03 Mar 2010 March 2010 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
01 Feb 2010 Lean Facilitator Certification Program
02 Dec 2009 December 2009 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
09 Nov 2009 Harnessing the Power of Green
28 Oct 2009 One-Day Lean Overview
16 Oct 2009 Leading the Way with Russ Scaffede
05 Oct 2009 Harnessing the Power of Green
02 Sep 2009 September 2009 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
20 Aug 2009 Policy Deployment & Lean Implementation Workshop
20 Aug 2009 A3 and Value Stream Mapping
06 Aug 2009 One-Day Lean Office Workshop
30 Jul 2009 One-Day Lean Overview
09 Jul 2009 A3 and Value Stream Mapping
11 Jun 2009 A3 and Value Stream Mapping
03 Jun 2009 GE Healthcare Technologies Tour - 03 June 2009
03 Jun 2009 June 2009 MWCC Quarterly Meeting
21 May 2009 A3 and Value Stream Mapping
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