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2014 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference



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    • 15 Sep 2014
    • 15 Jul 2015
    • Various Maryland host/participant facilities
    • 29

    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. 

    Company leaders from across the participating region will have an opportunity to refine and reenergize their Lean strategy by networking with and learning from others in the region 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, and learn from other participants.   

    MWCC Lean Peer groups have been active in the Baltimore area, and in Frederick/Washington counties.  Registrations are currently being accepted for the next peer group forming on Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore.  Look forward to future MWCC Lean Peer Groups in Maryland's northern counties, and western Maryland. 

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


    • 04 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn Frederick, 7226 Corporate Court
    • 20

    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 meeting:

    Davis Balestracci of Harmony Consulting, LLC will share insights and methods for dealing with resistance and change.  His discussion, "Those Darn Humans!", is sure to make you laugh, make you think, and, ultimately, give you tools you can use to improve.  There are many logical reasons to use lean to improve processes, but we often resist anyway.  Who said humans were driven by logic?  Our responses to change are driven largely by emotion.  Davis will reveal effective ways to deal with anger and resistance, build motivation toward empowerment, and make your lean improvement efforts more efficient and effective - as well as more stress-free and fun.  Don't miss this discussion!

    Charlie Protzman of Business Improvement Group, LLC will present a discussion on "Conquering the Silent Productivity Killer."  We've all heard the term "batch", but you may not have thought about what it really means - and why it happens so frequently in business processes.  Charlie will discuss an innate human bias towards batch processing, and how it impacts our ability to create a lean culture.  He will discuss why it is, in his words, "The Silent Productivity Killer" and that everyone experiences this bias, including in our personal lives.  He will explore the eight root causes of batch thinking, along with the inventory is no longer the real 'root of all evil'.  Learn what to do in order to overcome this phenomenon and realize the productivity increases that come from moving steps closer to one-by-one flow. 


    08:00 a.m. - Registration and continental breakfast

    08:30 a.m. - Welcome and announcements

    08:45 a.m. - Davis Balestracci, Harmony Consulting, LLC 

    10:15 a.m. - Networking Break

    10:30 a.m. - Charlie Protzman, Business Improvement                          Group, LLC

    11:45 a.m. - Closing remarks

    12:00 p.m. - Optional networking lunch

    Lunch - Tour of Italy buffet (Herb Seasoned Chicken, Pan Seared Meatballs, Tricolored Cheese Tortellini and Fettuccini, in a Marinara and Alfredo-Pesto Sauce, Caesar Salad, Grilled Vegetable Tray, Bread Sticks, Tiramisu, Assorted Soft Drinks, Coffee and Tea.  


    If you have special dietary requirements, please contact us to arrange alternative dining selections.


    Location - Hilton Garden Inn Frederick, 7226 Corporate Court, Frederick, Maryland 21703

    Please visit the hotel's website for directions. Refunds for cancellations will not be granted after January 26, 2015.

    • 17 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 AM
    • 18 Mar 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • TBD Columbia or Linthicum MD
    • 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, 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 breakfast and lunch meals and afternoon refreshments.

    • 04 Nov 2015
    • 7:30 AM
    • 05 Nov 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • North Baltimore Plaza Hotel 2004 Greenspring Dr, Timonium MD 21093
    • 242

    The Maryland World Class Consortia will host the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, 4 and 5 November, 2015.

    Registration includes continental breakfast and served lunch, access to all keynotes, presentations, exhibit area, and admission to Wednesday evening's happy hour and informal presentation of 2015 Lean Leadership awards.

    Check our conference web page at for details, keynote descriptions, and a full list of 32 parallel presentation speakers when they become available.  If you are interested in being considered as a presenter, see the conference website for guidelines and application form.  Application deadline is 27 March, 2015.

    Should you require additional information or assistance, please contact conference organizer Marina Nalli-Skelton


Past events

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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