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2014 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference



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    • 29 Jul 2014
    • 8:00 AM
    • 31 Jul 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • Hamilton Associates, 11403 Cronridge Dr, Owings Mills, MD 21117
    • 13

    Toyota Kata 3-Day Field Course

    Toyota Kata is the practice of daily continuous improvement that has been at the heart of the Toyota Production System for decades. Revealed by the research and writing of Mike Rother, Toyota Kata helps groups make great strides toward developing systematic problem-solving for all employees, building coaching and development skills, enabling self-direction, and creating a culture of daily continuous improvement.

    This three-day hands-on course provides the best way to learn the Improvement Kata (IK) and the Coaching Kata (CK): working with real processes in an actual work environment. Following a one-day introduction to IK/CK, two days are devoted to combining training with practice: Participants work in groups of 4-6, with each group focused on a specific process at the host facility. Facilitators deliver a brief training segment and the participant teams immediately apply and practice concepts at the worksite.

    The IK/CK routines you will practice are:

    1. Understand the Direction. Practicing should be related to real business needs and organizational objectives. Improvement is not a theoretical exercise, and IK/CK practice is more effective when it involves meeting actual challenges and goals. 

    2. Grasp the Current Condition. Understanding the Current Condition relative to the overarching Direction is done through the systematic steps of Process Analysis (PA). PA is a routine/kata that enables anyone to quickly define the process capability and pattern of work.

    3. Establish the Next Target Condition. Developing a Target Condition, with an achieve-by date, is an objective that will stretch you and require experimentation, discovery and new learning in order to be achieved.

    4. Iterate Toward the Target Condition. In this step, you conduct experiments against obstacles to gain further knowledge and improve the process in the direction of the Target Condition.

    5. Daily Coaching Cycles. These cycles are where the Learner works iteratively toward the Target Condition. It is a systematic routine for structured dialogue between the Coach and Learner.  The Coach uses the Coaching Kata to provide procedural guidance and adjust the Learner's practice, as necessary.

    Facilitators for the course:

    Michele McLaughlin has over 15 years of lean and process improvement experience. Focusing on the Toyota Kata management routine, Michele helps managers develop the skills to solve real-world problems using the Toyota Kata approach. Michele is a faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute and an instructor for the University of Michigan's Toyota Kata course, the College of Engineering's Lean Certification program, and other courses. Michele was also an instructor in Ford Motor Company's Lean Resource Center.

    Jeff Fuchs has over 15 years of lean experience. Since 2008, Jeff has served as Director of the Maryland World Class Consortia, helping member organizations understand lean methods. He is the past chairman of the oversight committee managing the SME/AME/Shingo Institute/ASQ Lean Certification and is the primary instructor of a Lean Leader Certification course designed to meet the requirements of the Lean Bronze Certification standard. Jeff is an active advocate and coach for groups seeking to understand and apply the Toyota Kata method.

    Breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon refreshment will be provided on each day. Please contact us with any special dietary requirements.

    Close-toed shoes are required in Hamilton Associates production area.  Other PPE will be provided, as necessary.

    • 07 Aug 2014
    • 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, 7226 Corporate Court, Frederick MD 21703
    • 85

    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 to be announced.


    07:30 a.m. - Registration and breakfast

    08:30 a.m. - Welcome and announcements

    08:45 a.m. - Presentation

    09:45 a.m. - Networking Break

    10:00 a.m. - Presentation

    10:30 a.m. - Networking Break

    10:45 a.m. - Presentation

    11:45 a.m. - Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference preview 

    12:00 p.m. - Optional networking lunch

    Tour of Italy Buffet (Herb Seasoned Chicken, Pan Seared Meatballs, Tricolored Cheese Tortellini and Fettuccini
    Marinara and Alfredo-Pesto Sauce, Caesar Salad, Grilled Vegetables, Tiramisu and coffee.

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


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

    Please visit the hotel's website for directions. Refunds for cancellations will not be granted after July 30, 2014.

    • 11 Aug 2014
    • 7:00 AM
    • 12 Aug 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • Southeastern Michigan
    • 9

    Lean Leadership Visioning Tour

    August 11 - 12

    Ann Arbor and Dearborn, Michigan

    The Maryland World Class Consortia invites you to join our study tour going inside some of the leading lean companies of Southeastern Michigan.  This two-day trip is designed to inspire and inform C-level executives, managers, and the designers/directors of company lean transformation efforts.

    Tours highlights include:

    Leadership Breakfast:  Lean leadership chat with Mike Rother, researcher and author of Learning to See and Toyota Kata.

    Menlo Innovations:  A study in employee-centric, customer focus, lean leadership and lean project management.

    Zingerman's Mail Order:  See superior examples of standard work and training, mixed-model flow, and visual control.

    Maker Works:  A lean, member-based workshop for small businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and makers.

    DTE Energy: Lean transformation lessons-learned from Southeastern Michigan's energy utility serving over 2 million.

    Society of Manufacturing Engineers:  Visit SME Headquarters to learn about products and services to support lean transformation.

    Ford Rouge Plant:  Get a birds-eye view of lean and green manufacturing on the site of Henry Ford's crowning achievement.


    Click here for trip brochure.







    • 22 Oct 2014
    • 7:30 AM
    • 23 Oct 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • North Baltimore Plaza Hotel 2004 Greenspring Dr, Timonium MD 21093
    • 250

    The Maryland World Class Consortia will host the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, 22 and 23 October.

    Registration includes continental breakfast and served lunch, access to all keynotes, presentations, exhibit area, and Wednesday evening cash bar and awards presentation.

    Keynote speakers:

    • Russ Scaffede, GM with Toyota USA, lean transformation leader at Donnelly Corporation and Tiara Yachts
    • Margaret Purvis, President and CEO, New York Food Bank
    • Dr. Craig Albanese, VP of Quality and Performance Improvement, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital
    • Ron Oslin, Lean Coach at Capital One

    Check our conference web page for a full list of parallel presentation speakers when they are available. 

    Call for presentations are open.  If you are interested in submitting an application for this years event click here to download a form. 

    Call for exhibitors is open.  Please click here for information and application. 


Past events

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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