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The 13th Annual Northeast Lean Conference


Sep 19 - Sep 20, 2017 – All Day

50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608 Map

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This event is hosted by: GBMP

Successful Lean transformation requires a deep understanding of the technical side of Lean supported by a culture that favors human development and broad employee engagement. But which comes first...Culture or Tools?

Several decades of failed attempts to layer tools over a traditional culture suggest that Lean culture must come first; yet Lean culture can only be understood in context of the tools it supports, and the tools cannot be understood without practicing them. For example, without practicing set-up reduction, its impact on flexibility, reduced costs and improved customer service will not be understood. But without a culture that supports practice, meaningful improvements cannot be realized. This circular challenge has caused many Lean transformations to plateau well below their potentials. The answer to this chicken-egg dilemma and the theme of our 2017 Northeast Lean conference, is that both should be introduced and learned in tandem, in a holistic manner that embeds principles and concepts into the learning and practice of Lean tools. Tools are not really separate from culture; they are part of it.

Even for organizations who have been on the Lean journey for many years there is value in relearning the tools in context of their supporting concepts and philosophy. For Lean beginners there is the opportunity to integrate tools and culture from the start as two sides of the same coin. Tools embedded with principles provide front line employees and managers with the intrinsic motivation to engage with the technical side of continuous improvement in a way that renders it continuous.

Don't miss this opportunity to join more than 500 of your peers... to network, benchmark, sharing and learn all things continuous improvement and Lean – to get the tools, knowledge, inspiration, and confidence you need to bring you organization to higher levels of operational excellence.

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