Cal Poly to Host Central Coast Lean Summit Feb. 19-20

Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business and its Central Coast Lean program will host the fourth annual Central Coast Lean Summit to showcase “lean” advances in healthcare, manufacturing, law enforcement and higher education. The event will take place Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19-20, in the Performing Arts Center on campus.

The lean concept seeks to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. To accomplish this, processes are created that need less human effort, less space, less capital, and less time to make products and services cost less with fewer defects. Companies are able to respond quickly to changing customer desires with high variety, high quality and low cost. Also, information management becomes simpler and more accurate.

This year’s theme, “Frontliners Engaged in Problem Solving,” will focus on lean innovations, trends and best practices that are valuable to practitioners in a variety of industries. Organizers also hope to foster a community of local leaders who can build their network with likeminded managers engaged in lean strategies.

“Lean is not just for manufacturing anymore,” said Eric Olsen, Cal Poly’s Industrial Technology area chair. “There are folks from government, education, service industries and agriculture, to name a few. Lean provides a common set of tools and approaches that can work for any organization.” Olsen also serves as director of Central Coast Lean, a research project in the Orfalea College of Business.

Programs throughout the event will be led by industry professionals, many of whom have achieved black belt status in lean practices through the International Association of Six Sigma Certification. The event will begin with a pre-summit workshop Feb. 19 to help attendees learn the lean language through a hands-on simulation.

The summit on Feb. 20 will feature interactive workshops led by Tom Jackson of Rona Consulting Group; Beau Keyte of the Keyte Group; Andrea Church Kreisa, a lean six sigma master black belt; Peggy Huston, chief operating officer, UC Berkley’s Campus Shared Services; and Keith Inglis, Helix Medical. Norbert Majerus, a senior master six sigma black belt at Goodyear, will deliver the keynote address, “Principle-based Problem Solving in Lean R&D.”

A “coaching café” will openly discuss lean challenges and offer best practices during a facilitated peer group discussion. Attendees will be able to network with lean experts from different parts of California and collaborate with Cal Poly faculty.

“The summit is a great opportunity for the Central Coast lean community to hear from nationally respected experts and local teams with success stories to share,” Olsen said.

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