Cal Poly to Host Sixth Annual Central Coast Lean Summit Feb. 9-10

Central Coast Lean Summit at Cal PolyThe Central Coast Lean program in Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business will host the sixth annual Central Coast Lean Summit on Feb. 9 and 10, in the campus Multi Activity Center to showcase successful “lean” strategies in health care, education, government and non-profit agencies.

“Starting (or Restarting) Lean in Your Organization” is this year’s event theme. Industry leaders and lean experts will focus on creating high-performing workplaces from the bottom up through improved personal productivity.

Lean business practices aim to increase customer value while minimizing waste across all facets of an organization. The philosophy originated in manufacturing but has influenced other sectors to streamline processes and require less human effort, less space, less capital, and less time to make cost-effective products and services with fewer defects.

“I think this year’s theme will help lean enthusiasts at all levels find strategies to jump-start change in their organization,” said Cal Poly Professor Eric Olsen, who is host and facilitator of the lean summit. “This event will benefit everyone from CEOs to new hires across a variety of industries.”

The event will begin with a Pre-Summit Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 9. Jim Benson, author of “Personal Kanban: Mapping Work Navigating Life,” will discuss continuous improvement processes for back-office employees. Morning and afternoon workshop sessions will be offered, followed by a networking reception for attendees.Professor Eric Olsen leading the Central Coast Lean Summit at Cal Poly

The Summit on Friday, Feb. 10 will feature a keynote address by author and lean consultant Dan Markovitz. In “A Factory of One,” he will discuss how applying lean concepts can improve worker performance. The Summit will also include interactive workshops led by Orry Fiume, co-author of “Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization,” and Scott Gauvin, CEO of MACRESCO, a management consulting firm. There will also be case-study presentations led by representatives of Stanford Children’s Health, UC San Diego and Zodiac Aerospace.

Throughout the event, a “Coaching Café” will give participants a chance to discuss lean challenges and find best practices during a facilitated peer group discussion. Attendees will be able to network with lean experts from throughout California and collaborate with Cal Poly faculty. Participants may also see lean posters of improvement projects from Cal Poly students.

“We hope to expand upon the lean community of local leaders by providing networking opportunities with like-minded managers engaged in lean strategies,” Olsen said.

Registration is open, and early bird pricing ends Sunday, Jan. 22. Tickets and corporate sponsorship information can be found at: