Cal Poly to Host Seventh Annual Central Coast Lean Summit April 16-17


The Central Coast Lean Summit, an annual showcase of strategies that maximize customer value while minimizing waste in health care, education, government and non-profit agencies, will be hosted by the Central Coast Lean program in Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business on April 16-17 at the SLO Brew Rock Activity Center.

The theme of the seventh annual conference is “Establishing a Lean Culture.” Industry leaders and lean experts, including Jeff Hastie of the Bose Corp. and Carlos Scholz of The Permanente Medical Group, the largest medical group in the U.S., will focus on creating high-performing workplaces by strengthening the team environment.

“I think this year’s theme will help organizations reap true value from their investment in lean tools and processes by engaging their workforce,” 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 philosophy of lean business practices 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.

Hastie, Bose’s global director of lean enterprise, will share the story of how a Lean Enterprise Maturity Model changed the journey of the company, which designs, develops and sells audio equipment.

Scholz, director of Kaiser Permanente’s strategic initiatives, will talk about the “North Valley Way,” a lean operating system aimed at achieving engagement and continuous improvement by every team member, implemented at Kaiser Permanente, North Valley.

The two-day event will include interactive breakouts led by experienced facilitators to allow participants to actively apply lean concepts to a variety of industries and specific job functions.

In addition, a Coaching Café will give participants the opportunity to discuss lean challenges with Sam MacPherson, lean transformation leader and founder of the Lean Leadership Academy.

Attendees will be able to network with lean experts from throughout California and collaborate with Cal Poly faculty. Participants will also see lean posters of improvement projects from Cal Poly students and the Central Coast Lean community.

A networking reception in the SLO Brew Rock beer garden will take place at the end of the day April 16.

Attendees can also take advantage of a post-summit workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 17.  Jim Benson, author of “Personal Kanban: Mapping Work, Navigating Life,” will discuss continuous improvement processes for back-office employees.

Registration is open. Tickets and corporate sponsorship information can be found at: https://www.cob.calpoly.edu/ccl/.

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: https://www.cob.calpoly.edu/centralcoastlean/Summit.

Cal Poly to Host Central Coast Lean Summit Feb. 18–19


Central Coast Lean Summit PresenterThe Central Coast Lean program in Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business will showcase “lean” advances in healthcare, accounting, entrepreneurship, local government and higher education during a two-day summit Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18 and 19, in the Performing Arts Center on campus.

The fifth annual Central Coast Lean Summit has chosen “Leadership on Board” as its theme and will focus on innovations, trends and best practices to help managers lead meaningful change. Organizers also hope to foster a community of local leaders who can build their network with likeminded managers engaged in lean strategies.

The lean concept seeks to maximize efficiency in many facets of business. 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.

“Lean is really coming of age on the Central Coast. More organizations are recognizing the need for a systematic approach to continuous improvement just to stay competitive,” said Eric Olsen, Cal Poly’s Industrial Technology and Packaging Area chair. 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 with real-world experience in implementing lean processes in a variety of environments. The event will begin with two pre-summit workshops on Feb. 18 to delve into lean accounting and production preparation processes applicable in industries such as healthcare. The workshops will be followed by a lean networking reception for attendees.

The summit on Feb. 19 will feature a keynote address by Sam MacPherson, co-founder and executive director of The Lean Leadership Academy and former chief of training for the Elite U.S. Army Special Forces, known as the Green Berets. MacPherson’s presentation, “Leading a Culture of Excellence,” will focus on building leadership teams capable of navigating and sustaining a lean transformation.

Central Coast Lean Summit AttendeeThe summit will also include interactive workshops led by Ken Snyder, executive director of the Shingo Institute; Steven Kane, director of Customer Success at Gemba Academy; Jonathan York and Lori Jordan from Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Paul Stamper, Lean Six Sigma master black belt and deputy executive officer for Ventura County; and Kim Brown Sims, a chief nursing officer at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

Throughout the event, a “coaching café” with lean expert Beau Keyte, president of the Keyte Group, will discuss lean challenges and offer 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.

“The summit is our annual opportunity to bring lean thought leaders from across the country to Cal Poly and delve into the most current best practices. It is an opportunity to learn from the best as we think about how we can improve our own lean programs in the coming year,” Olsen said.

For more information and to register, go to www.cob.calpoly.edu/centralcoastlean/summit/.