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Lean Transformation Summit Reveals Keys to “Lean for the Long Term”

Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 13, 2010 -- Many companies begin lean transformations only to succumb to cultural, management, and leadership challenges or the tough realities of a turbulent economy.

“But lean transformations at a handful of businesses have endured for a decade or more, and other companies have consciously built foundations for long-term success,” said Rachel Regan, LEI director of lean events and community support. “How these companies are pursuing lean longevity is the subject of the 2010 Lean Transformation Summit.”

The conference, sponsored by the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), runs March 3-4 in Orlando, FL. Pre-conference workshops run March 1-2.

Complete details, including how to save $500 on registration by Jan. 29 are at:

https://www.lean.org/Events/2010_lean_transformation_summit.cfm 

Lean Summit Highlights

- How Lantech, whose rapid and dramatic success was documented in Lean Thinking (1996), implemented a management system that today supports sustainable daily improvements.

- How Goodrich Aerostructures steadily advanced a 1995 lean effort from the shop floor to today’s complete business system.

- How leadership behavior and employee training at FedEx Express turned airplane mechanics and other staff from skeptics into change agents.

- Keynote by Jim Womack, who led the MIT research team that coined the term "lean," on how to introduce an enduring lean management system.

- Learning sessions and pre-conference workshops on such transformation issues as: behavioral change, standardized work confusion, change agent skills, lean for senior leaders, applying lean thinking to human resources, office and service value streams.

Lean Enterprise Institute

Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc., was founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, Ph.D., as a nonprofit research, education, publishing, and conference company with a mission to advance lean thinking around the world. We teach courses, hold management seminars, write and publish books and workbooks, and organize public and private conferences. We use the surplus revenues from these activities to conduct research projects and support other lean initiatives such as the Lean Education Academic Network, the Lean Global Network and the Healthcare Value Leaders Network. Visit LEI at https://www.lean.org for more information.

Media: Chet Marchwinski, cmarchwinski@lean.org, (617) 871-2930