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Think TED Talks Meets Lean Learning + Jim Womack

by Rachel Regan
January 24, 2014

Think TED Talks Meets Lean Learning + Jim Womack

by Rachel Regan
January 24, 2014 | Comments (3)

Will you be attending this year's Lean Transformation Summit in Orlando, March 5-6? Do you have an insight, experience, or success story to share that's related to this year's theme of improving the work while developing people? Ok, here's the fun part... Can you share your story in 10 minutes?

I know, 10 min is pretty tough. But there are advantages to having to condense your own learning (or your team or organization's learning) down to such a brief amount of time. Think of it as the A3 of presentations. The challenge of telling a story succinctly is as much a learning experience for the author as it is for the audience.

If you answered "yes", "yes," and "yes/maybe" to the questions above, then consider offering a LEAN talk at the Summit. We've created a summit learning session just for you and other attendees who want to learn from you! If you submit your talk and are selected, you'll have 10 minutes to give a talk (with or without visuals, although some kind of visual would be helpful!) followed by a Q&A with LEI Founder and author of Lean Thinking, Lean Solutions, and Gemba Walks, Jim Womack.

Interested? Send us an abstract of your talk by February 7th. Stick to the theme (improving the work while developing people as problem solvers), and go easy on the PowerPoints and heavy on the lessons learned and/or how-to! We look forward to seeing what you come up with! We''ll let you know by February 14th if you've been selected.

(Interested, but just not sure you can tell your story in 10 min? Check out LEI's Lean Transformational Model) and see if those 5 questions help you organize your thoughts! And while this is not intended to be a presentation of an A3, the A3 thought process may be valuable as you think about how to frame and tell your story.)

If you have any questions about this, or anything else summit-related, you can reach me at rregan@lean.org. Hope to see you at the Summit!

The views expressed in this post do not necessarily represent the views or policies of The Lean Enterprise Institute.
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Mark Graban January 24, 2014
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This is a great idea!

In a world of "user-generated content" online, it's great to see LEI open the stage up to more voices from the community.

The Lean Startup Conference has many 10-minute main stage sessions and they can be quite effective. Here's an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cOzUtD8pCg (or see others on their channel).

It seems like the key is to have ONE point and tell a story to illustrate it. That story could be something like "we took down our suggestion box and started a visual kaizen board instead -- and here's why it worked better."

I'm curious to see how this experiment plays out.

Having given a 20-minute breakout session at that conference, I'll tell everyone it's WAY harder (and more time consuming) to prepare for a 10 or 20-minute talk than it is for a 50-minute talk.You have to be very succinct and, if you will, "Lean" in your choice of words. No waste!

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Rachel Regan January 24, 2014
Thanks Mark - we're excited to incorporate community presentations like this at the Summit for the first time! Your tips are great, thanks for sharing. For more inspiration, TED talks are great: www.ted.com/talks. 

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Mark Graban March 06, 2014

Thanks for letting me participate in this experiment, Rachel! I enjoyed the other three talks yesterday.

Here is a video with slides and an audio recording of my talk...


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