Events 10/09/2019 Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK

LERC 25th Anniversary Conference

Tuesday, 10th September 2019

“Lean Retrospective: Assessing Lean Thinking Evolution, Current State and Future Challenges”

LERC was formed in 1994, so 2019 is its 25th anniversary. We’re planning to hold a conference and celebratory dinner to mark the occasion and also provide a springboard for collaboration and idea generation for the LERC research agenda.

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Outline Agenda

  • Registration
  • Morning presentations x3 and panel discussion, featuring acclaimed ex LERC staff
  • Afternoon ‘Lean Coffee’ workshops: a modern approach to discuss, debate, brainstorm and generate ideas.
  • Parallel sessions
  • Plenary session including final presentation
  • Evening dinner at the National Museum, Cardiff

“Lean Coffee” Workshops

Developed in Seattle, USA in 2009, “Lean Coffee” is a structured, but agenda-less meeting at which participants gather, build an agenda and begin discussing.

Conversations are directed and productive because the democratic nature of the meeting, and because of the innate topic interest and expertise of the participants.

The LERC conference will operate an adapted approach, with each group (containing 8 participants) having a broad key theme to direct the discussion. A facilitator will provide guidance and ensure the output is captured effectively.

We also want to generate themes, ideas and topics for the emerging LERC agenda, so the sessions will be designed with this in mind.

Note that we will be be seeking volunteers from conference delegates to be workshop facilitators.

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Conference Presenters (so far):

Dan Jones, John Bicheno, Dave Brunt, Nick Rich, Nicola Bateman, Pauline Found, Mark Francis, Frank Devine, Sarah Lethbridge, Maneesh Kumar, Simon Elias…

Celebration Dinner

A celebration dinner will be held on the evening of the 10th September at the National Museum, Cardiff. This will include a guest speaker.

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Pre-conference Workshop

Muda, Mura & Muri & the Equation of Lean, facilitated by John Bicheno

This interactive workshop will provide a valuable insight into the ’Science of Lean’, especially the lesser-known relationships between Muda, Muri, and Mura. The workshop will shed light on demand management, process variation, arrival variation, and capacity and how often-ignored actions in these areas can be highly cost effective. The workshop has wide implications for both service and manufacturing.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

LCS accredited and LCS/LERC linked organisations can sponsor the conference.

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  • LERC, MSc alumni and LCS community delegates receive a 15% discount
  • Early bird rate applies until the end of April 2019
  • Group discount

Net proceeds from the Conference will be used to fund future LERC research.

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Conference Travel & Accommodation

The travel and accommodation page contains information on air, train and road links, parking, taxis and hotels.

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