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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The conference agenda has been structured to both provide insights and inspiration, plus provide opportunities for expression, discovery and co-learning.

The morning session will provide much food for thought, as leading lean thinkers reflect on the development of lean thinking and comment of future challenges and issues. In afternoon session it will be the delegates that provide the inspiration, as they gather in workshops designed to elicit personal ideas and perspectives, or in groups discussing key topics.

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Lean Coffee Workshops

“A modern approach to discuss, debate, brainstorm and generate ideas”.

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.

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Parallel Discussion Groups

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Conference Presenters:

Dan Jones, John Bicheno, Dave Brunt, Nick Rich, Nicola Bateman, Pauline Found, Mark Francis, Frank Devine, Daryl Powell, 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
  • Discounts for multiple ticket purchases of two and above – email LERC with details to obtain code
  • Special rate for PhD students – email LERC for details
  • Payment by card or by invoice

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

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Conference Travel & Accommodation

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