LeanLink History

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LeanLink has been organizing events since early 2012. We’ve covered a lot of topics in that time!

2012

February

Tour: Roseburg’s Engineered Wood Products Plant

March

Luncheon: 2012 OMEP Services & Introduction/Case Study: American Easel-OMEP

April

Luncheon: Intro. To Lean & EWP’s Transformation – Gary Purcival

May

Luncheon: Willamette Valley HPEC – Kendall Lehares

September

Half-day event: Lean as Growth Strategy – Local speakers & Gary Connor

October

In-depth training: Lean Certification – Gary Connor

November

Luncheon: Kanban – Gary Purcival

December

Roseburg EWP Tour, Holiday lunch, presentation by Jon McAmis

2013

January

Luncheon: Change Management in Process Improvement – Introduction to Change Acceleration Process – Joan Sonnenburg, Mercy Medical Center

February:

Workshop: “Bringing Lean to Your Office”  Mark Zerbach, formerly a manager with Boeing in their engineering group, led a mini-workshop on identifying your core business competency/ value proposition in order to select which processes to work to improve – and which to hire out. Mark also talked about how to structure your projects, how to engage the people who do the work, and how to provide them space to learn. Mark’s new consultancy is http://stretchingnormal.com 

April

Luncheon: Swim Lane Map Kristi Smith of (at that time with Roseburg) presented on how to develop a swim lane map. Kristi’s new venure is www.stepwisetransformations.com.

The Swim lane Map is actually two different forms of maps, more formally known as the Cross-Functional Map and the Cross-Resource Map. Both are a simple extension of the detailed Value Stream Map (VSM)

May

Luncheon: Suggestion Systems – Kristi & Gary Purcival

June

Luncheon: 5S (Sorting, Set in order, Systematic cleaning, Standardizing, and Sustaining) – Gary Purcival

September

Luncheon: Lean & Green Tools: Lean as a tool to improve energy efficiency – OMEP Consultant, Mark Biederbeck

November

Luncheon: DMAIC part 1, Measurement & Analysis

December

Luncheon: Learning from Local Models

Local companies Motel 6, Terrain Tamers, and Ingram Books share their company process improvement approaches.

2014

January

Luncheon: DMAIC part 2, Innovation Improvement Control

February

Luncheon: Roseburg Forest Product’s VP of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Kellye Wise: “Making Culture Change a Tool, Not a Threat.”

March

Luncheon: Douglas County Health Department “Taking the Initial Steps…then Watch Out and Get out of the Way!”  Early stages of an effort to apply lean tools in an office environment by Rosemarie Wess, Douglas County Health & Social Services.

May

Luncheon: Tim Root of the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) announced new resources being made available to rural Oregon through OMEP, including both additional on-the-ground support for manufacturers in Douglas County and a leadership development training program that will be offered in the fall.

June

Luncheon: Jimmy Holsapple of Roseburg Forest Products on RFP’s use of lean and related tools as they continually improve plant safety

September

Luncheon: Roundtable brainstorm on future topics

October

Luncheon: Defining the problem Kristie Smith of OMEP, diving deeper on various tools to help diagnose and define problems and pain points, in repeated or non-repetitive processes.

November

Mini-Seminar – November 25 – Lean Manufacturing for Variable/Custom Manufacturing Environments

Gary Conner half-day training on Lean Manufacturing in high mix, low volume environments.

2015

January

Luncheon: Roundtable on Production Management in Custom Shops

Round-table discussion with four local manufacturers on order & production management processes in highly variable, custom environments.

February:

Luncheon: Engaging employees at the floor level in quality at the source – Gary Purcival of RFP on building in quality checks throughout the process, improving the overall quality, improving employee morale, and ultimately increasing customer satisfaction.

March

Luncheon: Implementing Lean in Professional Services – Mark Zerbach, a former Boeing Engineering Manager who successfully implemented Operational Excellence principles in his Engineering Departments. 

April

Luncheon: Implementing a World Class Maintenance Program by OMEP consultant Derek Lindahl on going beyond the tool of Total Productive Maintenance to developing a culture of Operational Excellence

May

Luncheon: Lean 101 training by Joy Yori: Tools typically applied to new Lean implementations and a review of Lean basics.

 

July

Luncheon: Change management for personal development and business improvement – Don Cook (Express Employment)

Behavior and habit change is not easy and doesn’t happen overnight. Change is difficult and actually can be tracked biologically in a person’s brain … it’s called neuroplasticity: The pathways to the new behavior are carved and the pathways to the undesired behavior begin to erode. 

August

Luncheon: Marta Clifford Procurement Counselor with the Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP)

October

Luncheon: 5-S with Rita Prothero