Upcoming Events

WVLN Membership Meeting

“A3 Thinking – A Great Problem-Solving Tool” 

Thursday, February 8th 8:00 - 11:00 am
Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis Indiana
WVLN will hold its next monthly membership meeting on February 8th, 2018, 8:00 – 11:00 AM at UAW/R-R Training Center, Indianapolis, IN with an informative, hands-on program.

A3 is a structured problem solving and continuous improvement approach, first employed at Toyota. A3’s are usually done on an ISO A3 (11” x 17” in US) single sheet of paper. The process is based on the principles of W.Edwards Deming's PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act).
We are going to devote the entire morning to learning about and practicing the A3 process.  Each of us will have a blank A3 sheet that we fill out together based on a finished project.  We will all be working on the same project. Jay Baker from Rolls-Royce will lead us through the project, step by step.  At the end of the session, you will have thought through each step of the project and filled out your A3.  Lots of help will be provided.
Come prepared with a problem you are currently working on or would like to work on and we will at least get you started on an A3 for your project.
This will be a fast-paced, hands-on learning opportunity. No matter if you have never done an A3 or have done a couple, but are not confident in your ability or if you consider yourself an expert, please join us.

Simple A3 Example

We hope you will be able to attend this WVLN meeting/program on Thursday, February 8th, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM at UAW/R-R Training Center (Indianapolis, IN).  

Non-members of WVLN can attend one or two of our meetings as guests (at no-cost), so feel free to invite a friend/peer who might have interest in attending this special program.

Note: If you plan to attend, but have not indicated so previously, please respond via an email reply to jmatson@greaterlafayettecommerce.com. 

Directions to UAW/R-R Training Center
2601 West Raymond Street
Indianapolis, IN

March 1st Meeting Preview:  We are going to devote the first part of the March program to flow and layout, one of the key factors in process improvement.  We will look at some of the tools available to help you make good decisions when you are looking at process flow for an existing or new process.  The thinking is the same no matter if we are talking about an information flow, the way paperwork is processed or the flow of material through a manufacturing plant.  The basic process is the same.

Part of process improvement is a willingness to experiment with new/different ideas.  The second half of the March meeting we are going to do something new for the group.  We will run an “unconference” where we have 4-6 different sessions focused on improvement/lean topics you have helped select.  Here is a short Forbes article about unconferences.

Since we are always time constrained, we are going to have the topics preselected before the meeting based on member input.  So if you have a topic or two you would like to see discussed at the March meeting, drop me an email: dellenberger@greaterlafayettecommerce.com or text me at 765-421-9626 (include your name in the text).  We will also give you a chance to turn in a topic during the February meeting. Topics can be a problem you are facing, something you want to learn more about, something you have recently learned and want to share, etc.  We will group the topics and select the most popular/interesting.  Everyone who has been part of an unconference has positive things to say about the experience.