Upcoming Events


Let’s Preview August 3rd  - “Standard Work for Leaders at Rolls-Royce” +  a “Lean Coffee - focused on Leadership Engagement”.

WVLN will hold its next monthly membership meeting on Thursday, August 3rd, 8:00 – 11:00 am at SIA Training Center, Lafayette (SR 38 & I-65) with an excellent program featuring Josh Frye & Scott Timmons who will discuss, “Standard Work for Leaders at Rolls-Royce” followed by
a “Lean Coffee - focused on Leadership Engagement” facilitated by Dan Lafever.   Standard Work for Leaders emphasizes the importance of standardizing the day-to-day tasks that leaders in an organization complete.  This approach also incorporates aspects of Time & Stress Management, and is governed by a series of layered audits across all levels of leadership.  Elements of this approach are an evolution of the tools installed through the Rolls-Royce Production System, modeled after the success of the Toyota Production System. Developing effective leadership in a Lean environment is a challenging topic within any type organization.  This is a program you will surely want to attend & participate! 

Josh Frye – Rolls-Royce Production System Coach, Indianapolis


Josh Frye has been with Rolls-Royce for 6 years, with roles in Reliability Engineering and several Continuous Improvement functions.  Josh has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and a M.S. in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University.  He earned his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt while supporting Defence Services, and is now a Rolls-Royce Production System coach and Project Manager in Operations. 


Scott Timmons – Rolls-Royce Production System Coach, Indianapolis

Scott Timmons started working in a production machining environment upon graduation from high school.  He has worked for Rolls-Royce Indianapolis in various machining, inspection, assembly and Lean positions for 21 years.  Scott graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a BS in Business Management. Currently, he is a Rolls Royce Production System coach and Program Lead, working full time in business improvement utilizing Lean Six Sigma based tools.


During the final portion of program, Dan Lafever of Liberty Mutual & Heather Siemers of Pepper Construction will facilitate a “Lean Coffee - focused on Leadership Engagement discussion with our peers.  “Lean Coffee” is a structured, but agenda-less meeting that promotes sharing and learning. Participants gather, build an agenda focused on Leadership Engagement and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda was democratically generated.  All attendees will form discussion groups and be guided through the process.  So come ready to have a conversation about your successes, your challenges, and share what you are learning on your Lean journey.  For more information, go to: http://leancoffee.org/ or see it in action at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhG-A-kRPAU.


We hope you will be able to attend this outstanding WVLN meeting/program on Thursday, August 3rd,  8:00 – 11:00 am at SIA Training Center (Lafayette).  Please feel free to invite others in your organization, or peers who you may know, to attend as our guests.

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, please respond via an email reply to jmatson@greaterlafayettecommerce.com or phone Greater Lafayette Commerce at (765) 742-4044. Thanks!

Directions to SIA Training Center:

Coming from I-65 turn west on SR 38 to SIA Main Gate.  Stop at security gate and tell them you are attending a lean network meeting in Training Center.  They will probably just wave you on in, or may issue an entry pass that you will leave at security gate when you depart.  After you enter SIA the Training Center complex is to your right.  Turn right at 1st driveway, drive around complex and park near TC lobby entrance (it faces southeast).  Enter building through lobby and auditorium is straight ahead.