Upcoming Events

WVLN Membership Meeting
October 18, 2018

Wabash Valley Lean Network

Thursday, October 18th - 8:00AM to 10:00AM (Central Time)
 
Valparaiso University
Harre Union
509 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383

 
Join Wabash Valley Lean Network for another super morning of presentations and discussion on process improvement using lean tools and philosophy.  There is more information at www.wvln.org.

JIDOKA, the DNA of TPS presented by Professor Riad (Ray) Ardahji
Jidoka is the often forgotten pillar of the Toyota Production system and lean manufacturing yet it is one of the most important principles of lean that can help you achieve true excellence. Jidoka is about quality at the source or built in quality; no company can survive without excellent quality of product and service and jidoka is the route through which this is achieved.  No matter if you are in healthcare, distribution, retail, financial services, etc....this presentation will help you in your process improvement efforts.

A DMAIC Approach to HR Processes at Valparaiso University
presented by Kevin Steele.
Valparaiso University is far away from the factory floor.  Yet the same improvement processes, tools and philosophies work here. Check out this improvement project in a non-manufacturing environment.

Process Improvement at Tower International Automotive presented by John Moloney and James Bobbit.
Tower Automotive is one of the world's largest automotive suppliers. This improvement project involves a number of tools and processes including time study/TAKT balancing, operator involvement & simulation, part presentation, WIP reduction & kanban.
See a complex project from start to finish.

There will also be time to meet, share, learn and improve with each other.

As fabulous as the presentations  are in providing new ideas and training that we can actively us in our organization and person lives, the profound power of the group is the opportunities to meet,  engage, and network with highly motivated individuals and leaders driving improvement in their organizations.

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.

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WVLN Membership Meeting
November 1, 2018

Wabash Valley Lean Network

Thursday, November 1st - 8:00AM to 11:00AM (Eastern Time)
 

UAW/Rolls-Royce Training Center

2601 W Raymond Street
Indianapolis, IN 46241
 
Join Wabash Valley Lean Network for a morning of presentations and discussion on process improvement using lean tools and philosophy.  There is more information at www.wvln.org.
On November 1st, the Toyota Improvement Kata returns to Wabash Valley Lean Network.  In August, Leigh Ann Schildmeier and Steve Ghera provided an overview and short demonstration of the Improvement Kata to help the audience get better acquainted with this contemporary Lean methodology of improvement.   The Toyota Improvement Kata was unveiled in 2009 by Mike Rother, “but has already become a tried and trusted way to develop a test-learn-adapt “growth” mindset in any team or organization.”
WVLN knows that many of its members are interested in learning more about “the Kata” based on September’s participation rate in the Unconference session on Kata.

Visit the WVLN webpage for a copy of the August presentation.   In our November meeting, Leigh Ann and Steve, along with a number of experienced Kata coaches will lead the audience through a process improvement exercise using the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata.  This will be a hand-on activity that will give participants the opportunity to experience the improvement kata, coaching kata and many of the related tools.  Everyone will practice the steps of grasping the Current Condition, establishing a Next Target Condition, and “PDCA-ing” their way to an improved process.   Data collection and analysis will illustrate just how much improvement each of the process improvement teams were able to achieve with the Toyota Improvement Kata.

“Everything you ever wanted to know about statistics; but were afraid to ask.”
Joe Tanner and Tim McCarthy continue their series on using and understanding statistics to better understand and present your data. 

We will finish up the meeting with a project presentation from one of our member companies.  See process improvement in action.

There will also be time to meet, share, learn and improve with each other.

As fabulous as the presentations  are in providing new ideas and training that we can actively us in our organization and person lives, the profound power of the group is the opportunities to meet,  engage, and network with highly motivated individuals and leaders driving improvement in their organizations.

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.