Upcoming Events

 WVLN/ULN Virtual Events

Friday, October 15, 11:00AM - 12:30 PM
Lean Startup - Panel Discussion

Join WVLN and ULN for a unique opportunity to learn how new business startups have incorporated lean and process improvement into their organizations from the very first days of operation.  There is something to be learned here for all of us. 

Ten years ago the concept of 'lean startup', popularized by Eric Ries, became another way to look at process improvement with a focus on new products, new processes, new businesses, new ideas, new markets. 

While often applied to new businesses, the concepts and ideas hold value for all of us.  All businesses and organizations can benefit from having some of the "startup" mentality and urgency ingrained in our organizations, in our departments and in our personal lives.

Several of the key lean startup principles include:

Continuous Learning - Lean is about learning. It is seeing things through learning; ask yourself before doing something what you will learn from it. 

Experimentation - To create a lean startup you should start assuming you don't know anything and be willing to experiment with your ideas to see if they work or not.

Data Driven - Measuring and evaluating your efforts will allow you to make changes in time and avoid putting all your effort into problems that don't even exist.

Iterative - The lean process is about repeating over and over again; to return to the steps taken (and that we think are overcome) and find new opportunities in them. Again learning is the key. You must be open to change and aware that improvement is always possible.

Speed - The world advances rapidly, as are technology and changes in consumer and business habits. You and your organization must be able to move fast, change and adapt quickly, seize opportunities and quickly identify errors and failures.

Our event will consist of panel discussion with startup founders from The Mill  about lean startup methods.
The panel includes: 
Ansley Fender, founder of Atlas Solutions, 
Geng Wang, founder of Civic Champs, and 
Jeff Wuslich, co-founder of Cardinal Spirits. 

The panel will be moderated by Elise Young, gBETA Bloomington Manager.

The Mill is Bloomington Indiana's center for coworking and entrepreneurship.  And WVLN's home away from home in Bloomington.

This event is part of Innovation Week at the Mill. You can read more about other events happening that week.  —https://www.dimensionmill.org/innovation-week/

WVLN is a state-wide, member-driven group, focused on applying Lean principles and continuous improvement methods to eliminate waste in business processes so member organizations can gain a competitive edge.  WVLN helps train, connect and encourage members on their lean journeys through the exchange of knowledge and experience.

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

And there will be time for networking, discussion and sharing before, during and after the meeting.

Whether you’re new to process improvement and lean or an experienced practitioner, join us for our next meeting. Connect with peers and share experiences of implementing Lean process to a wide variety of fields, from manufacturing to healthcare to finance. Light refreshments will be provided, followed by guest speakers, a panel discussion, and time to network. 

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

Check out www.wvln.org for more information.

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Contact Doug Ellenberger – dellenberger@greaterlafayettecommerce.com