Upcoming Events

 WVLN In-Person and Live Streamed Events

WVLN In-Person and/or Live Streamed Events - Lafayette, Indiana 

WVLN events scheduled for 2024. Dates will be published as soon as finalized.  All events will be live-streamed.  We will do some events as a combination of in-person and live stream.

There are two components to the Toyota Production System, where we get a lot of our lean/process improvement thinking and methodology.  This process has been successful in all organizations, no matter what size or type.  All organizations can benefit.

1) A philosophy of respect for people and continuous improvement.
2) A set of tools to help you implement improvement and develop a culture of continuous improvement.  

Session 1 – The Big Picture and understanding the value being delivered
Customers and customer value
Value Stream mapping to see the big picture of the system delivering value
Session 2 – Understanding the current state
Defining the problem and developing metrics and goal-setting 
Understanding the current state – process mapping, identifying gaps

Session 3 - Understanding the root cause and what is keeping us from meeting the goal
Root cause analysis and understanding why it’s happening.

Session 4-6 
Developing countermeasures depending on the problem.
5S if a messy work area
Quality improvement if defects
Constraint management if have a bottleneck
Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) if poor equipment
SMED if long changeovers
Flow and pull systems if long lead time or not even flow through the processes  
Mistake Proof the process as much as possible

Session 7 – Addressing the root cause(s)
Idea generation, prioritizing, and running experiments to see if it addresses the root cause(s)
Developing the future state process and utilize change management methods

Session 8 - 
Change Management – Kotter or another model
Hardwiring the new process through Standardized Work

Session 9 - Running kaizen events to facilitate teams through this process

Session 10 – Training/Teaching
Improvement Kata
Coaching Kata
Training/Teaching Best Practices
Session 11
Using A3 to tell the project story
Sharing best practices within the organization
Metrics, KPI’s what should we measure, how should we measure it


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 and after the meetings.

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 processes in a wide variety of fields, from manufacturing to healthcare to finance.

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 an interest in attending.

Ready to join the group......
Contact Doug Ellenberger – dellenberger@greaterlafayettecommerce.com