AME Dine & Learn: Breaking through conceptual blind spots to process improvement

January 16, 2018 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |
Non-Member Fee: $30
Student Member Fee: $10
Member Fee: $30


Salvatore's Restaurant
654 Merrimack St.
Entrance A, Building 1
Lawrence, Massachusetts

Conceptual blind spots are misconceptions caused by deep-seated beliefs. In context of lean, these blind spots—both technical and social—hamper understanding and limit the full benefits of lean transformation. Fifty years after the introduction of the Toyota Production System, we are now asking our managers to "go see." But even in the Gemba, the real place, what can managers see if they are unable to transcend their conceptual blind spots? How can their eyes be opened?

To learn the answer to this, join Shingo Prize Winner Bruce Hamilton on January 16. Hamilton will share more than a dozen common conceptual blind spots and will suggest tactics to help managers and employees overcome these blind spots to improve their mastery/skillsets. Join AME at Salvatore's Restaurant and dine, learn and network with your lean community. 


Bruce Hamilton  is the president of GBMP, Inc. He previously served as general manager of United Electric Controls, a 1990 recipient of the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing. Hamilton led the company’s efforts to change from batch manufacturing to single-piece flow. Throughout his career, he has also held positions in marketing, computer systems, materials management and general management. Hamilton has presented and written about lean manufacturing, employee involvement, visual control, variety reduction and other topics. In 2000 he was inducted in the Shingo Prize Academy and in 2015 was inducted into the AME Hall of Fame.


6:00pm - 6:30pm  Welcome & networking
6:30pm - 7:00pm  Dinner
7:00pm - 7:45pm  Presentation
7:45pm - 8:00pm  Q&A and wrap-up

  • Lean leaders at all levels
  • Operations directors and managers
  • Site managers
  • Plant managers
  • Owners, decision makers, CEOs, COOs, CIOs, CTOs
  • Discover the many common conceptual blind spots
  • Learn tactics to help managers and employees overcome these blind spots
  • Improve your own mastery and skill set
  • Network with your lean community

You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year. Additionally, you will receive a subscription to the award winning Target magazine and much more.

Payment or purchase order must be received by the AME office five days prior to the event start date. If no payment or PO number is received, you will be asked to pay with a credit card or check at the event before entry.

Cancellation Policy: Enrollment fee less a $100 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the workshop.

Notes: This event may be cancelled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. By registering for this meeting, I hereby acknowledge and agree that AME or its agents may take photographs of me during events and may use those photographs for AME’s purposes, including but not limited to news and promotional purposes, without further compensation to me.