For lean professionals, nothing is ever stagnant. Standard, yes, but never stagnant. We are always looking for better, faster, more efficient processes—or, in the case of the last several years, adapting in response to crises. As we rapidly approach the end of 2022 and start to look forward to 2023, we are entering yet another period of change. But there are things that we, as lean leaders and members of this wonderful organization, can hold on to.
For those who participated in the annual AME International Conference in Dallas, you can hold onto the conference programming for six months. Visit our website to start enjoying on-demand content today. Please note that not all programming is available on demand. As part of your access, you can also view session slides and documents (if provided by the speaker) after a session is viewed.
Beyond this, what’s next?
First, continue your learning! AME has upcoming programming and training offerings, which you can find on our events calendar. This year will be a blend of virtual and in-person events, and even the return of the Southeast Region Lean Summit on May 1-3, 2023, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Registration for the summit will open soon!
Meanwhile, the AME Champions Club and local consortia offer opportunities to grow your network while participating in specialized learning opportunities with fellow practitioners. We have an established consortium in 13 cities in the U.S. and Canada, with several others currently forming. If you are interested in learning more about AME Consortia, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to AME’s core offerings, our partner organizations, including Women in Manufacturing and SME (both of which offer a reciprocal AME membership), provide great opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge or certify your lean expertise.
The best way to get involved in the lean community, grow your network and knowledge, and bring attention to your organization’s continuous improvement efforts—all while giving back—is to volunteer with AME. We are a volunteer-driven organization, and we are always looking for innovative ideas and more helping hands. We are particularly looking for people to join our regional boards.
I encourage you to get involved. You can learn more about dipping your toe in the water, wading in, or diving deep on our volunteer page. While you’re there, please sign up to learn more about AME volunteer opportunities.
As always, please stay safe and keep looking out for one another.