Six practitioner Idea Exchange Café sessions. Interactive sharing of best practices. Drop by, enjoy the coffee and join the dialog!


Share and learn best practices; ask questions and dig deeper in interactive sessions; network with fellow participants.

Once again in Cincinnati, the Practitioner Idea Exchange Café will be open for interactive sharing of best practices by all attendees who wish to participate. Drop by and join the dialog! Our facilitated sessions will be offered during three days. Listen, share, ask questions and take away ideas that you can implement right away! 

Our six session topics include:

1. Dos & don’ts when starting the lean journey: 

SIS/01: Tuesday, October 20 – 9:30-10:30 AM - Room 261, 2nd floor
Experienced lean thinkers share their advice about getting started on lean implementation – the basics and pitfalls. A 5S event is a great team-building event. It’s comfortable. Who doesn’t like a fun 5S event? It’s a great way to kick off your company’s lean journey. Right? Not so fast. A 5S event promotes a false sense of finality. Lean needs to start with a leadership team that understands what it is embarking on and what commitment will be required to see this “lean journey” through. Join in and share your ideas.


2. Administrative lean:

SIS/03: Tuesday, October 20 – 10:45-11:45 AM - Room 261, 2nd floor
Come share your ideas and learn from others, about effectively broadening lean efforts from the shop floor into administrative functions and service areas. Administrative processes within manufacturing companies and service organizations often struggle with applying lean concepts. A big problem is that companies tend to focus on lean tools and don't change how work is performed and how it flows. Re-focus your thinking, take part in the discussion.


3. Employee engagement methods:

SIS/05: Tuesday, October 20 – 2:00-3:00 PM - Room 261, 2nd floor
Hear and exchange ideas about ways to engage employees in your organization’s continuous improvement activities, ensuring sustained cultural change. Engaged employees tend to perform better, are more motivated, are less likely to quit and are more likely to be a great support to the organization and its brand. Experts estimate that 80 percent of becoming a customer-focused business or lean enterprise is culture-related. Get engaged—join in the conversation.


4. Leader standard work: 

SIS/09: Wednesday, October 21 – 2:00-3:00 PM - Room 261, 2nd floor
Explore approaches for driving lean cultural change by employing this key lean method. Just as operators have standardized work for their value-adding activities, you need predictable, repeatable standard activities that build people's "problem-solving muscle" and moves them ever closer to daily continuous improvement. These activities constitute a management practice known as leader standard work. Join in the dialog around LSW.


5. Reward and recognition related to lean:

SIS/13: Thursday, October 22 - 1:30-2:30 PM - Room 261, 2nd floor
Everyone wants an answer to, “What’s in it for me?” Discover and share how to deepen continuous improvement’s long-term impact using reward and recognition. Great lean companies know that the heart and soul of their success are trained, motivated employees who consider it part of their jobs to identify problems on a continuous basis. These companies realize that an effective employee suggestion program must be supported by high-level recognition and attractive (but not gigantic) rewards. Reward yourself, join us!


6. Leadership of lean: 

SIS/14Thursday, October 22 – 1:30-2:30 PM - Room 263, 2nd floor
Leaders must set the pace for lean success and true cultural change. Come and share your lean leadership stories, helping others along their lean journey. Your future will depend on leadership and your organization's ability to sustain achievement. The lean tools are the tools, the tools are important, but you can learn the tools. The hard part is the people part. What does a lean leader look like?  What does it take to be an effective lean leader? Join us and share your thinking.