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AME Lean Sensei: Improve the way you improve

Get more buy-in to improvement from senior leaders


Deep Dive Session
Thursday, Nov. 1 Location Code
1:30pm-2:30pm Harbor Ballroom B, 2nd level ThS/51



Is it a challenge to get buy-in from some members of your leadership team regarding your improvement activities? If your answer is yes, attend this session and learn how AME’s Lean Sensei Self-Assessment instrument can help you to:

  • gain more buy-in
  • reach consensus on improvement priorities
  • compare to best-in-class companies
  • take your improvement process to the next level of maturity.

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence offers the AME Lean Sensei to anyone interested in benchmarking their organization against distinguished AME Excellence Award recipient companies. AME Excellence Award recipients operate at exceptional levels of performance, setting the bar high for achieving success in the search for operational excellence. If you are interested in joining this distinguished group of recipients, the AME Lean Sensei will help you see if you’re ready to apply. If you’re not interested in applying for the AME Excellence Award, the AME Lean Sensei is still a valuable tool to help your organization identify potential areas of focus and improve the way you improve.

Presenters: Michael Bremer / Bill Baker

Michael Bremer is president of the Cumberland Group – Chicago, VP of AME Excellence Awards, co-managing director of the Chicagoland Lean Enterprise Consortium and instructor for the University of Chicago’s Graham School on process innovation. Bremer holds a BS in business from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is co-author of three books, "Six Sigma Black Belt Handbook," "Six Sigma Financial Tracking and Reporting," and "Escape the Improvement Trap."

Bill Baker is president of Speed To Excellence and has been a frequent speaker on benchmarking, performance measurement, knowledge management and the lean enterprise. From 1990-2004, he was responsible for knowledge management and benchmarking at both Texas Instruments and Raytheon. At Texas Instruments, he was manufacturing manager on several high-profile electronic systems as well as experiments built at the University of Texas at Dallas for Apollo 15, 16 and 17. He is co-author of the best-selling book “Winning the Knowledge Transfer Race” and the Shingo Prize-winning book "Lean for the Long Term." In 2012-2017, Baker served as chairman of AME Target magazine’s editorial board and editor-in-chief, including the weekly Target Online newsletter/magazine. He currently serves on the AME Awards Council and is an AME Excellence Award assessor and Shingo examiner.