AME Dine & Learn with Steven Spear: Discovering our way to greatness

May 19, 2020 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Student Member Fee: $25
Member Fee: $30
Non-Member Fee: $30


354 Merrimac St.
Lawrence, Massachusetts

Steve Spear AME The High-Velocity EdgeJoin us for networking and an engaging presentation by Dr. Steven J. Spear, an award-winning author, MIT senior lecturer and a senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

The disparities between the best and the ordinary in any field are so staggering. Take for example, Toyota and GM; both companies coupled electric motors in cars with internal combustion engines. GM sold 160 thousand Volts, staggered along, and quit by closing the plant and dismissing the workforce. Toyota sold 16 million units and its hybrids are a huge profit center. That is a 100:1 difference in innovation outcome.

But why is this? Comapnies that are more self critical, managing their work—no matter how complex—to reveal quickly problems in thinking and doing see incredible success. Learn why the “bad news” is actually good, in that it triggers immediate investigation of the problem and conceptualization and deployment of corrective actions, with lessons learned, captured and spread.


Steven J. Spear

Steven J. Spear is the author of the award-winning and critically acclaimed book, "The High Velocity Edge." He is a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and is a senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He is also a founder of a consulting firm built on the tenets of his book, and of See to Solve Corp., a business process software company.

An expert on the ways that “high-velocity organizations” generate and sustain advantage, even in the most hyper-competitive markets, Spear has worked with clients spanning technology and heavy industry, software and healthcare, and new production design and manufacturing.

Spear’s 1999 Harvard Business Review article, “Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System,” is part of today’s lean manufacturing canon. “Fixing Healthcare from the Inside, Today” was an HBR McKinsey Award winner in 2005 and one of his four articles to win a Shingo Research Prize.

Spear helped develop and deploy the Alcoa Business System, which recorded hundreds of millions of dollars in annual operating savings, and he was integral in developing the “Perfecting Patient Care” system for the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative. He has published in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and Academic Medicine, and he has spoken to audiences ranging from the Association for Manufacturing Excellence to the Institute of Medicine.

Spear has a doctorate from Harvard Business School, a master’s in engineering and in management from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton.


6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.    Networking   
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.    Dinner 
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.    Presentation


Hear from a leading expert on finding fault in order to drive improvement and excellence and join the growing list of organizations that have brought this aggressive discovery dynamic into their own operating systems and had outrageous successes.

DTE Energy earned 100s of millions in recurring savings, as did Alcoa while also achieving near perfect workplace safety. The Pittsburgh Women’s Shelter cut the turnaround time to get a hotline caller resettled and safe from her abuser from four days to four hours. Pratt and Whitney broke a losing streak in contesting for new jet engine contracts to win the one for the F-35, bringing in $35 billion in sales and much more down the road for service parts and maintenance. A pharmaceutical company cut a critical phase of upstage drug development from a year to six months. For context, every extra day under patent protection is worth $3 million.


This event will benefit practitioners at all levels within manufacturing, health care/hospitals and other industries.


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