Submission process

Are you interested in presenting at the AME San Diego 2018 conference? We are looking for presentations relating to the following themes:

Fundamental Concepts and Tools

Every organization must be familiar with and capable in the fundamentals of enterprise excellence.  Further, they must understand their application in all environments - production, service and office.  Each concept and tool must be properly applied in order to realize the expected benefits. This includes the approach that is taken in their application. Experience has shown that an inappropriate approach can give rise to misunderstanding and even resistance. Only with sufficient familiarity can such situations be avoided and the results maximized. 
(Keywords: 5S, heijunka, jidoka, JIT, kaizen, pull/Kanban, six sigma, SMED, standard work, TPM, TWI, value stream mapping)


The pace of change is ever increasing and organizations in all industries must stay ahead or risk being left behind. New technologies to address business and market challenges must be persistently pursued and developed. This can be accomplished by a single organization, or entire industries working together collaboratively. Awareness of developments and trends is incumbent in all organizations to better insure their long-term viability. (Keywords: 3P, lean IT, lean product/service development, process design)

Lean Management

The Lean Management System is an engine for continuous improvement, but like any engine it must be ‘fueled’. Leaders and the activities in which they are involved will or will not drive continuous improvement over time. The cycle of daily ‘firefighting’ must be broken so that managers can spend time on activities that truly improve the business through associate engagement. Over time, these activities become routine thereby keeping the ‘engine’ running smoothly.
(Keywords: collaboration, daily management, inventory optimization/planning, KPIs/metrics/balanced scorecard, leader standard work, lean accounting, lean supply chain, project management, visual management)

People Development

An organization’s greatest asset is its people. In fact, it is one of the few assets that appreciate over time. The successful organizations in the future will be those that develop all team members to their fullest potential. This includes their knowledge and skills, as well as their mindsets for problem solving, improvement and change in general. The result will be an adaptive organization that is much more likely to succeed in an uncertain future. (Keywords: A3 thinking, change management, coaching/communication, PDCA, problem solving, Toyota kata)

People-centric Leadership

All organizations seek the elusive engagement of its team members – to engage their heads and hearts, along with their hands. Experience has shown that leaders who connect on a personal and even emotional level with their team members can succeed where others have failed in this important objective. Leaders must develop the necessary skills and mindsets to create a culture that instills engagement.
(Keywords: employee engagement, leadership behaviors, lean culture, respect for people, safety)  

Purpose-driven Change

People and organizations do not willingly change. There must be an inspirational purpose to embark on the journey to enterprise excellence and change in general. An organization must define that purpose and communicate it in ways that pervade through its culture. This will guide the decisions it makes and the improvements it undertakes. The result will be an organization where all team members are working towards a common direction and unleashing untapped potential in doing so.
(Keywords: hoshin kanri/strategy deployment, inspiring change, organizational alignment, strategic planning, visioning)

We are also looking for sessions that will explore other topics such as: IoT across the enterprise; manufacturing 4.0; systems 4.0; smart manufacturing; culture; engagement; integration; performance measures; connectivity; machine learning; risk management; enterprise.

To learn more about the various session styles that will be offered at the AME San Diego 2018 conference, click here.

If you wish to complete a submission form, you will need the following:

  • a biography for each presenter
  • your company biography
  • a session title and subtitle
  • the full description of your session.

Ready to begin?

The AME San Diego 2018 schedule is now complete.

To submit a practitioner presentation - Call for Presentations (CFP) form - for the AME Chicago 2019 conference, click here.

To submit a workshop - Call for Workshops (CFW) form - for the AME Chicago 2019 conference, click here.

Your submission will be reviewed by the conference team and you will be contacted once a decision has been made.