The Operational Excellence Society is happy to announce the next meeting for the Atlanta Chapter on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013. Please feel free to share this opportunity to your professional network, refer a colleague or, better yet, Bring a Friend!
Topic: "Successful Continuous Improvement Projects & Why They Were Successful" Discussion will identify common failure points during a Lean transformation and ways to make Lean sustainable. Discussion will include:
1. Three levels of Lean: tools based>systems based>principles based. Will illustrate how the Shingo award made this transition in 2009.
2. “The rules in use” from Bowen & Spear
This month's meeting will feature a panel discussion moderated by Ian Kowalski, Principal at Lean Velocity
Moderator: Ian Kowalski - Principal at Lean Velocity
Ian Kowalski began his career in the R&D of advanced composite materials. He applied the scientific problem solving process in the high tech world of aerospace and commercial sporting goods. His career developed to include functional experience in Quality, Customer Technical Service, Marketing, IT, and the Supply Chain through a succession of Fortune 100 companies including Union Carbide, Amoco, BP, and Solvay. He spent the past 17 years leading cross functional teams to improve business processes achieving reduced costs, improved quality, revenue growth, decreased lead-time, and increased customer satisfaction. More recently Ian led a lean transformation at Solvay Advanced Polymers, a 1500 employee division of Solvay with plants on 3 continents. Most recently, Ian led the Supply Chain at Lehigh Technologies where he was also responsible for creating lean flow through the factory. A key element for success has been the continual development of change leadership, which Ian learned first-hand in his roles.
Ian’s passion is leading continuous improvement in order to create sustainable advantage, “Doing it with people, not to people.”
Ian holds a BS in mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
6:30 – Registration
7:00 – Presentation
8:00 – Networking Mixer
8:30 – Closing
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Operational Excellence Society
The Operational Excellence Society is a “grass-roots” organization committed to those Change Agents dedicated to the continuous and deliberate improvement of company performance AND the circumstances of those who work there – to pursue “Operational Excellence by Design” and not by coincidence.
It’s a place where people can take the conversation from cyberspace and make it face-to-face, to exchange ideas and best practices, and offer and receive mentorship. Whether you are in industry, a practitioner, in academia, a consultant, or an individual who is interested in the subject matter – all are welcome to join and participate.