I was extremely excited to attend the 1st Global Lean Learning Summit in Chester on the 24th and 25th of October. The thrust of the conference was, "What can Lean manufacturing and services learn from educational institutions that have applied Lean?" One of the many highlights was spending a morning at the Toyota UK Engine Plant.
Some key questions were at the heart of the conference:
- What is Lean learning?
- How can we improve the way we learn Lean?
- What can the world of education learn from Lean Thinking and Lean Practice?
- What can organisations implementing Lean Thinking and Practice learn from the world of education?
On the first day, I chose the experiential session, How Toyota develops Capability, which included a visit to the Toyota UK engine plant at Deeside. It was a an amazing few hours.Some of the other sessions I attended provided excellent learning opportunities:
- Sustainable Capability by John Shook, Chairman, Lean Global Network
- How can we improve the way we learn Lean? Peter Watkins, Lean Enterprise Academy (Experiential)
- What have we learned so far? John Shook et. al. (Facilitated discussion)
- Where next for Lean and Learning? (Panel discussion)
I also had the pleasure of spending some time talking with John Shook outside of the sessions. He is the author of Managing to Learn, an outstanding book on how A3 thinking "helps managers and executives identify, frame, and then act on problems and challenges" and one I often use with clients and in workshops.
If you would like to discuss my learnings from the summit, feel free to get in touch.