LERC 25th Anniversary Conference
10th September 2019 - 10th September 2019
Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, UK
8.00 am - 5.00 pm
Lean Retrospective: Assessing Lean Thinking Evolution, Current State and Future Challenges.
The Lean Enterprise Research Centre’s 25th anniversary conference is getting closer and promises to be a highly stimulating, illuminating and collaborative event. Combining thought-leadership from some of the top lean thinkers with great networking opportunities, it’s the one lean event you do not want to miss this year.
Here from Simon Elias, chair of the conference organising committee about the conference structure, contents and highlights.
Main events throughout the day
9am – Introduction
An introduction to the conference by Simon Elias and Professor Rick Delbridge, Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise – Cardiff University
9:15am – Guest Speaker
John Bicheno: Topic – “LERC 25: Old wine in new bottles, New wine in old bottles”John’s talk will discuss the new emphasis on old Lean concepts, such as inventory turns, VSM, PDCA, problem solving, and established Lean thinking on emerging concepts, including Reinventing organisations, AI data mining, Agile and ‘bullshit jobs’.
John is Professor of Lean Enterprise, University of Buckingham and founding Director of the MSc in Lean Operations at LERC in 1999. He is the author of several best-selling books including The Lean Toolbox and has developed several games in Lean and in Service.
10am – Guest Speaker
Nicola Bateman: Topic – “Lean evolution, a story of consolidation and exploration” Nicola’s talk will consider how lean has developed its reach beyond its origins – influencing our public services and how this has challenged some of lean’s original ideas. She will discuss how this extension to lean has allowed some ideas such as Visual Management and Operating Model to nearly detach from lean origins to become independent approaches and what this means to the lean community.
Nicola is Associate Professor in Operations Management at the University of Leicester. She studied manufacturing engineering at Brunel University and researched the sustainability of CI in the automotive sector at LERC and the Department of Trade and Industry. She has worked at Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics and was a founder member of the Centre for Service Management before her current role.
11:15 – Guest Speaker
Dan Jones: Topic – “Reflecting on the development and future of lean thinking”
The co-author of the Machine that Changed the World and Lean Thinking considers key issues and trends and considers the questions that lean originally aimed to address and their relevance today.
Founder of LERC and founder and Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK, Dan is a senior advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute, management thought leader and mentor on applying lean process thinking to every type of business. With Jim Womack, he co-authored some of the influential and popular Lean Thinking books, including The Machine that Changed the World, and Lean Thinking.
12pm – Panel Discussion
Following the morning presentations, delegates will be able to ask questions on the issues raised directly to an expert panel and also via the Kahoot! app.
2pm – Lean coffee workshops and parallel discussion sessions
“Lean Coffee” is a structured, but agenda-less meeting at which participants gather, build an agenda and begin discussing. Conversations are directed and productive because of the democratic nature of the meeting and because of the innate topic interest and expertise of the participants. The LERC conference will operate an adapted approach, with each group (containing around eight participants) having a broad key theme to direct the discussion.