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 SoCal Lean Network

Learning and LEANing Through Sharing

Welcome to the home page for the So Cal Lean Network - the place for all things Lean in San Diego and Southern California!

A Message From The Chair: Hello Everyone and Welcome! 

This website features any SoCal based companies, people and events that are part of the Lean Community and/or are embracing Lean Culture, Tools, and Methods. 

We were looking to schedule live tours again in the near future. There are lots of ways to plug into the Lean Community virtually! 


Scroll down to view the upcoming sessions and to register! 


Do you have an opportunity for a virtual tour you would like to make available?


Do you have a summit/conference you would like to let our members know about?

Do you have a job posting you would like to post on SoCalLeanNetwork?

Send a note to Tracy ORourke at tracy@jitcafe.com.

 

Event Calendar

Here is an overview of upcoming events. Scroll down for more information on each individual event.

 

Current Events

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1st Tuesday every month at 5pm PT Virtual Happy Hour hosted by Lean Portland

Join us for virtual Happy Hour!

Lean Portland is a Benefit LLC committed to developing leadership skills of members and local non-profit organizations through project-based volunteer work that lead to continuous improvement. It has been a formalized professional organization since 2010 with the ultimate goal to teach themselves out of a job by developing people’s capabilities and creating lasting impacts in the larger community.

Register for: 

September 6th

October 4th

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2nd Wednesday of Every Month @ 10-11:30am PT

Lean Coffee Hosted by Eric Olsen

Title: Central Coast Lean Coffee

Description: Lean Coffee is a great way to get and give help to others in our lean community. Although we still do the occasional Lean Leadership Forum, we are currently experimenting with virtual Lean Coffee as a lean way to get lean folks together. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. Future Central Coast Lean Events and Lean Coffee Registration: https://www.purpose-ccl.org/lean-

coffee 

2022 dates: 2nd Wednesday of every month from 10-11:30am PT

9/14, 10/12, 11/9 and 12/8

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August 25th: Building a Strategic Plan for Lean Transformation Webinar

Do you know where you’re headed? Most employees can answer the “Who are we?” question with some consistency, but many struggle with the answer to, “Where are we headed?” Employees can feel as if they’re operating in a fog, especially when their main job is helping other teams achieve their goals. If you don’t know where you’re headed, any road will do. Having a strategic plan brings clarity to daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly activities. It helps prioritize what to work on and when.

Join this 1-hour webinar where Denver Peak Academy will share their struggles and success during their journey to build team clarity and alignment within their Lean Transformation strategic plan.

Agenda:
- Elements of strategic planning for transformation
- A method for working on the strategic planning elements
- Team collaboration in a virtual environment
- The end product in MURAL

Register Here

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September 13th: Lean Learning Tour: Costco Packaging Facility

Learn from a model example of people-centric leadership, employee engagement and one of the best run Employee Idea programs outside of Toyota at Costco’s Packaging Facility!


This tour is FREE! A gift to the Lean Community members with an interest in learning more about Lean and Idea Boards.


  • Walk the shop

  • View the Idea Boards

  • Feel the cultural environment

  • Hear from Supervisors and front-line employees about how the Idea program is working


Agenda:

  • Presentation on Costco’s Lean Journey

  • Supervisor-directed tour of the facility and Idea Boards

  • Q&A & Reflection: Provide feedback on what you saw

Register here

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Starting September 20th 2022: UC San Diego's Lean Six Sigma Leadership with instructors Tracy ORourke and Elisabeth Swan

A Lean Six Sigma leader needs to foster a transformation to usher in a thriving culture of Continuous Improvement in the organization. This requires more than lean tool deployment, but also includes key leadership and management frameworks, principles and behaviors. Are you doing the right leadership tasks to build problem-solvers and build a continuous improvement culture?

Hear what an attendee has to say

This program will provide you, as the leader, with the tools to become a skilled mentor to drive organizational change, and ensure that process improvement projects align with your business’s mission and overall objectives. Through an effective blend of learning techniques, this training will provide you with the critical knowledge to confidently build a continuous improvement culture and inspire behavioral change.

This program is designed for any Leader, Supervisor, Manager or Director in any industry who desires a sustainable culture of continuous improvement for their team and organization. The training will benefit all leaders, but more specifically any leader that wants to help shape the culture and build and coach problem-solvers.

Effectively fulfill your role as a leader in the Lean Management system by:

  • Building a culture that empowers staff and promotes continuous improvement

  • Understanding the breadth of impact a leader has and the leaders roles & responsibilities in transformation

  • Identifying projects that align with the organization’s mission

  • Deploying Leader Standard Work (successful leader habits) that drive improvement activity and success

  • Mentoring and coaching staff to become better problem solvers


Program At a Glance

Total Instructional Hours: 30
Live Online Training Portion: five, two-hour sessions (10 hours total)
Units: 3.0
Duration: 2.5 months
Tuition: $1,795 (includes all learning materials)
Format & Structure: This program is a blend of online learning and live virtual training sessions. After completing the learning modules on your preferred schedule engage with the Instructor and fellow leaders within an interactive virtual classroom.
Class sessions meet virtually on Tuesdays, 2:00- 4:00 PM, PST on 9/20, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, & 11/29 

For more information Click Here.

To register, contact Angela Miller at angelamiller@ucsd.edu

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September 21st-23rd 2022

Lean Leadership Week hosted by Lean Frontiers

Lean Leadership Week is an annual gathering of those seeking to learn, implement, and sustain successful lean transformations in order to address some of the most common challenges in lean organizations. The Summit highlights companies who are addressing these challenges through Lean Accounting, Lean HR, Lean Management, and Lean People Development.

Register Here

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October 11th: Lean Learning Tour - Costco Optical Lab

Learn from a model example of people-centric leadership, employee engagement and one of the best run Employee Idea programs outside of Toyota at Costco’s Optical Lab!


Costco’s Optical Lab has doubled productivity, reduced scrap by 80%, cut lead time by 75% and has implemented 6000+ employee ideas.


This tour is FREE! A gift to the Lean Community members with an interest in learning more about Lean and Idea Boards.


  • Walk the shop

  • View the Idea Boards

  • Feel the cultural environment

  • Hear from Supervisors and front-line employees about how the Idea program is working


Agenda:

  • Presentation on Costco’s Lean Journey

  • Supervisor-directed tour of the facility and Idea Boards

  • Q&A & Reflection: Provide feedback on what you saw

Register here

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October 17th-20th 2022 

AME International Conference - Dallas

Continuous improvement practitioners know there is no better learning experience than an AME International Conference. Join us from almost anywhere you access the internet, and discover practical ways to apply creative ideas to your business. You’ll learn about best-in-class practices from operational excellence leaders, see lean organizations up-close during facility tours and uncover new ways to empower people within your organization.

Share, learn and grow with the best — all at the 2022 AME International

Register Here

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October 18th-27th: Results Washington Lean Government Conference

The 11th annual Washington State Government Lean Transformation Conference will be virtual for the third year in a row! Hosted by Results Washington, our conference will span six days from October 18th - October 27th with most days covering 4 hours of content presented by public and private-sector Lean and Continuous Improvement professionals.​

The goal is to:​

  • Provide concrete tools and methods that participants can readily apply to their work vs. theory-based presentations.​

  • Provide learning that can be applied with hybrid and remote work environments to meet current and future realities.​

  • Provide learning that supports our commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in Washington state government.​

​As in years past, there is no cost for people to attend the Lean conference – our focus is to produce an event that advances Lean and Continuous Improvement in state government, creating and adding more value for agency employees and Washingtonians. We aim to open registration between late August to early September.  

More information available Here

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October 19-21st: Lean in Higher Education Conference in Melbourne

Lean in Higher Education (Lean HE) aims to ensure that continuous improvement philosophies and practitioners within Higher Education (HE) are themselves always improving. We do this for the good of all those whom HE serves. 

Our annual international conference brings together people applying lean in universities (in everything that they do), to learn and improve. Our annual event is held around the end of October. We host the conference alternating years between our three continental divisions, with the aim of sustaining our international network.

RSVP your interest here

 

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