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Upcoming Events:

Lean 101 on March 10 in East Lansing
2nd Kata Practitioner Day on March 24 in Comstock Park FULL
Lean 102 on May 5 in East Lansing
2017 Healthcare Symposium on May 19 in East Lansing
Lean 103 on July 21 in East Lansing
2017 Annual Conference on August 2-4 in Traverse City
Lean Application on September 22 in East Lansing
Bronze Prep Exam on November 3 in East Lansing

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We are offering our Bronze Prep Certification Course again - take all of the classes and your Bronze Exam or just take one class! Sign up now!

Want to help design a giveaway for our annual conference?

Have you attended our annual conference in previous years? Remember how small those coffee cups are? This year we are providing FREE, BIGGER coffee mugs and we want YOU to design the mug!

Just send in a JPG file of a design for a coffee mug (size can be negotiable) to Lauren at and we will compile all your designs and then let our membership vote for which one will be debuted at the 2017 MLC Annual Conference. Please send in entries by March 31. 

We would like to announce the MLC social
pre-conference event will be on Tuesday, August 1 from 

5pm to 7pm at Brewery Terra Firma in Traverse City.

Click the picture above to email Lauren for more information if you're interested in being a guest on The Leaning Edge on April 6!


Are you looking for an engineering student to fill an internship position this summer or work on a 10-14 week project?  if so, The University of Michigan College of Engineering can help! The department of Industrial and Operations Engineering has students of all levels seeking summer internships in lean so please contact Debra Levantrosser for more information:

Discussion Question: Should lean professionals use Japanese names for lean tools and techniques or their own language? 
In researching lean and continuous improvement topics, this issue of using or not using the Japanese names for lean terms and has ignited debate with other lean communities.  Some of the questions include:
  • Does using another language promote waste within a system of learning and development? 
  • Is it efficient or effective for the process? 
  • Does this eliminates or adds waste when using other languages? 
  • What is the standard industry practice for lean names?
Please share your comments on this topic.  You can send to me at or post your comments on the Michigan Lean Consortium’s Linkedin group web page.
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