Iowa Lean Insider-News from the Iowa Lean Consortium - December 2012
Iowa Lean Consortium

ILC Board Holds Planning Retreat

Gina Singer Queen Of LeanThe ILC Board dedicated a day to planning the future of the consortium with the theme of "Preserve the Core/Stimulate Progress" (Jim Collins' fans will recognize that mantra).  With facilitation assistance from Jeff Terrell the board reviewed the ILC vision and mission and progress of the last three years.  Core values, goals and strategic alignments were among  some of the forward looking discussion items.  

The board is dedicated to building a strong, sustainable organization that meets the needs of our diverse, growing membership.  The board also took a moment to recognize Events Team Lead Gina Singer as the ILC MVP of 2012.  

ILC Board Welcomes New Board Member
Lisa Heagle

In November, the ILC said good-bye to Board Member and Marketing Team Lead Leisha Barcus when Leisha accepted a position with the Science Center of Iowa.  Leisha recommended Lisa Heagle, VP of Quality Process Improvement at Kum & Go fill her position on the board. The board unanimously agreed and is very pleased to have Lisa as part of the team.  We also wish Leisha the best of luck and are pleased to report that she will be joining the ILC as an individual member.  Thank you Leisha for your dedication to the ILC and for the incredible work you did in developing the marketing plan and initiating its implementation in a very short amount of time!

ILC Board President Shares Ideas with Michigan Consortium

ILC Board President Teresa Hay McMahon represented the ILC this month on the Michigan Lean Consortium's Advisory Board. Newly created, the RadioMLC Advisory Board is designed to provide candid feedback and evaluation, and advise on long-term planning, economics and Lean trends.  Members include the Michigan Lt. Governor, Jeffrey Liker, Jamie Flinchbaugh, Tom Shuker, and David Mann, among others. Teresa was also interviewed about Iowa's Lean journey on The Leaning Edge, aired on the MI Business Network. 

The is a multimedia website focused on business-to-business communication and sharing of ideas.  Its primary service at this point is an Internet radio network which covers topics of interest to Michigan organizations of all sizes with a particular interest in small and medium sized businesses.

The Leaning Edge focuses on sharing the latest in Lean successes and research in order for Michigan organizations to deploy Lean successfully and show how employee engagement, innovation and job creation have improved.

You can listen to archived sessions of The Leaning Edge HERE 
Register Now for the Next ILC Workshop

Registration is now OPEN for Transactional Processes - Swim Lane Mapping Workshop with Rick Brimeyer.  Lean works in the office too, although the toolbox is subtly different. Swim Lane Mapping is useful for helping office teams gain a thorough understanding of the current process, identify waste, and create an improved process.  This workshop will be held in Ames on Friday, January 25th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.

Participants will gain hands-on experience with Swim Lane Mapping via an office-based simulation. Differences between factory-based and office-based Lean activities will be discussed. Participants should leave confident they can facilitate a team through a Swim Lane Mapping exercise.  Seating is limited to 20 for this workshop and is filling up so register today!

Watch Your Inbox for A Renewal Notice from the ILC

Secretary/Treasurer Dick See will be sending out renewal notices to current members soon.  The email will go to the contact who was listed on the original application and this year you will be able to pay online.  Not an ILC member?  Join today and start attending events for FREE and gain access to the member's only area of the website which offers past training materials and a library of Lean materials.
We welcome your ideas!  Please share material recommendations with Tracy at

Learning Opportunities

Jan 25 - Swim Lane Mapping

March 5 - Hearth & Home: Keep the Lean Fire Burning
More 2013 event announcements to come!

Shared Events Calendar

Have In-house trainings you would be willing open to ILC members?
Contact Tracy at
Dean Bliss Lean Leadership Workshop

Thank You!

  Thanks to Brion Hurley (Rockwell Collins) Mike O'Donnell (CIRAS) and Jessica Riedl (CIRAS) for leading a hands on workshop for ILC members that included  a dumpster dive and simulation exercise in early December.  The training materials from this workshop can be found in the member's only area of the ILC Website.  Thank you to ILC Board Secretary and Treasurer, Dick See and the University of Iowa  for hosting this event.
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Join the ILC!

If you are not a member of the Iowa Lean Consortium, we invite you to JOIN TODAY!  ILC membership offers a tremendous value by connecting you to companies, organizations and individuals using Lean to improve their performance.  Membership provides free access to ILC events and more, allowing you to see Lean in action and network with Lean practitioners.  Whether you are just starting your Lean journey or have considerable Lean experience, you will find valuable learning opportunities that help you move forward in your journey.  CLICK HERE to learn more now.
Questions?  Have suggestions for our next issue of the Iowa Lean Insider or an ILC learning opportunity?  Contact ILC Coordinator Tracy Schuster at or 515-259-0554.
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