Your January Iowa Lean News
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ILC Board Sets Goals and Updates Mission Statement

At a recent board retreat, the ILC board updated the mission statement and set goals for 2017.  The new mission statement reads:

Iowa Lean Consortium aspires to be a national leader in promoting a culture of operational excellence by connecting our members through world-class learning and networking opportunities.

The board also agreed to focus on growing the consortium while seeking to better understand the needs of current members.  Watch for opportunities throughout 2017 to share your thoughts with the board and ILC teams.
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We are seeking Events/Trainings for the
Member Shared Calendar  

Is your company willing to open seats to other members during your in-house trainings and CI events?  If so please click the button below to tell us about your upcoming events.

We will put the event on the member only shared calendar.  Organizations typically hold 1-2 seats for ILC members and potential registrants will contact you directly - you will have final say in who attends.
 Learn more about the member shared calendar here. 

Gina Singer from Pella Corporation had this to say about their use of the member shared calendar

One benefit of offering training courses to ILC members we have seen at Pella Corporation is the diverse discussion that results from having a variety of people participate in the class.  It is easy to get stuck in our own organizations paradigms.  By having people in the room from various industries and roles in their organizations everyone learns more.   Since we are providing the training classes anyway, the extra work to have a few people from the ILC attend is minimal.  
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In this workshop the facilitators will highlight the historical and theoretical roots of Agile. Agile is characterized by the division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment and adaption of plans.   The session will then dig down into the most popular Agile methods and how they work. Agile’s values & principles work because of the science behind Lean and so you’ll see similar themes repeated in Agile.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience Scrum at a high level. Scrum is a simple (team-based) process that works well for any complex, innovative scope of work. Kanban, which employs visualization and "work in progress" limits, will also be explored.
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Thank you to Cardinal Glass located in Greenfield, Iowa for hosting a company tour on January 5th.  Over 50 members representing 18 companies took advantage of this learning opportunity.

Welcome New Members!

Organizational Members: 
  • Viracon
  • Aerotek
  • MSI Mold Builders
Individual Members:
  • Mark Pohl
  • Kendra Linder
  • Jen Harold

A Workshop offering from CIRAS

How Augmented and Virtual Reality are Changing Manufacturing

Augmented and Virtual Reality have been "someday" technologies for nearly 20 years. Both technologies have matured over the past several years, and leading edge companies are now using them in product development, on the factory floor, and in sales. Join CIRAS and leading experts in VR/AR to see how these technologies are being used today by manufacturers and what will be ready in the next 3-5 years. 

DATE: Tuesday, January 24th, 2017


LOCATION: Iowa State University Alumni Center, 420 Beach Ave, Ames, IA 50011

Register here

 Event Schedule 

(subject to change)

Jan 30 - Webinar - Lean Accounting with Jean Cunningham

Feb 9 - Value Stream Mapping Round Table - Ankeny

February 23 - Flavors of Agile Workshop - Cedar Rapids

March 1-2 - Releasing Potential at the Workforce: Getting Beyond the Elimination of Waste, Location TBD

March 6 - Webinar - Personal Kanban, Tanya Doyle (encore presentation)

March 16 - Webinar - Driving a Customer Centric Lean Six Sigma Approach with Gary Nesteby

March 29 - TPI Tour - Newton

April 4 - Lean Leadership with Mike Wroblewski 

April 19 - Building a Fit Organization with Dan Markovitz 

May 2-3 - Overload - its impact on schedule & quality with Jim Benson

June 27 - An event with Ken Miller, Des Moines

July 12 - 13 Lean Safety with Bob Hafey - PPI In Pella

July 27 - Change Management in a Continuous Improvement Environment with Julie Haner, Omaha

Oct 9-10 - Fall Conference, Altoona
More to be announced!

Join the ILC in 2017!

Never satisfied with the status quo? Neither are we!  When you join the Iowa Lean Consortium you become part of the fastest growing consortium of process improvement practitioners in the Midwest. 
Whether you/your organization are just starting your Lean journey or have considerable Lean experience, you will find valuable learning opportunities that help you and your team move forward in your journey.
ILC membership offers a tremendous value by connecting you to companies, organizations and individuals using Lean to improve performance. 
Learn more and join the ILC today!

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Remember to check the Lean job opportunities posted in the Member's Only Area of the ILC website.  Have a job to post?  Contact the ILC Coordinator.


Save the Date!

EntreFest 2017

MAY 4-5
Iowa City


Siouxland Lean Consortium's Annual Conference Rescheduled
to May 23

The SLC Annual Conference which has been rescheduled due to do inclement weather.  It will be held on May 23.

The ILC is proud to sponsor this event and we encourage to check their website for details about registration refunds and registering for the event in May.

Learn more here
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