Your ILC News - April 2014
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What is your Standard Work?
By Jeff Dahm, CPIM; Deere & Company and ILC Board President
Many Lean enthusiasts talk about standard work and how foundational it is to Lean.  Well it must be important, it’s in the base in the house of the Toyota Production System, right?  But why is it there and what does it mean for you?  Many of you in manufacturing as well as the other sectors will have analyzed your value-added processes and broken them into process steps.  You’ve identified what work is needed, when it should be done, how long it should take and perhaps what success looks like.  For those of you in leadership and support roles, have you done the same for your own work?  Many of you are in or have been in positions where you did not know how your day would go as you walk through the door in the morning.  Or perhaps, you had great plans for the day, only to be disrupted immediately with the fires of the moment, scrambling to just contain the problems that arise to enable the value to continue to flow.  All too often, this can go on for days.  Days turn to weeks, weeks turn to months and we look back wondering why our Lean efforts have not taken root as we would like.
So why is standard work so important?  If we can reduce the variability and standardize the methods, we are able to identify and eliminate waste, solve problems and continuously improve.  As Mike Hoseus told us in Des Moines during the April Event, “if there is no standard, there is no problem”.  No problem identified and no opportunity to improve and no possibility to learn.  A Lean learning organization applies these concepts to their leadership and support roles as well.
Below is a link from the Lean Enterprise Institute with a great overview of the merits, enablers and objectives of Leader Standard Work.  This is one of the best I have seen on the topic.
The ILC has offered several recent events focused on the role of leadership and transforming the culture.   I would encourage you to go back and review the materials from these sessions in the Members Only section.  Additionally, take a look at the upcoming events and consider which leader(s) in your organization would benefit and invite them to come for the learning and discussion.
If you have questions or examples of applying the concepts of Leader Standard Work, please share them with the Consortium on the ILC LinkedIn Page so we can learn and grow together.
ILC Board Elects New Officers

During the April Board Meeting, the ILC Board elected Jeff Dahm as the new board President and Jeff Terrell as Vice-President.  Dick See was re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer.    You can read about each of these individuals and the other members of the ILC Board HERE.  
First ILC President Shares
History of Organization and
Vision for the Future

In March, 2014 Teresa Hay McMahon, the ILC's first Board President stepped down from 
her formal role as Board President due to a job change. She shares with us some history of the organization and a vision for the future.

Over the last several years, I have had the good fortune to work with an amazing team of talented and committed people who believe in the power of Lean so much that they worked to turn a vague idea into the thriving organization that the ILC is today.  After three years of infrequent conversations about whether there was a need for some sort of an entity to support Lean implementation in Iowa, a small group decided to take a Lean approach to pursue the idea.  In the fall of 2009 we conducted a Voice of the Customer survey with 22 entities – manufacturing companies, service and healthcare providers, local governments and educational institutions – asking whether their organization was involved in a Lean transformation...READ MORE
Iowa Partners In Efficiency Award
Application Process Now Open!

Making our government - city, county, state - more efficient through the implementation of Lean, impacts all of us positively.  Since 2010, the Iowa Partners in Efficiency award has recognized the efforts of Iowa government entities to improve their operational efficiency.  2013 marked a move of this award sponsorship to the Iowa Lean Consortium from the Iowa Business Council.

Are you from a government entity that is implementing Lean? If so, consider applying for the Iowa Partners in Efficiency award.  Applications will be received between now and June 15, 2014.  Do you know of Lean work happening in a government body?  If so, tell them about this chance to be recognized for their work!   A Nominee does not need to be an ILC member to be eligible for this award. You can learn more here.  
Mike Hoseus works with Kreg Tool employees and other ILC members on concepts of managing for daily improvement at an ILC event earlier this month.

Upcoming Events

Lean 101 Simulation
Vantec, INC     (Webster City)
May 15, 2014

Basic Lean Flow Simulation
Rockwell Collins
(Cedar Rapids)
June 24, 2014

Improvement Kata Event
Kinze Mfg. 
July 16, 2014

Gemba Event
Nationwide Insurance
With Ernie and Tracey Richardson
August 12-13

ILC Fall Conference
Keynote: David Mann
Location TBD
October 2
Upcoming Events on the Calendar of Shared Events
ILC members, don't forget to check the Calendar of Shared Events for great training opportunities offered by other ILC members.  Pella Corp and Alliant Energy are offering in-house trainings in April and are holding 2 seats at these events for ILC members at NO COST.  Our member community colleges have also added many paid training opportunities to the calendar.  Don't miss out on this great member benefit!

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

 ILC membership offers a tremendous value by connecting you to companies, organizations and individuals using Lean to improve performance.  Membership provides free access to ILC events and more.  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.  Learn more now and join for the 2014 calendar year!

ILC Call for Presenters Online Form

The ILC is always looking for presenters to partner with us to bring quality events to the ILC Membership.  Would you like to be considered as a presenter for an upcoming event?  

CLICK HERE to complete our NEW Call for Presenters Form and you will be added to our database.


Welcome New Members!

Individual Members:
  • Eric Stackland
  • Sharese Van Solten
  • Jim Gruber
  • Patt Muller
Please Note: There has been a change in facilitators for the Improvement Kata Experience event on July 16 at Kinze Manufacturing.  Health issues will keep Bill Constantino from facilitating the event, however two highly qualified instructors from W3 Group will facilitate the workshop.  You can read about our new facilitators, Steve Medland and Trevor Hopster HERE.  
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