Your February Iowa Lean News
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Membership Benefit Spotlight

Members Shared Calendar

Are you looking for more ways to learn from others on your continuous improvement journey? The Members Shared Calendar is a member-only benefit that allows you - members and member organizations - to enhance your Lean journey and give back to the Lean community through in-house activities that are already scheduled to occur. The more we share with each other, the more we all benefit. 

As a member, you can attend in-house Lean trainings or events at other member organizations at no cost. You can gain knowledge and experience as well as provide feedback to your host. Check regularly to see what opportunities are available. You can sign up to participate by contacting the host organization directly. 

I used the ILC Members Shared Calendar when looking for Lean & Continuous Improvement projects outside Lennox Industries, when I needed some professional development activities for new people in my group. I wanted something here in Iowa that would be engaging, challenging, and that would help develop the way we think about Lean. I found an event hosted by HNI, and it worked out great for us. The person we sent got to experience a Kaizen event facilitated by a Japanese consultant - a rare thing for us - and also brought back many ideas to challenge our way of thinking from her experienced at HNI. I highly recommend the use of the ILC Members Shared Calendar as a low-cost, convenient, hands-on training benefit for our ILC Members.  - Paul VanderKley, LBC Sr. Process Improvement Analyst Lennox Industries Inc. 

As a member organization, you can obtain an outside perspective and strengthen the Lean community during one of your in-house Lean events. To share opportunities, provide us with the details (dates, location, training/event title) and we will put it on the calendar for you.  You can limit the number of ILC members who can attend and you have full control over who can attend. Most organizations hold 1-2 spots for ILC members for these in-house trainings or events and interested members must contact you to participate. 

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.   - Gina Singer, CI Manager, Pella Corporation.

View the Member Shared Calendar Offerings Now

Lunch and Learn Webinar: 
Personal Kanban

Have you ever experienced someone who is upset with you because they ASSUME you are working on something you are NOT? Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the amount of work facing you on a daily basis and just want to crawl back into bed? Have you ever missed a task that put your entire project at risk? Have you ever gone home from work with the feeling that you accomplished NOTHING?

Personal Kanban is the answer and can help you navigate these overwhelming situations! In this webinar you will learn how knowledge workers can bust out of erratic multi-tasking and move to a capacity constrained system that increases productivity, reduces stress and increases collaboration.  Anyone can learn personal Kanban and everyone can use it and benefit from it, even at home! Please join us for the webinar and add a new lean tool to your toolbox!

Date: March 10th
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Cost: ILC Member FREE
         Non-members $250
Register for the Personal Kanban Webinar
We received many great submissions for our T-shirt design contest.  The ILC Marketing Team has narrowed it down to the top four.  Watch your email for your chance to vote for your favorite!

An Invitation from the Michigan Lean Consortium

The Michigan Lean Consortium Annual Conference will be held on August 3-5 in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan on the water! The theme is “Lean 3.0: The Next Frontier”. The MLC is offering a $100 discount for ILC members: an early bird rate of $245 (before May 31) and a rate of $295 after May 31. Note: the regular early bird rate is $345 and the regular rate is $395. The MLC is excited to have Teresa Hay McMahon, ILC Executive Director, as one of three keynote speakers. We hope to see you in Michigan! 
ILC Members Click Here for the Discount Code

Join the ILC Member Forum

We are pleased to invite our ILC Members to our new member forum!  Join us here to discuss all things Lean!  Have a question about how another organization has implemented a facet of Lean?  Want to share something that worked well for you so others can Learn?  Join the forum today and get started connecting to other like-minded continuous improvers. 

How to get started:

  1. Click here to request access
  2. Wait to be invited (watch for an email from SLACK - the platform we are using)
  3. Once approved, you will automatically be added to the #lean-for-all and #introduce-yourself  and #announcement channels
  4. Introduce yourself!
  5. Begin sharing ideas and asking questions in the #lean-4-all channel.  There are at  least three questions from members awaiting responses.
  6. Read this article about getting started with Slack - if you read just one part of this read about how to set up your notifications or turn them off completely.
  7. Already registered?  Go here to interact
We look forward to seeing you in the forum!

Only organizational and individual members who have renewed their membership for 2016 will be allowed to participate.
Request Access to New Member Forum

2016 Event Schedule To Date

(subject to change)

Feb 25 - TWI Skills Training - Orange City

March 10 - Personal Kanban Webinar

March 30 - John Deere Engine Works Tour, Waterloo

April (Date TBD) - Winegard Tour

April 19-21 - Event with Mike Hoseus, Ames/Webster City

May 17 - Intro to Agile; Writing User Stories

June 16 - Leadership Event with Jamie Flinchbaugh, Omaha

June 22 - Call Center Gemba at Nationwide

July 12 & 13 - Skills to Coach for Development: A Series of Workshops Focused on Coaching Others in Effective PDCA Problem Solving

July 26 - Lean Finance w/Jean Cunningham

Sept 15 - Health Care Panel w/Tour UIHC

Sept 21-22  - Project Management Essentials

Oct 12-13  - 2016 Fall Conference, Cedar Rapids

Nov 15-17  EMDS Event with Mike Hoseus - Omaha

And more to be announced in the near future!

Welcome New Members!

Organizational Members:
  • VITAL Financial Services, LLC
  • West Rock
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Riley Resources
  • Drake University -Information Management and Business Analytics Department
  • Alamo Group
Individual Members:
  • Randy Kinnaman
  • Steven Privitera
  • Alicia Huguelet
  • Scott Crum
  • Kolton Hewlett
  • Sarah Guenther
  • Andrew Clay
  • Wendy Smith

Continuous Improvement in
Iowa and Ireland

Have you ever wondered how continuous improvement projects at your company compare to those in other organizations?  Are you curious about continuous improvement in Iowa compared to continuous improvement in another country, like Ireland?  Here is an opportunity to find out. Researchers Dan Bumblauskas of UNI, Brad C. Meyer of Drake, and Richard Keegan of Enterprise Ireland are doing a comparative study of continuous improvement activity in Iowa and Ireland.  They presently have information on 96 projects in Ireland and are now gathering information on projects in Iowa.  
ILC membership offers a tremendous value by connecting you to companies, organizations and individuals using Lean to improve performance. 

Membership provides free or  significantly reduced rate 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.
Join Today!

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