EVENT INVITATION - Three days of hands-on learning to help you ensure your investment in lean pays off: don't miss the Lean Experience Days in Nyenrode Business University, Holland, on June 27-29.
Interviewee: René Aernoudts, President, Lean Management Instituut
Roberto Priolo: How has the format of the summit changed? You are now calling it Lean Experience Days.
René Aernoudts: We wanted to make it clear that this event has a very strong focus on practical, hands-on advice and on real-life examples that can really make a difference in the transformations the attendees are trying to drive forward. This is also a result of our collaboration with Nyenrode Business University. Together, we are trying to show, not just tell. We want people to experience the methodology, not just hear about it.
RP: Can you tell us more about the collaboration between the Lean Management Instituut and Nyenrode Business University?
RA: There were a number of reasons for this. Nyenrode is the only private university in Holland and it’s where we are developing the future leaders of the country – for lean to be a part of it is a huge opportunity. Nyenrode was looking for a partner to bring new thinking into the university’s program, and chose LMI. We are thrilled to be working with them.
RP: Is there a theme to this year’s event?
RA: There is. It is the Return on Investment of Lean – which is what we call a “hot topic.” This is a question that any lean practitioner will be asked by their CEO at some point. You can’t blame them: if you spend €500,000 on initiating a lean transformation, you want to know if it will pay off, and by how much.
We will try to explain what makes a lean transformation successful. Some people start doing lean by training lots of people, but how do you ensure the training you offer actually brings you the effect you seek? What you do to ensure your education pays off and what approaches are best suited for your needs is what we will be mainly talking about. We are very lucky to have Orry Fiume and Arnaldo Camuffo cover these topics at the Lean Experience Days.
RP: John Shook is also going to be there. What is he going to be talking about?
RA: We are very lucky to have John Shook this year. He will talk about the Lean Transformation Framework, the five building blocks of a successful lean transformation. Each of them – situational approach, people development, process improvements, leadership and management system, and underlying culture – can easily be linked to the overall theme of the event, the ROI of lean. John will share his view on the fundamental questions that you need to ask yourself as an organization if you want change to take root and your transformation to be a success.
Orry Fiume will also help cement our understanding of this by sharing his insights on lean accounting – to have an idea of what Orry is going to be talking about, please read his article here on Planet Lean.
RP: What can you tell me about the Dutch organizations presenting their stories at the Lean Experience Days?
RA: We’ll have a wide array of organizations from all kinds of sectors, including a major Amsterdam hospital – with years of experience applying lean across the organization – and the Dutch railway system, an interesting example of how you can use lean to make your people fit for the job. We will also welcome ABN AMRO bank, which will tell us how they are developing their leaders, and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure, among others. Of course, we will also offer several breakout sessions, with simulations and workshops that will teach people practical skills (for example, how to practically apply strategy deployment). We are confident that people will walk out of the Lean Experience Days not only with an increased understanding of what makes lean successful, but also with lots of ideas on how to best adapt to a continuously changing market.
The event takes place in Nyenrode, Holland, on June 27-29. For the program and more information, click here