The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is the premier organization for the exchange of knowledge in enterprise excellence. Members come together to explore Lean thinking and other enterprise improvement methods, exchange best practices and network in order to advance their careers and improve the competitiveness and overall value of their organizations.

AME will provide four best-practice workshops at the 2016 Manufacturing Conference and Expo:

Toyota Kata
Wednesday, April 20th, 8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
This is a hands-on “learn, share and do” experience. Attendees will explore: The Improvement Kata — A scientific 4-step iterative PDCA routine; and The Coaching Kata — A daily routine that utilizes The Five Questions to help teach The Improvement Kata thinking pattern. Attendees will also gain a continuous improvement view of how this can be used to help enhance a learning and problem solving environment on the shop floor.

Leading Lean — The Supervisor’s Role
Thursday, April 21st, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
In this workshop, a high level of participation by the attendees is expected. Attendees will gain an understanding of what hourly employees need from their supervisor. Learn how to establish credibility and respect for the supervisor. Learn what Mindset and minimum Lean Tools proficiency is required by the supervisor. The workshop will cover understanding and executing the metrics for Time Management and how to manage UP.

Thursday, April 21st, 1:30 – 5:oo p.m.
This workshop will look at the principles and the culture needed for kaizen thinking to flourish and be sustained. Kaizen methodology will be covered through application in an event-based or workshop setting. Tabletop simulations will give participants a hands-on experience with kaizen methodology.

Lean Daily Management System
Thursday, April 21st, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
This session will present Schneider Electric’s daily management process cycles. Attendees will learn a practical approach to check processes in regular intervals to understand status and identify improvement and adjustments. The use of this process at Schneider Electric has improved employee engagement, increased visibility to daily barriers and reduced the time to implement countermeasures.

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