Conferences, Future and Recent


The W. Edwards Deming Institute

This has to be the best title for a seminar ever:

How to Create Unethical, Ineffective Organizations That Go Out of Business
(Many Organizations Do It, But Do You Know How You Do It?)

The Deming Institute workshop is in Colorado Springs in May, see the link above.


The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is having their annual conference in Toronto October 20 through 24. I'm hoping to attend and I assume a bunch


The folks who organize the Lean Accounting Summit and the upcoming TWI Summit are also now doing a “Lean & Green Summit” to be held in July. Wouldn't the ultimate “green” summit be a web-only event that didn't require people to burn fossil fuels to get there?


Did anyone attend the Shingo Prize awards and conference this past week in Dallas? I was unable to attend, unfortunately, even though it was in my backyard since I was out of town for work meetings all week. I would have tried to do a Lean Blog gathering had I been here. Who has a report on how things went?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. Reliable Plant magazine hosts “Lean, Reliable and Lubed” in Nashville, TN. The dates are May 20-22. I don’t know how many years they’ve hosted it.


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