I'm happy to be attending two really outstanding events in the next two months and I hope to see you there! The picture at left shows rows of people sitting, listening, and taking notes. I think the best parts of a conference often include the networking and the people that you meet.
Here's what I'm attending in late February and early March – the Society for Health Systems and the Lean Transformation Summit:
Society for Health Systems – Healthcare Systems Improvement Conference
I think most of us still just call this the “SHS Conference.” It's being held in Orlando from February 21 to 24 (main days are noon on the 21st through noon on the 23rd). Here is the link for more information.
I've been an active member of SHS for many years and this is always a great conference. It's heavy on Lean practitioners and other process improvement folks. My friends and former podcast guests Karen Martin and Alan Glegorn are two of the dynamic keynote speakers.
I will be doing a breakout session called Two Data Points Are Not a Trend: Using SPC to Manage Better (an updated and improved version of this webinar that I did on using statistical process control to make better management decisions).
My Healthcare Kaizen co-author Joe Swartz will be presenting a session called Coaching for Lean and Kaizen (I'm listed as a co-presenter, but it's basically Joe's talk based on the work he's doing to coach people in his health system).
Lean Transformation Summit
This event, of course, attracts people from nearly every industry to talk about Lean management principles and practices.
Here's a video of John Shook talking about the summit
One new thing that LEI is doing this year, in addition to the keynote talks and breakout sessions, is the chance for attendees to propose 10-minute presentations. The Lean Startup Conference has successfully utilized 10 to 20-minute presentations very effectively in the past and I'm glad to see LEI experimenting with this — getting more voices involved. Not everybody needs a 50-minute time slot. I'm going to submit a talk about the practice of Kaizen in healthcare and hope to have it accepted.
Maybe you'll submit something too?
Lean for Knowledge Work – San Antonio 3/12/14
Registration is now open for the “Lean for Knowledge Work” workshop that Jim Benson and I are running in San Antonio in March. Combine “Kaizen” (continuous improvement) and “Personal Kanban” into a powerful combination of Lean methods that apply in healthcare, software, education, government, non-profits and other settings!
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