Operationalizing Value Stream and A3 Thinking - Going Beyond the Theory

Presenter: Andrew Wilkinson, Global Lean Platform Lead, Monsanto, Fowler, IN, USA

Keywords: VSM, Value Stream Thinking, Problem Solving, A3

Industry: Hospitality, Manufacturing, Service

Level: Basic


Too often, lean tools are viewed as independent or just as a single time use for a current situation or opportunity. Additionally, early lean adopters lack a deep understanding of how to link their VSM, Problem Solving, and additional lean concepts to a holistic approach on how these tools work together to transform into a lean organization. This session will walk the participants through:

  • Value Stream Map Creation- Defining the most critical components of a VSM and how to effectively build it.
  • What does it all mean? How to read a VSM so that it makes since.
  • Problem Solving- Translating the VMS into A3’s
  • Organizational Change: How to build a Lean Transformation approach rooted in Value Stream Thinking and A3 thinking.
  • Creating the right foundations for Continuous Improvement.

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January 31, 2019
Speakers’ Orientation Meeting:
Tuesday, March 12, 2019,
6 PM-7 PM

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Conference Chair's Message 

Joel Smith

Continuous Improvement is not just something a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) practitioner leads their organization in practicing, but is also a core competency of their professional makeup. That is why more and more innovative and leading companies are looking for leaders that use the LSS way of thinking in everything they do within their organization.

In this era of data science and machine learning, the ability to connect the dots for end to end solutions across the boundaries of people, process and systems is the key to success. This year’s conference is focused on making sure we are “continuing” our journey as practitioners. Whatever your level of experience, you will learn new concepts, new perspectives and network with the best in the industry.