The Central Coast Lean Summit — 2016 | CalPoly — San Luis Obispo | 2/19/2016

Central Coast Lean Summit Venue

Central Coast Lean Summit Venue

Last Friday, together with 140 other participants, I attended the Central Coast Lean Summit at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo, CA. where the keynote address by Sam MacPherson was about Lean leadership. It was a recurring theme in other presentations as well, particularly from Steven Kane, and in Beau Keyte‘s Lean Coaching Café. Ken Snyder described the evolution of the Shingo Prize since inception. There were also several case presentations, from healthcare, government, and academia.

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Lean Coffee in Palo Alto

The first Palo Alto Lean Coffee happened this morning, as planned, at the Palo Alto Cafe, with Paul Zhao and me. We didn’t know each other, and connected through Meetup. Paul is involved with a startup company aiming to be “Uber for 3D printing,” connecting users who have designs with shop that have 3D printers. Our discussion was centered on manufacturing strategies for startups with hardware products, a topic I expect to come up again in Palo Alto.

Inaugural Lean Coffee on 12/17 7:30 AM at Palo Alto Cafe

David Veech last week suggested I start a Lean Coffee in Palo Alto. It seems like an attractive format, and I hope you find it useful.

It is scheduled early in the day to minimize interference with work. You don’t have to prepare anything. You come as you are, and I will provide Post-It notes for us to set an agenda when we start. Then we will discuss all the items agreed on, each participant contributing on the fly from his or her experience. It’s at the Palo Alto Cafe, and we can each enjoy coffee, bagels, muffins, or croissant-egg scrambles while letting others talk.

RSVP if interested.