Tours and Workshops - Tuesday, April 12

You will have a chance to register for plant tours and workshops during the formal Leading Through Excellence registration process. All tours and workshops include lunch and, if applicable, transportation.

Interested in adding a tour or workshop to your registration or switching? Contact Matt at burns.701@osu.edu

Tuesday, April 12 - All-Day Workshop (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)


Leading With Respect

Instructor: Mike Orzen, President, Mike Orzen & Associates; Co-author, Lean I.T., The Lean I.T. Field Guide

Cost: $275

Building a great organization requires effective leadership. It turns out the leadership skills can be learned. A key element that is often misunderstood is what it means to lead with respect. This workshop explores why leading with respect is essential in a successful transformation, what respect looks like in practice, and how it impacts your people to drive lasting change for the better.

Through instruction, small group discussions and exercises, workshop participants will: Understand the 7 practices of Lead with Respect; Learn by doing through a series on hands-on exercises and role plays; Leave the workshop with a personal plan of growth and practice; and Return to work with a new paradigm of Leadership.

Tuesday, April 12 - Morning Sessions (8 a.m. - noon)


Workshop: The Root Beer Game (Extended Value Stream Simulation)

Instructor: Prof James Hill

Cost: $185

This simulation provides participants with a first-hand account of the inherent challenges in working outside your four walls into the extended value stream. To simulate the process, participants are plunged into a factory value chain, playing one of four roles along the way to the customer. In managing process and product flow during the simulation and seeking ways to make it leaner by reducing lead time and better aligning supply with demand, participants gain new insights on the importance of communication among value-stream partners. The Root Beer Game simulation is a great opportunity for teams and applies to service, manufacturing and supply chain-focused organizations.

Workshop: H.E.L.P. for the Lean Journey - Best Practices in Team Training

Instructor: Luis Loya, Cardinal Health Inc.

Cost: $185

Many companies do well in introducing basic lean tools and Six Sigma methodologies but struggle with providing teams with an in-depth, fundamental understanding of practical lean concepts and principles.  In this workshop, Luis Loya draws from Cardinal Health’s successful, two-day Hands-on Execution of Lean Principles program to highlight the tools and exercises used to close this gap. Over the course of this interactive session, participants will emerge with fun and easy ways to communicate lean skills such as 5S, standard work and takt – to their own teams. This session is recommended for attendees currently in, or planning to enter, a training role in their organizations.

Workshop: Building the Fit Organization

Instructor: Dan Markovitz

Cost: $185

Trying to simply copy “The Toyota Way” is a mistake. What leaders need to do instead is learn from Toyota—learn how to convert their competent organizations into dynamic, constantly improving, profoundly customer-focused entities. A “fit” organization has the ability to continually improve in a manner that delivers superior performance and results over the long haul. This workshop, based on Markovitz’ new book of the same name,distills the lessons from the Toyota Production System into six core concepts and couches them in the easily understandable language of physical fitness and athletic excellence—no Japanese, no jargon. By the end of the workshop, your team will be ready to make your organization faster, more competitive, and better able to win in your market.

Workshop: Pit Crew U. (PRE-SOLD)

Host: Performance Instruction & Training

Cost: $400

IMPORTANT: This is an exclusive session that already has been pre-sold. Only employees of companies who have pre-paid for registration and received sign-up instructions may select this event. A similar afternoon session, “The Pit Crew Experience,” is open to all summit attendees.

This exclusive, highly interactive workshop draws on the experiences of pro racing pit crews to put teams through the paces and understand the “think inside the box” mentality that drives success. Groups of six will start by exploring the four corners of the “box” -  team building, creating a culture of accountability, defining the (standard) processes involved in successful teams, leadership that emphasizes ‘bottom up’ solutions - and then head to a real pit stop. At the car, each team will go through several improvement cycles and explore how to leverage those tools by reviewing video of the exercise and working with a coach.

Tour: Anheuser-Busch InBev plant, Columbus, Ohio (SOLD OUT)

Cost: $75

Worldwide brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev operates a massive, 1.3 million-square-foot operation on the north side of Columbus that ships out nearly 300 trucks a day and produces nearly two-dozen affiliated brands. On this exclusive tour (also being offered in the afternoon), go behind the scenes of A-B InBev’s operation with an operations-focused tour that showcases process improvement-oriented measures implemented and in the works.

Tuesday, April 12 - Afternoon Sessions (1 - 5 p.m.)

Workshop: The Pit Crew Experience

Host: Performance Instruction & Training

Cost: $245

This workshop draws on the experiences of pro racing pit crews to put teams through the paces and understand the “think inside the box” mentality that drives success. Attendees will start by exploring the four corners of the “box” -  team building, creating a culture of accountability, defining the (standard) processes involved in successful teams, leadership that emphasizes ‘bottom up’ solutions - and then head to a simulation with an on-site car. Here, groups of two will run through multiple rounds of a tire-changing competition that reinforces these concepts. The winning pair takes bragging rights!

Tour: Fuse by Cardinal Health, Dublin, OH

Cost: $75

In response to the merger of healthcare and technology, Cardinal Health formed Fuse ─ a commercial technologies innovation lab. Fuse focuses on developing products that automate the workflow of pharmacists and clinicians and improve consumers’ access to healthcare. The workspace at Fuse has a casual tech startup-like atmosphere designed to encourage team collaboration and spark creative ideas for product development. Fuse uses lean management principles and lean startup practices. Fuse teams seek continuous customer feedback and employ agile methodologies to speed development and quickly advance to market testing. Fuse formed in mid-2014 and was recently named a Best Place To Work in central Ohio by Business First newspaper.

Tour: Anheuser-Busch InBev plant, Columbus, Ohio (SOLD OUT)

Cost: $75

Worldwide brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev operates a massive, 1.3 million-square-foot operation on the north side of Columbus that ships out nearly 300 trucks a day and produces nearly two-dozen affiliated brands. On this exclusive tour (also being offered in the morning), go behind the scenes of A-B InBev’s operation with an operations-focused tour that showcases process improvement-oriented measures implemented and in the works.

Tour: Innovation Trailblazers - OSU's Spine Research Institute

Cost: $75

Back problems – many rooted in how we spend our 9-to-5 – are a hugely costly yet widely understudied ailment in the world of health care. The Spine Research Institute, a research powerhouse founded in collaboration with three Ohio State colleges, is working to close that gap with a network of multi-disciplinary experts seeking novel solutions to these ailments. On this tour, visit the home of SRI and learn about its latest research and collaborations, then head to an affiliated lab, the Center for Occupational Health in Automotive Manufacturing (COHAM). Here you’ll get an up-close look at how COHAM is using the latest technology to make automotive manufacturing a safer industry. This tour, highly rated at the 2015 summit, is recommended for those interested in R&D and/or workplace safety as a key pillar of operational excellence.

Tour: Abbott Nutrition, Columbus, OH

Cost: $75

Longtime COE member Abbott Nutrition is a major global player in infant and adult nutrition, Similac and Ensure among its many well-known products. On this tour, get a look at the Columbus manufacturing operation that remains central to the company's continued growth, rooted in a nearly 100-year history in the city. The tour will focus on past and ongoing process improvement initiatives.

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