UK Lean Summit 2023

The Lean Enterprise Academy is pleased to announce the 2023 UK Lean Summit. Our Lean Summit has always been the place to learn about the latest developments in lean thinking and practice. The Summit will be held on the 18th-19th April 2023 at The Spine – Liverpool. You also will have the option of attending our Pre-Summit Masterclasses the day before (17th April).


What’s the Purpose of the Summit?

The purpose of the Summit is as follows:

  • Share how lean thinking can be used to solve the problems of today and tomorrow. 
  • Raise consciousness of the latest developments in Lean Thinking and Practice.
  • Provide insight into practical ways to get started, deepen or enhance your Lean journey and transformation.
  • Enable participants to build their own network of Lean Thinkers.

The Process – How Do We Organise The Summit?

We have structured the summit around a set of key questions with examples from different sectors.

  • How can lean thinking and practice help us navigate the key problems facing us today? This includes:
    • The productivity challenge and cost pressures.
    • Supply chain disruption.
    • The environmental crisis.
    • Lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • How do you use Lean Transformation Framework (LTF) to transform your business?
  • How do the best companies develop their strategies, gain consensus and turn them into action?
  • What is the Lean approach to problem solving?
  • How do the best companies develop and build their lean management system?
  • How do the best companies develop and engage team members – developing a kaizen mindset?

The People – Who Should Come?

Anyone who is trying to apply Lean Thinking & Practice to their uniquie situation or organisation. Our summit will help you develop your lean network through:

  • Assembling the best Lean practitioners, sensei and participants to learn and share together.
  • Building time into the programme for participants to network and reflect.
  • Providing a variety of learning situations. This includes Pre-Summit Masterclasses on leading edge topics, keynote talks, interactive learning sessions and panel discussions.
  • Enabling groups from the same organisations to come to the Summit to learn and assess their situation.

Feedback from our Previous Summits

  • World class content
  • Extremely engaging and thought provoking
  • Lots of transferable learning on engagement
  • Very good mix of practical examples, learning and experience
  • A great opportunity to measure yourself and your experience against others
  • Enriching experience to develop understanding of Lean above the level of tools    
  • Best place to learn about what Lean really means
  • High quality speakers and networking

Optional Pre-Summit Masterclasses (17th April)

This year we have structured our Masterclasses slightly differently. We have broken the sessions down into bitesize half days. As a result this gives you the flexibility to attend a morning / afternoon or a morning & afternoon masterclass! Choose from 1 of 4 morning sessions and/or 4 afternoon sessions. If you attend both a Morning and Afternoon session, you will save over £20 (Use coupon code MASTERCLASS2023)

Each theme is based around our Lean Transformation Framework (LTF). Learn more about the LTF on our website here. Places on each masterclass are limited to ensure you get the most out of the day. This means you will have time one on one with the presenter. Book early to avoid disappointment!


Summit Tickets

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If you’d like to attend a Pre-Summit Masterclass, you can purchase tickets here.

Accommodation is NOT included with the ticket. Attendees must book their own accommodation. Find out more information about recommended accommodation in our FAQs below.

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FAQs

2023 Postponement Information

When is the UK Lean Summit next year? The Summit is on 18th – 19th April 2023. The Pre-Summit Masterclasses are on the 17th April 2023.

Where is the UK Lean Summit 2023 held? The Summit will be held at the same venue, The Spine – Liverpool. See below for Date & Venue Details.

Is the agenda for the 2023 event the same? Yes the agenda is the same. However if anything changes we will let you know.

Will my 2022 ticket transfer over to the new dates? Yes your ticket is automatically transferred over to the 2023 dates.

I can’t attend the new dates, what should I do? Please contact [email protected].

Date & Venue Details

The Summit will be held on the 18th & 19th April 2023 at The Spine. Our Pre-Summit Masterclasses will also be held at the Spine on the 17th April 2023. The Spine is located in Paddington Village at the heart of the Knowledge Quarter in Liverpool’s City Centre and is the new destination for events in Liverpool, offering world-class dynamic spaces for conferences, workshops and dining. It is one of the healthiest buildings in the UK, with a platinum WELL Standard accreditation.

By train:

  • Nearest train station: Liverpool Lime Street – 19 minute walk – 6 minute taxi
  • 35 minutes from Manchester
  • 1 hour 20 minutes from Leeds
  • 3 hours 30 minutes from Glasgow
  • 2 hours from London
  • 1 hour 40 minutes from Birmingham

By car:

From M6 on to M57, M62 or M58

Motorway connections put the majority of the UK cities within a four-hour drive time.

  • 45 minutes from Manchester and Chester
  • 2 hours from Birmingham
  • 3 hours 40 minutes from Glasgow
  • 4 hours from London
  • 35 minute drive from Liverpool Airport
  • 60 minute drive from Manchester Airport

Accommodation

Accommodation is NOT included with the ticket. Attendees must book their own accommodation. We recommend you stay at the Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village. Featuring a fitness centre, bar and views of city, the Novotel is located directly opposite from The Spine.

As the Spine is located close to the City Centre there are also other hotels to stay including the Hope Street Hotel, which is only a 4 minute taxi ride or a 17 minute walk from The Spine.

Parking

Car parking spaces near The Spine:

  • Recommended Parking – Paddington Village Multi-Storey (2 minute walk from the Spine)
    Standard day tariff: £12.00
    Address: Elm Grove, Grove St, Smithdown Lane, Liverpool L7 3FA
  • Q-Park Royal Liverpool Hospital
    Standard day tariff: £5.00 or pre-book 24hours £12.00
    Address: Epworth Street, Liverpool, L6 1LY
    Website
  • Mount Pleasant Car Park 
    Standard day tariff: £5.00
    Address: 38 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5TB
    Website
  • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Car Park
    Standard day tariff: £5.00
    Address: Cathedral House, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ
    Website

Delegate Information

Please supply the names, email and job title for each delegate upon ticket purchase, as well as any dietary requirements. Please contact us at [email protected] to discuss any other specific needs.

Confirmation, Cancellations and Substitutions

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation by email.
Substitutions may be made at any time.
In the event of cancellation, cancellation charges apply (see Summit Terms & Conditions).

Summit Terms & Conditions

Download the full terms and conditions for the UK Lean Summit 2023 here.


Summit Agenda

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration

David Brunt
9:00 am - 9:15 am

Introduction and Welcome

Setting the scene for our 2022 event. Dave will explain the agenda and the key themes the Summit addresses. In particular:

  • The rise in the cost of living and the productivity challenge
  • Supply chain disruption
  • The environmental crisis the world faces.

Using the Lean Transformation Framework (LTF) Lean thinkers can apply their talents to each of these issues. We’ve lined up a formidable set of speakers to help you think through these problems.

David Brunt - CEO, Lean Enterprise Academy

Jon Shook
9:15 am - 9:45 am

How to Apply Lean Thinking & Practice

 

John Shook was the first Westerner to be employed by Toyota in the 1980’s. Over the years, John has written a number of the landmark lean books including Learning to See, Managing to Learn and Kaizen Express. One of John’s most important contributions is the development of the Lean Transformation Framework. John will provide an up to date summary on the framework, how it can most effectively be used and what challenges lie ahead in using it.

John Shook - Senior Advisor, Lean Enterprise Institute

Alec Steel
9:45 am - 10:15 am

Productivity Challenge & Cost Pressures

The National Audit Office (NAO) helps Parliament hold government to account for the way it spends public money. Through its work, the NAO identifies ways government can make better use of public money to improve people’s lives. Alec Steel will share how lean thinking shapes some of that work, what lessons he has drawn from it and the challenges that lie ahead in the public sector.

Alec Steel - Head of People and Operational Management, UK National Audit Office

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Using Lean to enhance the Customer Experience

As we came out of the Covid-19 pandemic all of us expected things to settle down. However the external environment has brought all business leaders a series of challenges. In this talk you will hear how an organisation is navigating the uncertain economic environment using lean thinking and practice to provide a better experience for customers whilst taking out waste from their activities and developing their people.

Announcement coming soon -

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Coffee, Tea & Networking

11:15 am - 1:15 pm

Learning Session - Engaging everyone to help improve the work

Doing and improving the work? In this learning session the organisation will explain how they are utilising lean fundamentals and standardised work to start involving team members to redesign value creating work and develop their capability to see and undertsand waste in the daily work .

This session will cover the 4 step “learn by doing” process that leaders can use to teach their  people Lean Fundamentals in an engaging way.

Why do Lean ? –  1) Observe & Eliminate Waste , 2) Value & Non Value Added Work, 3) Leadtime Reduction, 4) Employee Involvement Team Working

One of our partner companies will show and explain what they learnt from starting to go through this process as leaders  with their team members

Company Details Coming Shortly -

Peter Watkins - Snr Coach Lean Enterprise Academy

11:15 am - 1:15 pm

Learning Session - Developing Effective Problem Solvers

How do we develop the capabilities we need for today and tomorrow? During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Lean Enterprise Academy developed an online platform for organisations and individuals to use to learn about lean thinking and practice. A number of our partners conducted action based learning with us to use the platform in remote and onsite learning environments. In this session organisations share the lessons from the creation of learning processes to effectively develop problem solving capability.

 

TBC - Engineer - JJ Churchill Ltd

David Marriott - Senior Lean Coach, Lean Enterprise Academy

11:15 am - 1:15 pm

Learning Session - Supply Chain Disruption – Does Lean hold the answer?

Supply chain disruption is an increasing part of our lives. The world-wide chip shortages impacted a number of sectors from vehicles to consumer goods. We have faced disruption and shortages on our supermarket shelves, our building sites and across a number of services. Often we are told just-in-time delivery systems are to blame. Here we look at whether this really is the case and how lean thinking and practice can be used to develop more resilient supply chains and networks.

David Brunt - CEO, Lean Enterprise Academy

Darren Walsh Lean Coach Lean Enterprise Academy
11:15 am - 1:15 pm

Learning Session - Perfect Leadership Routines

Perfect Leadership Routines: How business leaders & managers can treble their value, without the excessive hours, drama and burnout

Trying to get leaders, managers and front-line supervision to drive continuous improvement through their teams is a major problem for business leaders in multi-site organisations worldwide. To their credit, most organisations employ many highly talented people, who really want to improve performance, spend time developing their teams and working on strategic improvement activity but are stuck.

Instead of looking to see if people are busy, searching for waste (non-value-added activity) or trying to come up with big ideas. Leaders must learn how to play their role to help their teams win and be successful.

Thankfully, it doesn’t need to be like this. With the aid of Perfect Leadership Routines – I’ll walk you through how leaders and managers in multi-site organisations can get more done and make time for strategy, improvement & people.

  • Help business leaders, managers and their teams create time to get the right things done.
  • Discover why so many businesses struggle to make time for strategy, improvement & spending time with their teams.
  • Get clarity on highly effective lean leadership and management routines to support the organisation
  • Provide leaders, managers and front-line supervisors with a framework to get the right things done and drive improvement through the organisations system:
    • Enabling every team to understand their own performance
    • Getting clarity on issues impacting performance
    • Ensuring that each team is working on the right improvement actions
    • Making sure that new problems and firefighting are being quickly addressed
    • And making sure that organisational issues are being discovered and addressed
  • Learn how to get started with lean leadership and driving improvement through your team or organisation.

Through instruction, small group discussions, exercises and videos participants will:

  • Learn how they can help their teams create more time to get the right things done
  • Check that leadership and management are not missing out on key activities required to lay the foundation for improvement and consistently deliver what customer require
  • Discover why most organisations struggle to make time for strategy, improvement & people development
  • Learn how to start applying highly effective leadership routines to :
    • Ensure that you and your teams have time to get the right things done
    • That teams are aware of their own performance and if they are winning or losing
    • Get 100% clarity on the issues holding your organisation and teams back

People: Who Should Attend?

  • Those managers who want to create time to help their teams win and be successful.
  • Anyone in a leadership or management position who wants to create more time to get the right things done.
  • Those team members that have been identified as future management or team leaders and want to learn and practice key leadership routines prior to a new challenge
  • Those leaders who want to learn how to apply highly effective leadership routines to energise and align the organisation or department.
  • Leader and managers who want to drive continuous improvement through their teams, improving customer satisfaction, productivity and reducing day to day drama.
  • Those seeking to eliminate firefighting and improve consistency.
  • Managers seeking to develop the capability and understanding of their front-line supervision and management.
  • Those organisations that have tried various ways to improve in the past and want to avoid the re-starts.

Darren Walsh - Senior Lean Coach, Lean Enterprise Academy

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch & Networking

Neil Trivedi
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Learning Session - How can Lean reduce Environmental impact?

“Lean and green” is a phrase that has been used for a long time. One of the biggest challenges facing us as a society is how to minimise the environmental impact we have. In this learning session we discuss how lean thinking and practice can be used to do this and why we must act our way into a sustainable future.

Neil Trivedi - Director, The Perfect Process Company

John Manning - UK Managing Director Ecobat Resources

Peter Watkins
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Learning Session - Building a Lean Management System

“What management system and behaviours are required to develop a lean organisation?” The Lean Enterprise Academy will share it’s research in this area. In particular, the need to develop a management system for performance and a management system for improvement. The session shares the critical elements required to develop lean management systems.

This session will give you a greater knowledge & understanding in the different types of Lean  Management Systems needed and how to design & develop them for your unique situation.( for Organisation, Department or Team Level)

  • Overview of Management System Visual Teach Posters & Facilitation Guides
  • What are the critcal dimensions needed for a  Lean Management System for Performance
  • What are the critcal dimensions needed for a Lean Management System for Improvement
  • Use our assessment to help see your “GAP’s” in your own management system.
  • Discuss your current state , problems and next steps

 

Announcement coming soon -

Peter Watkins - Senior Lean Coach, Lean Enterprise Academy

Frederic Schnider
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Learning Session - Fly To Survive

Fly To Survive: How Iberia Applied Game-Changing Flow Practices In Maintenance, Repair and Services (And Crushed It)

The pandemic required a response from every person, every business and government throughout the world.  Home working, cutting costs and new routines to keeping people safe at work, the Covid-19 pandemic challenged us all to question how we work.

Like many others, the impact on the airline industry was huge.  Airlines reduced their flights due to tighter border controls across the world amidst the pandemic, passengers stopped flying, and most airlines grounded aircraft at Airport airfields around the world.

But even with 100’s & 1000’s aircraft grounded and parked up, someone still needed to maintain these assets to ensure airworthiness and usage when needed.

Born out of this crisis, this is the story of how one organisation applied game-changing flow principles to survive and thrive.

In this learning session, Fred Schnider from Iberia will reflect on the lessons learned from this period of profound change and, along with Darren Walsh, share deep insight into how you, too, can drastically transform your business and fundamentally change how you work.

Iberia´s Maintenance Repair Organisation (MRO) had to innovate and put into practice Lean thinking to park, store and maintain the workflow, reducing process lead times and planning by more than 90% and saving more than 30% of the efforts required.

This learning session will combine the lessons from Iberia’s profound change and a how-to session for you to develop your very own game-changing future state value stream map and improvement plan.

Attendees will learn:

  • About challenges Iberia faced and how they responded
  • Grasp the value of flow in a non-standard environment of maintenance, service and repair
  • How to plan, map and implement the value stream improvement connected flow of work
  • How to Identify waste and develop a future state improvement plan
  • The 8 lean guidelines that make a value stream lean
  • How to manage unpredictable work

Frederic Schnider - Manager Lean MRO - Iberia

Darren Walsh - Senior Lean Coach, Lean Enterprise Academy

Gordon Pearson
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Learning Session - Developing Capability through Employee Involvement Team Working

When an organisation wants to change its culture what does it do? In this session, an organisation shares how the desire to involve its team members led to the development of employee involvement team working. Developing the capability to manage work more effectively and develop the problem solving capability of team members through real-life day to day issues.

Gordon Pearson - Head of Operational Excellence, CSL Seqirus

David Marriott - Senior Lean Coach, Lean Enterprise Academy

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Coffee, Tea & Networking

Dan Jones
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Reflections – What have we learned, what would I do differently?

The Lean Enterprise Academy Chairman, Dan Jones reflects on over 30 years learning about lean thinking and practice. Dan summarises the challenges he sees that society faces and how lean thinking and practice can help close the gaps.

Dan Jones - Chairman, Lean Enterprise Academy

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Evening Activity

8:30 am - 8:40 am

Introduction

We welcome back our Summit participants for Day 2 of the UK Lean Summit 2022.

David Brunt - CEO, Lean Enterprise Academy

Nicolas Chartier
8:40 am - 9:10 am

Raise the Bar: Zero to 1 Billion: Combining Lean and Digital for People-Centric, Sustainable Growth

Nicolas shares how he has personally learned about lean thinking and how the Aramis group has used it to find and face both digital and physical challenges, building the capabilities to scale up one of the most successful start-ups in Europe. A must listen to CEO using lean as a strategy.

 

 

 

 

Nicolas Chartier - Co-Founder & Co-President, Aramis Group

9:10 am - 9:40 am

Kaizen for a Crisis

Details coming soon.

Organisation Details Coming Soon -

Serhii Komberinov
9:40 am - 10:10 am

Lean Thinking during a Crisis

As the war in Ukraine continues, Serhii Komberianov, from Lean Institute Ukraine, discusses the war and how lean thinking and practice is being used by organisations in the midst of this crisis.

Serhii Komberianov - President, Lean Institute Ukraine

10:10 am - 10:30 am

Coffee, Tea & Networking

Nicolas Chartier
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Developing an Online Business with Lean Thinking & Practice

Details coming soon

Nicholas Chartier - Co-Founder & Co-President, Aramis Group

David Brunt - CEO, Lean Enterprise Academy

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learning Session - How do you develop a Kaizen Mindset?

Announcement coming soon -

David Marriott - Senior Lean Coach, Lean Enterprise Academy

Frederic Schnider
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learning Session - Fly To Survive

Fly To Survive: How Iberia Applied Game-Changing Flow Practices In Maintenance, Repair and Services (And Crushed It)

The pandemic required a response from every person, every business and government throughout the world.  Home working, cutting costs and new routines to keeping people safe at work, the Covid-19 pandemic challenged us all to question how we work.

Like many others, the impact on the airline industry was huge.  Airlines reduced their flights due to tighter border controls across the world amidst the pandemic, passengers stopped flying, and most airlines grounded aircraft at Airport airfields around the world.

But even with 100’s & 1000’s aircraft grounded and parked up, someone still needed to maintain these assets to ensure airworthiness and usage when needed.

Born out of this crisis, this is the story of how one organisation applied game-changing flow principles to survive and thrive.

In this learning session, Fred Schnider from Iberia will reflect on the lessons learned from this period of profound change and, along with Darren Walsh, share deep insight into how you, too, can drastically transform your business and fundamentally change how you work.

Iberia´s Maintenance Repair Organisation (MRO) had to innovate and put into practice Lean thinking to park, store and maintain the workflow, reducing process lead times and planning by more than 90% and saving more than 30% of the efforts required.

This learning session will combine the lessons from Iberia’s profound change and a how-to session for you to develop your very own game-changing future state value stream map and improvement plan.

Attendees will learn:

  • About challenges Iberia faced and how they responded
  • Grasp the value of flow in a non-standard environment of maintenance, service and repair
  • How to plan, map and implement the value stream improvement connected flow of work
  • How to Identify waste and develop a future state improvement plan
  • The 8 lean guidelines that make a value stream lean
  • How to manage unpredictable work

Frederic Schnider - Manager - Lean MRO Iberia

Darren Walsh - Senior Lean Coach, Lean Enterprise Academy

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learning Session - Engaging everyone to help improve the work

What is the work to be done? In this learning session the organisation will explain how they are utilising lean fundamentals and standardised work to redesign value creating work and develop team members.

Peter Watkins - Senior Lean Coach, Lean Enterprise Academy

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch & Networking

Claire Phillps
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Learning Session - Lean & Digital - Aligning People and Strategy

What is our value driven purpose and “what problem are we trying to solve?” The first question lean thinkers have learned to ask is fractal. It can be asked from the individual work step all the way through to the extended enterprise level.

In this session we look at how lean thinking and practice can help align everyone around the “right” problems to solve for their situation.

Strategy Deployment Ltd will demonstrate how a Best Practice process for Strategy Deployment (Hoshin) can be designed to give visibility and alignment  using a digital software package. They will review what makes a succesful process  and more importantly the lessons learnt from problems when developing strategy deployment in any organisation.

Claire Phillips - Managing Director - Strategy Deployment Ltd

Brett Robinson - Director of Data Solutions - Strategy Deployment Ltd

Peter Watkins - Snr Lean Coach - Lean Enterprise Academy

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Learning Session - The Core Skills and Behaviours for Leading Lean

In this learning session we share the core skills an behaviours needed for leading lean effectively.

Martin Lunn - Lean Director

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Learning Session - How to develop Effective Problem Solvers

How do we develop the capabilities we need for today and tomorrow? During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Lean Enterprise Academy developed an online platform for organisations and individuals to use to learn about lean thinking and practice. A number of our partners conducted action based learning with us to use the platform in remote and onsite learning environments. In this session the organisations share the lessons from the creation of learning processes to effectively develop problem solving capability.

 

 

TBC - Canal & River Trust

TBC - J Churchill Ltd

David Marriott - Senior Lean Coach, Lean Enterprise Academy

Gordon Pearson
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Learning Session - Developing Capability through Employee Involvement Team Working

When an organisation wants to change its culture what does it do? In this session, an organisation shares how the desire to involve its team members led to the development of employee involvement team working. Developing the capability to manage work more effectively and develop the problem solving capability of team members through real-life day to day issues.

Gordon Pearson - Head of Operational Excellence, CSL Seqirus

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Coffee, Tea & Networking

Sharon Visser
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

Closing Keynote - Culture / Mindset

What basic thinking, mindset and assumptions drive lean change? If you want to create a culture where lean thinking thrives at some point you must ask this question. Here, author and former Dealer Principal of Ngami Halfway Toyota, Sharon Visser discusses how she supported her team to deliver a step change in performance and a better working environment for team members.

 

Sharon Visser - Author, Lean Houses for Dragons