Location: Waterford Institute of Technology
The 3rd Annual WIT Lean Forum will be held on Thursday the 14th of May 2015 on the WIT Main Campus, Cork Road, Waterford. Please click here for the event brochure and booking information. This hugely popular annual event has grown to become the largest Lean & Operational Excellence event in Ireland, attracting more than 250 delegates from 60 organisations across the region and nationally.
This industry-academia event is a key knowledge-exchange and networking opportunity for Irish companies of all sizes adopting or seeking to adopt Lean thinking, tools, and techniques to remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace.
Mr Darrin Taylor, event organiser and WIT’s Joint Programme Director of the Master of Business in Lean Practice, notes that
“In response to international competitiveness, recent years have seen an increased focus on Lean philosophy and practice by organisations of all sizes and across all sectors, public and private. In fact many organisations now consider the effective adoption of Lean thinking as being critical to their strategic effectiveness, as well as to their operational and overall enterprise excellence.Indeed the importance of Lean is further reflected in Irish Government policy and strategy, and the recent Forfás Making it in Ireland: Manufacturing 2020 report and the Forfás Future Skills Needs report both emphasise that Lean principles and sustainable manufacturing cannot be ignored by any firm in Ireland today”.
This year’s keynote speakers include renowned academic, author, thought-leader, and practitioner in Lean, Professor Peter Hines, Chairman of S A Partners, and recent appointee as Visiting Professor at the WIT School of Business. Other keynote speakers include Shane Maher, Site Materials Manager at DePuy Synthes in Ringaskiddy, Cork, a Shingo Prize winner; and Jim O’Neill, Site Continuous Improvement Manager at Lake Region Medical in New Ross Co. Wexford, the first European Medical Device company to win a Shingo award.
There are eight parallel Breakout sessions on offer in the afternoon, delivered by practitioners for practitioners, and examining a variety of key lean areas including Ideal Behaviours, Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Visual Management, TWI and Employee Engagement techniques, Lean Conversion Processes, and Lean Service Design.
These sessions are delivered by exemplar organisations including S A Partners, Lake Region Medical, Genzyme – a Sanofi company, and Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland. There are also sector-specific offerings with a Lean in Healthcare session delivered by Beaumont Hospital; and a Lean in Construction session delivered by Jones Engineering - both exemplary lean practitioners in their respective sectors.
The WIT School of Business portfolio of Lean and Operational Excellence programmes includes Masters (Level 9), and Higher Diploma (Level 8), and Diploma (Level 7), and we are presently recruiting for the September 2015 intake.