Lean Government Conference 2017

2017 Lean Government Conference 

Friday, October 27, 2017.

American Family Conference Center – Madison, WI.

Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence invites you to join the Community of Excellence in Wisconsin at the seventh annual Lean Government Conference. This year’s line-up reflects the progress Wisconsin organizations have made and the opportunities to capitalize on our gains.

Lean methods and practices have been essential ingredients in the recipe for market competitiveness for tens of thousands of manufacturers and business service firms across the world. These great ideas help make our flights safer, our food more affordable, and our clothes last longer. They can also make us better public servants and educators! Lean leads us to the ultimate win/win: we become better stewards of our resources and we achieve greater enjoyment and satisfaction in our work.


Our 2017 theme is “Build your Lean Culture” and we will be featuring the Des Moines Public School District, who have made an incredible impact through their commitment to lean practices and methods. Beyond the use of tools, Lean is culturally embedded in how DMPS works. Emma Knapp, Continuous Improvement Coordinator will share the story of their journey. DMPS has emerged as a regional
role model through:

• Dedicated resources, including the Continuous Improvement Coordinator position
• A scale-up strategy based on “engage the willing”
• Early embrace by the business/finance team whose significant results spurred wider interest
• CULTURAL ENTRENCHMENT – Lean is now how the district operates
• And recent deployment Lean Leadership – beyond tools, this became a key advantage in fully embracing lean and institutionalizing it with the DMPS culture

While of great interest to Wisconsin educators, DMPS’ rapid journey is equally compelling to study and apply at the municipal, county, or State government level.

Featured Speaker

We are bringing Harry Kenworthy, author of the recently released book “Lean
Government NOW!” to Wisconsin! Harry has nearly 35 years of quality and continuous improvement experience to his name, having worked with Dr. Deming in the early 1980’s, and being one of the first practitioners to apply Lean in the Government sector in the mid-90’s. Harry will be leading two workshops during the day: 10 Commandments for Lean in Government (and beyond) in the morning, and Leadership & Increasing Employee Engagement in a Lean Organization in the afternoon. This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the nation’s preeminent thought leaders on lean government practices in person.

We are seeking outstanding speakers and Wisconsin organizations to participate in our 5×5 presentation showcase.  Please contact remington@wisquality.org if you’d like to be part of this fantastic conference.

The full conference agenda is available here.