April 11, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Embassy Suites Walnut Creek
1345 Treat Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

LCI-CoP_FinalLCI Northern California Community of Practice (Central Valley)


A Factory of One: How to Apply Lean to Your Individual Work (and your life)

Do you spend more time than you would like managing information flow (email, meetings, transmitting information from one person to another on the project – by definition non-value add work)? Whether you are a designer, project manager, or foreman, the answer is likely yes. And if so, sign up! This event is for you.
Employee time and attention—not money—is the scarcest resource any organization has. Yet when you look at most companies (even lean ones), managerial workflow is riddled with waste and inefficiency.
Up to now, lean tools have been applied business processes (office, shop, field). But what about the waste in the way we work within those processes? The latitude that employees have to determine their actions each day, and the high degree of unpredictability in their daily work content, is a recipe for waste and inefficiency.
Through discussion and simulations, this workshop will teach participants how to apply lean concepts such as 5S, flow, kanban, and visual management to increase the amount of time and attention spent on creating value. By blending classic organizational and time management techniques with lean thinking, it will create a seamless extension of what’s being done on the shop floor or project site with what’s being done in the office/trailer. Perhaps even more importantly, these techniques will help drive your company’s lean initiative from a rootless collection of tools to a way of life.


Dan Markovitz helps organizations become faster, stronger and more agile though a fresh approach to the teaching and practice of lean. With a philosophy derived from his years as a teacher and running coach, he helps companies reinvigorate their lean efforts by developing an accessible on-ramp for their lean journeys. Clients have included Microsoft, WL Gore, Abbott Vascular, CamelBak, Clif Bar and Microsoft. Dan is an author of two books, A Factory of One and Building the Fit Organization.

Seated Dinner is provided 

Cost for parking is NOT included. There is valet parking available at the entrance to the hotel. There is also a below grade parking structure. When you pull into the hotel go down the ramp to the below grade parking structure. Turn right and take a ticket. There is also parking across the street at the BART parking lot.