The success of a lean enterprise rests squarely on development of people leading to a culture of lean thinking. A lean culture must be found throughout the entire organization with a relentless drive for continuous improvement, front-line employee engagement, and a focus on true north.

Who is best equipped to foster this culture, sustain it, and infuse it into the DNA of an organization?

Human Resources, of course!

HR Professionals can profoundly influence lean thinking, but many are unsure of how to do so. That’s the purpose of the Lean HR Summit. The Summit is designed to equip HR Professionals with skills, knowledge, and understanding to positively impact the lean enterprise. It moves HR from mere “keepers of policy” to “drivers of the lean enterprise.”

The Lean HR Summit is uniquely designed as the world’s largest gathering of lean HR proponents. This emerging community gathers to explore best practices and further advance the principles and practices of lean HR. Join them!


May 12-13, 2016
San Antonio, TX



Why TWI?

If you want to create a CULTURE of lean thinking, you need to influence the behaviors and thinking of employees and leaders. That’s what TWI facilitates. It provides skills through three training modules which foster a culture that…

  • respects people (through the Job Relations course)
  • values standard work (through the Job Instruction course)
  • develops a workforce of problem solvers (through the Job Mehtods course)

TWI is the foundation to developing a lean culture, and to problem-solving, continuous improvement and standard work.

Why the TWI Summit?

Well, if you want to learn TWI, or learn even MORE, this is the epicenter of all things TWI. Literally ALL of the movement’s authors, practitioners, coaches, and support organizations are there. You’ll learn more in a couple days at the Summit than in a couple years on your own!

John Vellema

On Lean HR

The tasks for the HR department in a Lean Transformation are extremely crucial for the transformation to gain foothold and become a long-lasting culture change. HR development processes must support: the role design of the 1st line leaders, the selection of 1st line leaders, the development of 1st line leaders and the evaluation process of them. When these HR development processes are brought into the Lean Transformation, there is a much bigger change for a sustainable lean transformation.

Cheryl Jekiel

On Lean HR

The Lean HR Summit allows professionals to build a community of learning that builds the success of our organizations as a whole. As a developing area of management, we have an opportunity to learn from each other's success and failures as we continually find new ways of integrating HR activities into our lean initiatives. Lean Human Resources covers both ways you can improve your HR related duties as well as how you can support the success of your lean initiatives. HR is critical to long term success of continuous improvement and if left behind can be one of the causes of improvement effort failures.

Mike Hoseus

On Lean HR

The important question is not "what is Lean's role in HR" but "what is HR's role in Lean". HR's role in a Lean Transformation is critical and essential. For a Lean Transformation to be successful and go beyond implementing tools, an organization must address Purpose, Process, People and Problem Solving. HR's role is critical in all 4, but especially Purpose, People and Problem Solving. This is the journey the Lean HR Summit helps to build the skills and knowledge for success.

David Verble

On Lean HR

Lean and HR; HR and Lean. First, a question of terminology. I distinguish between lean in HR and HR's role in lean. Lean HR or lean in HR is not different from any other functions with internal management systems, processes and procedures. It using lean principles, concepts and tools to try to make work flow better to deliver service to customers and perform business function in the company. HR's role in a lean company or one aspiring to have a lean operation and culture is a very different animal. From my Toyota days, where HR partners with Production Control in managing the combined as in integrated and interdependent technical and social system of the company, HR's role is to assure that capable and engaged employees are available at the right time and place in the right amount to meet the production plans of the operation. HR's strategic role is to assure that as much thinking and prioritizing goes into maintaining and improving the capability of the human system that goes into maintaining and improving the technical system. Behind the scenes HR's role is to assure that leadership and management put as much effort into managing and developing the human system as they do the production system. In other words assuring that that human resource management and development is not just HR's responsibility.

Jean Cunningham

On Lean HR

The Lean HR Summit is a way for HR professionals and other key leaders to understand that Lean HR has two very important roles in the lean transformation. First is to deeply understand and support the lean culture and the shifts it creates in utilizing the genius of all employees; and second, how to extend the capacity of the HR resources by applying lean concepts to the processes that affect people. These two elements are very broad; but as a former CFO, I have learned by experience, that without significant shifts in how we engage employees and how we manage, we will never achieve the true outcomes possible with lean thinking. The Lean HR Summit is the creation of a safe place for the HR professional to learn and explore their critical role in a lean organization.