IIE Los Angeles

Meeting with APICS LA, Lean Problem Solving: The Toyota Way

LA IIE Members are invited to join APICS Los Angeles chapter and register at the APICS Member Rate

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APICS, Los Angeles Chapter would like to invite you to our first Professional Development Meeting (PDM) of the year.  We are excited to have renowned guest speaker Samuel Obara speak on the subject of Lean Problem Solving: The Toyota Way. Samuel has over 20 years experience helping over 200 companies all over the world solve problems that are unique to their organization.

PDM OVERVIEW: Lean Problem Solving:The Toyota Way

This presentation will highlight the most common mistakes companies make when copying Toyota’s methods to problem solving.  Rather than understanding the principles and what drives those principles in Toyota, organizations are copying the Toyota tools and adjusting  their results to resemble a lean implementation.   This situation presents frequent mistakes to include focusing attention to the Toyota tool and how to use it, rather than discovering the reasons that caused Toyota to create that tool in the first place.  Moreover, reviewing crucial steps to understanding a problem and its causes are usually replaced by the highly anticipated steps of implementing countermeasures, so there is something visible to show.

Furthermore, key concepts of Genchi-genbutsu (real place, real stuff), is traditionally misunderstood by superficial data collection.  Samuel will share pictorial examples of root cause analysis and how this technique can make a difference in how you solve problems from now on.

Sam Obara
SPEAKER: Samuel Obara
Samuel Obara has implemented the Toyota Production System (TPS) at Toyota facilities in
Japan, Brazil, USA and Venezuela. In over 20 years of TPS experience, he has helped over 200 companies in diverse environments ranging from schools, to government agencies, to bio-tech to banks and in a variety of countries, including China, Mexico, Canada, Indonesia, Brazil, Japan, Austria, Africa, the U.K., and the U.S.  He is a faculty member with the Lean Institute Brazil, USA and Mexico and an instructor of Global Strategy Management for the California Community College system. He is a guest lecturer on Lean for post-graduate
classes at Stanford University and has been a speaker at conferences sponsored by the American Production and Inventory Control Society, the Association for Productivity and Quality (APQ), and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He has been featured in Lean publications such as the Assembly Magazine in the USA and Pharmaceutical Insider in Mexico.

Location: Holiday Inn Torrance, 19800 S. Vermont, Torrance, CA  (Map)

For directions only:  (310) 781-9100

Date: Thursday, September 22

5:45 – 6:45 PM, Registration & networking
6:45 – 7:30 Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 Speaker

Register and prepay at the LA APICS website.

We look forward to seeing you at the September PDM.

IIE LA Chapter thanks Michael Johns, CPIM, VP Communications and Lee Schwartz, VP Programs for coordinating with us to make this available for our members.

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