IIE Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2015
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Pre-conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops offer in-depth, skill-building tools and focus on the topics that you will require for career advancement and professional development. Enhance your learning experience and maximize your networking opportunities by attending one of our pre-conference workshops.

  • Continuing education units (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs) are available.
  • Advance registration accompanied by the additional registration fee is required to reserve a pre-conference workshop seat.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Total Supply Chain & Systems Thinking

Brad Bossence, regional vice president, LeanCor Supply Chain Group

Taichi Ohno, the famous pioneer of the Toyota Production System, says, “All we are doing is looking at the timeline from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point at which we collect the cash. And we are reducing the timeline by reducing the non-value-adding wastes.” The true focus, therefore, is lead-time reduction. This is a unique workshop that will drive creative thinking outside of traditional engineering approaches. Participants will be challenged with case study scenarios for utilizing lean Six Sigma principles to engineering lean supply chains, with the goal of minimizing the total cost of fulfillment. This workshop will be focused around implementing material flow stability through "pull and flow" concepts, supermarket systems development as well as practical operational processes for material flow stability.   

Course topics will include:  

  • Lean chain guiding principles
  • Extended value stream mapping - supply chain current state
  • Moving from push to pull
  • Resource allocation
  • Supermarket design
  • Lean supplier management and collaboration
  • Inbound and outbound logistics

Case Study Review: End-to-end supply chain design and execution

Brad Bossence is regional vice president for LeanCor Supply Chain Group. Founded in 2005, LeanCor is a trusted supply chain partner that delivers operational improvement and measurable financial results. Unlike other third-party logistics providers, LeanCor offers a unique combination of third-party logistics services, hands-on consulting, and training and education.  

Bossence has more than 17 years of logistics operations and manufacturing experience with a specific focus in Japanese production system environments such as Toyota USA, Toyota Canada, Toyota Europe, Kubota, Yamaha, Suzuki, Subaru and Honda. As regional vice president for LeanCor Supply Chain Group, Bossence’s responsibilities have included the vision, leadership and execution of various extensive supply chain improvement and lean deployment initiatives. He also is a senior instructor at the Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute.