BALTIMORE, Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At its annual conference 18-19 October, the Maryland World Class Consortia will mark its twentieth year improving business performance in Maryland and across the region.
"We're very proud of our track record," said Jeff Fuchs, MWCC Executive Director. The Consortia, Fuchs recalls, was created in 1996 by Maryland's then-Department of Business and Economic Development to help Maryland businesses learn "world class" performance improvement methods. Since its formation, the Consortia has supported hundreds of organizations in achieving better results. It was instrumental in helping many Maryland businesses to weather the 2008-09 recession. In its twentieth year, MWCC members include manufacturers, defense and IT firms, hospitals, government, education, and non-profit organizations.
This month's Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference will feature 36 speakers presenting case studies and how-to workshops on a method of continuous improvement known as "lean."
"Lean Thinking was born in the manufacturing industry over half a century ago," says Fuchs. "Since then, we have discovered how lean's simple, powerful techniques can improve every function in any type of organization. Lean is a way to engage all employees in systematic problem solving: Everybody, every day, improving their work, little by little. Wherever you have a process, lean can improve its performance."
The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference will showcase the range of Lean Thinking's potential. Five healthcare organizations will show how the methods first used to assemble cars have helped doctors, nurses and administrators work together to improve patient care. Representatives from Baltimore County, the city of Denton, Texas, the State of Florida, and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will describe their Lean Government progress. Several manufacturing firms will describe their achievements streamlining production operations. Northrop Grumman will show how they have adapted lean to their unique advanced electronics manufacturing processes. Even a Virginia farmer will show how lean helped make the farm's work easier and more hassle-free. Four conference keynote presentations, each by award-winning authors, will explore important facets of leading a lean cultural transformation.
A reception on the afternoon of 18 October will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Maryland World Class Consortia. A dozen of the Consortia's long-standing member companies will be recognized, including some that have been members continuously since the organization's founding. "Once they learn the right way to do lean," says Fuchs, "members see the value, and they stay with us." He adds, "Lean helps companies develop employees who can learn quicker than their competition. It creates a culture where everyone does their work, and improves their work. This builds a durable culture of competitive strength, innovation, and adaptiveness. Lean organizations are better equipped to see and respond to change."
Fuchs has been with the Maryland World Class Consortia since the beginning. When he managed an aerospace factory in Maryland, the Consortia's help proved critical to turning the business around and bringing it back from the edge of bankruptcy. He has served as Executive Director since 2008.
The 18-19 October conference at the Radisson North Baltimore hotel in Timonium, Maryland is open to the public. See the conference website at www.mwcmc.org/2016Conference for details, agenda, and registration.
The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference is sponsored by Northrop Grumman, Maryland's Department of Commerce, Item America, and First United Bank & Trust.
The Maryland World Class Consortia is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that helps organizations of all types understand Continuous Improvement methods to increase business competitiveness, grow the economy, and serve society.
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