An Evening with Norman Bodek (aka the “Godfather of Lean”)

In 1988, Norman Bodek (aka the “Godfather of Lean”) published the original translation of Taiichi Ohno’s Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production. This book was in-part responsible to bringing lean to the West. Norman has travelled to Japan over 80 times, visited more than 250 plants, and published over 250 management books. Norman Bodek continues his discoveries as a teacher, consultant, author and publisher. He founded Productivity Press in 1979 and is currently President of PCS Press.

Join Lean Portland and Portland Made at Grovemade HQ for a conversation with Norman Bodek, introduced by Lean Portland founder Matt Horvatt and moderated by Kjell Van Zoen. Members of the audience will have an opportunity for questions.

Seating is limited to 100 people, so reserve your spot now!


  • 6-6.45 – Networking
  • 6:45-8:00 – Main event
  • 8-8.30: Networking

Remember ‘The Goal’ book? Come watch the movie with us!!

Join Lean Portland for a FREE screening of The Goal Movie.

When: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM (movie starts at 6:30 PM)

Where: Providence Portland Cancer Center, 4805 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213

About the Movie

The Goal Movie (2002) shares the story of Alex Rogo from Eliyahu Goldratt’s business novel, The Goal (1984), where a manager learns to run a company efficiently using Theory of Constraints (bottlenecks, throughput, and flow balancing) to transform his mediocre division into a money-making machine through a rapid and reliable operations entity.

Click here to sign up by 10/3 to reserve your FREE seat. Limited seats available.


  • 5:30-6:30 Networking
  • 6:30-7:30 Screening of The Goal Movie
  • 7:30-8:00 Wrap-up
  • 8:00 — Continue happy hour at Hutch

Location Details

Providence Portland Cancer Center, Amphitheater
4805 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213

Free parking in parking garage on north section of complex. Once inside, follow signs to the “conference center” and proceed to the end of the hallway to the amphitheater.

Productive planning session using Business Model Canvas

With our new roles defined for Lean Portland, we decided to use a kaizen event format for planning next steps. We dedicated about 4 hours on Saturday, July 8th to align with the mission of our group, and make progress on our goals.

Attendees included Matt Horvat, Maria Grzanka, Thomas Cox, Ernest Mayer and Brion Hurley.

We decided to use the Business Model Canvas approach, to keep us organized and focused, and to better understand how we provide value to the community.

We identified four primary customers:

  • Public service organizations (nonprofits, government agencies, NGOs, not-for-profits)
  • Donors of public service
  • Senior consultants
  • Junior consultants

One of the key takeaways from the session was the role of potential donors of nonprofit organizations. If they are investing money, they might be interested in our assistance, to make sure the money is being used as efficiently as possible.

We will continue updating and refining the model over the next couple months, and we’ll be sharing it during our monthly happy hours.