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!

Agenda

  • 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.

Agenda:

  • 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.

Press Release: Lean Portland Partners with New Leadership at OEN

Portland, Oregon – April 14, 2017 – Maggie Finnerty, the new Executive Director at Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN), announced today that OEN is entering into an agreement with Lean Portland (a Benefit Company) for lean coaching and consulting services.

Often associated with the manufacturing industry, lean principles have potential to drastically improve the efficiency of nonprofits, many of which are already operating with scarce human and financial resources. As Lean Portland extends its reach into the nonprofit sector, it hopes to help nonprofits reduce operating costs and strengthen revenue streams by helping staff better prioritize and focus their time.

The agreement is part of Lean Portland’s unique mission: Developing our members leadership skills by helping nonprofit organizations learn to continuously improve.

“During a change in leadership, many existing processes are often revisited and called into
question,” says Finnerty, who started her role in January. “There is no better time for OEN to
start our Lean Journey, and we’re thrilled to have access to the unique talents of Lean
Portland’s volunteers. We are surprised and delighted to have world-class talent volunteering their time for us.”

“We’re here to teach the tools, but more importantly, we are coaching staff to help them adopt the underlying mindset that drives positive engagement,” explains Matt Horvat, Founder of Lean Portland. “Our vision is that Portland is a city where people are actively engaged in making improvements to their own work. And having ownership in your work is fundamental to dignity.

As Taiichi Ohno, the father of lean, used to put it, it’s about “respect for humanity.”

Lean Portland is also engaged in projects with The ReBuilding Center and Free Geek. Past
clients include Friends of the Children and Social Venture Partners. The current project for OEN involves Lean expert volunteers Kjell van Zoen of VanZoen.com, Brion Hurley of Rockwell Collins, and Thomas Cox of Becoming a Best Boss.

The OEN staff looks forward to reporting their progress to their board, to their members and to the public.

About OEN
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) helps entrepreneurs start up and scale up through
mentorship; hands-on business training; and access to loans, cash, and capital. A nonprofit,
membership-driven organization with a 25-year track record, OEN drives innovation, facilitates job creation, and puts Oregon on the map as a center for entrepreneurial excellence. For more information, visit www.oen.org.

About Lean Portland
Lean Portland is committed to jointly developing leadership skills of its members and the staff of local non-profit organizations through project-based volunteer work that lead to continuous improvement. It has been a formalized professional organization since 2010 with the ultimate goal to ‘teach itself out of a job’ by developing people’s capabilities, building the Lean brand, and creating lasting impacts in the larger community.

To reach this mission, Lean Portland focuses on creating educational opportunities for members that are directly connected to pro-bono projects for local non-profit organizations. Lean Portland also provides members with networking and educational events, as well as the opportunity to build lasting relationships with other members and non-profit organizations. By creating an open source of methods, resources, and projects completed by the group, communities through the world will be able to replicate successes and learn from mistakes.