Subject: Are you ready to start on your Continuous Improvement journey?

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Are you ready to start on your Continuous Improvement journey?
There is always room for improvement—in our personal lives, our professional lives, and in the operations of our companies. It is our drive to achieve that makes us want to develop new skills and find ways to improve.

If you're still not sure if the Continuous Improvement Conference is right for you, consider attending one of our Pre-Conference Workshops. These are great jumping off points for anyone who is new to the conference or the continuous improvement world or looking to expand their knowledge base. These are excellent add-ons to your conference registration and we highly encourage you to take advantage of these workshops presented by some of the best in the business.
Lean 101
Presented by John Compton, Compton & Associates

A Lean organization understands customer value and focuses key processes to continually meet those needs with the least amount of resources. Workshop attendees will receive foundational knowledge of Lean manufacturing concepts and tools. The training combines a classroom setting with hands-on simulation, giving participants the opportunity to manufacture products and see the benefits of Lean manufacturing firsthand. Participants will learn about one-piece flow, cellular production, pull and Kanbans, point-of-use storage, quick changeover, quality at the source, batch reduction, teams, standardized work, workplace organization, and visual controls. Each concept will build an individual’s ability to identify and eliminate manufacturing waste.

Leader Standard Work & Theory of Constraints
Presented by Russ Aikman and Brandon Phoenix, TMAC

This workshop covers two key concepts that significantly influence the effectiveness of leaders and the throughput of custom manufacturers. Leaders intent on developing Lean processes and thinking must replace their tendency to “firefight”—skipping from one meeting to another—with daily tasks that ensure that processes and systems are working. They must exhibit new levels of transparency and accountability and engage, coach, and sometimes confront others. The first half of the workshop delves into the concept of Leader Standard Work, its benefits and challenges, and how to incorporate the practice into your daily schedule. The second half is devoted to how the theory of constraints applies to the printing industry. 

Developing and Coaching a Team of Frontline Problem Solvers
Presented by Jamie Parker,  Process + Results Leadership Coaching

You see the potential that continuous improvement can have to help your organization stay competitive and innovate in the changing print industry landscape. But you know you’re just scratching the surface. The truth is that none of those Lean tools “work” without employees making the magic happen. For CI to be effective, you need effective leadership. And leading in a Lean or CI environment is different than what most managers are taught or shown. In this workshop, you’ll discover why it’s so hard to get CI systems to stick and what you should do differently. You will learn and experience the 5 Cs to develop a team of problem solvers. This is a hand-on workshop, so come prepared to actively participate. Attendees will also walk away with training exercises and a model to develop other leaders. 
What’s in store for you at the 2019 Continuous Improvement Conference?
  • Develop a roadmap to protect your company’s survival
  • Discover how the concepts and tools of Lean manufacturing are implemented by printing companies and other custom manufacturers
  • Hear printing companies reveal their advanced approaches to cutting costs and becoming more productive
  • Get advice and inspiration from nationally-known authorities in operational excellence
  • Learn what is required of execs to lead a cultural transformation
Register Today!
The 2019 Continuous Improvement Conference (April 14–17 in Dallas) is the only industry event focused on helping printing and converting companies achieve operational excellence by using the concepts of Lean manufacturing and other management and quality systems. Attendees directly link reduced costs, lowered waste, and increased profit margins to ideas gained from conference presentations and networking.

Whether you’re starting a structured improvement program or are looking for ways to sustain and improve your existing efforts, the conference has content specifically designed for your knowledge level. There will be 30 speakers, 25 presentations, 7 networking and social sessions, 3 pre-conference workshops, 3 plant tours, and several hundred attendees.

To learn more about the event, visit

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