Congress - 4th July

Congress – 4th of July 2017 in Darmstadt

The Congress convinced through profound expertise, lean implementations and BestPractice examples. It offered a mix of keynotes, lean pioneers and ambassadors within the plenary session.

First joint stage appearance of our keynotes Daniel T. Jones / Founder of Lean Enterprise Academy and author of "Lean Thinking" and Pierre Masai / CIO and VP Information Systems of Toyota Motor Europe in Germany.

We have an exciting range of topics lined up for you!


Until 08.15 h – Arrival and Check-In

         08.30h – Opening


Change Readiness – Transforming change successfully

  • Trends and drivers of change – sense and necessity of change
  • With the learning organization towards the successful transformation
  • Lean Leadership as change promoter

Wilhelm Goschy | Member of the Board | STAUFEN.AG


Lean Strategy and Digital Disruption

  • Digital challenge requires continuous innovation, rapid experimentation, cooperation & learning
  • Leading lean goes beyond optimizing operations to a strategy; creating dynamic gains through learning
  • Lean strategy is about finding, framing & supporting everyone in getting the right problems solved
  • Continuous innovation; responding quickly to user needs & managing learning curves beat big leaps
  • Lean is a strategic choice, a different way to compete & a way to change the story of your industry

Daniel T. Jones | Founder Lean Enterprise Academy, Author “Lean Thinking“


Lean, Learn and Lead at Toyota IT

  • Toyota Way, lean and lean IT
  • The learning IT organization
  • Leading IT: The compass (Hoshin and e-Hoshin experiment)

Pierre Masai | CIO | Toyota Motor Europe


Need for Change – Mission ‘Access to space’

  • Need for change
  • Our vision: the Ariane 6 way
  • Status and next transformation steps

Patrick Bonguet | Ariane 6 Program Director | Airbus Safran Launchers


Lunch (afterwards: program split into 3 parallel sessions) 

Session ASession BForum C
Lean Excellence in Innovation
Dr. Michael Durst |
Founder & CEO, ITONICS

Lean Excellence in indirect areas
Christian Mayer | Technical Director, Max Holder
Lean Excellence in Legal and Compliance
Nora Klug |
 Group General Counsel & CCO, BSH Hausgeräte 
Lean Excellence in Purchasing
Dirk Mayer |
 Director Global Procurement, PFISTERER

Continuation in the plenary


Lean @ Hilti - Our road to operational excellence

  • On the way to Lean Enterprise
  • Lean – A change management process
  • Leadership makes the difference

Dr. Stefan Nöken | Member of Group Management | Hilti Aktiengesellschaft


Lean 4.0? Opportunities and limits of a digital vision

  • Abolition of clock and sequence: And where does the standard work remain?
  • Decoupled, modular assembly: Finally, no longer afraid of tape stops?
  • Causality precedes correlation: Improvement without problem solving?

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Metternich | Head of Institute PTW | TU Darmstadt


The change from mechanical engineering to a technology & service company - opportunities of digitization for profitable growth

  • Productivity growth greater than market growth -> Problem of classical mechanical engineering
  • From the transaction-related business model to the digital business model with the customer in the utilization phase
  • Essential prerequisite for successful digital transformation

Dr. Ulrich Hermann | Board member | Heidelberger Druckmaschinen


Change as chance

  • Why change is unpleasant and comes up against resistance
  • Anticyclic and proactive thinking in times of change
  • Change in the company starts in your mind
  • Away from time-consuming meetings to brainstorming ideas

Slatco Sterzenbach | Top-Athletes and motivational trainer


Join our net-together and network over a glass of wine with like-minded friends and colleagues.

What have we learned since “The Machine that Changed the World” was published, and where are we headed? It takes a fair amount of skill to transform a vision into the reality of maximizing your full potential. Sometimes, the first step is to exchange ideas!