BestPractice Day 2019

GO FURTHER. Learn. Lead. Shape change.

The future starts now. Whether you are ready or not.

Even before agile work organizations had the chance to comprehensively demonstrate their performance, the first companies began turning their backs with disappointment. The reason: They did not succeed in changing the mindset of their employees and managers beyond the initial introduction of agile methods. How companies can go from “Doing Agile” to “Being Agile” was one of the focal points at this year’s BestPractice Day. More than 330 executives attended this year’s Lean Congress in Darmstadt.

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“Lean is a requirement for I 4.0.“

Thomas Spangler – Executive Vice President Production, Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Coburg

BestPractice Day 2018

GO FURTHER. Learn. Lead. Shape change.

Why companies (must) become value communities

Despite digitalization of the economy and society, face-to-face interaction remains highly valued. This was clearly highlighted by the BestPractice Day 2018. Europe’s leading Lean Management congress attracted a record number of participants at the beginning of July in Darmstadt, with around 400 decision-makers from business and science.

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“Very inspiring with a diverse mix of topics that makes you think outside the box.”

Management – Mechanical engineering company

BestPractice Day 2017

GO FURTHER. Learn. Lead. Shape change.

Adaptability requires a culture of trust

The 7th BestPractice Day was all about change! The balance in the global economy is shifting, entire industries and business models are in upheaval. This is both a challenge and an opportunity! The 350 participants agreed: Success only comes to those who take leadership and employee development seriously and integrate them into their strategy.

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“I realized again how important it is to understand that “young” people have the same needs as we do and that we must not be guided by misconceptions. We have to keep in mind that the expectations are different and must be met if we want to keep young talent in the company in the long term. This is where we need to usher in change for the company and drive change in people’s minds.”

Lisa Rinzivillo – Lean Management Officer, Kreissparkasse Göppingen

BestPractice Day 2016

Dedicated to excellence.

Focus on people. Only Lean Leadership can ensure the success of Industry 4.0.

Digitization continues to drive the German economy forward. It is not so much the technical challenges that are causing headaches, but above all the speed of the changes that employees face. At the BestPractice Day 2016, there was unanimous agreement among the more than 350 participants that only companies that take leadership and employee development seriously and integrate them as the core of their strategy will be able to really leverage the potential of digital transformation.

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“Trying new things and learning from mistakes is one of the basic principles needed for change.“

Ekkehart Gläser – Managing Director Production, AGCO GmbH

BestPractice Day 2015

Peak performance is the goal. Lean transformation is the way.

BestPractice Day 2015 was all about Lean processes, excellent organizations and, above all, the people who work in them. Successful entrepreneurs and managers took participants on their Lean journey and shared their experiences on developing unique value creation systems. In turn, attendees were able to marvel at holistic Lean excellence in the medium-sized business sector, ask international Lean and KATA experts questions, explore their own key topics in in-depth workshops, and get a glimpse inside world-class companies.

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“Lean Management is a vital factor that will help keep Germany competitive as a business location in the future.“

Angelique Renkhoff-Mücke – Chairwoman of the Executive Board, WAREMA Renkhoff SE

BestPractice Day 2013

Peak performance is the goal. Lean transformation the way.

50 percent of executives still believe that Lean management is a just methodological shop from which you can cherry-pick. The fact that this error can quickly lead a company into the “death zone of mediocrity” was the central message at the BestPractice Day 2013. Both national and international experts at Europe’s leading Lean Management Congress agreed that if you want to reap the rewards of transitioning to Lean management, you cannot avoid the sometimes painful task of developing your management culture.

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“In order for us to succeed in the future, we need to completely rethink many areas.”

Michael Eppinger – Manufacturing Manager, Hermann Bilz GmbH & Co. KG

BestPractice Day 2011

Creating new values.

Companies lose touch if they do not continuously develop. With this in mind, the BestPractice Day 2011 also focused on continuous improvement along the value chain. The event, led by Prof. Dr. Eberhard Abele (TU Darmstadt), offered in-depth transfer of knowledge on Lean management and Lean processes. What is the role of a leader? This question was asked by Mike Rother, Lean Expert. One answer was provided by his colleague Dr. Jeffrey Liker: All leaders are teachers. Over 300 participants were inspired.

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BestPractice Day 2009

Bad times need good companies.

The participants of the BestPractice Day 2009 experienced an “overall successful day.” The large Lean Management Congress took place on July 1 at SEW-EURODRIVE in Bruchsal. With around 150 managing directors and executives from the entire German-speaking region as well as from other European countries, the event was fully booked. “The BestPractice Day 2009 has once again shown how much medium-sized companies can achieve. Unfortunately, some companies are not even aware of that,” one participant summed it up.

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“Our working world is changing rapidly, and we need to always be open to change. A great event!”

Jens Held – Managing Director/Factory Manager, Homag Plattenaufteiltechnik GmbH

BestPractice Day 2005

The BestPractice Day 2005 in Esslingen provided insight into the recipes for success of competitive companies: Managing directors, plant managers and project managers reported on profitable manufacturing in Germany, smooth production start-ups of new products and strategies for the Chinese market. Around 220 congress participants examined practical examples from BMW, Opel, DaimlerChrysler, Bosch, J. Eberspächer, Siemens VDO, Claas, Evobus and ZF Lenksystem.

Practical examples were used to familiarize the participants with modern management methods, process models, production methods and work forms. In addition to the opportunities, the conditions for success were also discussed. Workshops deepened knowledge and experts discussed the basics of improvement projects and answered questions from participants. “We want different industries to learn from each other,” explained Martin Haas, Board Member of the Staufen Academy.

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