LEAN PROBLEM SOLVING – San Diego – June 17, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016
Location TBD
This workshop introduces Lean Problem Solving as a teachable, scalable approach based on the scientific method (PDCA), which can be applied to the vast majority of your problems. When linked to core management systems, it helps to strengthen standards and build your lean management system organically, based on your needs. It becomes the nervous system of the learning organization.
Course Outline:
  • The lean problem-solving process
  • How each step ties into PDCA
  • How to use the A3 methodology effectively
  • “Line of Sight” Activity in order to align value added activities in your daily work.
  • Tangible actions required to support and “bring to life” organizational values/principles.
  • Relating problem solving and core lean activities
Who Should Attend:
  • Managers at all organizational levels and change agents
  • Organizations that want to institute company-wide change
The benefit:
Together, we can solve hunger.TM
For additional information, please contact Colleen Ennis at cennis@feedingamericasd.org or call 858.768.7425.

Founded in 2007, Feeding America San Diego is the leading hunger-relief organization in the county, distributing healthy food with dignity to San Diego residents struggling with hunger. The non-profit organization, funded by philanthropic and community support, is devoted to feeding the hungry, advocacy and education. FASD is committed to solving hunger in our communities and informing the public on the issues of food insecurity, nutrition and poverty. We fight hunger locally by working hand-in-hand with partner agencies, local school districts, corporate partners and a network of volunteers to serve 60,000 children, families and seniors in need each week.


Samuel Obara learned the Toyota Production System while working in Toyota Motors in Japan. For three years he underwent intense practical training at the Honsha Overseas Engineering Division in Toyota City. For thirteen consecutive years, he implemented lean in several of the Toyota facilities in Japan, Brazil, the United States, and Venezuela. Samuel has gained experience in other industries, including healthcare, construction, retail, and government, helping over 300 companies in their lean journey. He holds a Masters Degree in Technology Management and has lectured in universities such as Stanford and Harvard. He currently aids companies implementing lean through Honsha Associates.