Lean Coffee

Upcoming Events

Interested in hosting a lean coffee in your city? If so, contact Isaac Mitchell.

What is Lean Coffee? 

Lean Coffee is an opportunity for lean professionals to discuss ideas, experiences, issues and/or improvements in lean. These informal networking events are structured but agenda-less meetings focused on topics that are important to the group. A typical group consists of four to eight people.

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Who should join?

  • Lean professionals
  • Quality and safety professionals
  • Leadership in companies and health systems utilizing lean
  • Employees involved with lean in their company or health system

What to bring?

  • A willingness to share your experiences so we can learn from each other and improve
  • Brainstorm and bring at least two topics to discuss during the meeting
  • Business cards

Meeting plan

Set up a personal kanban
Create three categories:

  • Items to Discuss
  • Currently Discussing
  • Discussed  

Determine what to discuss

  • Each person writes down ideas on Post-it Notes.
  • Once complete, each person briefly explains their topic.

Vote and talk

  • Priority vote on selected topics. Each person gets two votes. Place votes by putting tic marks on the Post-It notes.
  • Begin group discussion with the post-it note with the most votes.
  • Talk for five (5) minutes. Vote thumbs up or thumbs down to continue the discussion.
  • If thumbs up, talk for three (3) minutes.
  • If thumbs down, move the next most popular topic.

Discuss Takeaways