PMI Portland Chapter

Chapter Meeting - Lean

Chapter Meeting - Lean

Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Join us on Tuesday, January 21, to learn the latest on Lean principles and developing a culture of Lean thinking for continuous improvement.

Educational session

Title: Lean: Back to the Basics

Speaker: Maria Grzanka

The term “Lean” was first introduced in the U.S. by James Womack and Dan Jones in their book, Lean Thinking. Since then, there have been dozens of Lean tools and techniques implemented in many organizations. Each organization puts its own spin on how the tools are implemented. This presentation demonstrates value stream mapping and the 5S as examples to understand the underlying principles.

What you will learn:

•       5 Lean Principles: identify value, map the value stream, create flow, establish pull, and seek perfection
•       Components of a high-level value stream map
•       The 5S: sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain

MariaGrzanka 300x300 WebMaria Grzanka is a continuous improvement instructor, facilitator, and coach with 20 years’ experience practicing Lean, primarily focused on business processes. She designs and facilitates custom workshops for organizations and coach leaders in developing a continuous improvement culture. Maria is one of many people behind the scenes at Lean Portland and teaches Problem Solving, Lean Business Processes, and Process Improvement in Practice at Portland State University's Center for Executive and Professional Education. Maria holds a degree in Integrated Supply Management and has led Lean implementations at XPO Logistics (formerly Con-way), Vestas, and Tektronix.


NormanWolfe 300x300 WebNorman Wolfe, founder and CEO of Quantum Leaders, is a leading voice in bringing about a transformation of the core paradigm of business. He is a 15-year veteran of Hewlett Packard, led companies large and small, been a public company director, and has over 30 years consulting and mentoring leaders in a wide range of industries. Norman is the author of The Living Organization®, an application of the core principles of how the world works to how businesses can create an extraordinary impact.



Keynote session

Title: Lean in The Living Organization®

Speakers: Maria Grzanka & Norman Wolfe

Many Lean implementations fall short of the ideal vision and often fizzle out over a few years. Culture is often cited as the reason. At the core of the culture issue is the focus on “Lean Doing” rather than “Lean Thinking” as originally laid out by Womack and Jones.  How do we shift back to “Lean Thinking?” 

The Living Organization® Framework uses a model of Activity, Relationship, and Context (ARC) to explain how results are achieved. The ARC Framework™ complements with other tools and techniques and help understand how to increase the effectiveness in achieving results. 

What you will learn:

• Recognize elements of The Living Organization®
• Create awareness of activity, relationship, and context
• Apply ARC framework to a project management value stream

Agenda for the evening

4 p.m.: Registration table opens
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Educational Session
5:30 – 6 p.m.: Networking
5:35 – 6 p.m.: New member welcome
6 – 7 p.m.: Dinner served and announcements
7 – 8 p.m.: Keynote presentation

Meeting details

Location and parking

Doubletree Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, OR 97232
Parking is free; pick up your parking voucher at the registration table.

Menu options (gluten free available)

Regular: Smoked Tri-Tip Chipotle Demi-Glace Buttermilk Fried Walla Walla Onions with Cheddar & Chive Potato Cake, Seasonal Vegetables

Vegetarian:  Harvest Plate ○f Barley, Smoked Beets, Butternut Squash, Cippolini Onions, Brussel Sprouts, Spinach, Arugula · Green Goddess

Dessert: Guinness Stout Cake


Chapter meeting includes educational session, keynote session, and meal.
Chapter members must log in to receive automatic membership discounts.
Regular pricing: Until January 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm
  • Chapter Members: $25
  • Chapter Student Members: $10
  • Non-members: $45

Late Fee Pricing: 

  • $15 added to the pricing above


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Cancellation/Refund Policy

All requests for refunds must be made in writing to the respective event coordinator:  Director of Registration

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Event Properties

Event Date 01-21-2020 4:00 pm
Event End Date 01-21-2020 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 12-17-2019
Cut off date 01-22-2020 8:00 pm
Individual Price USD45.00
Late Fee USD15.00 (From 01-17-2020 00:00)
Location DoubleTree Hotel
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