The University of Leicester hosted Tuesday’s Lean HE Hub meeting (www.leanhehub.ac.uk). The morning comprised of the Steering Group meeting where we finalised the arrangements for the September conference (https://uwaterloo.ca/lean-conference/), received updates on the 2016 conference plans and drafted the plan for our annual seminar series. There was also the opportunity to catch up on the lean/improvement activities happening across the HE sector. Consensus seems to be that there are still pockets of good practice, there is a growing appetite for improvement activities (albeit with multifarious models of practice), and that leadership is vital to link activities to strategy, reward and of course support for individual reviews.
In the afternoon the Change Team at the University of Leicester who use the
systems thinking approach presented four case studies, an update on the work
they are undertaking for the Leadership Foundation/Efficiency Exchange and also
some research on their organisation culture web. We also had an opportunity to
network and work in small groups to discuss key ingredients for supporting
change (and I think that we created some good outputs). As ever it is really
valuable meeting with other practitioners and the day has given me some good
case studies to bring back to the day job.