Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Barriers to change seminar

Today I attended the Lean HE Hub Steering Group meeting hosted by The University of Manchester. The meeting focused on the group’s commitment to support Lean in HE globally. Our Terms of Reference have been amended accordingly. We were delighted to welcome Svein Are Tjeldnes from The University of the Arctic to the group; I really admire his focus and enthusiasm.

The other item of business was reviewing preparations for our conference series. Plans are well underway for the conference in  Stirling. Book now www.stir.ac.uk/lean2016 to take full advantage of the early bird booking rate, the programme looks very exciting. We also reviewed preparations for the 2017 conference (further details will be available soon).

In the afternoon we were joined by about 50 HE professionals who are practising lean or involved in lean projects. We spent the afternoon investigating barriers to change and ways of explaining lean to non-lean specialists. The team at Manchester will be publicising the outputs of the seminar shortly.

All in all it was a day with a good balance of networking and meeting new people, reflecting on current state, identifying opportunities for improvement in my own practice and playing my part in advancing the valuable work of the Lean HE Hub.

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