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Lean Tours

The University of Washington’s Lean program started in 2010. The team has a dedicated space in the Publication Services building that serves as our “Lean Center,” where we share our approach, conduct most of our team launch events, training, open houses, focused exercises and tours.

We have hosted a wide variety of Campus and non-UW visitors, who are interested in our Lean journey. Lean tours include an orientation to our approach at the Lean Center and a visit to a team practicing our 4 Key Systems approach.

Among our public sector visitors have been the State’s Departments of Corrections, L&I, Health, Enterprise Services, Military, and Ecology, along with the “Results Washington” staff in the Governor’s Office. Local public-sector visitors include Port of Seattle, King County, Seattle Public Schools, and Sound Transit.

Higher Education groups have come from Cornell University, University of Utah, Pepperdine, the University of California System (CFO’s Office), WSU and Stanford University and corporate visitors include members of the Northwest Quality Forum--Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing, Group Health, PEMCO Insurance, and Children’s Hospital.

This Tour Will Include:

  • A guided tour through the Lean Center that includes an overview of our Lean program and discussion of our Lean Management System.
  • A visit with a team in the “Maturing the Management System” stage. During the visit, you will see the department’s main board and then a team board demonstrating how strategy is cascaded to daily action and ideas for improvement at the team-level. 

Standard Tours with Team Visit

Include an overview of our Lean program, a tour of our Lean center, and a team visit.

WA State Public Sector

SOLD OUT: Dec 6th, 2019 from 9am to 11:00am 

Location: Publication Services Building 3900 7th Ave NE, Seattle, WA  98195

Open to Washington State Agencies

Additional Tour Options will be posted here in the new year.

Private Sector

Open to Private Sector Companies ($300/per person fee applies)

Contact leanteam@uw.edu for more details