Everything You Need to Know About Lean in 90 Minutes (Seminar Session) (R4)

Type: Seminar
Date: 09/11/11 10:30 AM CT - 09/11/11 12:00 PM CT
Location: Chicago, IL United States
Web site: http://graph11.mapyourshow.com/5_0/sessions/sessiondetails.cfm?ScheduledSessionID=18A9CFC3

Fee: $125 (counts as 1 seminar towards a Value Package Plan) View Pricing

Speaker: Kevin Cooper


This concise 90-minute overview will provide you with an understanding of Lean Management principles, their application to the printing industry, and clear action steps for becoming a Lean printer. Come discover why Lean printers are more competitive, better positioned for success in the future, and Lean Management’s applicability for improving YOUR business now.

Room S403a 

You Will Learn:

  • Lean defined for printers
  • Brief history of Lean
  • Being Lean vs. Doing Lean—how to avoid false steps
  • Lean Elements—how they improve your bottom line
  • Lean Tools —actionable steps to improve your business
  • Lean Metrics—what to measure, what to avoid
  • Lean Culture—harnessing the power of Lean Management
  • Tangible action steps to become Lean

Who Should Attend:
CEO’s, General Managers, Front-line Managers, and key Leaders and Craftspeople from the shop floor

Business Categories:
Entrepreneurship, Executive, Lean Management and Manufacturing, Management, Production, Sales and Marketing, Trends and Opportunities

Kevin Cooper

Kevin Cooper, Professor
Cal Poly State University

Cooper graduated from California Polytechnic State University in June, 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in December, 1990; attending school on a part-time basis while working full-time. He has also completed an executive course in strategic management at Northwestern University and completed “Leadership at the Peak” training from The Center for Creative Leadership.

He began his career with the Los Angeles Division of R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company as a customer service representative. Within a year, he moved into manufacturing as a production planner. Quick progression followed to production planning supervision, manufacturing supervision, manufacturing manager, and general manager. In 1986, Cooper was one of three managers chosen to start a new manufacturing facility focused on print for the emerging software and hardware industries. A year later, he was the sole manager responsible for building and growing a turnkey software manufacturing assembly facility. As general manager of the combined facilities (print and turnkey manufacturing), Cooper managed the growth of these facilities until their closure in the fall of 1992. The facilities customers, employees, and equipment successfully transitioned into other Donnelley facilities.

Cooper relocated to Orleans, France as general manager and was the key integration manager for Donnelley transitioning a joint venture in Orleans with IBM into the Donnelley organization. During this time, he also led the creation of a software turnkey manufacturing facility in France to serve continental Europe.

Following this, Cooper relocated to Portland, Oregon and assumed responsibility for a Donnelley print plant in Portland and a software manufacturing facility in Preston, Washington. In the four years he stayed in Portland, he was promoted to Vice President and Division Director at R.R. Donnelley & Sons. While in Portland, Donnelley spun off the Documentation Services business group and formed a new private company, Stream Incorporated, which included Cooper’s manufacturing plants. Subsequently, Stream broke into three separate companies and Modus Media Incorporated was formed which included most of the original manufacturing plants from Donnelley’s Documentation Services group. During this time, Cooper took over responsibility for two manufacturing plants in Utah in addition to the plants in Oregon and Washington. A longtime customer recruited Cooper from Portland and he relocated to Seattle, Washington to become General Manager of Worldwide Operations for Microsoft in 1997.

While with Microsoft, Cooper led the creation of an operations center in Singapore, improved operational metrics while transitioning production to a turnkey operations model and reduced headcount leading to improving margins at Microsoft. After nearly twenty years in industry, Cooper returned to the central coast of California in late 1999. He began teaching at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo the following year in the College of Business with a primary focus on strategic management courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In January, 2005 Cooper accepted a tenure-track position with the Graphic Communication department and is now teaching full-time in this area focusing on business related issues in the print industry. His teaching focus has been in the areas of strategic management, human resource management, technical writing, and web-based gravure and lithography printing. He has also engaged in several consulting opportunities over the past several years; primarily focused on lean manufacturing implementations in the graphic communication industry.

For the past few years, Cooper has been Best Practices Editor for Graphic Arts Monthly magazine writing on industry best practices. He has led and delivered workshops on lean manufacturing through the Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly and has spoken at multiple industry conferences on a variety of topics. He has delivered consulting services and Lean instruction internationally in addition to the work done through Cal Poly. In the past year, he was the principal author of an industry-leading text on Lean Management principles entitled Lean Printing: Cultural Imperatives to Success. This book is the follow up to the Lean primer he co-authored, Lean Printing: Imperatives to Success. Additionally, he has authored over twenty articles on management principles in a number of industry publications.

Cooper is married with two young children and lives in Pismo Beach, California.