How to Deal With Lean During Uncertain Times

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This webinar was originally held on Monday, August 17, 2020.

Many people’s understanding of “lean” has been limited to its use in optimizing the efficiency of existing manufacturing processes. With this narrow definition, it is hard to see how lean is relevant when so many lives have been completely upended by the global pandemic. It is important to note that lean was born in a time of instability, confusion, and scarcity, and that across decades lean has provided direction, a framework for action, and inspiration through periods of disaster and great disruption. In this free webinar, we will explore the origins of lean and how it can help people learn in new situations, be more resilient, adaptive, and grow problem-solving capacity – How to Deal With Lean During Uncertain Times.


  • The background of Lean and the Toyota Production System
  • TPS in times of crisis, and lessons for today
  • Examples of lean methods for COVID-19 challenges
  • Recommendations for better lean


  • Date: Monday, August 17, 2020
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm CDT
  • Cost: Free


Mr. Jeff Fuchs

Jeff Fuchs has been a lean practitioner for 27 years. His experience includes automotive, aerospace, machining, and energy industries, in roles including plant manager, quality manager, engineering director, and lean champion. He has managed numerous activities in non-profits and government offices designed to improve performance and enhance employee satisfaction. At Neovista Consulting, he now focuses on operational excellence, leadership development, organizational culture, and lean transformation across all industries.

For eleven years, Jeff served as Executive Director of a lean consortium helping organizations build cultures of continuous improvement using Lean Thinking techniques. He is a lean trainer, improvement facilitator, leadership coach, and strategic advisor.

Jeff has been deeply involved in the national Lean Certification program. He is Bronze and Silver Certified and is working now on his Lean Gold Certification. He is a member of the Lean Certification Oversight Committee jointly managed by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, the Shingo Institute, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and has previously served as the committee’s Chairman.

Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from West Point. He is a combat veteran of the first Gulf War, and avidly studies team leadership. He is an examiner for both the Shingo Institute’s Shingo Prize and the AME Excellence Award. For four years, Jeff chaired the State of Maryland’s Manufacturing Advisory Commission, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Open Works, a Baltimore maker space, community resource and small business incubator.

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