Lean Operations – Transforming the Organizational Work Culture

By: Peter Furst, UC Berkley

Thursday, September 29th ~ 8:30 - 10:00 AM
CEUs: 1.5 PGMS, APLD Business, NALP

Peter Furst, UC Berkley

Course Description:

Profitability may be touted as the company’s first priority, but in actuality it usually is driven by business realities, controlling cost and limiting liability. Lean practices creates efficient, effective, waste eliminating, stakeholder participatory endeavors. The judicious application of lean thinking to management practices and procedures will create a stakeholder “friendly” work environment which will support and sustain the effort thereby affecting the operating climate and ultimately leading to culture transformation. In this session we will discuss the key lean elements that can easily be integrated into operations, business and the organization; leading to greater work efficiencies as well as more profitable results.

Learning Objectives:
• Understanding the shortcomings of a compliance approach to management
• Appreciate the applicability of lean thinking to drive stellar operational results
• Devise an effective framework integrating lean thinking into the organizational systems & practices
• Effectively implement a process and permanently change your culture


Mr. Furst has almost 20 years of experience consulting with a variety of firms, including architects, engineers, construction, service, retail and manufacturing organizations. He has provided guidance in the design & implementation of innovative integrated organizational strategic and tactical solutions resulting in efficiencies along the value stream. He has guided organizational systems integration, aligning business and operational goals, enhanced management’s leadership and operational execution, utilizing Six Sigma, lean and balanced scorecard metrics optimizing human and business performance. He has also been instrumental in identifying project delivery performance issues offering comprehensive solutions along the value chain. He has provided motivational presentations at various organizations to all levels of management and employees.

Mr. Furst teaches courses in architecture, engineering, management and construction at the University of California Berkeley (part time since 1998). He was elected “Honored Instructor” 2005. He also lectures at California State University East Bay in construction management. He has also lectured a number of times at Harvard University.

Mr. Furst is a recognized motivational speaker, having spoken at conferences in both North and South America, including the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), National Safety Council (NSC) in both USA & Canada, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Instituto de Seguridad Minera (ISEM) Peru, Harvard Safety in Design Symposium and many more.

He is a Registered Architect, Certified Safety Professional, Registered Environmental Assessor, an Associate in Risk Management and a Certified Risk and Insurance Specialist. He has published numerous articles in professional magazines & various websites covering such subjects as organizational culture, climate, leadership, management, strategic & tactical planning, process & systems improvement, Lean thinking, Six Sigma, organizational scorecard metrics, to drive organizational behavior, sustainability, performance management, human reliability, enterprise risk management, human error interventions, enterprise risk management, and safety process management.

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