Event Details

The KZN Lean Conference was envisioned to inspire the creation of thinking organisations that are agile and productive.

Delegates will learn new tools, new thinking and gain insights from other people's experiences.


The 2023 edition will look at combining Lean thinking, Agile techniques, and Scrum and will focus on how to be lean and agile in an unpredictable and volatile environment full of disruption. Attendance is limited to 50 delegates in total on a first-come, first-served basis.


The conference incorporates a 2-part Masterclass by Texas-based Nigel Thurlow, a globally recognised expert in Lean and Agile methods, tools, techniques, and approaches. Nigel was the first-ever Chief of Agile at Toyota, he created the award-winning "Scrum the Toyota Way" and co-created The Flow System, a holistic FLOW-based approach to delivering customer-first value built on a foundation of The Toyota Production System.


The conference will also feature several local case studies from companies such as Defy, Kaefer and Ramsay Engineering, as well as a fascinating presentation by Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Ryan Giles, on leading improvement projects. He'll share what he has learnt over the past 20 years working across 7 different African countries overcoming challenges and achieving success. His involvement in the execution of these projects using change management principles will highlight key practical learnings for delegates.


Political Economy Analyst, Daniel Silke, will deliver the keynote at the conference dinner, entitled: "The Year of Reckoning"


The final ½ day will involve a special Green Room Session with Nigel Thurlow, focused on Understanding and Navigating Complexity and Mastering the Triple Helix of Flow. There are only 15 seats available for this executive session on a first-come, first-served basis.


DATES

Day 1 - 1 November 2023 - 08:00 - 16:30

Day 2 - 2 November 2023 - 08:30 - 16:30, Gala Dinner - 18:30 - 21:30

Day 3 - 3 November 2023 08h00 - 09h30 - A Practical Lean Learning Journey at Ramsay Engineering

Day 3 - 3 November 2023 - Green Room Session - 10:00 - 13:00 (includes lunch)


COST (Excl. vat)

Single Delegate - R5 000 per person

Group Ticket for 6 - 10 Delegates - R4 500 per person

Practical Session at Ramsay Engineering - R750 per person

Green Room Session - R1 500 per person


VENUE - ALL DAYS

PMCB Offices, Parkhaven Centre, 55 Macleroy Road, Northern Park, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


BOOK NOW

Via our online event management system (Glue-up - click on Register or I will attend below) or contact Avana - communications1@pmcb.org.za, 033 345 2747.

Agenda

  • Nov 1, 2023

  • Nov 2, 2023

  • Nov 3, 2023

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM
Registration & Coffee
8:20 AM - 8:30 AM
Welcome and Opening of the Conference
By Melanie Veness, CEO of the PMCB
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Lean Agile Masterclass
Nigel Thurlow
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Tea Break
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Lean Agile Masterclass
Nigel Thurlow
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Technology for Lean
by Imran Khan and Rodney Moloko
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Lean Case Study: Defy
by Flavius Ionut Dumitrescu, Quality Manager, Defy SA
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Tea Break
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Lean Case Study: Kaefer Thermal
by Comfort Hlatswayo, Local Lean Leader, Kaefer Thermal
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Networking Session

Speakers

  • Nigel Thurlow (CEO of The Flow Consortium)

    Nigel Thurlow

    CEO of The Flow Consortium

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-flow-consortium/about/

    Nigel Thurlow previously served as the first-ever Chief of Agile at Toyota, where he created the World Agility Forum award-winning “Scrum the Toyota Way” and co-created The Flow System, a holistic FLOW-based approach to delivering customer-first value built on a foundation of The Toyota Production System. Throughout his career, Thurlow has gained an enviable recognition as a leading expert in Lean and Agile methods, tools, techniques, and approaches. He specializes in developing effective organizational designs and operating models for organizations to embrace both Lean and Agile concepts. By leveraging knowledge from various sources, Thurlow helps optimize organizations to enact successful, long-lasting transformational strategies in applying Lean thinking, Agile techniques, and Scrum – while combining complexity thinking, distributive leadership, and team science, represented by a triple helix structure known as the DNA of Organizations.

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  • Imran Khan (Vodacom Managing Executive: KwaZulu-Natal at Vodacom)

    Imran Khan

    Vodacom Managing Executive: KwaZulu-Natal at Vodacom

    https://www.vodacom.co.za

    Imran is a seasoned Telco professional with 25 years of experience in Vodacom and a Charted Accountant by profession.
    He has been KZN’s Managing Executive since 2021 having lead teams in Cape Town, Limpopo, and KZN prior. He has vast experience in Sales, Connectivity and Customer service
    strategies across different segments and Market types. His passion is Coverage and Internet access and for rural communities with a strong proponent for ‘digitisation for all’ and
    believes that technology is the key to accelerate economic and social transformation.

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  • Rodney Moloko (Executive Head Vodacom  Business, KZN at Vodacom)

    Rodney Moloko

    Executive Head Vodacom Business, KZN at Vodacom

    https://www.vodacom.co.za

    Rodney leads the KZN Team that drives sales operations and initiatives to grow Vodacom Business’ overall revenue in the Region. He is also the custodian for developing channels, implementing segment strategies, and delivering on the company’s business plan. Rodney has over 12 years of experience in Sales and Account management and has specialised in leading the Mining and Production sub-vertical at Vodacom Business. Prior to joining Vodacom, Rodney occupied key positions in companies such as BP, Accenture, and Novo Nordisk. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNISA, a Master of Business Administration from ALBA Business School (Greece), as well as a Master in Strategic Marketing from Wits Business School. Rodney is also an accomplished runner and has completed the Comrades Marathon this year.

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  • Sihle Ngcamu (Acting CEO of Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal)

    Sihle Ngcamu

    Acting CEO of Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal

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  • Comfort Hlatswayo (Lean Leader at Kaefer Thermal)

    Comfort Hlatswayo

    Lean Leader at Kaefer Thermal

    Comfort Hlatswayo is an analytical and influential leader who believes in people being the custodians of solutions. He has 17 years’ of experience in the Automotive (OEM), FMCG (Production & Supply Chain), Lean Consultanting and Engineering & Metal industries. He has worked for Lear Corporation, Bosal, Bosch, Nestle, Reckitt Benckiser, Colgate & KAEFER.
    He is a subject matter expert for Lean Manufacturing Tools, Strategy Deployment and is a Change Management expert. He studied Industrial Engineering, Green Belt training and Project Management and completed a Lean Practitioner certification programme in Germany, Bremen in 2022. Lastly, He is an author, speaker & solutions coach.

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  • Neil Lees (GM at Ramsay Engineering)

    Neil Lees

    GM at Ramsay Engineering

    Neil Lees is a General Manager at Ramsay Engineering who is responsible for day to day operations. Neil has been with Ramsay Engineering since 2014 where he has developed through the ranks. He comes from a strong Quality background where he led the Ramsay Engineering Quality department for 3 years before moving into a Production management position and recently into the General Manager role. Neil uses his experience to continuously develop, implement and drive systems to meet and exceed the customers' expectations.

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  • Khavitha Singh (Toyota Head of Lean Management at TWIMS)

    Khavitha Singh

    Toyota Head of Lean Management at TWIMS

    Khavitha is the Toyota Head of Lean Management at TWIMS and adjunct faculty at GIBS. She is experienced leader with almost 20 years of both local and international experience within continuous improvement, operations excellence and lean transformation, hereby ensuring client value and improved results within business. She has obtained a B. Pharm, an MBA and currently is a PHD student with a focus on the intersection of Lean Leadership & Psychological Safety.

    Strong professional experience across various sectors & industries such as health, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, logistics, academia & consulting organizations. A leader defined, by collaboration, empowerment, decisiveness & results.

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  • Flavius Dumitrescu (Quality Manager at Defy South Africa)

    Flavius Dumitrescu

    Quality Manager at Defy South Africa

    Flavius Dumitrescu hails from Romania. He is the Quality Manager for Defy SA, and is actively involved with TPM, lean manufacturing and 6 sigma implementation at Defy.

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  • Ryan Giles (CEO of Leapfrog International)

    Ryan Giles

    CEO of Leapfrog International

    Ryan Giles is a passionate and experienced leader in the field of commodity business improvement. He currently leads LeapFrog International, a firm that helps commodity businesses in southern Africa and beyond overcome their biggest challenges and seize new opportunities.

    Ryan has a deep understanding of the technical, business, and strategic aspects of the commodity industry needing to be sustainable. He holds a master’s degree in engineering, an MBA from Hult International Business School in the USA, has studied strategy at Harvard, digital transformation at MIT and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

    Prior to LeapFrog, Ryan was the Managing Director of the supply chain improvement specialists, Crickmay, and has had various key roles including at startups Forward Finance and Agnovate. He has worked with a wide range of commodity businesses, including RCL Foods, Rotran/Eskom, Illovo, and the World Bank, and has done this across numerous African countries so understands some of the idiosyncrasies.

    Ryan is obsessive about helping commodity businesses succeed. He is a trusted advisor to his clients and helps them to develop and implement innovative solutions to their biggest challenges. He is also a strong advocate for leadership and the process of improvement.

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  • Lucrecia Benjamin (Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Agile Coach and Trainer)

    Lucrecia Benjamin

    Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Agile Coach and Trainer

    Lucrecia Benjamin has a continuous learning mindset and passion for driving real change in the business world. As a registered Agile Coach, Agile Trainer, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Owner, Certified Safe Senior Scrum Master and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, she is deeply invested in solving business problems and building true capability in organisational teams through hybrid training and coaching approaches.

    Lucrecia’s career has focused on customer experience, process improvements, process optimisation and continuous improvement across several industries such as healthcare (Discovery Health), financial and auditing (Ernst & Young), FMCG (South African Breweries), and more recently the insurance industry (Sanlam). She completed her post grad studies in Business Management at Henley Business School, holds a MCom in Business Management specialising in Strategy from the University of Johannesburg and is also an Associate member of the Professional Editors Guild of South Africa.

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  • Daniel Silke (Political Economy Analyst and Director of  Political Futures Consultancy)

    Daniel Silke

    Political Economy Analyst and Director of Political Futures Consultancy

    Renowned Political Economy Analyst and Director of the Political Futures Consultancy Daniel Silke will deliver the Keynote address entitled: “The Day of Reckoning”, seamlessly weaving Global, African, and South African political and economic trends into insights and providing invaluable strategic foresight.

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Documents

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Community

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Tickets

KZN Lean Conference 2023 - Single Delegate

Covers Days 1 and 2 of the conference (1st and 2nd November), includes teas and lunches and a formal dinner on the evening of the 2nd November

Standard Price R 5,000
KZN Lean Conference 2023 - Group Ticket for 2 Delegates

Covers Days 1 and 2 of the conference (1st and 2nd November), includes teas and lunches and a formal dinner on the evening of the 2nd November

Standard Price R 10,000
KZN Lean Conference 2023 - Group Ticket for 3 Delegates

Covers Days 1 and 2 of the conference (1st and 2nd November), includes teas and lunches and a formal dinner on the evening of the 2nd November

Standard Price R 15,000
KZN Lean Conference 2023 - Group Ticket for 4 Delegates

Covers Days 1 and 2 of the conference (1st and 2nd November), includes teas and lunches and a formal dinner on the evening of the 2nd November

Standard Price R 20,000
KZN Lean Conference 2023 - Group Ticket for 5 Delegates

Covers Days 1 and 2 of the conference (1st and 2nd November), includes teas and lunches and a formal dinner on the evening of the 2nd November

Standard Price R 25,000
KZN Lean Conference 2023 - Group Ticket for 6 Delegates

Covers Days 1 and 2 of the conference (1st and 2nd November), includes teas and lunches and a formal dinner on the evening of the 2nd November

Standard Price R 27,000
KZN Lean Conference 2023 - Group Ticket for 7 Delegates

Covers Days 1 and 2 of the conference (1st and 2nd November), includes teas and lunches and a formal dinner on the evening of the 2nd November

Standard Price R 31,500
KZN Lean Conference 2023 - Group Ticket for 8 Delegates

Covers Days 1 and 2 of the conference (1st and 2nd November), includes teas and lunches and a formal dinner on the evening of the 2nd November

Standard Price R 36,000
KZN Lean Conference 2023 - Group Ticket for 9 Delegates

Covers Days 1 and 2 of the conference (1st and 2nd November), includes teas and lunches and a formal dinner on the evening of the 2nd November

Standard Price R 40,500
KZN Lean Conference 2023 - Group Ticket for 10 Delegates

Covers Days 1 and 2 of the conference (1st and 2nd November), includes teas and lunches and a formal dinner on the evening of the 2nd November

Standard Price R 45,000
KZN Lean Conference 2023 - Green Room Session (Sold Out)

Includes a 2 Hour Session with Nigel Thurlow: "Understanding and Navigating Complexity and Mastering the Triple Helix of Flow", as well as lunch

Standard Price R 1,500
KZN Lean Conference 2023 - Learning Tour to Ramsay Engineering

Includes a practical learning session on the floor at Ramsay, as well as refreshments

Standard Price R 750

Venue

PMCB Offices

Parkhaven Centre
55 Macleroy Road
Northern Park

Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

If you have any questions please contact Avana Boodhoo

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