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Operational Excellence

Lean Tour - with Team Visit

The Standard Plus Tour includes an overview of our Lean program, tour of the Lean Center, and a team visit. Tour fee1: $300 per person.

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington (UW) is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast with three campuses, 92,000 students and a presence in more than 50 locations across 10 countries. UW ranks in the top 20 research universities in the world with over $1.4 billion in annual grants. Seven UW faculty members have won Nobel Prizes since 1989.

UW, Finance & Facilities (F2) organization has been implementing a 4 Key Systems approach since 2010 to great effect. Over the past six years, we have worked with SISU Consulting Group to create a lean management system that has enabled the launch of 195 teams, the development of 43 internal coaches and the implementation of more than 56,000 employee ideas, culminating in the delivery of more than $260 million in financial benefit to the University. In 2013, the University received the "Leveraging Excellence Award" from the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI) for Higher Education for best practices in developing a culture of continuous improvement. In 2016 our sponsor and AVP received the NCCI "Leader of Change Award".

Tour Cost and Payment Information:

The $300 1tour fee includes:

  • 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.

University of Washington and other Washington State Agencies are exempt from the $300 tour fee

Cancellation Policy:

In the event that you need to cancel your tour, you will be refunded in full if your notification is received at least 1 week prior to the date of the event. Cancellations received within 1 week of the event will receive a full refund less a $25 processing fee.


Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella just in case, as there will be a short walk to visit a team. 

For questions or tour customization options, please contact us.


Event Date: 
Friday, 10 February 2017 - 9:00am to 11:30am
-7 slots left.