Lean is a way to design human relationships and conversations in an enterprise as well as improve work processes. Lean thinking has largely been interpreted through the perspective of engineers and social scientists. Our goal is to interpret and observe Lean thinking through the “eyes” of an artist. This is also an opportunity for participants to gain knowledge of the Lean way of thinking, improving their day-to-day work environment.

On May 10 and 11 several Lean professionals engaged with workshop participants from the artist community (Theater, Arts Administration, Performance Studies, Music Education, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Fashion Design) who dedicated two days to Lean learning and invested a third day on May 12 participating in a facilitated workshop discussion. The discussion tapped the insights of the participants, who together made observations about Lean thinking from a different perspective than most in the Lean community of professionals.

For more information about the workshop contact Tom Richert.




Lean Project Consulting is a leader in the lean transformation of the building industry. We’ve supported countless companies, projects, and individuals on their path toward continuous improvement. It continues to be an exciting journey full of challenges and breakthroughs.


Lean Construction Institute is a non-profit organization, founded in 1997. The Institute operates as a catalyst to transform the industry through Lean project delivery using an operating system centered on a common language, fundamental principles, and basic practices.


The Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.(LEI) is a nonprofit education, publishing, research, and conference organization with an action plan. LEI works to develop hypotheses about lean thinking and experiment to see which approaches work best in the real world. Its mission is to “Make things better, through lean thinking and practice.”


David Verble is a performance improvement consultant and executive coach having previously worked for North American Toyota for fourteen years as an internal change agent and later as the Manager of Human Resource Development.  His training and experience have focused on performance improvement, Lean systems and tools, facilitation of strategic thinking and problem solving, coaching, delivery of instructional and organizational development interventions.


Breaking the status quo to build better businesses, period. Unconventional Works uses big picture strategy to inspire and empower growth and productivity in the workplace. Where typical thinking habits and meeting structures tend to be ineffective, we bring balanced critical and creative solutions.