December 2019

2020 Lean Fair

Miami University’s Lean Initiatives Office cordially invites all university employees to the 2020 LEAN Fair.  The fair will take place at the Armstrong Student Center on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020. This year’s LEAN Fair, “Connecting the Dots”, will feature two sessions- a morning session from 8:30 am-11:45 am and a repeat afternoon session from 1 pm-4:15 pm.


Schedule of Events

8:30-8:45 am & 1-1:15 pm Opening Remarks

8:45-9:30 am & 1:15-2 pm Speaker: Kapil Manocha

Energizer Break:  Bill Sparks, Rec Sports

9:30-10:30 am & 2-3 pm Speaker: Michael Hoseus 

10:45-11:45 am & 3:15-4:15 pm Booths


The event will begin in the Wilkes Theatre and feature Kapil Manocha and Michael Hoseus as keynote speakers.  Following their presentation, you are invited to the 3rd floor Pavilion area for an interactive experience which will showcase the application of Lean at Miami University. Come discover current Miami projects, play some Lean games and network with Lean team leaders and others.  Tap your Miami ID before entering the Pavilion area to be included in the drawing for some great door prizes.

Check-in will begin 30 minutes before the start of each session and refreshments will be provided in the Atrium next to Café Lux.  Please be sure to bring your Miami ID. 

 Streamline Living Learning Community Fee Collection

The Recreation Sports Center facilitates the management of four different Living Learning Communities (LLC) for the Office of Residence Life.  These LLC’s are focused on Equestrian, Outdoor Pursuits, Sports & Recreation and Health & Wellness.  The residents of these communities not only share a course with each other but participate in group programming to help build strong bonds and a network of friends who have similar goals. 

Organizing the community and arranging the programs is a multi-step process that includes reaching out to students over the summer to ensure the completion of required bursar forms and communicating the fees involved with the programming.  This has been a very time consuming process that the staff wanted to streamline to improve the experience and reduce time and costs of organizing activities. 

A Lean team led by Bill Sparks utilized currently available software to update the student housing selection process and created a streamlined future state that will significantly reduce the time required to schedule students.  In addition, the new process that will be in place for fall 2020 will be paperless and should increase the overall program satisfaction as the fee is now more transparent and requires no additional action on the part of the student.  This improvement in the process will also allow Rec Sports staff additional time to support students and enhance the Miami experience