Institut Lean France, France

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Institut Lean France (France Lean Institute) is an association of french Lean experts, contributing to the promotion of Lean in France through conferences, masterclasses, trainings and books (publication and sales). Major events organized by Institut Lean France are the Lean Summit in Lyon, every two years, and the european Lean IT Summit. But Institut Lean France also facilitates regular meetings of lean practitioners, whether in Industry (Manufacturing), Services, IT or Engineering / R&D, through specific events. And Institut Lean France supports a strong community of Lean Officers in major french companies (Club Lean).

Institut Lean France has also launched a rather unique approach of lean Academies in France, featuring gemba walks and practical application of lean tools and concepts within the subscribing companies, each participant hosting in turn such a workshop (11 sessions over 1 year). Both a practical training and the creation of a community of practice, those Academies are organized by Function (Engineering, Services) to focus on a specific environment.

Members of the Institut Lean France are volunteers, contributing pro bono to the events and masterclasses. 10 masterclasses are organized every year to share the experience of key Lean experts in their domains.

Books are also regularly produced by members of Institut Lean France: our most prominent contributor is Michael Balle, with, among others, his Gold Mine Trilogy, but Cecile Roche and Marie Pia Ignace have also published books (A little lean guide for the use of managers by Cecile Roche was translated to english in 2015).

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Marie-Pia Ignace


Marie-Pia, manager, entrepreneur and teacher, is a co-founder of Institut Lean France and a founding partner of Operae Partners. In 2009, she launched with Michael Ballé a lean management academy in Telecom ParisTech and in 2011 she organized the 1st European Lean and IT summit, an event of Institut Lean France and Lean Global Network. Previoulsy, she managed different business units in the service area (including the call centers of Atos Origin - 3 000 employees and 100 M€ turn over). Marie-Pia has a diploma of Ecole Polytechnique, a France military academy and a world-class scientific establishment.

Michael Ballé

Co-Founder of Institut Lean France

Co-Founder of Institut Lean France, Writer, International Lean speaker, author of lean blogs and posts

Alain Prioul

Former Senior VP of Faurecia

Former Senior VP of Faurecia, one of the major worldwide automotive players Deployed Lean in Valeo and Faurecia, optimised Faurecia Supply Chain with Toyota

Cecile Roche

Director of Lean and Agile in Thales

Director of Lean and Agile in Thales (major player in Space, Security, Defence), writer Deploys Lean in both Production and Engineering Federates Lean Officers of major french companies within Club Lean

Richard Kaminski

Manager of Institut Lean France

Former HR and Plant manager in Industry Lean Manufacturing community expert

Catherine Chabiron

Former Lean Office Director in Faurecia

Former Lean Office Director in Faurecia, pioneered Lean Office and Lean IT in France Lean Services and Office community expert