Lean HE Conferences

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The University Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. November 6th - 8th 2019

Lean Forward

Connect. Inspire. Advance.


Lean Forward: Connect. Inspire. Advance.



Since the term “lean” was first coined over 30 years ago, this way of thinking and acting has spread across industries and from peer to peer, as we share ideas and take advantage of many lessons learned. We’ve come so far! 

Lean HE’s mission began 5 years ago, at a conference at Coventry University in the UK, with hopes to connect lean practitioners in Higher Ed, to share experiences about how they’ve made an impact, to learn from each other what works in a university setting, and then use that knowledge to make things better for those we serve:  the students, the staff, the faculty, and our communities.

Since then, the Lean HE network has grown to a community of over 2,200 global practitioners, reaching across three continental divisions.  Looking at everything we know now, this is the perfect time to take the next big step! We can see the opportunities to make things more effective, more efficient, and help keep the transformative power of Higher Ed accessible to all.  Come share your latest insights and methods and how they’re moving you forward. Come learn what others are trying and help spark innovations we can all use.

Lean HE and the University of Michigan are excited to welcome everyone to beautiful Ann Arbor, affectionately known as “Tree Town.” Come join us where you’ll find warm support and inspiration for your next breakthrough.  We invite you to Lean Forward and help us go further together.



The annual international conference is awarded by the Steering Group to a conference host that best meets the aims of the Lean HE. In exchange, the steering group provides guidance based on feedback from previous events and their shared expertise, to help support a conference programme that is increasingly relevant to the needs of lean practitioners in HE today, and offers the most value we can.