Lean Thinking & Practice


Lean Thinking & Practice Summit: Call for Abstracts

The Committee invites abstract submissions for:

  • Oral presentations
  • Poster / Storyboard presentations
  • Case Studies – Stories of Improvement 

Key Dates

  • 23 February 2018 Deadline for abstract submission at 5:00pm AEDST (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time)
  • 23 March 2018 Authors will be notified by email of the result of their abstract submission 


The Lean Summit program will be developed around the following themes:

  • Lean Thinking & Practice
  • Putting the pieces together of the Transformation framework – 1. Value driven purpose; 2. Process improvement; 3. People capability development; 4. Leadership behaviour and management systems; 5. Basic thinking / mindset 

Details of Call for Papers

Oral Presentation

Delegate participation will be a feature of the program. Participation will occur through 15 minute presentations or storyboard posters. Lean Thinking examples from companies who are implementing lean in their own organisations aligned with the summit themes and those with definitive outcomes, will be viewed favourably by the reviewers.

Note: Abstracts not accepted for Oral presentations may be offered a Poster/Storyboard Presentation instead.

Poster/Storyboard Presentations

A poster or storyboard presentation is a formal graphic presentation of a topic. Sessions times will be organised for presenters to be at their posters to discuss their work and receive feedback. Posters are encouraged to be landscape storyboards rather than portrait layout (however portrait will be accepted). Posters should be no larger than 1m by 1.5m. Poster presentations will be on display from Tuesday 29 May – Thursday 31 May 2018.

Case Studies – Stories of Improvement 

General Guidelines for Submissions

  • An abstract of a maximum of 250 words should be submitted
  • The Lean Summit organisers are seeking original work with definitive outcomes. Organisers will not consider abstracts that have been presented at other Lean Enterprise Australia or Australasian Lean Healthcare Network forums prior to the event
  • The Lean Summit Organisers will not be held responsible for submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events
  • It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure that the abstract is submitted correctly
  • Responsibility for the accuracy of abstracts rests with the author
  • Include the names of all authors in your application
  • Where there are co-authors, only one abstract is to be submitted. The presenting author is responsible for ensuring the co-authors agree with and are aware of the content before submitting the abstract
  • Abstracts should be organised under the following headings:
    • Problem
    • Goals
    • Current State
    • Current State Analysis
    • Future State
    • Outcomes and Learning’s
  • Or
    • Background / Problem
    • Method (what did you do?)
    • Results
    • Learning’s 
  • An abstract which does not adhere to these requirements is unlikely to be accepted
  • The closing date for abstracts is 23 February 2018
  • A Committee will review all abstracts. The committee reserves the right to accept and reject abstracts for inclusion in the program
  • All Authors will receive notification of outcome of their submission by 23 March 2018
  • All presenting authors must register and pay for the Summit by 27 April 2018 otherwise the paper will be removed from the program


All abstracts will go through the following process:

  • An email confirmation of receipt of abstract will be sent
  • All abstracts will be reviewed by a panel from the organising committee
  • Authors will be notified of their abstract results by 23 March 2018
  • All confirmed abstracts for oral presentations and posters will be published in the Summit Program Handbook

Abstract Submission 2018