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Supercharge your research team: the Lean skills every PI should know

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Supercharge your research team: the Lean skills every PI should know

November 8, 2018 @ 10:45 am – 12:30 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
UW Health Sciences Building, Room A-420 Hogness Auditorium
1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195
ITHS Education


Translational science research, like many other fields, struggles to find the most efficient processes for managing multiple people and projects. In this presentation, Tom Gallagher, MD and Jennifer Sprecher, the ITHS Director of Lean, will discuss the use of Lean methodology in leadership for creating a high performance research team. They will share the latest on how to improve Lean leadership skills and tools in three key areas: vision sharing, effective team communication, and continuous improvement.

Schedule of activities

  • 10:45am – 11:00am: Registration check in
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: Seminar
  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm: Networking and light lunch

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the differences between a charter and a study protocol
  • Identify how a charter can support project success
  • Discuss the core skills involved in facilitating effective team communication, as the team’s leader
  • Discuss the qualities commonly found in high trust teams
  • Describe the continuous improvement needed to improve team function


197 KBResearch Study Charter Facilitator version

About the speakers

Thomas H. Gallagher, MD, is a general internist who is Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington, where he is Associate Chair for Patient Care Quality, Safety, and Value.

Dr. Gallagher has published over 120 articles and book chapters on patient safety and error disclosure, which have appeared in leading journals. He is also Executive Director of the Collaborative for Accountability and Improvement, an organization dedicated to advancing the spread of Communication and Resolution Programs.

In 2017, his work advancing Communication and Resolution Programs was recognized with the receipt of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Achievement, presented by the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission.

Jennifer Sprecher is the Director of Lean Performance for ITHS. She works with organizational internal and external team members to develop strategic plans, and implement process improvement and aligned and prioritized initiatives.

Ms. Sprecher has been working with process improvement for over 25 years using methods including Lean, Lean‐Sigma, Plan Do Check Act and 6S (workplace organization). She works with organizations to implement concepts of project management, measurement systems, change management, benchmarking, and team problem solving to improve organizational performance. Ms. Sprecher’s measurement and strategic planning uses concepts from Balanced scorecard, Hoshin planning, and cascaded dashboards. Ms. Sprecher is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.