This wasn't really the start of the Lean SSC 11 conference, but it was for me and my other board members. Quite a lot got done. An all day board meeting working with the likes of Don Reinertsen, David Anderson, Alan Chedalawada, Karl Scotland, Jim Sutton, Richard Turner, Janice Linden-Reed and Kelly Wilson. Janice and Kelly aren't board members but have been instrumental in putting on the conference. They are the unsung heroes here. If you see them, tell them thanks!