I have challenged the lean folks to attend as they are constantly quoting Deming on twitter for convenience, but when it comes to supporting the Deming community they are strangely absent. Dr. Deming warned us about copying which is exactly what the lean tools approach does in service. Worse, they are copying manufacturing, an industry with different problems. This may be one reason they shy away from the Deming community.
Tripp, I've attending Deming Society events and, sadly, the group is a dying breed. The events have gone downhill and that is one reason this blogger won't be attending. I have talked to others who agree that, unfortunately, the ongoing events aren't doing Dr. Deming's legacy the best service.
So I say bullocks to your "challenge" - especially if going to the event means hanging out with the likes of yourself. Sorry. My loss, I suppose.
Tripp, you have copied John Seddon, his method and his manner - didn't you heed Deming's warning?