The Rybnik Engineering Center was reinforced at the beginning of 2008. One aim of this new center has been to develop the lean spirit and to directly apply it to the new center. Two years have now passed and these 2 papers give the opportunity to review the current status and to reflect on the lessons learned so far on our lean journey. The 2 papers are structured around people, processes and tools. The first paper focuses on people which arguably represents the most challenging aspect of the development of an R& D center abroad. One the key objectives of 2008-09 was to develop the engineering skills required to take over full customer projects. This target was especially challenging given the operating conditions, operation and capital expedites have been drastically reduced to the very severe downturn of the automotive industry in 2008. The first paper concentrates on the processes how to identify, hire, train and retain people.