Lean principles and practices are used in organizations throughout the world as one of the most powerful and effective ways to build and sustain a business enterprise through the identification and elimination of Process Waste, creating process velocity and flexibility to changes in demand. 

Lean Courses We Offer:

A Lean Assessment paves the way for a more effective, tailored Lean training plan and implementation.  

Whether using the self-assessment tool or a more detailed custom assessment, it’s important to plan effectively for a successful and sustainable outcome.  Ask us about these options.

The success of a Lean transformation is dependent on management’s understanding and commitment to lead the effort.  This ½ day class is customized to the senior leadership audience to discuss the strategic and tactical considerations required to implement and sustain a Lean culture within their organization.   

Literally any business in any industry of any size or type can improve itself and create a competitive advantage over the long-term by following along the Lean pathway.  This 1-day class will introduce the participant to basic Lean principles and practices.  Each topic will be introduced through brief lecture, examples from applications in both manufacturing and transaction, and in-class simulation exercises.  It is the primary objective of this course to offer the participant a basic grounded understanding of what Lean is all about in order to set the stage for rapid implementation and application in the workplace.

This two-day course is designed for the team-member of a Lean project.  Building on the concepts and tools learned in “Introduction to Lean Principles”, we’ll drill down into the details of the most basic Lean tools, reinforce the 5 principles, and flesh out what a Kaizen event looks like.  Upon completion of this course, the student may receive their Lean Practitioner certification.

This three-day course provides a solid understanding of all things Lean, taking a Value-Stream Management approach to the subject.  Topics include structure of a proven Lean deployment, discussion of the Value Stream, key concepts, current-state and future-state Value-Stream Mapping, and a deep explanation of Customer-Demand tools (including takt-time, buffer/safety stock, 5S), Continuous-Flow tools (including supermarkets, Kanbans, FIFO lanes, standardized work, the work-cell), and Leveling tools (Heijunka Box, milk-run). 

Included in this course are two case-studies – one for manufacturing and one for office – showing how the use of these tools improves process velocity and flexibility.  The course concludes with a discussion of Kaizen-event implementation.  Upon completion of this course, together with the successful completion of a concurrent Lean project within the company, the student will be in position to receive their Lean Leader certification.

Often used as a key process metric in Lean’s Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a “best practices” method of monitoring and improving manufacturing process effectiveness.  It serves to reduce complex production issues into a simple, practical and intuitive presentation of process information.  It does this by first distilling the most common sources on manufacturing productivity loss into three basic categories – Availability, Performance, and Quality – and then providing metrics to gage where you are and where you need to go to cut productivity loss.

Value-Stream Maps are a key requirement for every Lean practitioner because they not only serve to indicate where and to what degree waste (inefficiency) occurs within a process (the current-state), but perhaps even more importantly they help to define and prioritize follow-on improvement projects—“Just Do Its”, Lean Kaizen events, or Six Sigma DMAIC projects—through future-state analysis.  This course teaches both skills: how to develop a Value Stream Map for the current-state, and how to use this map to derive a future-state Map as part of your Value Stream Management process in identifying improvement projects.

This hands-on workshop gives participants insight into the principles, tools, and techniques that drive effective Kaizen events.  Course includes discussion on the principles and framework for Kaizen activities, the Lean Leader’s role, the foundation of company strategy and Value Stream Improvement, and planning elements and application.  Deployment structure will be addressed along with tools to sustain event gains.

An introduction to the concepts of order in the work environment known as 5S (or 6S to include safety). This discipline is a fundamental element of the Lean Continuous-Improvement Kaizen philosophy. The 1 day course includes material presentation, gives examples, and includes a simulation event. The extended course incorporates more in-depth instruction and facilitated hands-on implementation in the workplace.

This course examines the problem cycle-time limitations due to tool or process changeover, working under the theory that all such events usually can be brought down to single-digit minutes: less than 10 minutes.  Many before-and-after examples are given, and tried-and-true SMED methods explored.  The extended course includes more in-depth instruction and participants will engage in an actual changeover improvement.