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Lean Fundamentals

Corporate Education Group, In Andover (+1 locations)
4-day; Eight 3-hour sessions
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Course description

Lean thinking is a widely adopted customer-facing improvement approach that can greatly simplify processes and improve performance in both manufacturing and service organizations. Effectively applying Lean principles and tools can significantly improve value-added productivity and reduce waste and associated costs. At the same time, these tools drive an improvement in customer service and satisfaction levels.

The intensive four-day program gives participants a practical, hands-on, learning-by-doing experience applying Lean methodologies in a simulated environment. This course is taught and facilitated by Lean practitioners, leaders, and coaches, each with multiple years of successfully applying Lean in business organizations.

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  • Classroom
  • Andover

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  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online

Training content


  • Overview
  • Objectives
  • Introductions

Module 1: What Is Lean?

  • Definition of Lean
  • Definition of Waste
  • Exercise: Lean Storming

Module 2: The Philosophy of Lean

  • Learning to See
  • Kaizen Framework
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Exercise: TPC Analysis for Mobilizing Commitment

Module 3: Identify What Adds Value

  • Muda, Muri, Mura
  • Determining What Adds Value
  • Exercise: Finding Productive Hours

Module 4: Addressing Non-Value

  • 8 Wastes — TIMWOOD Plus
  • Exercise: Toast Kaizen Video

Module 5: The 5 S’s

  • Applying 5S
  • Sort
  • Set in Order
  • Shine
  • Standardize
  • Sustain

Module 6: Wrap-Up Exercise: Miracle Dot

  • Movement through the Value Stream
  • TAKT Time
  • Flow Rate
  • Constraint (Bottleneck) Management

Module 7: Continuous Improvement

  • Introduction to Kaizen
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act
  • Kaizen Event Ground Rules
  • SCORE Overview
  • Exercise: Charter the Kaizen Event

Module 8: Problem-Solving Tools

  • Pareto Charts
  • Affinity Diagrams
  • Cause and Effect Diagram (Fishbone)
  • 5 Whys
  • Exercise: Cause and Effect Diagram
  • Histograms
  • Control Charts
  • Scatter Diagrams
  • Graphs
  • Check Sheets
  • Exercise: Problem Solving Tools

Module 9: Mapping the Process

  • Exercise: Applying COPIS
  • Exercise: Applying the Product Synchronization
  • Exercise: Applying the Product Matrix
  • Spaghetti Diagram
  • Observation Sheet and Time Analysis Template
  • Exercise: Capturing Cycle Time, Lead Time, and Inventory
  • Exercise: Takt Time

Module 10: Putting Together a Value Stream Map

  • SCORE Select Step
  • 4 Steps to Value Stream Mapping
  • 7 Flows
  • Exercise: Value Stream Mapping

Module 11: Finding the Number of Resources

  • Total Product Cycle Time (TPc/T)
  • Product Matrix
  • Exercise: Ideal vs. Actual

Module 12: Finding Waste in Sequence of Events (SOE)

  • Completing the Observation Sheet
  • Exercise: Sequence of Events
  • Value Stream Analysis (VSA)
  • Exercise: VSA for Credit Card Application Process

Module 13: Identifying Process Flow to Move to Problem Solving

  • Demand at Capacity
  • Exercise: Practice Calculating Demand at Capacity
  • Line Balancing
  • Exercise: Line Balancing

Module 14: Workflow Design, Flex Fences, Daily Rate, and Linearity

  • The Work Area
  • Identify the Critical Path for Flow
  • Exercise: Making Things Visible
  • Flex Fences
  • Daily Rate
  • Exercise: Flex Fence Violation
  • Exercise: Linearity

Module 15: Employee Engagement and Alignment

  • Visual Management Systems
  • Stand-Up Meetings
  • Gemba Walks
  • Exercise: Stand-Ups and Gembas
  • Flexible Workforce

Module 16: Mistake-Proofing

  • Poka-Yoke
  • 4 Types of Inspections
  • Exercise: What Would You Do?
  • Operational Methods Sheets

Module 17: Lean Event

  • SCORE Overview
  • Kaizen Event Ground Rules
  • Kaizen Event Leadership Roles
  • SCORE Steps
  • Exercise: Creating the Action Plan
  • Exercise: Leadership Report-Out

Module 18: Implementing and Sustaining the Change

  • Common Causes of Failure
  • Change Management Plan
  • Exercise: Creating a Shared Need
  • Metrics
  • Kanban
  • Exercise: Miracle Dot Round 3
  • Summary and Action Planning


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Certification / Credits

  • Explain Lean principles.
  • Define waste in an organization and opportunities to eliminate waste.
  • Identify a value stream and define improvements.
  • Build basic skills in continuous improvement.
  • Review process flow and identify flow rates and bottlenecks.
  • Practice the implementation of mistake-proofing.
  • Understand the concept of kaizen events.

Key Takeaways

  • Basic Lean principles — how the pieces of Lean fit together
  • Types of waste and where waste is found — to help you visualize the wasted movement of people and parts in your organization
  • Value and the value stream — to give you a picture of the entire value stream, as well as value-added and non-value-added time
  • Overview of continuous improvement and tools — to provide you with the mindset and tools for your ongoing improvement journey
  • Overview of process flow and pull systems — to help you design work in a way that consistently produces value with the least amount of effort and waste
  • Overview of 5S — how to organize your work spaces
  • Introduction to mistake-proofing — to help you visualize how to reduce errors in your organization
  • Overview of running Kaizen event — to show you how to run an event in your organization

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