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Certified Lean Kaizen Leader

Lean Methods Group
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Certified Lean Kaizen Leader

With a constant push to reduce costs and provide products and services faster, there’s no room for activities that don’t add value to the customer. Yet waste and inefficiencies can be disguised and difficult to identify and remove. This course enables you to uncover and eliminate unnecessary activities that slow processes, create waste and add unnecessary cost, so you can focus more on activities that matter most to your customers.

The Lean Leader Course provides a comprehensive introduction to key principles and practices that can be applied in any environment, including service, manufacturing, healthcare and transactional business. Participants also learn about leading Lean Kaizen events using our five-step SCORE roadmap and take home the how-to guide detailing the method: A Team Leader’s Guide to Lean Kaizen Events.

In an engaging and experiential workshop-like environment, Lean Methods Group experts take complex topics and make them easy to understand and apply through powerful exercises, group work and simulations. One hands-on simulation asks participants to streamline a value stream in light of the many complexities, including people, processes and technology. This creates a memorable experience when instructors guide the group through how it can double or triple output by simply modifying the process.

Whether you are new to Lean or have previous knowledge, you’ll find the practical application and results-oriented focus of this training particularly useful. At the end of the course, you’ll walk away with the know-how to get started with each of the Lean tools and identify and execute improvement efforts in your organization.

A certification option is also available for Lean Leader, including mentoring and completion of real-world projects. See below for more information.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Lead Kaizen rapid improvement events.
  • Construct value stream maps to guide focused improvements.
  • Identify waste and recognize opportunities where Lean approaches can improve processes within and between departments.
  • Select and apply the appropriate Lean methods and tools to reduce various types of waste.
  • Collect the knowledge required to pass the Lean Leader certification exam.

If you prefer on-site training, we can customize this course for healthcare, manufacturing or transactional service environments.

Who should attend?

Lean Leader is appropriate for:

  • Anyone who wants to lead Kaizen events.
  • Practitioners in service, manufacturing, healthcare, and transactional business environments.
  • People who are ready to move beyond knowing the concepts to applying the tools of Lean.

Training content

The content of this Lean Leader training course is structured as follows:

  • Day One

    • Review
      • Intro to Lean
      • 5 principles of Lean
      • Waste
      • Value
    • SCORE (Kaizen)
      • A Team Leader’s Guide to Lean Kaizen Events
    • Value stream mapping
      • SIPOC
      • Current state map
      • Product family
      • Little’s Law
      • Future state map
    • Simulation

  • Day Two

    • Review
    • Flow
      • Work load balance
      • Batching
      • Spaghetti diagram
    • Pull
      • Kanban
      • Reorder point
      • Economic order quantity (EOQ)
    • Simulation

  • Day Three

    • Review
      • 5S
      • Visual management
    • Standard work
      • Pugh matrix
      • Standard work combination sheet
      • Cross training matrix
      • Cycle time loading chart
      • Process capacity table
    • TPM (Total Productive Maintenance)
      • Quality design (maintenance elimination)
      • Autonomous
      • Predictive
      • Preventive
    • Simulation

  • Day Four

    • Review
    • Setup reduction
      • 5-step method
    • Mistake proofing
      • 4-step method
      • Root cause analysis
      • Mistake proofing matrix
      • Cause-and-effect diagram
      • Prototyping
    • Change management
      • Stakeholder assessment
      • Communication plan
    • Simulation

  • Day Five

    • Review
    • Simulation
    • SCORE report out

Course delivery details

This course consists of 6 hours per day of live virtual classroom for 5 days with assigned coursework.


The price of the Lean Leader Course is $2,999.

Why choose Lean Methods Group?

19+ years of global experience

Everything we do is grounded in proven, research-based methodologies to ensure a collaborative experience for extraordinary, sustainable results

Since 1999, we've trained over 7,000 Executives & Champions; 12,000 Green Belts & Lean Leaders; 4,300 Black Belts and 200 Master Black Belts

About Lean Methods Group

Lean Methods Group

Lean Methods Group is a global management consulting firm specializing in the application of highly collaborative and methodical approaches to business performance improvement. Our business model is simple: we apply Lean methodologies to all aspects of our client's business. Through...

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Quality and Customer Service Manager, Konecranes
Virtual classroom training was GREAT! I came into it very nervous about being able to effectively and efficiently absorb a mass amount of new content but the preparation, knowledge and presentation methods were perfect.  I left feeling less anxious (and even excited) about this journey.
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