Lean Introduction

There are many courses on Lean available on the market and very often these are long lasting training courses. The typical Six Sigma terms of Green Belt and Black Belt are commonly used but then preceded by the word Lean. ASQ offers a Lean certification in cooperation with the Shingo Institute and there you have three levels: bronze, silver and gold. These are all very good courses and great initiatives but our vision on Lean training is different.

For Lean we focus on reality teaching, which basically means that we opt mostly for consulting projects. But to increase the chances of success when introducing Lean it is important that there is a common understanding within the company on the basic principles and the most commonly used tools. That is what we aim for in our two-day Lean introduction course. This course is also ideal for companies that want to get a better view on what Lean is and what it can do for them so they can take the decision on implementing or not in a more informed way. The training is made up of four half day sessions. 

Session 1 - Philosophy and basic principles

  • Introduction
  • History  - Toyota Production System
  • The Lean phylosophy: increase value to the customer
  • Basic principles and approach
    • The pull systeem
    • Eliminate Waste
    • One Piece Flow / Continuous Flow Manufacture
    • Bottlenecks (Goldratt theorie)
    • The human capital - Lean Kata
  • Lean and management systems
  • Lean and Six Sigma

Session 2 - Lean tools 

  • Lean and Strategy: Hoshin - Kanri
  • Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
  • Kanban and Just-In-Time
  • Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED)

Session 3 - Lean tools part 2

  • Standard Work
  • 5 why
  • Kaizen 
  • Total Productive Maintenance
  • 5S and Visual factory
  • Poka-Yoke

Session 4 - Introducing Lean

  • Lean readiness: evaluation of the current status
  • Selection of pilot projects - VSM 
  • Developing an implementation plan

With the knowledge gained from the course and starting from the general implementation plan from session 4, the company can start with introducing Lean. Off course, during the implementation there will be need for additional training but this can now be adapted to the specific point that has to be improved. Meaning that a short theoretical explanation can immediately be followed by the application of the method leading to a direct profit for the company. An example of reality teaching and micro learning.

Contact us for more information on Lean and the Lean introduction training.