Lean Services and other Lean disciplines have been developed, documented and are the subjects of many training sessions and publications. But how do you break the inertia between initial classroom training and putting that training to work?
This workshop teaches participants the steps for applying Lean principles in their workplace and then follows these steps in a series of activities culminating in a planned and implemented Kaizen event.
Training in the philosophy and basic concepts of Lean is a prerequisite for this workshop. Participants will be expected to understand and appreciate the importance of waste elimination and to have been exposed to Lean tools such as 5S, Value Stream Mapping, Visual Workplace and Pull/Kanban systems.
Participants start with a refresher on the tools of Lean and then move to the focus on waste in their workplace. A series of activities to find waste in its 8 forms, and then trace selected wastes back to root cause sets the stage for the class project.
Participants learn how to conduct a Kaizen event, then form teams and select an area or process with identified waste from the prior activity. Next they plan and execute the Kaizen event, using Lean tools to develop and recommend/make improvements. Finally, the class prepares a presentation for management on their project; from problems to solutions to actual or expected measurable results.
Upon completion of this course, participants will know how to apply Lean principles and will have hands-on experience in a successful Kaizen application in their workplace.