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  • Lean Enterprise Overview and Simulation

    Do you struggle with...?
  • Staying ahead of the competition on quality, cost or delivery?
  • Long lead-times through your manufacturing process?
  • Poor quality?
  • Low productivity?
  • Limited awareness of the need for Lean in your organization?
  • No clear blueprint for operational excellence?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Lean Enterprise Overview + Simulation is the course for you. Does your organization have a culture of continuous improvement?  Would you like to know the impact the Toyota Production System (TPS) can have on your organization? 

A Lean Enterprise is one that produces defect-free products or services, on time, customized to the needs of the customer, safely and profitably.  Learn the initial steps that need to be taken and how to lay the groundwork to begin your lean transformation.  This course includes an interactive factory simulation (The Pipe Simulation) to drive home the key points of TPS.  

  • 5S & Workplace Organization

    Do you struggle with...?
  • What is 5S?      How can I apply 5S in an workplace environment?
  • What techniques can be used to get rid of unnecessary items?
  • How to use a 5S Red Tag?
  • How difficult is 5S to understand and implement?
  • How long should I keep unnecessary items?
  • What are the prerequisites to implement 5S?
  • What are the phases or steps to implement 5S?
  • How can I sustain the 5S results?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions,5S & Workplace Organization is for you! 5S is the basic foundation for continuous improvement for any company which aims to enhance safety, quality, delivery and cost. This training will allow the participant to learn in depth what 5S is and how to apply it immediately to quickly improve the workplace.

  • Value Stream Mapping

    Do you struggle with...?

    • A commitment to Lean, but no clear idea of how to get started?
    • A sense of where the problems are, but no way to spot them?
    • A need for in-depth understanding of Lean tools and how they enable flow in a Value Stream?
    • Not being familiar with enough of the Lean tools to see the future state?
    • No good method to create an action plan?

    If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Value Stream Mapping is for you.Once you create a map of the current situation, the steps you take to complete your product or service become clear. As you evaluate each step as to whether its Value Added or Non Value Added, you can begin to see improvement opportunities to create the Future State Value Stream Map
    The Current State Value Stream Map tells you where you are.  The Future State Value Stream Map tells you where to go.  This course trains you to create both Current State and Future State Maps, understand the tools used to create them and develop the implementation plan to move towards Future State.

  • 5 S  &  Lean Office 

    In your office, can you find whatever you need in less than 30 seconds? Can anyone else walk in and find what they need in less than 30 seconds? 

    The aim of 5S Lean Office is to remove what is not needed, place the necessary items at the point of use and make a clean, visual and high performance workplace.

    5S as a foundation for operational excellence

    One of the most fundamental activities of any Lean implementation is 5S.  This is no different for Office Kaizen (also known as 'Lean office').  Changing the information transaction process to a Lean Office can begin only after first implementing 5S Lean Office.

  • Practical Problem Solving

    Do you struggle with...?
  • A lot of planning but very little action?          Action but no follow up?
  • Fixing a problem only to have it appear again?
  • A lack of a standard approach to problem solving?
  • Not enough people capable of problem solving?
  • Too much focus on Lean tools and not on actual problem solving?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Practical Problem Solving is the course for you. Practical problem solving by everyone in the organization is at the heart of the Toyota Production System and a Lean Enterprise culture.  Kaizen is nothing more than the ability to observe the current state, identify the problem and apply practical problem solving skills repeatedly and without end.  These skills are based on the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle and reinforced by a variety of one-page templates to visualize the problem solving thought process.

  • Visual Management

    Do you struggle with...?
  • A disorganized workplace?
  • A lack of visibility of status of projects or daily work?
  • Problems that do not become visible until too late?
  • A tendency to manage away from the gemba (actual workplace) through reports and computer dashboards?
  • Lack of understanding of goals by team members?
  • A low awareness of waste and abnormality among people in your organization?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, Visual Management is the course for you.

One of the fundamental differences between a Lean organization and one that is not continually improving by eliminating waste is that a Lean workplace is a visual workplace.  Various tools known as visual controls are used to clearly identify, label, and mark the workplace.  Once these basics are in place, visual management becomes a system of communication and routine checks that make abnormalities immediately visible.  By making daily, weekly and monthly meetings around these visual management boards a part of the management system, problems are surfaced earlier and resolved quicker.

  • Business Process Mapping

    Do you struggle with...?
  • A lack of an overall picture of your information flow?
  • The time it takes to process customer requests?
  • Redundancy and errors in Business Process transactions?
  • Poor communication and teamwork between Business Processes?
  • No clear method to create an improvement plan?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Business Process Mapping is the course for you.  Business Process Mapping is the process of observing and understanding the current condition and drawing a map that becomes your blueprint for a Lean office implementation.  This course gives you the knowledge, the tools and the practice you need to begin using a variety of mapping techniques for the purpose of improving administrative, transactional, engineering or service operations.