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The Fundamentals of Lean Tools and Concepts Workshop

Lean Tools Workbook

Are you tired of spending time learning about lean tools that you can’t seem to find a way to use on a daily basis? Have you spent hours learning more about one tool then you will ever really use? Do you struggle to get all of your leaders to adopt a consistent approach to taking the waste out of their key processes? If so, this interactive, application focused workshop can help you avoid having to face similar challenges in the future.

What is the focus of the "Lean Tools" workshop?

In this workshop, the basics of five key lean tools are taught and experienced through the use of interactive exercises. Instead of focusing on learning about a lot of Japanese terms and lean tools you may not use that often, I have chosen to focus on 5S, quick changeover, the visual workplace, value stream mapping, and spaghetti diagrams. It has been my experience that if each process owner learns to use these tools well, much more benefit will be gained versus having a few engineers learn to spout out a lot of new buzz words.

In addition to covering the basics of each lean tool, workshop exercises are used to help you identify lean transition barriers, strategies for reinforcing the need for daily tool use, and ways to redesign the jobs of your leaders to make them more customer value and waste reduction focused.

Why is this workshop important?

This workshop covers the basic skills and approaches needed to create value stream maps and spaghetti diagrams, perform quick changeover analysis, put in place a visual workplace, and install 5S work practices. Perhaps more importantly, this workshop also focuses on the types of changes you need to make in order to get all of your people to use these lean improvement tools on a consistent basis. If you want to make lean thinking a daily habit across your organization, or simply within your own team, consider spending the time to bring this highly interactive workshop to your organization.

Who can benefit from attending this workshop?

The "Fundamentals of Lean Tools and Concepts" workshop is designed to help anyone who wants to begin using lean tools and concepts to reduce waste and increase customer value for those key processes they are responsible for. The tools you will learn to use and the exercises you will experience will also give you better lean implementation results in less time and at a lower cost. The “Lean Tools” workshop can be customized to meet the needs of any workplace.

What will you learn in this workshop?

The basics of using five key lean tools and what examples of effective tool application look like
How to identify system changes that are needed to make lean tool use possible and develop lean leaders
How you can use the 13 team exercises with others in your organization to help spread the use of lean tools and concepts

Are you interested in bringing my two day onsite "Lean Tools" workshop to your organization?

You can initiate the on-site workshop setup process by sending me a e-mail at indicating which workshop you would like to bring into your facility. I will then work with a contact person from your location to arrange the workshop logistics, and more importantly, to customize the workshop to meet the specific needs that you have. We will also prepare a firm delivery cost at that time. You will be invoiced for the workshop costs following the event.

On-site workshop costs vary with company and team size. In general, the cost of a one day onsite workshop for up to 15 people will range between $1,500 and $2,000 for eight hours of class time, depending on organizational size. For a 15 person class, your daily cost per person falls between $100 and $135!

These costs include (1) training materials, (2) a follow-up action plan from the facilitator, and (3) three months of free online consultation. Meals, refreshments, and travel expenses are not included in these costs (but I really try to keep my travel costs low - no first class air travel, limos, or suites).

Again, if a course does not meet your expectations, your participation fee will be refunded

Who created this workshop?

The “Lean Tools” workshop and workbook was designed by Kevin McManus, who has served as an industrial engineer, Production Manager, Plant Manager, and Director of Quality during his 30 plus year business career. He has also served as an Examiner, Senior Examiner, and Alumni Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for fifteen years. Kevin also writes the monthly Performance Improvement column for Industrial Engineer magazine and is an international trainer for the TapRooT® root cause analysis process.

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Would you like to learn more about lean tools and concepts?

Click on one of the following links to learn even more about this workshop, the workbook that goes with it, or explore other ways you can implement lean improvement approaches in your organization:

Workshop and workbook contents
Top 10 Tips for 5S Success
Is Your Company Culture Ready for Lean Thinking?
"Lean vs. Six Sigma - A Senseless Battle" article
"Lean This Way" article
Learn more about other Great Systems workshops
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