The Fundamentals of 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 ‘real work’, application-focused workbook can help you avoid having to face similar challenges in the future.
What is the focus of the “Lean Tools” workbook?
This lean tools workbook covers the basic skills and approaches needed to use 5S, quick changeover, visual workplace, value stream mapping, and spaghetti diagram tools. It has been my experience that if each process owner learns to use these tools well, 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, workbook exercises are used to help you identify lean transition barriers. You will also develop strategies for reinforcing the need for daily tool use, and identify how to redesign the jobs of your leaders so their daily efforts are more customer value and waste reduction focused.
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Perhaps more importantly, this workbook 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.
The “Fundamentals of Lean Tools and Concepts” workbook 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 workbook?
- 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
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How can this book help you improve your use of lean tools?
The concepts and tools in the “Fundamentals of Lean Tools and Concepts” book focus on how to (1) create operational definitions for different team types, (2) identify the specific investments required to effectively implement and sustain team infrastructures, (3) define performance scorecards for teams, and (4) balance these expected results with the investment commitments you are willing to make. By using the tools to apply the concepts, you can discover new ways to get the most out of your process, project, or focus teams for the investment you are making, while also ensuring that team involvement is a fun experience.
By reading this book and working through its exercises, the following learning objectives will be satisfied, as one will become better able to:
- Identify the types of teams you currently have and need
- Assess team effectiveness barriers and their potential impact
- Identify specific investment requirements for supporting the team infrastructure you design
- Create an action plan for implementing or improving an employee involvement system
Who created the “Fundamentals of Lean Tools and Concepts” book?
The “Fundamentals of Lean Tools and Concepts” book was designed by Kevin McManus, who has served as an industrial engineer, Production Manager, Plant Manager, and Director of Quality during his 38-year business career. He has facilitated over 500 performance improvement workshops, and he has been teaching the TapRooT® root cause analysis process internationally for fourteen years. Kevin is currently serving a three-year term on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award judges panel, and he has served as a national Examiner, Senior Examiner, or Alumni Examiner in 18 prior years. Kevin writes the monthly Performance Improvement column for Industrial and Systems Engineer magazine.
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