The Fundamentals of Lean Tools and Concepts

The Fundamentals of Lean Tools and Concepts Workshop

By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems

Fundamentals of Lean Tools and Concepts WorkbookAre 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. 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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Why is this lean tools workshop important?

This lean tools 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

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Are you interested in bringing my “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 complete the course registration process and arrange the workshop logistics. More importantly, we will work with you to customize the workshop so it meets the specific needs that you have.

On-site workshop costs vary with company and team size. Workshop 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 kept to a minimum. Please contact me if you are interested in a workshop quote.

If a course does not meet your expectations, your participation fee will be refunded.

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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