Lean – An introduction

Lean – An introduction

This is a very down-to-earth one-day overview of the principles and practices of the Lean process.

It explains very clearly what Lean is all about. It explains the concepts, the jargon, the acronyms. It talks you through the tools and techniques. It shows you what’s involved. Above all, it will help you understand why organisations bother with Lean – what’s in it for them. And getting to the bottom of that is what’s in it for you.

Full details below or download course outline.

Learning objectives
By the end of this session you will:

  • Know what is meant by a ‘Lean Business’ and appreciate why ‘Lean Thinking’ is important
  • Appreciate the history of Lean, how it has developed and why it matters
  • Understand how ‘being lean’ reduces costs, improves efficiency and delights customers
  • Appreciate the different types of waste in processes and the concept of value / non-value added activities
  • Understand the key components of a Lean programme
  • Know what all the acronyms stand for
  • Understand how the different tools and techniques work

Most importantly, you will be able to begin the ‘lean journey’ in your own organisation.

Who should attend?
All managers and anyone else involved in the business improvement process.
Course format
This intensive one-day workshop includes extensive practical analysis exercises. Relevant case studies will be used throughout the programme and participants will be expected to bring examples of data collection and analysis to use during the workshop.
Special features
This programme can be tailored to your organisation’s precise requirements.

Lean: An introduction – course outline

1 Introduction to the principles and practice of Lean

  • The history and philosophy of Lean
  • Lean implementation
  • Initial benefits
  • An initiator of change
  • Workshop: Lean implementation
  • Introducing MUDA and the 7 Wastes
  • Plan – Do – Check – Act – Process

2 Workplace organisation and visual management techniques

  • The 8-step problem-solving process
  • Exercise – communicating meaning
  • 5S and visual management
  • 5S tools and techniques
  • Push v pull
  • Kaizen and JIT

3 Lean measures and metrics

  • Where do measurements fit in?
  • Some common lean measures

4 Error proofing (‘Poka Yoke’)

  • Limiting
  • Checking
  • Warning
  • Interlocking

5 Value stream and process mapping

  • Defining a process map
  • Value stream mapping
  • Other mapping techniques

6 Lean supply chains

  • The total value chain approach

7 Pulling it all together

  • Review
  • Action planning