Lean Management Workshops

Lean Enterprise Institute Announces 6 Lean Management Workshops for Indianapolis The training sessions will help Lean Thinkers launch and sustain lean transformations in manufacturing and nonmanufacturing processes.

The nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute will run workshops June 22-24, 2010, in Indianapolis on how to implement and sustain lean management methods in manufacturing, service, and office processes. The sessions, which will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, address how to apply basic and more advanced lean concepts. I am actually torn on which one(s) to attend, I wish I could attend all of them!!

The schedule of lean management workshops is:

Key Concepts of Lean – Understanding the Toyota Production System (2 days): Individuals and teams will gain a better understanding of the components and underlying philosophy of lean, based on the Toyota Production System (TPS), and how the elements and philosophy work together to create a Lean Enterprise.

Managing to Learn: The Use of the A3 Management Process (2 days): Using lessons from the popular Managing to Learn book, you’ll learn how to write A3s and respond as a mentor to the A3s of others. You’ll examine the different types and formats of A3 stories, the role of A3s in gaining alignment with stakeholders, and how A3s function as tools for change management, general management, people development, and knowledge sharing. (Bring an A3 or a real problem from work to tackle during exercises.)

Value-Stream Mapping for the Office and Service (1 day): Learn how to apply value-stream mapping to administrative, professional, and transactional activities. Through instruction, hands-on exercises, and case studies, you’ll learn how to document and analyze a current-state map of nonproduction value streams, then design and implement a future-state map.

Change Agent Skills for Lean Implementation Leaders (2 days): Learn how the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle serves as the basis for an effective change management process for implementing an integrated lean operating system. You’ll discover techniques for proposing lean initiatives and building commitment by using influence, negotiation, teaching, and the A3 report (or storyboard) as a way to present a logical business case for lean changes.

Lean Problem Solving (1 day): Harness the DNA of successful, sustainable lean implementations by learning to apply the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) problem solving method. PDCA problem solving can solve the vast majority of your problems. It also teaches clear thinking, reinforces lean concepts, and engages team members at all levels. You will also learn how to link problem solving to core management systems to create a learning culture.

Optimizing Flow in Office and Service Processes: Take the next step after the “Value-Stream Mapping for Office and Service” workshop. Through a simulated office kaizen event, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of how key lean concepts of standard work, visual management, flow, and pull apply to information-intensive processes. You’ll identify improvement opportunities, implement them, then measure the impact.

The instructor list is outstanding. Drew Locher will be heading up the segment on Optimizing Flow in Office and Service Process and was a guest early this year on the Business901 Podcast.

Blog/Podcast/Ebook with Drew Locher:
Future State Map 7 Basic Questions
Using Value Stream Mapping
Using Value Stream Mapping in Lean

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