Lean Training Course Catalog

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Each of the Lean training courses listed below is available for both on-site and remote training. They can be mixed and matched to build your own custom continuous improvement training program.

Many of these classes are available on PowerPoint (or can be, on request), or have student guides, exercises, and other formats to add even more value to your training. Build your own internal training capability quickly and effectively with our proven system.

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General Continuous Improvement Module Group


Kaizen Process Module Group

  • Kaizen Data Analysis Training Module

    The kaizen process requires thorough scrutiny of any data that is collected to provide the best opportunity to make lasting improvements. This module shows kaizen teams how to turn raw data into actionable information.

  • Kaizen Planning and Chartering Training Module

    Regardless of the size of your kaizen project, the foundation for success is laid during the project planning phase. Included in this class is selecting a kaizen project, planning, and creating a charter.

  • Kaizen Process Overview Module Page

    The kaizen process closely mirrors the DMAIC cycle from Six Sigma. This module shows kaizen as a methodical process for solving problems in a work area, and gives an overview of the steps of the kaizen process.

  • Kaizen Process Walk (Office) Training Module

    A process walk is a thorough review of the work being improved to establish the baseline “before” conditions and gain a more thorough understanding of the operation. This class covers some of the nuances of observing processes in an office environment.

    This module covers how to determine data needs for a kaizen, how to identify what data needs to be collected in advance, and how to do a process walk during a kaizen.

  • Kaizen Sustaining Gains Training Module

    Making gains is only half of the kaizen process. Making them stick is the hard part. This module shows you the pitfalls to watch out for, and what to do to prevent them.

  • Kaizen-Making Improvements (Office) Training Module

    After all the data in a kaizen is collected and analyzed, it is time to make improvements. This module shows kaizen teams how to act upon the information they have collected.


Lean 101 Module Group

  • Lean Overview Training Module

    This overview presentation establishes the case for Lean, and explains how many of the principles of Lean are common sense. It is intended as an orientation to Lean for an organization in transition, or for new hires into a Lean company.

  • Metrics, Working With, Training Module

    Many people are used to results-oriented metrics. Grades in high school, for example, are a measure of an outcome. In Lean, process metrics are also used. These measures the activities that link to desired outcomes. Measuring the number of interruptions during study time, or the number of hours spent in the library are examples of process oriented metrics for grades.

    Generally, people are unaccustomed to that level of process scrutiny. This module covers identifying process metrics, how much measurement is enough, and how employees can adjust to being measured.

  • Quality Overview Training Module

    Quality is critical to the success of an organization, but teams often have only a limited understanding of how to achieve it.

    This module looks at various definitions of quality, how it affects operations, how to measure it, and how to improve it.

  • Standardization Training Module

    Whether in the office or on the shop floor, standardization stabilizes a process, ensures everyone is doing it the same way, and provides a basis for improvement. This module discusses the importance of standardization to Lean, different methods of standardization, and how standardization can affect job satisfaction.

  • Value / Non Value-Added Lean Training Module

    Understanding the concept of value-added and non value-added work helps focus teams on doing only those processes that improve the customer’s experience. This short module looks at what value-added work is, how to recognize it, and who defines it.

  • Waste Identification Training Module

    Improving the flow of a process requires the identification and elimination of waste. This class teaches teams how to recognize waste and how to categorize it. It also covers the use of the waste recording form.


Lean Leadership Module Group

  • A3 Thinking, Fundamentals of, Training Module

    Learn how to use the A3 process to solve problems. This systematic way of thinking and communicating helps build a consensus around a solution.

  • Change Management Training Module

    Change Management

    Every project results in change, no matter how minor. Effective change management can improve the odds of that the change will be a positive one.

  • Countermeasures Training Module

    Countermeasures are the actions taken when an abnormal condition is recognized, or a team is falling short of its key performance indicators (KPIs). It is a simplified version of the A3 report.

    This class explains why, when, and how to do countermeasures. A hands-on training from the “Late to Work” training scenario is available.

  • Daily Management Training Module

    Daily management is a structured approach to managing daily operations–the work that keeps businesses humming along.

    This module provides an overview of what daily management is, why it is important, its components, and the steps to do effective daily management.

  • Lean Management Overview Training Module

    Effective Lean management requires structure. This module explains how several Lean leadership tools and processes fit together to an environment in which continuous improvement can thrive.

  • Metrics, Managing With, Training Module

    Companies that embrace Lean principles know that to make steady improvement, processes must be measured. But there is an emotional burden on people that comes with having a metrics-driven organization.

    This module covers not only the use of metrics to drive substantial gains in an organization, but also teaches leaders how to use measurements in a way that does not cause a rift between them and their teams. 

  • Policy Deployment Training Module

    Policy Deployment is the leadership system that transforms strategy from ideas to actions. It entails a step-by-step process of cascading long term vision into actionable tasks to be done by frontline teams.


Lean Office Module Group

  • Lean Office Overview Training Module

    Though it originated on the shop floor, Lean is also effective in office, administrative, and service environments. This class discusses how Lean can improve office operations, what a Lean office looks like, how to manage demand in the Lean office, and how the Lean office is different than the shop floor.


Problem Solving Module Group

  • Cause and Effect / Ishikawa Diagram / Fishbone Diagram Training Module

    The cause and effect diagram (also known as the Ishikawa diagram or the fishbone diagram) provides teams with a way to categorize causes of problems (the effect).

    This module explains how to create a cause and effect diagram, when to use it, and how to interpret it. It contains an optional exercise that can be added for additional training.

  • Data Collection Training Module

    Data collection is a fundamental Lean skill that lays the foundation for successful improvement efforts. Poor data collection sets managers and their teams up for failure. Good data collection makes improvement faster and easier.

    This overview covers the basics of data collection and provides a solid foundation for more advanced training on the subject. There is also a pair of optional hands-on data collection training exercise.

  • Flow Charts Training Module

    Flow charts provide a graphical representation of a process. This short module covers the details of making a process flow chart and includes a hands-on training exercise.

  • Pareto Charts Training Module

    Pareto charts are one of the simplest problem solving tools. Because they are easily understandable and can be quickly created in Excel, they are a widely used. Pareto charts simply rank order ‘buckets’ of data points by the selected criteria, and let people see visually how the minority of problem types cause the majority of incidents. This understanding helps people focus their resources where they will get the biggest impact.

    This short module addresses how to create a Pareto chart, how to use it to solve problems, and how to avoid common problems. It also includes tips on how to make outstanding Pareto charts.

  • PDCA Training Module

    The PDCA cycle is a powerful problem solving tool used within many other Lean concepts..

    This module explains how to use the PDCA cycle to make improvements within your process.

  • Root Cause Analysis and the 5 Whys Training Module

    The 5 Whys is a simple, effective problem solving tool that can help teams identify and deal with the root cause of a problem.

    This short module takes a close look at the 5 Whys tool, addresses some of its potential pitfalls, and covers the topic of root cause analysis. There is also an optional hands-on 5 Whys training exercise.

  • Run Charts Training Module

    Run charts show the change in a metric over a period of time. The horizontal axis shows time. The vertical axis shows the metric under observation.

    This short module explains what a run chart is, why it is useful, when to use it, and how to make one.


Standard Lean Tools Module Group

  • 5S and Visual Management Training Module

    5S is a means of organizing and maintaining a workspace to promote effective operations. This level of organization allows visual management, which is the practice of making conditions in a workplace obvious so problems and opportunities can be immediately addressed.

    This class covers the concept of 5S and how to implement visual controls. There is also an optional Lego training exercises.

  • Poka Yoke Training Module

    The best way to ensure high quality is to build it into the process. One way to do that is with poka yokes. These mistake proofing devices make it impossible to make an error that will lead to a defects and waste.

    This module covers what a poka yoke is, why it is important, and how to do it.

  • Standard Work Overview Training Module

    A staple of Lean, Standard Work provides stability to an operation. It prescribes a sequence of work to a single operator, with designated work-in-process. Good standard work is designed to be balanced to the takt time.

Kaizen Event Training

Kaizen Event Training for the Shop Floor

This class provides an overview of the Lean tools required to make instant improvements in a factory setting. Designed to take from 4-6 hours, the class is a great way to start off a kaizen event week. It pulls slides and information from many of the other classes and compiles them to give a fundamental understanding of the rapid improvement process.


Kaizen Event Training for the Office

This class provides an overview of the Lean tools required to make instant improvements in an office setting. Designed to take from 4-6 hours, the class is a great way to start off a kaizen event week. It pulls slides and information from many of the other classes and compiles them to give a fundamental understanding of the rapid improvement process.

Advanced Lean Tools


Jidoka, Hanedashi, and Chaku Chaku

Learn how to create advanced processes that greatly improve quality and efficiency. These Japanese terms loosely translate into automation with a human touch, autoejection, and load-load processes.


Parts Quantity / Process Routing (PQ/PR)

Learn how to review the product mix and break production down into product families. An essential tool to know prior to attempting a value stream map.


Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED)

Training on how to reduce the time to switch machines from one part to another.


Standard Work (Advanced)

This class begins where our Standard Work class ends. It provides advanced concepts for handling special situations as well as more sophisticated ways of improving operations.


Total Productive Maintenance Overview

This class provides a fundamental working knowledge about TPM, and how maintenance can be designed to improve production. Learn who does what, when, and why.


Fundamentals of Value Stream Mapping On the Shop Floor

Value stream mapping is a powerful tool for linking processes and operations together to effectively and efficiently provide value to the customer. This class covers what a VSM is, how it can help you, and how it promotes improvement.

It includes a hands-on exercise to show how the basics of creating a value stream map.


Variation Reduction

Value stream mapping is more challenging in the office than on the shop floor for a variety of reasons. Learn how to master the art of documenting the flow of work from start to finish.


Workstation Design in Lean

This class covers basic workstation design, U-shaped cells, and the ‘rabbit chase’.

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