Lean Thinking

The Philosophy of Increasing Efficiency and Improving Customer Value

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5 Days

Introduction to the course

Lean thinking is the cornerstone of an efficient and lean enterprise. This KC Academy Lean Thinking training course provides a comprehensive coverage of lean techniques that enable organizations to create more customer value with less resources. Lean Thinking has successfully challenged traditional mass production practices, by providing ‘leaner’ processes and supply chains with less waste. Lean Thinking promotes a positive mindset where employees are encouraged and motivated to search for problems, to think and solve them proactively.

This Lean Thinking training course covers the essence of Lean Thinking that Lean is all about maximizing customer value while eliminating waste, saving money and building continuous improvement. This requires not just the creation of a lean enterprise for each product but also the rethinking of conventional firms, functions, and careers, and the development of a lean strategy. This training course introduces participants the philosophy of doing more with less with a focus on production and output quality.

This Lean Thinking training course will highlight:

  • The fundamental principles of Lean Thinking
  • Development stages and successful implementation of lean
  • Optimizing operations
  • Lean communication
  • Value maximization

Course details

At the end of this Lean Thinking training course, you will learn:

  • To understand lean processes and techniques in order to achieve corporate success
  • Critically analyze and evaluate a range of theoretical perspectives of lean thinking
  • Apply appropriate lean methodologies
  • To successfully deploy lean methods to drive business performance.
  • How lean techniques help to achieve greater efficiency

This KC Academy Lean Thinking training course will utilise a variety of proven learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. This training course provides an interactive and participative workshop style that will challenge individuals and encourage lean thinking. This training course will also guide and facilitate learning and individual reflection, as well as using direct input, discussions, case studies, exercises and video. The lessons will seek to integrate theory with practice and will draw upon participants’ own backgrounds, experiences and views and encourage them to relate them to theory.

Organizations will benefit from the participants adopting holistic lean thinking methods.

  • An organizational culture of lean thinking to create value and to sustain business growth
  • Increasing customer satisfaction
  • Reducing defects and waste across the whole value stream
  • Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of resources
  • Engaging all stakeholders in the improvement efforts
  • Promoting organizational learning and engagement

This Lean Thinking training course on Lean Thinking will personally benefit the participants by being able to apply the thinking and techniques to identify, evaluate, and improve issues affecting organizational performance.

  • Solving problems using Lean Thinking methods
  • Applying the Lean Philosophy to work practices
  • Enhanced efficiency and consistency in performance
  • Improved career flexibility and prospects
  • Employing tools and techniques to reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction, profitability, and growth

This Lean Thinking training course is appropriate for everyone in the organization but may be of special interest to anyone in both operations and non-operations roles who want to advance their careers by improving their lean thinking skills.

This Lean Thinking training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  •  Senior and middle managers across all industries
  • Supervisors
  • Non-management staff who intend to improve processes within their organization
  • Professionals whose job responsibilities are expanding to include operations decisions
  • Anyone currently managing processes, departments or an entire organization

Daily Agenda

DAY 1:
Introduction to Lean Thinking
  • What is Lean?
  • The origins of Lean
  • Lean thinking can transform your organization
  • Efficiency and effectiveness
  • Conventional operations management versus lean thinking
  • Lean in the service industry
  • Producing for the customer
DAY 2:
Lean Management
  • The Principles of Lean Thinking
    • Identify value
    • Value stream mapping
    • Flow
    • Pull production
    • Pursuit of perfection
  • The cost of poor quality
  • Leadership
  • Develop a lean strategy
  • Continuous improvement
  • Mistake proofing
  • 5 Whys and Identifying Root Causes
DAY 3:
How to Reduce Waste
  • What is waste?
  • The 8 types of waste
  • Transportation
  • Inventory
  • Underutilisation of Skills
  • Motion
  • Waiting
  • Processing (too difficult)
  • Overproduction (too much or too soon)
  • Defects
  • 5S and Kanban
  • Cost-push versus demand-pull production
  • The costs and benefits of just in time
DAY 4:
The Lean Enterprise
  • Setting up Lean Thinking in your organisation
  • Communicate Lean Thinking
  • Policy Deployment
  • The 14 Principles of Lean Organisation
  • Autonomation
  • Total Productive Maintenance
DAY 5:
Simple is beautiful
  •  Workplace complexity
  • The cost of complexity
  • Standardization
  • Create standard work for flow
  • Install business systems to encourage Lean Thinking
  • Listen to bottom-up suggestions
  • Pay for performance
  • Overview

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no prerequisites. Our courses are open to students of all backgrounds who are 18 years of age and older. All courses are conducted in English. Video lectures include English subtitles and the option to slow-down, pause, or replay lectures for better retention. Discussion boards are a critical component of each of our courses; therefore, we suggest students have a conversational knowledge of English when pursuing a Certificate of Completion. For any of the art writing courses, students need to be 100% proficient in written English.

You should have an up-to-date web browser such as: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. For more detailed information, please see the guides for supported browsers and basic computer specifications. Our Online Courses can be accessed on a mobile or tablet device, although we strongly encourage you to have access to a desktop or laptop computer and reliable internet connection for certain course components. Former students have told us it is easiest to read discussion threads and complete written assignments on a laptop or desktop computer.

Registration is available on our website. Just follow these simple steps: Click the “Apply Now” button in the top right corner of your screen. Select “Online Courses.” Choose your course(s). You will be asked for basic contact information and your credit card payment. We require full payment at the time of registration and all tuition is billed in US dollars. Be sure to check with your bank or credit card company, as your financial institution may charge a foreign transaction fee.

Our classes are kept small, at no more than 30 students, to better facilitate and encourage personalized interaction with the instructor and fellow participants. Your classmates come from all over the globe and contribute their global perspectives and experience. Some are currently working within the arts while others are just beginning. All classmates share in their passion for the art world.

It is recommended that you begin your course promptly. If you do need to start the course a few days late, contact your instructor as soon as possible after the course has opened to discuss your options. Registration closes on the Friday after the course begins.

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