Course Length: 2-days

Course Overview

Lean principles have come a long way since the late 1700s – beginning with Benjamin Franklin’s early ideas, then Henry Ford’s streamlining work in the 1920s and the Toyoda traditions in the 1930s. More recently, Jeffery Liker has provided a bridge to these traditions in his book The Toyota Way. Lean principles have evolved from simple concepts into widely-used best practices.

The popularity of Six Sigma concepts is credited to Motorola in the late 1980s. Jack Welch made it a central philosophy to his business at General Electric in 1995. Today, the two philosophies of Lean and Six Sigma have merged into a symbiotic relationship where Lean is about production speed and Six Sigma is about production quality. This 2-day course provides participants with a solid foundation in both of these philosophies.

Course Objectives

  • Define Lean and key terms
  • Define Six Sigma and key terms
  • Describe the critical process improvement concepts
  • Identify and reduce various types of waste
  • Explore the uses of Gap Analysis in process improvement
  • Use specific Lean and Six Sigma tools to improve business processes

Note: For a customized Lean/Six Sigma program at your company or for Green Belt / Black Belt Certification based on your company’s projects contact your Learning Coach. 

Course Outline

Module 1: CPI and Corporate Culture

Module 2: Understanding Lean

Module 3: Toyota Production System

Module 4: The TPS House

Module 5: Five Critical Improvement Concepts

Module 6: Understanding Value with the Kano Model

Module 7: Understanding Types of Waste

Module 8: Creating a Lean Enterprise

Module 9: Standard Tools for Implementing Lean

Module 10: Kaizen Events

Module 11: Gap Analysis and Other Tools

Module 12: A Plan to Take Home