Lean Thinking is the strategy for Operational Excellence based on clearly defined values to engage people in continuously improving safety, morale, quality, cost, and productivity.

Lean Thinking is the strategy for Operational Excellence based on clearly defined values to engage people in continuously improving safety, morale, quality, cost, and productivity.

The Goals of Lean Management include:

Engagement and empowerment of all employees through:

  • Mutual Respect for People (tapping and developing the talents and knowledge of all employees)
  • Increased capacity for systematic problem solving at all levels: developing a workforce of problem solvers, where everyone is focused on continually driving improvements in safety, quality, delivery, and cost.

This one-day workshop will introduce key Lean concepts and strategies for a successful Lean pilot and wider journey for your organisation. After completion of this course candidates will have a common understanding of the principals and practices of Lean:

  • Understand how Lean Thinking differs from traditional management thinking, and the extent of the change required in management perspective; approach to customer satisfaction; people management, & process problem solving;
  • Have an appreciation of relevant performance indicators in a Lean environment; understand the extent of the effort and support required to implement Lean Thinking in the organisation;
  • Understand how the Six Sigma approach to process management supports Lean Thinking
  • Understand the fundamentals of building a successful Lean transformation journey

Who Should Attend 

This course is designed for frontline employees, team leaders, and managers interested in deploying Lean.

Course Outline

Morning Session

  • Introduction to Lean and the Business Case for Change
  • How Six Sigma supports Lean Thinking
  • Lean Thinking Vs Traditional Management
  • Operational Waste and Exercise
  • Kano Model and Exercise
  • Mapping: Value Stream, Process and Exercise
  • Proven Lean Transformation Roadmap
  • Lean KPI’s
  • Lean Daily Management System to Foster & Sustain Continuous Improvement

Afternoon Session

  • 5S & Simulation Game
  • Visual Management
  • SMED
  • Error Proofing
  • Standard Work
  • Kaizen Events
  • Employee Idea Capture System
  • Root Cause Analysis Overview

Trainer Profile

Andy Brophy is a Lean & Innovation Improvement Advisor. He has been working in the Lean field for the last 15 years with a diverse range of organisations including manufacturing, government, services, software development, and hospitals.

Andy is a professional engineer and holds a 1st Class MSc in Lean Operations from Cardiff University and is Six Sigma Black Belt certified. In May 2010 he published the co-authored book Innovative Lean with John Bicheno of the Lean Enterprise Research Centre in the UK. This work is primarily based on the power of harvesting and implementing employee ideas and creating an innovative and empowered workforce.

In 2011 he was selected by Pearson’s the world’s largest book publisher to write The Financial Times Guide to Lean. The book is currently being translated into Spanish, German, Dutch, and Japanese. The book is currently undergoing assessment for The Shingo Prize Award in the USA.

In 2017 he is scheduled to publish a co-authored book with three USA based authors. They are API’s Improvement Advisor Cliff Norman, Yedda Trawick of Care Oregon, and Jane Norman of PKP Inc. The book is titled Lean Healthcare and The Science of Improvement. This research will explore Lean Healthcare with emphasis on Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge using the internationally adopted Improvement Model within healthcare. This pioneering book aims to alloy these two potent improvement philosophies to advance the accomplishments already realised through the application of Lean to healthcare.

Duration: 1 day

Date: TBC

Location: Dublin

Price: €490pp

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