In today’s business world, the financial model has changed. The sales price is being set by the market and your profit is the difference between it and your cost. Therefore, the only way to increase your profit is to reduce your cost.

In today’s business world, the financial model has changed. The sales price is being set by the market and your profit is the difference between it and your cost. Therefore, the only way to increase your profit is to reduce your cost. Imagine a system that does that but also empowers your staff to continually reduce waste & cost, consistently improves quality, provides a better end result for your customer which in turn improves customer loyalty, will increase you staff retention & morale and finally doesn’t require significant investment in software or equipment.

However, 65% of all Lean Implementations fail and anyone looking to implement Lean or take it to the next level will need to understand why. You will need to know what tools & techniques are available, how they are used in best practice situations and what can you expect to get from them.

This two day workshop will be given by a practitioner who has successfully implemented Lean programs and will give you the practical tips you will need to ensure yours is not in the 65%. It will not only look at the tools and methods but also at the softer side of Lean – motivating your team, creating the environment for positive change and recognizing when, where and how to acknowledge improvements.

This 2 Day Strategy Deployment Workshop will attempt to answer the following 5 questions:

  1. What do we mean by Lean?
  2. How should a Lean implementation take place, where to start?
  3. How do we go about creating the right environment make it happen?
  4. How do we sustain the gains?
  5. What are the common Pitfalls to Avoid?

Course Content

Introduction to Lean

  • Introductions & Expectations & Workshop Charter Preparation
  • What is Lean and What will it look like when implemented
  • Why do programs falter
  • 5S
  • Standard Work

Supply Chain Tools & Techniques

  • VOC – Voice of the Customer
  • Takt Time
  • Waste identification & elimination
  • Process Flow
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • SMED
  • Level Loading of work
  • DMAIC – A3 – PDCA methods
  • Kaizens

Service/Admin Tools & Techniques

  • Work Flow
  • Waste identification & elimination
  • Sales Standard Work
  • R&D
  • Scrum Methods
  • CI Teams

Problem Solving

  • 5 Whys
  • Pareto
  • Isakawa (Fishbone)
  • Brainstorming
  • 8D & KJ Methods

Metrics & Communication

  • Metric choice
  • Communication strategy
  • What – Who – When
  • Team leading & dynamics
  • Daily management & Visual Displays
  • Standardise & Sustain
  • Multi-functional teams
  • Reward & Recognition

Participant Profile

  1. Senior team members & function heads
  2. Supervisors, specialists, engineers, project managers and continuous Improvement drivers
  3. Any manager who will be involved in implementing Lean
  4. Team or value stream leaders, operators and maintainers at the sharp end of the business

Trainer Profile

Dermot is a Master Black Belt practitioner of Lean and has worked for Irish, German, Japanese and several American organisations across the food, medical device and FMCG sectors. He has developed their Lean strategies and then implemented them. He is also a Certified Scrum Master using the Lean techniques in the software development sector. He lectures Lean Tools & Techniques in the Lean Black Belt Program at UCC and he is mentor to all of the students throughout their program. He is a regular contributor to other Black Belt programs particularly in the area of Lean Strategic Deployment.

Dermot is an engineer for over 34 years and he has been involved in all aspects of Lean since the early eighties. He has implemented Lean programs across a multitude of disciplines and processes. He has developed strategic plan implementation programs that allow each level to see how their objectives are a real and tangible part of the overall goal.

Dermot has worked for Kerry Co-Op, American Hospital Supply, Baxter, Odlum Group, Oral-B, Olympus, Beckman Coulter and Danaher Corporation. As a mentor he has worked with Kepak, Depuy, The Defence Forces, Reagecon, Jansen, GE Healthcare, MSD, Pepsico & Coca Cola. He contributes a column on Lean to “Manufacturing Ireland” every month and is a regular blogger on all matters Lean.

Course Cost: €790

Duration: 2 days

Date: 23rd & 24th September 2014

Location: TBC

This course is also available as an on-site customised course

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