Becoming Lean (Self-Directed Learning)

  • Delivery Option: Self-Directed
  • Subject Category: Core Tools
  • Number of Days: 8 hours

Course Summary

This program is designed for individuals who will be helping their organization to make the transition to a lean operating philosophy. It explains the basic principles and practices of lean. It also provides guidelines for value stream mapping and converting a process to a lean operation.

Target Audience

Employees who will be members of a lean implementation team, as well as individuals who wish to learn more about becoming a lean enterprise will benefit from this course.

Course Objectives

By increasing their understanding of lean, the program will prepare these individuals to be effective members of an implementation team.


Introduction to Lean

  • Definition of a “lean enterprise”
  • Lean vs. traditional mass production
  • Characteristics of a lean enterprise
  • Lean and Six Sigma
  • Benefits of lean


Lean Principles and Practices

  • Basic concepts: waste, value, value stream, flow and pull
  • Value-added activities, non-value-added activities and incidental activities
  • Lean performance metrics


Starting the Transition

  • Preparing for lean transformation
  • Role of implementation team
  • Value stream mapping: purpose and basic elements
  • Creating and analyzing a current state value stream map
  • Planning a future state
  • Implementing a future state


What’s Included?

  • 3 DVDs
  • 1 Instructor’s Guide
  • 1 PowerPoint Presentation
  • 1 Participant’s Guide