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Introduction To Lean

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Introduction to Lean Overview

Increasing numbers of businesses are using Lean Thinking to provide a competitive advantage in today’s increasingly fierce market. This course will provide thinkers and leaders with a solid introduction to what Lean is about and why it will benefit an organisation to embrace it.


Lean provides opportunities for companies to reduce waste and save money, while improving customer satisfaction. The tools and techniques have been used by all the major companies in the world to provide massive savings and improved customer satisfaction.


What is Lean?

The Lean methodology is all about maximising customer value whilst minimising waste. This technique is all about creating more value for clients by using fewer resources. The main objective for the Lean methodology is to deliver the best value for the customer by creating the perfect process that eliminates all waste.

Introduction to Lean Outline

Module 1: What is Lean?

  • Lean in a Nutshell
  • The Lean Temple
  • What is Lean?
  • Fables and Facts
  • What Lean should look like
  • What is changing at service companies?
  • Origins of Lean
  • Customers, Processes, and Waste
  • The Path to Value
  • Seven Wastes: A Healthcare Example
  • The Lean Principles and the 3Cs
  • Key Lean Metrics

Module 2: One Sentence Expert – A Description of the Key Parts of Lean

  • Gemba
  • Hoshin Kanri (Policy Deployment)
  • Jidoka (Autonomation)
  • Just in Time (JIT)
  • Six Big Losses
  • 5S and the Steps of 5S
  • Poka Yoke
  • Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Standardised Work and On the Ground Instructions (OTGIs)
  • Visual Factory and Value Stream Mapping

Module 3: The Case for Lean

  • The Cost of Poor Quality
  • The Iceberg Theory
  • Identifying Hidden Costs
  • Setting up Lean Thinking and the Costs of Adoption
  • Prerequisites and Essential Requirements
  • Timeframes

Who should attend?

Professionals who are suited to this course are:

  • Managers and Senior Managers of organisations considering adopting Lean methodology

  • Production Staff who are considering training in Lean Thinking and require a concise introduction

  • Staff working in a Lean environment who are new to the subject and want to learn more



There are no pre-requisites required prior to attending this course. 

All of our instructors are fully certified and have over ten years of experience in Lean methodologies.
You will be provided with a workbook, and Experienced Instructor, and Refreshments.
Please arrive at the venue for 08:45am.
No, there is no exam required for this introductory course.

What’s Included

  • The Knowledge Academy’s Introduction to Lean Manual
  • Experienced Instructor
  • Completion Certificate
  • Refreshments

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