Lean 101 – Lean Transformation

We have streamlined our popular Lean 101 training opportunity to ensure it’s applicable across all environments including manufacturing, administration, healthcare, government, services and much more.

Lean is a learning system that develops capability and adaptability in people and processes. Lean 101 workshops have created and reignited the spark for improvement in countless organizations in Vermont and across the globe. When paired with the commitment to further engage and develop employees at all levels, Lean has proven to result in the competitive edge that attracts customers, employees and investors.

VMEC’s Lean 101 with SEWBIZ simulation is a highly interactive workshop, like the well known BUZZ Electronics Lean 101 simulation. It integrates key fundamental learning points into three, integrated rounds of a simulated assembly business, SEWBIZ.  Participants experience directly the immediate and dramatic impact that Lean can have on how they feel, how they work and how their company performs. No previous experience is required. It is also suitable for Lean practitioners seeking a refresher.

Participants will begin this workshop as a new employee in a chaotic manufacturing company.  The results of SEWBIZ in the first round of simulation provide the basis on which Lean principles will be applied. Participants revisit the manufacturing environment and apply the Lean fundamentals that are taught “in the classroom”. Simple financial statements prepared after each round of the simulation show the impact of the improvements on a company’s bottom line. Lean Fundamentals covered include:

• Waste / Value added
• Flow vs. Overproduction
• Problem Solving & Improvement (PDCA, Kata)
• Standard work (TWI)
• Workplace organization (5S)
• Visual controls (Kanban)
• Plant layout & Point-of-use storage (POUS)
• Quick changeover (SMED)
• Batch size reduction (One Piece Flow)
• Quality at the source
• Pull systems, Supermarkets & 2-bin system
• Value Stream Mapping

Participants will walk away recognizing the 8 wastes and with an introduction to mindsets and methods that they can use to eliminate these wastes in their own companies, as they did at SEWBIZ. They will also recognize that they are each now part of the community of learners and benefactors of Lean in Vermont as well as across the world.

Questions? Contact VMEC Business Growth Advisor Louis Prue regarding the training and its content. 

NOTE: In order to ensure VMEC is offering the best business improvement programs to Vermont manufacturers and justify continued U.S. Dept. of Commerce funding for these services, participants may be asked to provide impact data and assessment through an impartial 3rd party survey firm 6 – 12 months after a VMEC-hosted public workshop.