Introduction To Lean Thinking Techniques
Workshop (2 Or 4 Days)

Aimed at employees with little or no knowledge/experience of using lean techniques, these workshops are tailored for your sector and specific requirements, with only the relevant lean tools covered. Case studies and examples will also reflect your sector or business function.

What Is Lean Thinking?

Lean Thinking is a way of approaching situations, processes and products, with a view to ensuring that they add optimum value, are right first time and are handled efficiently. Typically this way of thinking is used in a business environment however can be used in many others.

Lean Manufacturing?

Commonly the phrases “lean management” or “lean manufacturing” are used however they infer that the methodology is just for managers or use in manufacturing. In fact, lean techniques can be used by anyone with a need to analyse, improve or prevent a situation and are applicable in any sector or business function.

Therefore, the phrase “Lean Thinking” better reflects that it is simply a methodology for looking at certain situations and with practice, will become an automatic cognitive process. Lean thinking has 5 basic principles, each supported by a variety of tools.

Five Principles Of Lean Thinking

1) Identify customers and value
2) Map the value stream (where value is added)
3) Eliminate waste and create an effective flow
4) Respond to customer pull
5) Pursue perfection

Lean Thinking - Two Day Workshop

The two day version covers these lean tools and techniques.

  • Value Chain Analysis
  • Work Flow Charts
  • 8D (Decisions)
  • Problem Definition
  • Brainstorming
  • Touch Point Analysis
  • Affinity Exercise
  • 5 Whys
  • 5 S (Sort , Set In Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain )
  • Failure Mode Effect Analysis
  • Root Cause Analysis

Lean Thinking - Four Day Workshop

The 4 day version also covers these lean tools

  • Basic Statistics and Graphs
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • Fish Bone Diagram
  • Test Plans
  • Testing and Analysis
  • Theory Of Constraints
  • Just In Time
  • Change Over Reduction

Each workshop is separated by a period of time (typically a month) for delegates to return to the workplace and utilise the lean tools on a real project assigned to them by their manager. This action learning approach is far more effective than traditional lectures or on line learning. Online project forums and document sharing plus telephone coaching, is provided in between workshops.

Delegates will also support each other’s lean projects thereby generating exposure to a wide variety of problems, teams and solutions.

In order to cover such a wide variety of lean techniques, some pre reading is required.

What Else Is Covered?

In addition to learning lean tools, the workshops also include:

  • An overview of Lean Thinking including its history
  • Examples and case studies
  • A glossary of lean techniques terms
  • An introduction to Six Sigma
  • How Kaizen projects utilise these tools
  • A description of soft skills required to lead an improvement team
  • The workshops end with delegates completing a development plan

Additional Support

In addition to the workshops, delegates will be given a list of online lean techniques resources and templates. For those on the two day programme, each delegate will have a one hour telephone call with a Protostar consultant, to discuss their project’s progress and to assist if required. For those attending the 4 day programme, three such calls will take place.

Contact Details

Protostar Leadership Development Ltd

Portland House

Belmont Business Park




Phone UK Office 0191 3855455

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