Toyota Lean methods training wtih a twist - Gemba Research Announces 2006 Lean Learning Lab schedule

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Gemba Research Announces 2006 Lean Learning Lab schedule. Based on principles developed by Toyota, this Mukilteo, WA based consulting firm begins its 2006 Lean Learning Lab sessions.

It’s more than class room training – it’s a practical session that lets the student see how Lean tools are applied in real-world situations.

Gemba Research, a consulting and training firm focused on helping companies do kaizen and implement the Toyota Production System has announced their Lean training course calendar for 2006.

The Lean training courses are taught by Gemba consultants as a “hear, see & do” combination of class room training, case study exercises, site visits and mini “Lean tours.” The unique “lab” learning environment is a result of collaboration between Gemba and several of its local clients in the Seattle, Washington area.

“We have always done a lot of teaching as part of both our clients’ long-term Lean transformations and kaizen rapid improvement events.” Says Jon Miller, President of Gemba and one of its instructors. “Now we are hearing from our customers that they would like to have a place for ongoing hands-on training in Lean principles. Our Lean Learning Lab is our response to this customer request.”

“We can offer the hands-on, experience-based training at the factories and the offices of our clients because they recognize the value of continuous Lean learning,” says Kent Bradley, VP North America for Gemba. “It’s more than class room training – it’s a practical session that lets the student see how Lean tools are applied in real-world situations.”

One popular course is the Lean Office Simulation + Tour which includes in-depth visits to actual working offices that have been designed around Lean principles. In the live simulation, participants experience what it is like to work in a “traditional” office first and then make changes based on Lean principles.

Classes are offered monthly, with four offered in July 2006.

July 18: LOA 110: Lean Office Simulation + Tour .

July 19: LOA 120: Business Process Mapping.

Also on the19th on the manufacturing track is LMG 250: Takt-Flow-Pull Work Design.

July 20: LMG 210: Standard Work teaches the method of creating and documenting Standard Work Sheets, Standard Work Combination Sheets and using these and other documents to manage and improve repetitive manual operations.

A complete calendar of Lean Learning Lab classes is available at or by calling Gemba Research LLC at (425) 356-3150.


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