San Diego State University Offers Lean Enterprise Certificate Program that Will Save Companies Time and Money

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San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies will offer a free information session for its Professional Certificate in Lean Enterprise program, which will save companies time and money, on Friday, Aug. 17 from 9-10:30 am.

We heard a lot of positive comments about the SDSU program and felt it was a good fit. We plan and expect our employees to be able to help implement lean and conduct various events and processes throughout our company

San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies will offer a free information session for its Professional Certificate in Lean Enterprise program Friday, Aug. 17 from 9-10:30 am.

What can lean enterprise do for your company?

According to continental-design.com: By utilizing Lean technology, any organization can scout out and eliminate waste, resulting in efficiencies and cost savings. In today's world the impetus is always to do more with less. … Lean can be applied to a specific department or to a whole organization with great success. Lean allows you to cut waste, thereby saving you money, resources, and countless man-hours, which can then be reallocated to better usage.

SDSU’s College of Extended Studies has been offering a lean enterprise program for 11 years and has received feedback from numerous individuals and companies who have taken the course. Among the companies are TaylorMade Golf and Taylor Guitars, both featured at http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/Client/Pages/esource11sp.html.

“Our goal is to implement Lean companywide; having more employees from various departments engaged and participating will help ensure our success and sustainability,” said Chris Wellons, vice president of production for Taylor Guitars. “We heard a lot of positive comments about the SDSU program and felt it was a good fit. We plan and expect our employees to be able to help implement lean and conduct various events and processes throughout our company.”

According to Kevin Limbach, vice president of US operations for TaylorMade Golf: “To be a successful company, it’s important to evolve to a lean effort. Kaizen, lean, and continuous improvement are terrific ways to engage the workforce, which was our prime objective. People started to see the benefits – the light bulb started to go off with all of the possibilities.”

During the 12-week program, you and your project team will implement Lean concepts within your organization, with a focus on improving quality, customer service, and costs. The Lean philosophy is a strategy for achieving significant improvement in performance through elimination of waste in the total business. Check out a course video here.

The Lean Enterprise program introduces class participants to the Lean philosophy by incorporating learning tools that include simulations, exercises, lectures, assignments and a project. Throughout the program, participants work in project teams applying the Lean concepts to their own work places. You also tour San Diego companies to see Lean principles in action.

The class schedule is as follows:

  • Lean Basics and Simulation – Sept. 20, 8 am-4 pm
  • Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) and A3 – Sept. 27, 8 am-4 pm
  • Value Stream Mapping – Current and Future State (with tour) – Oct. 4 & 11, 8 am-4 pm
  • Change Management/Facilities Layout/Cellular Flow and Standard Work – Oct. 18, 8 am-4 pm
  • Kaizen Events/Administrative Lean – Oct. 25, 8 am-4 pm
  • Creating a Sustainable Lean Culture – Nov. 1, 8 am-12 pm
  • Visual Workplace and 5S – Nov. 8, 8 am-4 pm
  • Quick Changeover/Mistake Proofing – Nov. 15, 8 am-12 pm
  • Metrics and Incentives (with tour) – Nov. 29, 8 am-12 pm
  • Equipment Management (with tour) – Dec. 6, 8 am-12 pm
  • Team Project Presentations – Dec. 13, 8 am-4 pm

The Lean Enterprise certificate program features an internationally recognized team of dynamic, experienced instructors such as Sammy Obara and Mike Osterling.

In a Time magazine article last year focusing on Where the Jobs Are, the magazine noted that “General Electric sees lean manufacturing, long popular in the car industry, as a way to lower manufacturing costs as much as 30%. In making refrigerators, for instance, GE hopes to knock off three to four hours of direct labor for each piece, saving more than $60 per unit given wage and benefit costs of $20 to $22 an hour.”

Time further pointed out: “The decision to keep lines in the U.S. is underpinned by a conversion to lean manufacturing, in which everyone involved in making a product – design and manufacturing engineers, suppliers, labor, even marketing and salespeople – works together on it from concept through production. And because the team is focused on one product, there is a cycle of continuous improvement, resulting in cost savings.”

Said Kevin Nolan, the head of technology for GE’s appliance unit to Time: “You get better and better. You increase the skill set of the combined workforce.”

To learn more about how you and your company can benefit from this program, email lean(at)sdsu(dot)edu or call (619) 594-1153 for more details.

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