Lean Enterprise Institute Announces San Francisco Curriculum of 14 Lean Management Workshops Covering IT, Manufacturing, and Services

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The workshops are aimed at continuous improvement professionals, line managers, and change agents in companies implementing lean business systems.

Learning to See is the basis for the value-stream mapping for manufacturing workshop

The value-stream mapping for manufacturing workshop is based on the award-winning Learning to See workkbook

The terms lean manufacturing, lean production, or lean management refer to a complete business system.

The nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) will run a program of 14 [lean management workshops February 5-7, 2013, in San Francisco, CA, on how to implement lean business methods in manufacturing and service companies.

The workshops will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf, 555 North Point Street. Complete details about workshop content, instructors, discounts, and registration, are available at the LEI Lean Education page at lean.org, by emailing the LEI registrar at registrar@lean.org, or by calling 617-871-2900.

The curriculum, designed for line managers, change agents, and continuous improvement professionals, includes sessions on Lean IT, standard work, kaizen, problem solving, and how to use value-stream mapping in manufacturing, office, and service environments.

The complete curriculum is:

  • Improvement Kata Experience
  • Kaizen: The Culture of Continuous Improvement
  • Key Concepts of Lean
  • Value-Stream Mapping for Manufacturing
  • Value-Stream Mapping for the Office and Service
  • Change Agent Skills for Lean Implementation Leaders
  • Integrating Visual Management Tools and Leader Standard Work (see video above)
  • Lean IT
  • Managing Value-Stream Improvement
  • Standardized Work: the Foundation for Kaizen
  • Developing People with Capability for Lean
  • Lean Problem Solving
  • Management Standard Work
  • Optimizing Flow in Office and Service Processes

What is Lean?
The terms lean manufacturing, lean production, or lean management refer to a complete business system for organizing and managing product development, operations, suppliers, customer relations, and the overall enterprise. It requires less capital, material, space, time, or human effort to produce products and services with fewer defects to precise customer desires, compared with traditional modern management.

Toyota pioneered lean management as a complete business system after World War II. During the late 1980s, a research team headed by James Womack at MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program coined the term “lean” to describe Toyota’s system.

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LEI offers a weekly newsletter with lean management news and resources such as case studies, webinars, interviews with executives on lean leadership, and an archive of essays by authors and lean management thought leaders.

About the Lean Enterprise Institute
Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc., was founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, PhD, as a nonprofit research, education, publishing, and conference company with a mission to advance lean thinking around the world. We teach workshops, hold management seminars, write and publish books and workbooks, and organize public and private conferences. We use the surplus revenues from these activities to conduct research projects and support other lean initiatives such as the Lean Education Academic Network, the Lean Global Network and the Healthcare Value Network. Visit lean.org for more information.

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