Three to five days, depending on the complexity of the process being improved
This multi-day course is designed to have the participant learn how to problem-solve in a team environment through the use of Lean thinking. Using the principles of Lean, participants will work together to plan and implement improvements to a defined topic. Scope and boundaries will be established; the team will attack the issues until resolution is implemented. Most companies do not have enough time to effectively problem-solve, so "band aid" improvements are made. In Lean, kaizen is a way to use cross-functional resources in short periods-or bursts of dedicated time-to effectively improve processes. Kaizen is an intense, well-defined event used to help organizations problem-solve with a systematic approach. The approach utilizes people in a dynamic and fast-pace environment and usually at the origin of the issue being improved. Kaizen techniques utilize many different Lean tools such as line balancing, time observations, SMED, Value Stream Mapping, 5S techniques, and DMAIC.
Kaizen is the engine in the Lean journey. Everyone in the organization should attend kaizen training. It is the most important part of the Lean philosophy. It is where "things get done".
- Describe what a kaizen event is
- Describe the DMAIC process
- Document kaizen results
- Understand the power of cross-functional teams
- What is kaizen
- DMAIC Steps
- Introduction to Value Stream Mapping
- Implementation of Improvements
- Controlling the changes
- Documenting and sharing results