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Starting lean manufacturing employee training courses

Lean methodology employee training courses can be effective if well designed. Find out how to introduce employees to core lean manufacturing concepts including the objectives of lean and how to reduce waste.

I want to start lean methodology employee training courses at my company. Do you have any suggestions for class topics or manuals?
The best introductory courses are hands-on simulations that introduce the following lean manufacturing concepts:
  • What are the objectives of lean? Continuously improve lead time, quality and costs by eliminating or reducing waste while respecting the humanity of employees
  • What are examples of waste? Defects, over-production, waiting, non-utilized talent, excessive product travel, excessive inventories, excessive people motion, excessive processing, overburdening of people and machines, imbalance
  • Workplace organization (5S)
  • Standardized work
  • Cellular manufacturing
  • Kanban
  • Point-of-use storage
  • Visual management techniques
  • Key manufacturing metrics
  • Value stream mapping
  • Single minute exchange of die
  • Total productive maintenance
  • Error-proofing
  • Kaizen
  • Jidoka
  • A3 thinking
  • Heijunka box
  • Hoshin planning

Most of these should be individual classes.

This was first published in July 2009

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