Learn Lean Process Improvement Online

Create a workplace culture committed to continuous improvement, reducing wasted time and scattered resources



Lean principles have come a long way over the past 300 years. From Benjamin Franklin’s early ideas, to Henry Ford’s work in the 1920’s and the Toyoda precepts in the 1930’s, to Jeffery Liker’s publication of The Toyota Way in 2004, Lean processes have evolved from a simple concept to a set of widely used best practices. This course provides the foundation to begin implementing Lean process improvement tools in your workplace. Explore the foundations of Lean through the Toyota precepts and the five critical improvement concepts (value, waste, variation, complexity, and continuous improvement). Gain tools to perform continuous improvement in your organization, including 5S, 5W-2H, PDSA, DMAIC, Kaizen, Genchi Genbutsu, and various Lean data mapping methods.

This will help you know how to:

  • Define Lean and its key terms
  • Describe the Toyota Production System and the TPS house
  • Describe the five critical improvement concepts
  • Use the Kano model to understand, describe, analyze, and improve value
  • Identify and reduce various types of waste o Create a plan for a more environmentally Lean organization
  • Use the PDSA and R-DMAIC-S models to plan, execute, and evaluate Lean changes
  • Use Lean thinking frameworks, including 5W-2H, Genchi Genbutsu and Gemba
  • Prepare for and complete a basic 5-S
  • Describe the key elements of Kaizen events, particularly a Kaizen blitz
  • Gather, analyze, and interpret data using flow charts, Ishikawa (fishbone) diagrams, SIPOC diagrams, and value stream maps
  • Go back to your organization with a plan to begin incorporating Lean into your corporate culture

Course Content


Session One: Course Overview


Session Two: Understanding Lean


Session Three: The Toyota Production System


Session Four: The Toyota Production System House


Session Five: The Five Critical Improvement Concepts


Session Six: Understanding Value with the Kano Model


Session Seven: Types of Waste


Session Eight: Creating a Lean Enterprise


Session Nine: The Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) Cycle


Session Ten: Using the R-DMAIC-S Model


Session Eleven: Lean Thinking Tools


Session Twelve: Kaizen Events


Session Thirteen: Data Gathering and Mapping


Session Fourteen: A Plan to Take Home


Course features:

14 Modules

Full Lifetime Access

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