10 days (1 full week each month for 2 months), 72 hours of instruction
While there is not a specific eLearning course, the Lean Methods Group does provide related material. The 21 modules of our eLearning Lean Concepts and Tools complement the course and provide useful review of the topics taught.
Lean Belt is broken into two week-long courses. During the first week, Lean Belt provides a comprehensive introduction to key principles and practices that can be applied in any environment, including service, manufacturing, healthcare and transactional business. Participants also learn about leading Lean Kaizen events using our five-step SCORE roadmap and take home the how-to guide detailing the method: A Team Leader’s Guide to Lean Kaizen Events.
Week two teaches the necessary skills for aligning Lean activities with strategic objectives, solving real process problems and continuously improving operations. This portion of the course moves beyond knowledge into the realm of application—teaching you advanced techniques that you can apply in any industry.
The first week of Lean Belt employs an engaging and experiential workshop-like environment to take complex topics and make them easy to understand and apply through powerful exercises, group work and simulations. One hands-on simulation asks participants to streamline a value stream in light of the many complexities, including people, processes and technology. This creates a memorable experience when instructors guide the group through how it can double or triple output by simply modifying the process. Whether you are new to Lean or have previous knowledge, you’ll find the practical application and results-oriented focus of this training particularly useful.
In week two, students will move quickly beyond the theory of Lean and focus on value stream assessment skills—how to identify and remove waste in a process and ensure that it doesn’t creep back into the process. You’ll learn how to apply such advanced Lean tools as Kanban (pull systems) and TPM (Total Productive Maintenance). In addition, you’ll more deeply explore basic Lean concepts to uncover opportunities and make improvements that align with strategic objectives.
Group and individual exercises and simulations ensure learning is engaging and effective. Instructors also tailor their examples to participants—whether from service, manufacturing, healthcare or transactional environments—and will illustrate techniques by showing how they apply directly to challenges faced by participants. Peer-to-peer learning further reinforces application as professionals share their unique perspectives, projects and experience.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: