This course in broken into lessons that can be taken at anytime as they are self-paced learning lessons.
There are 7 lessons or lectures in total. These lessons cover all the required areas you need to know about Lean. This course can serve you as a refresher course or you will benefit from the introduction to Lean if you plan to embark upon new journey in your career and want to know more about Lean.
The duration of this course is approximately 3 hours if taken at a stretch. We advise you to go lesson-by-lesson and understand the concepts explained.
We have developed this course based on extensive hands-on industry experience in various sectors. While we might have been able to accommodate examples from each and every business area, we believe that the general Lean principles and concepts explained here can be applied to any area of business.
If you have further questions or clarification, please feel free to send us your inquiry. We will be happy to respond to your queries and you will receive a prompt response from us.
We recommend you take Pretest (Quiz) before looking at the contents of any lesson. Though this is optional, this will help you in closing gaps in knowledge about Lean during the course. At the end of this course post-test will help you identify those gaps so you can master the concepts.
Pre-test is highly recommended and we suggest take this quiz on Lean prior to completing this module. Answer multiple choice questions to the best of your ability and knowledge.
This lesson comes in two parts (1 and 2). In this lesson we will cover some basic concepts, principles and tools organizations apply to streamline their business processes. The main objective of this lesson is to explain fundamentals of Lean or if you are not new to Lean, refresh your memory so you can contribute to the Lean transformation program your organization is undergoing at present or planning to implement in the future.
This and subsequent lessons in this course will help you understand all about Lean regardless of current stage of Lean deployment in your organization.
Continued from Part 1 - Introduction to Lean...
In Lean, we visualize opportunities everywhere, in all business areas of the organization, shop floor, work place, warehouse, distribution centers, laboratories, and even at and around our office desks.
In this lesson, you will learn the trick to spot opportunities for improvement lies in our ability to view work as a process. You will be able to understand importance of visualizing opportunities so improvements can be made.
This lecture comes in two parts (1 and 2). We will go deep into the three categories into which Lean wastes are broadly classified.
The words “do more” are what’s core to lean: for example, more value for the customer, more capacity to deliver that value and build more capability in the organization. Lean is not about less fat; it’s about more muscle. Lean transformation is built on this principle. Waste elimination still has tremendous value, and should drive actions.
Continued from Part 1 - Lean Wastes and Opportunities...
This lesson discusses in detail about some core Lean principles that you should know or be aware of so you can talk to the people responsible for the implementation in the same language and also accelerate the speed of Lean deployment through better understanding of what is involved and providing support to the teams involved. The lesson will demonstrate how Lean thinking led to introduction of a five step process to achieve improvement and how these steps led to the formation of FIVE core principles in Lean.
We will cover the following five core Lean principles in this lesson:
This lecture comes in two parts (1 and 2) and covers key Lean concepts you should know prior to starting any major change program such as Lean transformation. You will learn about bottlenecks, how to identify them with or without statistics or data, understand the difference between Mass and Lean production, understand how WIP or Work-In-Process is defined and used in service environment. You will also learn advantages of one-piece flow and look at some continuous flow principles such as Traditional Flow, Manufacturing Cells and Focused Sub-Factories.
These lessons demonstrate why continuous flow is not just for manufacturing, but it can and should be improved in other environments as well.
Continued from Part 1 - Key Lean Concepts...
This lecture comes in two parts (part 1 and 2). Lean execution has three components. Value-stream, Methods that ensure Continuous Flow, and set of powerful tools that can be applied during all the stages of implementation. In this lesson we will look at these three components and especially, value-stream mapping as the great Lean and Kaizen tool used to execute a Lean project. We will also see how Current state map is used to identify key areas for wastes and improvement opportunities and how Future state map helps developing the future vision of the business.
Continued from Part 1 - Lean Execution - Value Stream Mapping...
Post-test is recommended after completion of this lesson. You can compare post-test results with pre-test results.
You have completed the module Make Lean Happen - Know all about Lean. Be part of the transformation. Please answer the questions to gauge your understanding of Lean principles, concepts and tools learned. You may want to compare your answers with the pre-test answers.
Finally, a few words on the Make Lean Happen series as you advance through your Lean transformation journey. In this lesson we will share what it required to Make Lean Happen.
We have recommended some books to expand your library and knowledge on various topics in Lean Six Sigma.
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Hemant Gham is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Management Consultant, Change Agent with over 18 years of experience in leading Enterprise Lean, Six Sigma, and Continuous Improvement initiatives in Healthcare, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Software / IT, Higher Education and Telecommunications environments. He is expert project manager, utilizes sound project and program management skills to deliver projects from quality, cost and efficiency perspective.
Hemant applies Lean principles, Six Sigma, Quality Control methods and tools to solve problems, improve quality and reliability of products and services, optimization of business processes, and information flow in both manufacturing and service settings. He deploys and institutionalizes industry best practices and uses proven methodologies and frameworks such as Lean Six Sigma, Business Process Management & Automation, Change Management, Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI) and Integrated Risk Management to execute projects. Hemant has collaborative, proven ability to mentor and manage complex, large-scale cross-functional projects in public and private sectors. He has deployed numerous metrics and performance measurement initiatives and possesses sound analytical and change management skills.
Hemant has coached and assisted clients implement Lean Six Sigma enterprise-wide, deployed Project Portfolio Management systems and was instrumental in developing Idea Management Systems for some of the fortune 500 companies. He also specializes in Hoshin Kanri and has facilitated strategic alignment sessions involving executives, directors and managers in large corporations. Hemant is skilled in defining project prioritization criteria based on value creation potential, investment risk and resource requirements. He is also adept in applying project prioritization principles that help align strategic objectives with the select value drivers of organization such as revenue growth, operating margin, asset efficiency and client expectations.