Current Lean Events

Lean Summit 2019 - 1st Global Learning Lean Summit

24th - 25th October 2019 Chester Racecourse, Chester, UK

As part of our mission to help organisations with their Lean journeys the Lean Enterprise Academy has partnered with The Learning Trust to organise a Lean event around learning. The event takes place 24th & 25th October, 2019 at Chester Racecourse, UK.

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Designing & Developing a Lean Transformation

23rd October 2019 Chester, UK

John Shook first shared the Lean Transformation Framework (the questions we use to guide and evaluate Lean Thinking and Practice in organisations) in 2014. Since that time, we’ve conducted multiple experiments and conducted lots of continuous improvement to the process.

The purpose of the workshop is to explore each of the five areas of the framework – facilitating discussion around the obstacles required to close gaps between each organisation’s current state and the proposed target condition and updating participants on the latest thinking and research in this area.

Explore the components of the Lean Transformation Framework, see examples of what others are doing and reflect on some potential gaps to close within your organization.

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The idea of improving the work, is fundamental to the success of every organisation and something that nearly every leader and senior manager advocates.

How this often materializes is with a focus on finding waste, certifying subject matter experts and deploying improvement techniques. The mistake runs so deep that even some of our smartest managers get in on the act, taking a similar approach of cherry-picking improvement activities.

But instead of selecting tools their focus is on selecting initiatives as solutions to larger business problems, then whilst joining others who are also lost on their improvement journey, they scratch around for ideas of what to do next by attending: assessment sessions, best practice visits, following improvement roadmaps and seeking to gain organization certification.

At first, this approach may seem rewarding, but apart from a short term high the improvement actions fail to have the desired impact, as changes are not sustained, and the same type of problems recur again and again.

The problem is that too many leaders and managers spend time on the wrong things and are not learning about fractures in the business system that allow problems to breed without addressing them.

Experimentation has always been an important feature of continuous improvement. Running experiments helps the lean practitioner to understand the challenges a business faces, and to explore viable solutions, uncovering risk and complexity along the way.

Lean Thinking is most easily applied to the work we can see – but frequently there are much bigger opportunities in a value stream’s information flows. Historically information flows have been difficult to improve – often hampered by big IT systems that are difficult or take a long time to change.

Fortunately, the landscape is changing and the opportunity for organisations to develop experiments that contain digital countermeasures is becoming a reality. This masterclass offers a deep dive into the products and the process that allows managers and lean practitioners to build industrial-strength Low-Code/No-Code applications, rapidly and at low cost. These solutions can dramatically reduce quality errors whilst collapsing the time-line of a value stream and making it easier for the people who do the work. With the advantage of being browser-based and secure, users do not need to install new software on their devices and can access the resulting applications from their PCs, laptops or mobile devices.

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A3 Thinking (Managing to Learn) - 2 Days

On Demand Customer Site and / or sites around the U.K.

Through instruction, small group discussions and exercises, the workshop participants will:

  • Learn the basic formats of A3s and uses of the A3 as a management process, and,
  • Gain experience in the three basic roles of the A3 process
  • Greater understanding of PDCA and the problem solving process
  • Know when to use A3 Problem Solving or basic 3c problem solving
  • In-depth practice of reading and reviewing A3’s

 

Gemba Walks: A Management Process for Leading the Organisation

On Demand Customer Site and / or sites around the U.K.

Through instruction, small group discussions, exercises and video workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of Gemba Walks, its importance within Lean, continuous improvement and in organisation’s management system.
  • Develop the collective understanding of leaders at all levels of the organization.
  • Improve alignment of employees actions with the organisation’s purpose & strategic priorities.
  • Help maintain and accelerate the impact of employee activities on business performance.
  • Managers attending this workshop can expect to come away with a better understanding of how to see and understand the flow of work in their respective organisations.  
  • See beyond the obvious results to the underlying processes that produce those results with an eye to how to create more value with less waste.

Value Stream Mapping (Learning to See) - 2 Days

On Demand Customer Site and / or sites around the U.K.

Through instruction, small group discussions and exercises, the workshop participants will learn:

  • How to identify a product family
  • How to see the entire value stream for a particular product family
  • How to map the value stream to identify and eliminate waste
  • Design a future state 
  • How to develop a plan to achieve immediate breakthrough results

Lean Public Workshops

On Demand Customer Site and / or sites around the U.K.

Our Lean Workshops are designed around the Lean workbooks to help organisations and individuals implement Lean Thinking and to develop core Lean skills.

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