Training to See Kit

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Everything you need to run your own Value-Stream Mapping workshops


ISBN: 978-1934109175

Published: October 2002

Author: John Shook, Mike Rother

Pages: 216

Publisher: Lean Enterprise Institute


The LEI Training To See kit has everything you need to run your own value-stream mapping workshops — except a comfortable pair of shoes for walking your value streams.

The TTS kit enables you to lead people through the exercises of selecting a product family, mapping its current state, identifying the root causes of waste, mapping a leaner future state, and developing a plan to implement that future state to achieve results. The kit is based on the proven approach and lessons of Learning to See, LEI’s best-selling, breakthrough workbook on value-stream mapping. (By purchasing additional Participant Guides you can deliver consistent training to all levels of your organization.)

The kit includes:

  • A Facilitator’s Guide for leading your own value-stream mapping workshops, including tips and suggestions for having a successful training session
  • 20 Participant Guides so students can follow along with the facilitator
  • A CD-ROM containing slides for the facilitator, and all the forms and templates needed for starting and sustaining the transformation:
    • a product-family matrix form for identifying product families to map
    • an annual value-stream plan showing goals, steps, checkpoints, and deadlines
    • a value-stream review template to evaluate progress toward each objective on your future-state maps and manage obstacles.
    • communication forms for facilitators, including a memo to confirm attendance at the mapping workshop, a workshop evaluation form, and a follow-up letter to attendees to gauge their initial progress
    • a certificate of completion, customizable for your company
  • A video (DVD) with Jim Womack’s opening and closing remarks
  • A copy of the Lean Lexicon (5th Edition)
  • A rugged nylon carrying bag with roomy pockets for all your mapping essentials

About value-stream mapping:

Value-stream mapping is a fundamental step in any lean transformation because it leads to a better overall flow in an entire process instead of isolated improvements to a single point in a process.

Value-stream mapping creates a blueprint for applying other improvement tools and kaizens. It also helps people see beyond the symptoms of waste to the deeper root causes, so they can make more substantial and sustainable improvements. Every company that is serious about becoming lean will want its employees and its suppliers’ employees to know this basic tool. The Training to See kit contains all the informatino and guidance you need to run comprehensive and cost-effective mapping workshops.


Mike Rother

Mike is the a co-author of Learning to See, the best-selling book that introduced value-stream mapping to the world. He is also the co-author of Creating Continuous Flow, which received a Shingo prize in 2003. His latest book is Toyota Kata (McGraw-Hill).

Mike is an engineer, a researcher, teacher, consultant, and speaker on the subjects of management, leadership, improvement, adaptiveness, and change in human organizations. His affiliations have included the Industrial Technology Institute (Ann Arbor), the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Stuttgart), and the Technical University Dortmund. Mike began his career in the manufacturing division of Thyssen AG in Germany. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI, and Cologne, Germany.

John Shook

John is the current President and CEO of the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. He learned about lean management while working for Toyota for nearly 11 years in Japan and the U.S., helping it transfer production, engineering, and management systems from Japan to NUMMI and subsequently to other operations around the world. While at Toyota’s headquarters, he became the company’s first American kacho (manager) in Japan. In the U.S., he joined Toyota’s North American engineering, research and development center in Ann Arbor, MI, as general manager of administration and planning. His last position with Toyota was as senior American manager with the Toyota Supplier Support Center in Lexington, KY, assisting North American companies implement the Toyota Production System.

In his latest book Managing to Learn, John describes the A3 management process at the heart of lean management and leadership. As co-author of Learning to See, John helped introduce the world to value-stream mapping. He also co-authored Kaizen Express, a bi-lingual manual of the essential concepts and tools of the Toyota Production System.

John is an industrial anthropologist with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of the Japan-America Institute of Management Science. He is the former director of the University of Michigan, Japan Technological Management Program, and faculty of the university’s Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering.

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