The materials and processes that we develop are based on a fundamental principle – “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Lao Tzu
You may be here because you want to start or further develop your knowledge on applying Lean Thinking & Practice. Whatever the reason, we hope to encourage the lean community to become effective learners for life. Focusing on your skill development rather than training completion or certification!
– David Brunt CEO Lean Enterprise Academy
We have done a lot of research to understand how to learn lean most effectively. We know from practical application that skill/capability development is best described as a journey. A guided learning path, progressing from awareness and knowledge of a subject, through understanding, becoming capable and finally to being able to teach and coach others.
However, you can go onto develop a deeper understanding of the topic by learning yourself, online, using the Lean Transformation Skill Level 2 Course (coming soon!).
To become capable however – you need to practice. This is best done on a real situation, at your workplace. We offer teaching and coaching for this and we offer a process to help you (once capable) to be able to train and teach others in your organisation. Contact Us if you want more information about this.
This learning approach mirrors what we know from the way excellent lean companies like Toyota develop capability. It is simple and effective. It uses a Plan-Do-Check-Act methodology at each stage and is far removed from the Lean Competency Systems, belt approach and certifications we see offered by some consultancies to “sell” workshops and training days.
For a sustainable Lean Transformation, we believe in the concept of “Leaders as Teachers”. That is Leaders who take the time to teach & coach their team, on the job to develop their capabilities rather than relying on others to do it for them.
As you know, the benefits of doing this are huge in terms of advancing your lean journey better, faster and cheaper, the challenge is however how to provide materials that enable leaders to do that.
After many years of research and experimentation, we have found that this Teach Poster concept works best. The picture below shows the upper portion of our Lean Transformation Framework Poster.
Rather than having long slide presentations, we have tried to distill the subject matter down on to one piece of paper.
This is much less daunting for the leaders to use and also much more informal than sitting down in a classroom looking at a screen.
All the Posters have a similar layout and structure making them easier to follow and remember. Images/pictures are used over words to stimulate interest and discussion.
Finally, the Poster can be put up in your workspace for future reference rather than being hidden on a pc.
A facilitation guide is written for each poster covering the “Important Steps”, “Key Points” and “Reasons Why” for each of the images to assist you when starting out to Teach.
It is available as a digital download to support this course.
Use the menu side bar to follow & track your progress through the learning steps.
The Skill Level 1: Knowledge course can be completed in a relatively short space of time (approx 1 – 2 hrs). You may however take longer or complete it more quickly – it depends upon your existing knowledge base & experience.
It would be good if you can partner with other people to do the learning together, but this is not essential.
However, it will make it more fun and you will learn from their perspective – we all see things differently!
Make sure you critically reflect on your current thinking against the information provided.
Doing a reflection and learning from your mistakes will enable you to be more effective and develop your thinking way.