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Managing Kaizen Events (2 Day Class)

Effective kaizen events are often a prerequisite for a successful lean transformation. They provide the necessary momentum, organizational learning and engagement, along with sustainable, step/function improvements. The systemic use of kaizen events establishes the technical and cultural foundation for principle-driven kaizen -- the powerful combination of kaizen events and daily kaizen activities.

Regrettably, many organizations suffer from one or more of the following event malpractice symptoms:

  • Little or no measurable business impact
  • Poor linkage to strategic and value-stream imperatives
  • Unsustainable results
  • Unfavorable employee experience
  • Limited organizational learning and growth
  • Insufficient foundation for daily kaizen

This two-day workshop is designed to give participants critical insight into the principles, tools, and techniques that drive effective kaizen events.

KaizenLearning Objectives: At the end of this workshop, you will understand:

  • The foundation and framework of kaizen
  • The lean leader’s role in kaizen
  • How to ensure that kaizen events are “pulled” by what matters (value-stream improvement plans, strategy deployment, etc.)
  • How to effectively pre-plan kaizen events
  • The kaizen event sequence, the seven basic elements, and how to successfully apply them:
  1. Kick-off
  2. Pre-event training
  3. Kaizen “storyline”
  4. Team leader meeting process
  5. Kaizen work strategy
  6. Report-out
  7. Recognition and Celebration
  • How to sustain kaizen gains through post-event follow-through and leader standard work
  • How to develop and deploy the Lean Function – structure, role/responsibility, key result areas, core and technical competencies
  • Understanding the transition from system-driven kaizen to principle-driven kaizen and how to get there

Course Outline:
The workshop is comprised of instruction, discussion, gemba walks, gemba tales (a.k.a. war stories), small-group exercises around pre-event planning, including event selection/scoping, team composition and initial strategy formulation, as well as the review of the host company's kaizen event management. The topics covered are:

  1. Why Drive-by Kaizen Events Are Not Effective…and How to Avoid Them
  2. Kaizen Event Execution and Sustainability - Beyond “Just Do It”
  3. The Lean Function and the Transition to Daily Kaizen


Who Should Attend:
Those who would benefit from this workshop include:

  • Kaizen practitioners/facilitators in the kaizen promotion office (a.k.a the “lean function”)
  • Lean leaders – value-stream managers, executives, lean steering committee members, etc.
Mark Hamel Mark Hamel
The Murli Group

Mark brings experience gained from a successful 19-year career in industry and almost a decade as a lean implementation coach. An award-winning author, he has played a transformative role in lean implementations across a broad range of industries including aerospace and defense, automotive, building products, business services, chemical, durable goods, electronics, insurance, healthcare and transportation. Mark has successfully coached lean leaders and associates at both the strategic and tactical level. He has facilitated many hundreds of kaizen events and conducted numerous training sessions and workshops.

Mark's pre-consulting career encompassed executive and senior positions within operations, strategic planning, business development and finance. His most recent industry roles included that of COO, VP of Operations and Director of Strategic Planning. Mark’s lean education and experience began in the early 1990’s when he conceptualized and helped launch what resulted in a Shingo Prize winning effort at the Ensign-Bickford Company.

Mark holds a BS in Mathematics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, MS in Professional Accounting from the University of Hartford and a MA in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Mark is a national Shingo Prize examiner. He helped develop exam questions for the AME/SME/Shingo/ASQ Lean Certification. Mark authored the Society of Manufacturing Engineers published book, Kaizen Event Fieldbook: Foundation, Framework, and Standard Work for Effective Events. The Fieldbook was a recipient of a 2010 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. Mark is also the founder of the lean blog, Gemba Tales and a regular columnist for Quality Digest.

Workshop Suggestion:
To maximize your learning experience we recommend that prior to attending this program you take following workshop or have a good understanding of the concepts presented within it.
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Price: $1,600.00 ($1,400.00 if the participant is taking 2 or more workshops at one location)
Price includes all participant materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks each day

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