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Lean Management Workshops Set for Cambridge

Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 20, 2010 -- A comprehensive program of workshops at the Cambridge, MA-based Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) will show executives and managers how to implement and sustain lean management systems, behaviors, and company cultures.

The program includes two new workshops by Michael Ballé, a two-time Shingo Research Award winner as co-author of the business novels The Gold Mine and The Lean Manager. 

The workshops will be held at the Lean Enterprise Institute’s office at One Cambridge Center, Cambridge. For complete details about content, instructors, discounts, and to register, go to https://www.lean.org/Workshops/WorkshopCalendar.cfm, call 617-871-2900, or email registrar@lean.org. The schedule is: 

Managing Value-Stream Improvement (Feb. 9-10, 2011) - Learn how to get beyond basic value-stream mapping projects to implementing and managing the improvements. A successful project requires “scoping” to define the improvement project, problem solving to design a leaner future state, and project management to create a plan that guides implementation and continuing support. https://www.lean.org/Workshops/WorkshopDescription.cfm?WorkshopEventId=82&WorkshopId=2

Getting the Right Things Done (Feb. 23-24, 2011) - A common problem in a lean transformation is taking on too many initiatives at once. The strategy deployment process you’ll learn in this session guides you in "de-selecting" initiatives down to the ones the organization can really achieve while aligning them with the company’s key strategic objectives. https://www.lean.org/Workshops/WorkshopDescription.cfm?WorkshopEventId=83&WorkshopId=5

Transformational Leadership: An Experiential Program for Lean Leaders (March 23-25, 2011) – Transformational Leadership takes you deeper than lean  tools to the leadership thinking and behaviors that underpin a company culture that is adept at learning and change – a culture that sustains lean for the long term. You’ll not only learn, you’ll also practice new lean leadership behaviors as a team of skilled instructors combine an experiential methodology, a realistic business case study, and a simulations. https://www.lean.org/Workshops/WorkshopDescription.cfm?WorkshopEventId=43&WorkshopId=43

 New! Gemba Coach (March 29, 2011) – You know it’s important to spend time at the gemba, Japanese for “actual place" where value is created for customers. But once you are on the shop or office floor, what should you do to foster continuous improvement? What do you say? What are your objectives?  Find out from experienced lean practitioner Michael Ballé, a two-time Shingo Research Award winner. https://www.lean.org/Workshops/WorkshopDescription.cfm?WorkshopEventId=81&WorkshopId=57

New! Building a Complete Lean Enterprise (March 30, 2011) – Are you seeing the lean improvement process slowing down after initial successes? Discover how to set your company on a steady trajectory of continuous improvement. Gemba Coach Columnist Michael Ballé will show you how to build a complete lean enterprise with a sustainable culture of problem solving and continuous improvement. You’ll also review several case studies to see how these skills produced desired results. https://www.lean.org/Workshops/WorkshopDescription.cfm?WorkshopEventId=81&WorkshopId=58

Lean Workshop Prices and Discounts

Prices range from $800 to $2,995 and include tuition, materials, breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day. Check the Education tab at lean.org for “Early Bird” discounts and other ways to save. 

What is Lean?

The terms lean manufacturing, lean production, or lean management refer to a complete business system for organizing and managing product development, operations, suppliers, customer relations, and the overall enterprise.  

Lean Community Resources

Join LEI’s community of Lean Thinkers at www.lean.org to receive a weekly newsletter with lean management resources and news. You’ll also get access to case studies, webinars, archives of John Shook’s Lean Management column and Jim Womack’s thought-leading e-letter, and many other resources for your lean transformation. 

Lean Enterprise Institute

Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc., was founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, Ph.D., as a nonprofit research, education, publishing, and conference company with a mission to advance lean thinking around the world. We conduct research projects and support other lean initiatives such as the Lean Education Academic Network, the Lean Global Network and the Healthcare Value Leaders Network. Visit LEI at https://www.lean.org for more information.

Media: Chet Marchwinski, cmarchwinski@lean.org, (617) 871-2930.