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Lean Culture Change Workshop Added to the Summer/Fall Schedule at the Nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute

Cambridge, Mass., July 5, 2012 -- The nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) today opened registration for the Improvement Kata/Coaching Kata workshop that helps companies create and sustain cultures of continuous improvement.

The workshop will run October 16-18, 2012, at LEI, 215 First St., Cambridge, MA. 

Improvement Kata/Coaching Kata is one of five lean management workshops that will run from August through November at LEI.

Lean Continuous Improvement

Kata is Japanese for a well–rehearsed routine that becomes second nature, like riding a bike or driving a car. Thus, the improvement kata is a routine for daily systematic improvement. It as a practice pattern that helps managers and team members develop the ability to improve business performance from the current level to a higher one.  This ability is a key to creating a company culture based on continuous improvement where people, coached by their managers, make daily improvements based on the scientific method of plan, do, check, act (PDCA).

The summer and fall lineup of workshops at LEI are:

  • August 8-10, Transformational Leadership
  • August 22-23, Key Concepts of Lean
  • August 28-29, Managing to Learn: A3 Management
  • October 16-18, Improvement Kata/Coaching Kata
  • November 28-30, Transformational Leadership

Prices range from $800 to $2995 and include participant materials, breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day. For complete details about course content, pricing, instructors, discounts, and to register, use the link: https://www.lean.org/Workshops/WorkshopCalendar.cfm Questions? Call (617) 871-2900, or email registrar@lean.org .

On-Site Lean Training

Call (617) 871-2900 and ask about on-site training to bring a workshop to your facility, tailored to your needs.

Lean Community Resources

LEI offers a weekly newsletter with special offers and lean management resources such as case studies, webinars, interviews with executives on lean leadership, and archives of essays by authors and lean management thought leaders John Shook, LEI CEO, and Jim Womack, LEI founder. https://www.lean.org/WhoWeAre/why_join.cfm

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 that requires less capital, material, space, time, or human effort to produce products and services with fewer defects to precise customer desires, compared with traditional modern management. While the conventional business focus is on optimizing individual processes, lean focuses on optimizing the flow of value to customers across individual processes.

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 “Make things better, through lean thinking and practice.” We carry out our mission through value streams: Lean Education, Lean Learning Materials, Co-Learning Partnerships, the Lean Summit conferences, and our website lean.org. In addition, we exchange information across the world through the Lean Global Network, consisting of more than a dozen nonprofit organizations similar to LEI, sharing a common mission in different countries. Visit LEI at https://www.lean.org for more information. Media: Chet Marchwinski, cmarchwinski@lean.org, (617) 871-2930.