half day | am
The Missing Link to LEAN
In the Toyota Way Fieldbook, Jeffrey Liker and David Meier state, "The Toyota Method for training is tried and true, and they have used it (Training Within Industry-TWI) for over 50 years". Learn and experience the TWI method of training that was created in the US in the 1940's and why it is still used at Toyota to train people in the Toyota Production System to consistently produce the highest quality vehicles in the world. An overview of Job Relations (JR), Job Instruction (JI) and Job Methods (JM) programs will demonstrate how this training contributes to the creation of a positive, collaborative work environment. You will learn how operators can be trained to do a job safely, correctly and conscientiously in a quick time frame and why TWI has been the cornerstone for standardized work and continuous improvement at Toyota since 1951.
Rating: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learning the LEAN Basics
Learn the LEAN basics through presentation, discussion and simulation. In this hands-on, interactive workshop, you will learn the meaning and origins behind some of the commonly used LEAN terms. You will leave the workshop with a better understanding of the basic principles for closing gaps in business performance through the structured use of LEAN methodologies and employee engagement. Presentation and discussion will be followed by an interactive LEAN Simulation. The simulation will walk you through an organization as it transforms from traditional to a LEAN enterprise.
half day | Pm
If the Bobber goes Under, Give it a Yank!!
Learn to design your own visual management system. Discover how to create an operational excellence war room and see the big picture using a Lego layout.
Implementing visual management techniques is essential for any lean enterprise. It is critical for long-term sustainability. Visual management is much more than posting process related metrics. It will drive daily management and continuous improvement. Key elements and examples of visual management systems will be delivered in this workshop. Benefits include increased employee engagement, smoother communication among associates and improved productivity, safety, lead time, quality and delivery.
Rating: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Streamlining material processes to improve your balance sheet and customer satisfaction
LEAN inbound logistics improves the flow of materials and overall costs while ultimately providing better quality service to your customers. In this workshop, LEAN how to apply lean principles to all aspects of your current inbound logistics network -- including transportation, suppliers, and materials. By developing lean strategies, identifying operational realities, and exploring new tools for implementation, participants will understand how to balance inventory costs with transportation costs and design a better network based on LEAN principles and customer service.
Discover the true secrets and insights to Lean Strategy
Lean Strategy is perhaps the most widely talked about – but least understood – elements of lean principles today. Many claim to understand lean methodologies, such as value stream mapping and Kaizen but very few people have deep insights about the true nature of Lean Thinking and Lean Strategy. Born and raised in Japan and trained and mentored by a number of Toyota and Japanese-trained “sensei’s”, David Koichi Chao brings his years of lean strategy experience to the workshop. He will explain how lean companies use holistic strategy to build the vision and direction, utilize methodologies such as Kaizen and Kaikaku to build the product and processes, and manage people through specialized people development framework. David will reveal Lean Sensei’s lean strategy thinking and will help you build your own corporate lean strategy.
Aligning Accounting and Operations on the LEAN Journey
Accountants typically do not understand Lean, do not know how to measure Lean improvements and generally have not been asked to participate in Lean activities that usually focus on the shop floor. On the other hand, Operations’ professionals typically achieve great gains and are surprised their efforts are not recognized by the Accountants. It is imperative that Accounting and Operations work together to develop new metrics and “plain English” financial reporting. This workshop will illustrate what can be done to eliminate the disconnect between Accounting and Operations.
Quality Test Lab Simulation
The Improvement KATA workshop - Quality Test Lab Simulation - is a fun and instructive way of introducing participants to a simple, yet well-structured methodology of continuous improvement, problem solving, improving processes and achieving results. Based on Mike Rother's book “Toyota Kata”, the Improvement KATA workshop provides a unique mix of theory and hands-on practical activities to teach participants the four steps of Improvement KATA, encouraging teams to generate improvement ideas, build rapport, and incorporate prototyping and experimentation to problem solving.
Rating: Intermediate, Advanced