The Lean Concepts training program is organized as a series of modules [with each module containing several sections, print outs, and activities] that are taught in a specific sequence to construct a firm foundation of understanding and competence upon which higher level functions can be implemented. As each organization and every lean training transformation are unique – the specific sequence of material delivery is tailored to provide lean practitioners of all back grounds the resources necessary to meet their ultimate business needs. As such we strongly recommend following the progression suggested in the Lean Concepts module flow chart below:
The concept of the module, section, and activity is based upon the lean training idea of Learning through Doing. There is an introduction to new knowledge through presentations and handouts followed by activity homework designed to encourage application of lean manufacturing skills in the real world. This follow up activity work is crucial to successful lean manufacturing skills retention as it necessitates practicing new lean manufacturing skills to improve them. The goal is to learn, do, receive support as needed, and build the foundation for the next activity in regular intervals.
This standardized, stable, interval approach yields the best retention rate for new continuous improvement skills and facilitates the most rapid application of Lean Concepts lean training program. The faster the lean transformation can successfully be carried out, the more quickly results can be realized. By building firm foundations at each interval before moving forward, the greatest possible care is given towards building sustainability into the program. The ultimate goal of the Lean Concepts lean training regimen is to empower every team member within an organization to competently sustain, apply, and expand the lean program in a long term, self-sufficient manner.