Introduction to Lean Thinking


This workshop provides an introduction to the key principles and tools of Lean Thinking using a simulation exercise, theoretical instruction and DVD. Participants are encouraged to question and comment.

Course Outline:

The workshop briefly describes the history of craft production and mass production and traces development of Lean Thinking from its origins in Toyota. The five Lean principles are explained. Some of the key Lean tools are discussed and illustrated, including:

  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Quick changeover
  • 5S
  • Pull systems

The importance of people in a Lean Thinking culture are explored in the context of involving everybody in Problem Solving, communicating using the one-page (A3) reporting and Visual Management. The concepts of the seven wastes are also introduced using a very effective DVD. The theory is illustrated in a practical simulation exercise in which all participants take part.

Learning Objectives:

Through instruction, discussions, group activities, and hands-on exercises, this workshop will give participants a good understanding of the basic principles and tools of Lean Thinking.

At the end of the workshop you should be able to:

  • Understand and explain to others the benefits of Lean Thinking.
  • Describe the basic principles of Lean Thinking
  • Understand some of the tools and how they fit within the overall Lean Thinking philosophy.

Who Should Attend?

  • Operators, managers, supervisors, technical support personnel and change agents
  • Any industry (manufacturing or service) with multi-step processes
  • Organisations beginning, or considering beginning, the Lean journey.

Suggested Reading:

It would be useful if participants were to read Lean Thinking by Jim Womack and Dan Jones. It can be ordered from Lean Enterprise Australia at its bookstore.