Lean Thinking: A Strategy for Operational Excellence

Why Attend

Lean is about organizational transformational towards operational excellence. If your organization strategy addresses operational and organizational excellence, this course will be of great value to you. In this course, you will discover how to develop Lean Strategy, objectives and explore the world of Lean tools. Further, it will discuss how to embark on a Lean journey in your organization.

Course Methodology

This course will engage participants in various simple and complex Lean exercises. The course will challenge participants through the use of Lean tools such as Value stream mapping, 5S and case studies. Lectures, group discussions, and presentations will be used to achieve the learning objectives.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand lean concepts and importance for organizations.
  • Identify typical process waste in organizations and the importance of removing such waste on the organization’s profits, competitive edge, and customer satisfaction.
  • Recognize how lean concepts can directly address the elimination/reduction of operating costs, cycle time, and non-value-added activities.
  • Apply lean implementation methodologies.
  • Develop an effective lean implementation plan

Target Audience

All professionals who are involved in hands-on initiatives focusing on operations excellence and improving speed, as well as those who are responsible for linking, measuring and improving the performance of the organization.

Target Competencies

  • Lean Mindset
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Six Sigma
  • Results orientation
  • Change


South Africa

Training Dates:

Each course starts every Monday of each week. Please book your training on a date that is a Monday.

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Course Fees

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Also note that Tuition Fees Cancellations must be made 14 business working days before the starting date of training. This will allow us to do a 50% refund of the total amount paid. If cancellations are made thereafter note that no refund will be made to delegates.

Tuition Fees include teas and lunch as well as either a laptop or tablet which a delegate will take home free of charge.

Tuition Fee DOES NOT include Accommodation, Dinners and other Extra Curricular Activities or Incidentals. Delegates are expected to fund this on their own. AATICD will not be held accountable for any incidents to delegates.

In-House Trainings are also available for 3 or more delegates for any duration. Please consult with our Administration for such In-House training bookings.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Lean Principles
    • Aligning Strategy with Lean Principles
    • Core Concepts
    • The History of Lean
    • The Benefits of Lean
    • Quality Function Deployment (QFD)
  • Components of Lean
    • Five Lean Principles
    • Building Blocks of Lean
    • The 8 Types of Waste – Waste Elimination Strategy
    • Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
    • 5 S program: Sort, Straighten, Sweep, System, Sustain
    • Quick Changeover
    • Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)
    • Standard Work
    • Single Piece Flow
    • Cell Layout
    • Total Productive Maintenance
    • Point of Use Storage (POUS)
    • Visual Organization
    • Spaghetti Diagrams
    • Poka Yoke
  • ┬áLean and Six Sigma: A One-Two Punch
    • Six Sigma at a Glance
    • Key Definitions
    • Understanding Process Capability
    • Sources of Variation
    • The DMAIC Process
    • Traditional Cost of Poor Quality
    • Comparison of Lean to Six Sigma-Approach
  • Lean Measurement
    • What is a Key Performance Indicator (KPI)?
    • Developing your Lean KPI
    • Output Versus Outcome KPIs
    • Obstacles to Measurement
    • Relationship with other Models Tools
  • Lean Implementation Road Map
    • Implementation Road-Map
    • Key Factors for Success
    • The Lean Leadership Paradigm
    • Building Your Lean Implementation Plan
    • Barriers to Lean