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FREE Lean Primer - Nov

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Hatch Innovation

2420 Northeast Sandy Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

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Whether you’re a manufacturer or service provider, lean will help you make the most of what you have while increasing efficiency, creativity, teamwork, and quality.

In this lean primer we’ll address:

  • How to reduce throughput time on your processes, and expose “waste” through a lean simulation game

  • What is work, and what are the 8 wastes of lean, and how can they help you think green?

  • What does a lean culture of collaboration look like?

We will discuss the following lean concepts:

  • Value

  • Pull vs push

  • One piece flow vs batching work

  • Kaizen

  • Process flow

  • 8 forms of waste

  • Inventory management (physical and electronic)

  • The culture of Lean

  • System thinking

Join Kjell van Zoen from vanZoen LLC and Brion Hurley from Business Performance Improvement to better understand how to develop and introduce lean in your organization and your personal workflow.

Roots of lean

In the 1950’s Taiichi Ohno, the father of lean manufacturing, created what became known as the Toyota Production System and subsequently as Lean. In the words of Mr Ohno himself, if we “are not given the opportunity to serve the company by working effectively, there can be no joy. For the company to deny that opportunity is to be against the principle of respect for humanity.”

According to lean, anything that doesn’t increase value in the eye of the customer is considered waste, or “muda”, and every effort should be made to eliminate that waste, as it is taking time away from you and your employees from working on more meaningful tasks. By the early 2000s, a connection was being made between waste and the impact it had on the environment (energy, water, landfill, pollution and carbon emissions), and the idea of “lean and green” was born.

Lean theory and tools is based on the idea of preserving (or increasing) value with less work. Anything that doesn’t increase value in the eye of the customer is considered waste, or “muda”, and every effort should be made to eliminate that waste, as it is taking time away from you and your employees from working on more meaningful tasks. By the early 2000’s, a connection was being made between waste and the impact it had on the environment (energy, water, landfill, pollution and carbon emissions), and the idea of “lean and green” was born.

But at it’s root, lean is much more than a productivity model; it’s really an employee engagement model. A lean culture is one of “no-blame, only opportunity”; a culture of collaborators that work together to continuously improve the organization from the bottom up. A lean organization is constantly adjusting itself according to things we can control (e.g. information, material and cash flow) in order to leave room to react to reality flow (e.g. snowstorms, staff turnover).

What do others think of this class?

"Good information and break down of concepts for people who don't know much about these concepts before hand!"

"Definitely a great example of applying the mindset as well as the process tools. Presented well!"

"Great intro to lean principles. Enjoyed history of Toyota, Deming and background"

"Fun, interactive, super informative!"

"I loved the level of detail we were able to get into"

"Activity was great & the visual showing smaller batch efficiency was cool too"

"The camera exercise made value stream numbers come to life"

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