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Lean Thinking Webinar Series

WoodwardBizMedia and NWETC

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM - Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM (CDT)

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Lean Thinking - Process Management Made Easy

With Brion Hurley

This six-hour online course will challenge your ideas about how you think about and evaluate the work you do.

Our Lean Master certified instructor, Brion Hurley, is principal Lean consultant at Rockwell Collins. He will introduce the history of Lean concepts, derived from the Toyota Production System, and explain how and why they have come full-circle back to the United States.

Results of Lean initiatives have led to increased customer and stakeholder satisfaction, reduced costs, reduced risks, increased sales, and more flexible and agile organizations. Perhaps the largest benefit has been more engaged employees, where people enjoy the work they do.

Lean is not a new concept, as this approach has been used by many companies and organizations for the past three decades. However, most of the effort over that time has been done at large corporations, and only recently have they been adopted and embraced by smaller organizations and agencies. Examples of lean successes can be found within city and state agencies, utilities, nonprofits, law firms, military, public schools, startup companies, movie studios and even farming!

All class sessions begin promptly at 10 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Mountain, Noon Central and 1 p.m. Eastern.


Brion HurleyBrion Hurley is a Principal Lean Consultant at Rockwell Collins in Wilsonville, OR. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) from the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and Lean Master certified. He has a bachelor’s degree in Statistics, and a master’s degree in Quality Management and Productivity from the University of Iowa. He obtained a Certificate of Sustainability from the University of Iowa. 

Session 1 - June 20: Lean Overview

• Lean History
• Lean Principles
• Value vs Non-value added
• Gemba Walks
• 8 forms of waste (TIM WOODS)
• PDCA and A3
• Getting Started

Session 2 - June 21: Lean Tools Part 1

• Value Stream Mapping
• 5S
• One Piece Flow
• Kanban
• Kaizen
• Poka-Yoke
• Setting up a kaizen event

Session 3 - June 22: Lean Tools Part 2

• Standard Work
• Takt time
• Standard Work In Process
• Work Sequence
• Load Leveling
• Visual Controls and Management
• Cellular Layout
• Next Steps

After completing this course, attendees will be able to explain the core principles of Lean, identify waste in their processes, and become familiar with tools and techniques that can help reduce or eliminate the waste in the processes where they work and volunteer.


Government agency personnel, utility/city/state/municipal managers, material handling personnel, contractors engaged in work with agencies, engineers, managers and team leaders, or anyone who is interested in learning techniques to improve efficiency and processes.

Class Format

This course consists of three 2-hour online classes that take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 20-22. Each registrant will be provided with electronic copies of course materials prior to the online course.

Each class will include lecture and Q & A. Sessions will utilize A quiet room and a reliable Internet connection are required to take this course. See for technical requirements.

Certificates of completion will be provided to all attendees after the last class session.

Reminder: Each class is recorded so if you have to miss any you have easy access to the information.

Dates and Tuition

Three 2-hour sessions will be held on consecutive days June 20, 21 and 22.

All 2-hour sessions will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, which is 11 a.m. Mountain Time, noon Central Time and 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

The 6-hour course costs $249.

Group rates:

3-5 people: 20% off, enter promo code GroupRate3-5

6-9 people: 25% off, enter promo code GroupRate6-9

10-Plus people: 30% off, enter promo code GroupRate10-Plus


Have questions about Lean Thinking Webinar Series? Contact WoodwardBizMedia and NWETC


Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM - Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM (CDT)

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WoodwardBizMedia and NWETC

WoodwardBizMedia is a business-to-business media and publishing company that publishes Sustainable City Network magazine, Energy-Tech magazine and other titles.

Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) delivers tailored courses on current policy, standards, technology and regulations for environmental professionals.

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