Level Two Lean Champions
8:30am - 4:30pm
2905 Southampton Road Philadelphia, PA (map)
Prerequisite: Level One Lean Certification
This certification is a powerful second step for individuals looking to fortify and lead their organization’s Lean journey. Continuing the theme of a team-based approach to organizational opportunities, participants will further develop their skill sets to lead sustainable change within their organization. Our distinct “learn and do” approach is proven to develop Lean leaders that can manage, measure and lead their organization’s Lean transformation. The four stages of the program (Establish the Direction, Deployment & Execution, Leadership Skills Development, Continuing the Journey) are designed to arm Change Agents with the ability to:
- Establish the organization’s continuous improvement direction.
- Develop the Leadership Skills necessary in the Lean Journey.
- Applying improvement across the Business Enterprise.
- Deploying an improvement strategy.
- Develop the necessary methods to manage daily improvements.
This guided effort alone will yield a minimum of $50,000 cost savings for the organization.
Learning activities of this program include:
- One-on-one interaction and guidance from a Lean Master Instructor.
- Each participant will develop a continuous improvement strategy and deployment plan for a project.
- One-on-one strategy and project coaching session.
The Champions Four Phase Program:
Phase 1: Establishing the Direction
Day 1- Leadership in a CI Organization & Aligning Improvement to Financials 1/25/18
Learn why leadership is so important when an organization deploys their continuous improvement journey and the leadership challenges in today’s workplace. This workshop discusses the key skills and required behaviors needed when deploying an improvement strategy. Participants will learn the different styles of leadership and their own leadership style. During the second part of day 1, participants will learn the importance of business financials and continuous improvement efforts.
Phase 2: Deployment & Execution
Day 2- Strategy Deployment & Key Performance Indicators – 2/8/19
To engage an organization’s most important asset, their people, into their continuous improvement journey, an organization must provide direction. During this workshop, participants will learn how to align departmental improvement initiatives that are aligned to the overall organizational goals and objectives utilizing an X-Matrix. As the initiatives are developed participants will learn how to establish key performance indicators that will help measure their improvement efforts.
Day 3- Project Coaching – 2/22/19
Each champion participant is required to LEAD a continuous improvement initiative within their organization. During day 3, each participant shares with their colleagues their project. Each student must demonstrate how their project is aligned to a challenge and how the project will be measured. Participants receive constructive feedback on their project.
Day 4 – Continuous Improvement Across the Business Enterprise & Error / Mistake Proofing – 3/8/19
Continuous improvement efforts have dominated the production / manufacturing areas of many organizations. Great improvements have been made, however, deployment solely focused upon the production side of the business is not enough. Continuous improvement must be deployed across the business enterprise. Participants will learn and see how these efforts are deployed in the non-production areas, such as Human Resources, Sales, Engineering and other areas across the enterprise. Error-proofing refers to the implementation of fail-safe mechanisms to prevent a process from producing defects. This activity is also know by the Japanese term poka-yoke. The philosophy behind error proofing is that it is not acceptable to make even a very small number of defects, and the only way to achieve this goal is to prevent them from happening in the first place. In this session, participants will learn many of the common principles of Error / Mistake proofing.
Phase 3: Developing Leadership Skills
Day 5 – Emotional Intelligence & Effective Listening – 3/22/19
Emotional intelligence (EI) has been identified as an important part of an individual’s ability to successfully cope with environmental demands. Because of the constantly changing environments in which we live, individuals often require more than just task competencies or technical know-how to be successful. Participants will measure their level of emotional intelligence and identify their strengths as well as their opportunities for improvement.
Listening is one of the most critical and powerful communication skills, yet it is also one of the most untapped. Learning to Listen shows individuals how to take an active role in the listening process. Participants evaluate their current listening behaviors, explore key actions and strategies for maximizing listening effectiveness, and put what they’ve learned into practice in interactive activities.
Day 6 – Pull Kanban – 4/5/19
Kanban systems are a means by which lean and just-in-time (JIT) production can be achieved by a manufacturer. Kanban is part of an approach reliant upon receiving the pull from the demand. This means that the supply or production is determined according to what the customers are asking for instead of basing it off of the forecasts for demand, or “pushing.” Pull systems are especially effective for companies that operate in a sector where the supply time is lengthy and demand is difficult to forecast. The Kanban approach helps a manufacturer respond quickly and effectively to an observed approach instead of relying upon an uncertain projection.
Phase 4: Sustaining the Journey
Day 7 – Team Facilitation & Developing a Daily Management System – 4/26/19
As continuous improvement leaders, the ability to facilitate a group through decision making and other improvements requires special methods which allow the facilitator to provide leadership without taking control. Participants learn what facilitation is, decision making options, creating participation, manage group conflict and how to effectively manage meetings. The program concludes with participants learning the basics of building a daily management system that helps organizations create a culture of continuous improvement.
Day 8 – Project Presentations & Graduation – 5/10/19