Lean Logic

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Suppose a friend told you that it was more efficient to put on your shoes before your pants when getting dressed. What is the logic behind taking an action that seems so counterintuitive? You probably wouldn't implement this new methodology without a thorough explanation of its origin and logic, right? Some of the lean manufacturing suggestions may also strike you as counterintuitive. That's because Lean Manufacturing is more than a concept, it is a philosophy based on definitions, vocabulary, and principles that may be foreign to you. In this course, you'll receive an explanation of lean manufacturing logic and learn about its evolution, definition, philosophy, and critical principles. In Lesson 1 you'll uncover what lean is and what it isn't, how it came to be, and what foundational premises exist. In Lesson 2 you'll examine the lean principles of value, flow, pull, and perfection that must be applied to any lean undertaking.

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Senior and mid-level managers who are considering, or who have begun, implementing the lean manufacturing approach in their own organizations

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Understanding Lean Manufacturing

  • recognize the benefits of using the lean manufacturing approach in a challenging economic climate.
  • match the foundational theories contributing to lean manufacturing to appropriate examples of each.
  • identify all elements of the lean manufacturing definition.
  • match several of the lean enemies with specific examples of each.
  • sort examples of waste into specific waste categories.
  • match foundational elements of the lean philosophy with specific examples of each.
  • appropriately incorporate the foundational elements of the lean philosophy in a given situation.
  • Learning Lean Principles

  • recognize the benefits of applying the lean principles when participating in a lean transformation.
  • identify critical questions to ask to ascertain whether product value is being defined appropriately.
  • differentiate between examples of batch-and-queue and lean manufacturing characteristics.
  • apply the concept of continuous flow to eliminate stoppages that slow down production in a given scenario.
  • match the methods for achieving pull to appropriate examples.
  • recommend additional opportunities to apply the lean pull principle to achieve leaner production.
  • select examples of the lean perfection principle being applied.
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