Imagine that you're shopping at a local furniture store when you see a lamp that you must buy. It's exactly what you've been looking for at the right price. But the lamp model is out of stock and the only one left is the floor sample. Naturally, you inquire about purchasing the sample, but the sales person tells you that the store has a policy of prohibiting this. Why? Wouldn't it make sense to give the customer what he wants exactly when he wants it? Yes, but the furniture store is not a lean business. In fact, the furniture industry uses batch and queue processes that inconvenience the customer at every turn. In this course, you'll learn how lean techniques can help organizations maximize value and minimize waste. In Lesson 1, you'll examine lean production techniques that can be successful for many manufacturing organizations. In Lesson 2, you'll explore organizational techniques critical to the lean enterprise and you'll discover what implementation techniques must be in place for an organization to become lean.
Senior and mid-level managers who are considering, or have begun, implementing the lean manufacturing approach in their organizations