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Introduction to Lean Principles

Format E-Learning

A lean operation produces just what is needed, when it is needed, with no additional labor, costs, inventory, or time. Gain an understanding of the benefits that lean management can bring to your organization. Learn the fundamentals of lean methodology, define the core principles, and explain the concept of waste.

Take the next step forward in quality improvement! This interactive, easy-to-navigate course will start with the basics and build on learned knowledge with each section. Learners will discover what lean is, why it is important, and how it can benefit an organization. Then, they will walk through the key principles of lean that distinguish it from all other quality improvement techniques, including people, value, flow, efficiency, pull, and perfection. Building on this knowledge, learners will explore the sources of waste that can be prime targets for meaningful quality improvement initiatives.

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Course Data

  • CEU Hours: 0
  • Length: 0.5 Hours
  • ASQ RU: 0.05
  • Audience: New to Quality
  • Provider: ASQ
Course Overview

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the background of the lean methodology, including its purpose, benefits, and history
  • Define the core principles of lean and explain how value is defined
  • Explain the concept of waste and identify sources of waste


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone who is interested in learning how lean can have a positive effect on achieving quality improvement goals, or anyone who needs a refresher on the basics of lean.
  1. Introduction
    1. What is Lean?
    2. Benefits of Lean
    3. History of Lean
  2. Principles of Lean
    1. People, Teamwork
    2. Value Definition
    3. Value Chain
    4. Value Stream
    5. Flow
    6. Efficiency, Standard Work
    7. Pull
    8. Perfection
  3. Fundamentals of Waste
    1. Defects
    2. Overproduction
    3. Waiting
    4. Not Utilizing
    5. Transportation
    6. Inventory
    7. Motion
    8. Excess Processing


This is an online, self-paced course that can be started at any time.



Additional Notes


Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements

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Refund Policy
We will refund you in full if you cancel your course within 30 calendar days of purchase and if no more than one module, or online Knowledge Check in the course has been accessed. If more than one module, or online Knowledge Check in the course is accessed, or if a PDF within the course is accessed, no refund will be provided even within 30 calendar days of purchase.

Enrollment Details

Format: Classroom
Format: E-Learning

Internet-based, self-paced training modules, which may involve combinations of text, visuals, audio, interactive simulations and quizzes (see specific courses for features and tools).  These web-based courses require a computer and Internet access.

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