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Introduction to Lean Principles

Format Web-based

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.

ASQ also offers this course as part of the Lean Essentials bundle. Get all six lean courses in one bundle and save!

Course Data

  • CEU Hours: 0.05
  • Length: 0.5 Hours
  • ASQ RU: 0.05
  • Audience: New to Quality
  • Provider: ASQ - Online
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


System Requirements
Here is what you need to participate in an ASQ web-based, self-paced, or instructor-led virtual WebEx course.

Registration Email

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Technical Requirements

  • Computer – PC or Macintosh
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3 or later
  • Windows: Internet Explorer 8 or later, Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mac: Safari 7 or later, Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • For instructor-led virtual WebEx courses, a speakerphone or telephone headset in a designated room or space with no distractions (preferred)

NOTE: Refer to product description for any additional system requirements.

WebEx – Virtual Course: Advance Preparation and Student Information

Join a Test Session

We strongly suggest that you join a WebEx test session in advance of your scheduled virtual training, using your preferred web browser. This can help prevent problems launching content the day your training begins.

If you do not have administrative privileges on the SAME computer you will be using the day of your training (i.e., your workstation within your organization) you may need the assistance of your local IT/IS help desk staff for the platform to engage correctly.

To join a test session (meeting), click here and enter your name and email address to join. If successful, you will see a screen that says "Congratulations! Your system is now set up properly ..."

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Cancellation Policy
ASQ reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses and to change instructors. Please be advised that in the event of a course cancellation, ASQ is not responsible for airfare penalties or other travel related expenses you may incur.
  • If you need to cancel, we will refund your paid registration fee as noted below.
    • Requests for cancellations/transfers received at least 5 business days before the start of the course receive a full refund/transfer.
    • Requests received within 5 business days of the course starting incur a $150 processing fee.
    • After the course starts, there are no refunds or transfers.
    • Registrants who fail to attend without advance notice are liable for the entire course fee.
    • If you cannot find a substitute, we can transfer your course fees to another ASQ course of your choice.
  • You must successfully complete the entire course or program before IACET CEUs and a Certificate of Completion can be awarded.

Enrollment Details

Format: Classroom
Format: Web-based

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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