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Lean Foundations

Format Classroom

Help your company remain competitive, innovative, and profitable in today’s business environment by learning the basics of lean and how to use lean techniques, tools, problem-solving framework, and PDCA and A3 to organize and manage lean improvement projects that address organizational problems and improve performance.

This three-tiered, lean training curriculum is designed to teach new and/or less-experienced lean practitioners how to reduce waste and increase organizational efficiency and apply the learnings to lean projects. The curriculum is comprised of three separate, interrelated courses:

  • Day 1: Lean 101: Introduces you to the basics of lean to begin building your foundation.
  • Days 2–3: Lean Problem-Solving Tools: Learn how to use the lean problem-solving framework and tools to address organizational problems and improve performance.
  • Days 4–5: Applied Lean: Provides you with the ability to apply lean tools and methods (leveraging PDCA and A3 within a project scenario) to review, analyze, and solve case study-specific business problems in manufacturing and service/transactional organizations.
  • Course Data

    • CEU Hours: 3.7
    • Length: 37 Hours
    • ASQ RU: 3.7
    • Audience: Academic, Executive, Practitioner, Professional
    • Provider: ASQ - ILT
    Course Overview

    Learning Objectives:

      Day 1: Lean 101
    • Describe basic lean terms, principles and concepts.
    • Differentiate between Value Added and Non-Value Added activities.
    • Recognize the eight sources of waste.
    • Apply fundamental lean tools and techniques in a simulated factory setting.
    • Describe relationships between inventory and process lead time.
    • Describe the difference between “Tactical” and “Strategic” lean.
    • Identify common obstacles and keys to success.
    • Day 2–3: Lean Problem-Solving Tools
    • Problem recognition, description, and definition typical of those in their organizations.
    • The most efficient and effective problem-solving methodologies, techniques, and tools given the circumstances.
    • Methods for implementing and sustaining solutions.
    • Simple and practical ways to gather data to verify the effectiveness of the solutions implemented.
    • Days 4–5: Applied Lean
    • Identify the appropriate lean principles, concepts, and methods to apply to a given organizational improvement opportunity.
    • Describe the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle (PDCA) and how it used to effect lean improvements.
    • Describe A3 and how it is used to organize and manage lean improvement projects.
    • Use PDCA and A3 to successfully complete a lean improvement project.
    • Lead a lean improvement project within your organization, correctly applying lean principles, concepts, and methods to achieve improvements.
    • Create a standard, repeatable approach to subsequent organizational lean improvement projects.

    Who Should Attend:

    New and/or less-experienced lean practitioners in all departments can apply the methodologies, techniques, and tools discussed across all three courses to solve business problems and improve workplace performance.
    Day 1: Lean 101
    I. Welcome
    II. Simulation Overview
    III. Introduction to Lean
    IV. Implementing Lean Techniques and Tools
    V. Summary

    Day 2–3: Lean Problem-Solving Tools
    I. Introduction
    II. Recognizing, Describing, and Defining Problems
    III. Problem-Solving Methodologies
    IV. Lean Problem Solving
    V. Identifying Causes
    VI. Understanding the Causes
    VII. Developing the Solution
    VIII. Implementing and Sustaining Solutions
    IX. Summary

    Days 4–5: Applied Lean
    I. Introduction
    II. Why Are We Here Today?
    III. PDCA and A3
    IV. Simulated Project
    V. Project Workshop
    VI. Summary


    This is a five-day, instructor-led, face-to-face series of courses.


    Participant guide for each course
    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: Classroom

    An instructor-led traditional classroom experience. Classroom-based instruction involves the highest level of instructor/student interaction. We offer classroom style training in two formats. See public and on-site.

    No Offerings Scheduled English List: $2529 Member: $2299



    ASQ’s customized on-site training programs are the cost-effective way for you to train employees on your schedule. Training on-site minimizes the cost-per-student, reduces travel expenses, and ensures that the content is specific to your exact needs.

    5 Benefits of On-Site Training

    1. Expertise to your location: Saves time and travel expenses
    2. Convenient scheduling: Train groups of five or more
    3. Customizable courses: Training tailored to your groups’ needs
    4. Immediate results: Employees complete courses ready to apply what they’ve learned
    5. Value-add support: Instructors available to answer questions after session