Lean Enterprise

Getting Lean is about creating value and eliminating waste across your entire company so you can reduce lead times and costs, and improve efficiency, productivity and quality. Our Lean experts provide implementation, training and facilitation for all areas of your company—from managing your business to optimizing your processes to enable you to deliver on expectations.

  • May-June 2015
    Spokane Valley, WA and Post Falls, ID

    Center Place Mirabeau Point
    2426 N. Discovery Place
    Spokane Valley, WA 99216
    May 4th Day 1
    May 18th Day 3
    June 8th Day 5

    University of Idaho Research Park
    721 Lochsa St,
    Post Falls, ID 83854
    May 11th Day 2
    June 1st Day 4
    June 15th Day 6
    June 22nd Day 7

    Cost: $1,995 per person
    Contact: Mike Schneider (509) 981-6348 or mschneider@impactwashington.org

    Registration limited. http://www.leanenterprisecertificateregistration.eventbrite.com

    Your Opportunity to Develop Internal Lean Champions

    Companies that realize sustained success with Lean implementation know that developing their employees’ capabilities to lead continuous improvement efforts is key to their success. The Lean Enterprise Certificate Program arms participants with demonstrated understanding of the Lean body of knowledge and provides them hands-on practice applying Lean tools and strategies.

    Benefits to an Organization

    • Development of internal Lean champions
    • Enables employee involvement in sustained continuous improvement
    • Helps an organization build a Lean transformation

    The Program

    • With a curriculum comprised of both classroom and project application, the program provides seven days of Lean training to individuals who can then play roles as Lean Champions in their organizations. Participants earn a certificate of completion.
    • A three-hour exam from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers based on the instructional material and the required texts is administered at the end of the program, through which participants demonstrate understanding of the Lean Body of Knowledge. This certified test completion, along with additional project hours, can be applied towards a Bronze Level Certification and career progression for silver and gold certification (listed at http://www.sme.org).
    • The training will be combined with tours of local companies employing best practices in order to demonstrate and visualize Lean techniques in practice.

    Each Lean Enterprise Certificate Program (LECP) participant will:

    • Have demonstrated knowledge of the Lean Body of Knowledge
    • Apply their learning to their organization with a practicum project
    • Go back to their organization equipped to help champion continuous improvement

    Certificate Program Curriculum
    Day 1: Introduction to Lean Manufacturing. This will consist of an introductory seminar that will combine the theory of Lean Manufacturing with a live simulation that incorporates the theory learned in the presentation.

    Day 2: Introduction to the Theory of Value Stream Mapping, Workplace Organization and Standardization, 5-S and Cellular Flow. Students learn the common language of Lean as they draw a current state map for a company, analyze that current state, find the non-value added activities and draw a future state map that eliminates those unnecessary activities. This section looks at the visual factory, with organization and orderliness stressed.  Cellular flow is the linking of manual and machine operations into the most efficient combination of resources to maximize value-added content while minimizing waste.

    Day 3: Set-Up Reduction/Quick Changeover, Pull/Kanban and Total Production Maintenance. Set-Up reduction teaches a systematic, low cost, shop-proven method that has reduced set up and turnaround time in all types of manufacturing environments. In addition, this class will cover the effectiveness of Pull Kanban systems to drive velocity to reduce the costs of over production. Pull Systems and Kanbans control the flow of resources in a production process by replacing only what has been consumed. Total Productive Maintenance will also be presented to the student. TPM is a strategy to maximize the productivity of equipment over its entire life while reducing downtime, improving quality and increasing capacity while minimizing capital expenditures.

    Day 4 and 5: Problem Solving, Process Design, Quality, Productivity & Delivery Measures Product Development and Leadership & High Performing Teams. The Daily Improvement Kata. Models of problem solving approaches including the Deming cycle and Six Sigma’s DMAIC are reviewed. Gap Analysis, Brainstorming, 5 Why’s, and root cause analysis are covered. In addition, Flow Charting, Pareto Charts, Histograms and Cause Effect Diagrams are presented. This training also includes the value of Vision, Mission and Values to an organization. Policy deployment and the roles and responsibilities of employees and leaders are discussed. Leading change in a continuous improvement culture is presented. Designing and improving process strategies iscovered in this section. Variety Reduction, Engineering Changes and Design for Manufacture and Design for Assembly are key components of Product Design and Development that are presented.

    Day 6: Practicum. In addition to the presentation of the Theory of Lean, students will be assigned to work with a team on a practical application of a key component of a Lean Transformation. Students will present their projects.

    Day 7: Society of Manufacturing Engineers Lean Bronze Exam. Company Tours and Exam Preparation are interspersed among the days of instruction outlined above. In order to demonstrate and visualize Lean techniques in practice, the class will tour local companies that have already embarked on their Lean journey and are working to employ best practices.

    In addition to the classroom learning, participants will receive and must read the following texts: Lean Thinking by James Womack and Daniel Jones, Gemba Kaizen by Masaaki Imai, Lean Production Simplify by Pascal Dennis, and Learning To See By Mike Rother and John Shook. An additional text, Toyota Kata by Mike Rother, is also included. In addition, instructional manuals that reflect the classroom presentations will be provided.

    LECP-certification students are those who have successfully met the LECP requirements of reading the four assigned books, completing five days of theory and simulation training, performing a minimum of 24 hours of work on an internal Lean project, and successfully completing SME’s Bronze test. Successful completion of the test is the first step in continuing on to meet the requirements of SME’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Certification requirements.


  • Get Lean and profitable

    Our Lean experts guide you through a continuous improvement process that identifies and eliminates waste to allow you to transform your organization into a highly efficient and profitable business.

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    Our Lean Enterprise Certification Program

    The Lean Enterprise Certification Program provides participants with a well-planned, structured approach to becoming a Lean leader.

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  • Realize your vision for the future

    Learn to see the flow of information and materials in your company’s value stream and develop an implementation plan that will help you optimize your value streams.

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    Training for value stream mapping

    This course helps you learn how to map current state information and material flows, while also developing a future-state implementation plan to help you successfully carry out the changes necessary to achieve your vision.

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  • Make immediate changes and see results

    The key to becoming Lean is an environment of continuous improvements. For that reason, all kaizen events start and end with training. After learning about underlying concepts and principles, Impact Washington facilitates practical application on the shop floor and follows-up with a presentation of results and lessons learned.

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    Decagon Devices creates culture of continuous improvements thanks to work of Impact Washington

    “Lean has brought a culture change to Decagon Devices. Continuous improvement is now ingrained in the company culture.”
    Kirby Dailey
    Decagon Devices
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  • Support a smooth and efficient workflow

    Creating process flow on the shop floor requires balancing manufacturing operations against standardized work and customer demand. We help you connect your manual and machine operations into the most efficient combination to maximize value, minimize waste, and free floor space.

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    Lean Training and Implementation Saves ZF Mathers from Costly Plant Expansion

    “Impact Washington provided the insight, drive and resources that helped us learn about and implement Lean Manufacturing to increase our plant’s capacity and avoid our costly expansion plans. Without the persistence and experience of Impact Washington, this Lean voyage would have been drawn out and rendered ineffective… another flavor of the month program. Our organization truly appreciates Impact Washington for their guidance and resources. We will utilize this great service again!”
    Chris Larson
    Vice President of Operations
    Mathers Controls, Inc.
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  • Increase productivity and profits in the office

    Lean organizations produce greater value with less work. We show you how to apply Lean principles to transform your office and administrative processes into a value-added, customer-focused operation.

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    Training: applying Lean to office and administration

    This class focuses on the unique characteristics of offices and uses a variety of exercises—including a simulated office using laptop computers—to demonstrate how Lean can be applied to office processes to achieve significant, quantifiable benefits.
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  • Supporting the improvement of healthcare systems

    Optimizing core healthcare processes eliminates the waste that drives up costs. Our solutions help healthcare organizations become Lean and profitable.

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    Yakima Valley Hospital Gets Lean

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