The Lean Green Belt training or course is designed for anyone who is concerned with or wants to become acquainted with actively improving a team, a department or an organization. You want to get a better understanding of the most important Lean techniques and independently start working on improvement projects within your own team or department.

In this training, we take you along the well-known Plan, Do, Check and Adjust (PDCA) steps and we teach you to independently implement improvement projects within your team or department. You will experience how you can start working with Lean: starting with the smallest possible intervention with the biggest impact. We call that Lean in a Lean way! Practical simulations and examples help you to understand the concepts of Flow, Pull, Task Time, Kaizen, Visual Management and other techniques in a total organizational context. There is plenty of room to share good examples and reflect on what you have learned. During the training you will immediately apply what you have learned in an improvement project within your own team or department. A different way (Lean thinking!) of looking at our team and our organization also requires a different way of leadership.leadership. Lean leadership is the common thread in our Lean Green Belt training.

The training is characterised by its interactive nature: no endless theory that you can study at home, but learning by doing and experiencing. Supported by simulations, videos, quiz and and concrete examples from over 20 years Leanexperience. Our experienced trainers will help you to make the translation, to put the gained knowledge into your own work practice.

This is what you are going to learn

  • The five key principles of Lean

  • Recognize and address the 7 wastes

  • Problem solving according to the Plan-Do-Check-Adjust (PDCA) cycle

  • 4 types of problems and 7 techniques to analyze problems

  • Operational Management

  • Lean Leadership

  • Analyzing and solving problems in basic stability

Day 1: Improving together

On the first day of the Lean Green Belt, you are introduced to the fundamentals of "Lean thinking". You will discover that the focus of companies and organizations that have embraced Lean is completely different than that of traditional organizations. We focus on our (internal) customer, because it gives us the right to exist as an organization (department). We learn what is valuable for our customer (customer value) and what our customers níare not waiting for (the 7 wastes). The latter always turn out to be the bulk of our daily time spending, so there is an enormous improvement potential in our processes. Already on the first day we teach you to provide insight in these actual, measurable performances of your team. This provides an excellent starting point and focus to improve. Don't improve what can be done, but what must be done!

Day 2: Seeing deviations together

Within the Lean organization, we love problems! After all, they are indicators that something can be improved. And problems are everywhere, but sometimes hard to see. On the second day of your training you will get many different insights in where problems are hidden (the 7 wastes) and how you can learn to see them. For example in the unused capacity within our organisation: of teams, departments, machines, systems, ... How can we measure this capacity and improve it without having to work harder.
Deviations are also often hidden in the way we have designed our work environment (5S) and How we (insufficiently) use the talents of people. Or the way we communicate about communicate about results, problems and improvements.improvements. Recognizable? Then the Lean Green Belt offers many starting points to make the difference together with your team. make the difference.

Day 3: Solving problems together

Now that we have insight into the improvement potential of our team, we are actually going to realize these improvements. One of the ways in which we are going to do this is by carrying out an A3 improvement project ourselves, which will enable you to obtain your Lean Green Belt certificate. And improvement is often quite difficult, let's be honest! Jumping too quickly to a solution without understanding what is really needed. really is going on? DDeceiving cause analysis for the sake of convenience obecause we think we already know the solution. "Solving" a problem, which afterwards turned out to be just extinguishing a fire? Trial and error instead of a permanent improvement? You must have experienced it! In the Green Belt we are going to help you and teach you new improvement routines (plan-do-check-act PDCA/ fishbone etc)! Depending on the complexity and impact of your improvement, we provide you with a number of methods to solve problems and achieve goals in a structured and lasting way. And problemand solving problems is We are only able to solve a problem when we have a good understanding of what is going on and why. Dàt we are going to teach you.

Day 4: Stabilising together

Results of a team are produced by a process. Variation in our results can be traced back to unstable processes. On the fourth day we will, with the aid of an extensive simulation, map out how processes actually perform. We make the way we have organized the work visual and learn to see, in this way, where in our process the obstacles and wastages are located and how we can eliminate them. Unpredictability and unreliability towards our customer can be traced back to instability in our processes. Starting from a traditional process organization, we discover as a team, step by step, the impact of the different Lean methods on our processes and the performance that is the result of that. In this way we learn to apply the knowledge we have gained in the first three days directly in this practical assignment. From observations and a thorough analysis, to experiments with a major performance improvement as a result resulthigher quality, delivery according to plan, a high degree of flexibility and optimal use of the available capacity: basic stability and standardized work (4M: Man, Method, Machine, Material).

Day 5: Organizing together

After four days of intense collaboration, on the last day of the Lean Green Belt we learn how to apply these new insights and practices into new routines (5S). How are we going to organize our team in such a way that implementing improvements and solving problems become part of our daily work? Can we organize short, frequent meetings in which we reflect on the results of our team and How should we organize ourselves to continuously improve the quality of our work? How should we organize ourselves to be critical How should we organize ourselves to be continuously critical of the way we do our work and help ourselves to the next level? Also treat We also discuss which preconditions must be organised in order to be able to deliver a top performance every day. If you are convinced that this will help your team: then the Lean Green Belt course that will help you do just that. In five intensive, instructive and fun days, we will prepare you and your team to to get to work!

Your A3 improvement project

We believe that you can't learn Lean from a book or a Powerpoint. Therefore a hands-on improvement project is part of this training. During the first session, the trainers will help you to determine an improvement route. It is also possible that you already have an issue in mind to work on. The first homework assignment will give you direction on what kind of improvement project you can do. During the execution of your project you can also make free use of coaching during our monthly Sensei sessions. We are happy to help you successfully complete this course!

When did you pass this training?

Obtaining your Lean Green Belt certificate consists of two parts: Firstly, a written exam on the theory covered during the course and studied by the participant. This test consists of multiple choice and some open questions. The participant has 30 minutes to answer the questions and it is not an open book test. The tested subjects concern the material that has been dealt with during the training days and the distributed literature (articles and books). The second part is the presentation of the participant's improvement process according to PDCA structure. With a satisfactory result the participant will receive a Green Belt Lean certificate.

After this training you have

A good insight in what Lean is. Next to that you have gained real experience with Lean through your project, in which you have improved your own work under our guidance. You have learned and applied different Lean methods and techniques through assignments and simulations. You also understand the underlying philosophy of Lean so you can think and work on Lean (transformation) within your organisation.

Good to know: even after the training we are there for you, including our free Sensei coaching sessions.