The Black Belt Lean Practitioner Course is a six-day training (splitted into 12 half days online) designed for individuals and teams who quickly want to have a good insight into the most important Lean methods and techniques and who want to use this (with coaching) to improve processes in their own organization.

This training focuses on improving processes by gaining knowledge, understanding, experiencing and penetrating Lean. You bring the gained knowledge directly into practice by carrying out a project (chosen in consultation with your supervisor) in your own organization. At the end of the training you can go for certification. A good basic training to quickly apply real improvements!

Learning goals

  • The five key principles of Lean

  • Value Stream Mapping (visualizing processes)

  • Just-In-Time concepts

  • A3 thinking according to the Plan-Do-Check-Adjust cycle
  • Jidoka (built-in quality)
  • Customer value from SQDC (safety, quality, delivery, cost)
Day 1: Introduction to Lean
  • Introduction to Lean (why Lean, what does it get you as an individual and as an organization, how did it originate, history, why many organizations actively apply Lean, PDCA and A3 thinking).
  • 5 Lean principles (Womack & Jones): Customer Value, Value Stream, Identifying Waste, Flow, Pull and Striving for Perfection.
  • Introduction to A3 thinking and starting your improvement project including the A3.

Day 2: Just-in-Time & VSM
  • Theory of Just-in-Time concepts.
  • Simulation: experiencing Just-in-Time focused on improving a chain consisting of two workflows.
  • Mapping processes through Value Stream Mapping (VSM). Eliminating waste, creating flow and setting up a pull system.

Day 3: Basic Stability
  • Recognizing and solving problems in basic stability based on the 4 M’s (Man, Method, Material and Machine).
  • Instruction and standard work.
  • Inventory management and availability analysis.
  • 5S methodology for workplace organization.
  • A3 coaching.

Day 4: Jidoka
  • Jidoka: Creating built-in quality (identifying and preventing deviations).
  • A3 coaching.

Day 5: Operational Management
  • Operations Management: Shortly cyclical and effective management of safety, quality, delivery and cost (SQDC) through visual management and board meetings.
  • A3 coaching.

Day 6: Interactive deepening & A3 coaching
  • Interactive summarization of all theory and deepening where needed.
  • A3 coaching (with focus on organizing the completion of the certification project).

Your improvement project

We believe; you don’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 define a project. It is also possible that you already have an issue/project in mind to work on. The first homework assignment gives you direction which improvement project you can do. This project contributes directly to achieving the organizational goals. 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 training!

When do you pass this training?

The certification consists of two parts: first, passing a written exam on the theory covered in the training and studied by the participant. This test consists of 12 open questions, the participant has 60 minutes to answer 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 project carried out by the participant in A3 format. With a satisfactory result the participant will receive a Black Belt Lean certificate.

After this training you have

In-depth knowledge of various Lean methodologies and tools. Because of this you are able to outline and realize a future situation together with employees and managers, based on the organizational objectives. You are able to determine which elements from the basic Lean toolset can be used and with which improvement methods the future situation can be achieved. You have gained experience with Process A3’s and Value Stream Maps, and you can use these to systematically solve problems together with colleagues and direct managers. You have also learned and are able to coach colleagues to achieve concrete improvements in a process.  Because you know; continuous improvement is a team effort!

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