The Yellow Belt Lean Basics Course is a two-day basic training designed for individuals and teams who want to gain a better understanding of the key components and underlying philosophy of Lean, and especially: how to effectively apply this in your own practice.

In this training we will guide you in recognizing and using the potential of Lean within your own work. Step by step you will experience how to work smart with Lean: starting with the smallest possible intervention with the biggest impact. We call this 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 a lot of room to share good examples, to reflect on what you have learned, and to develop new solution approaches that you can immediately take with you to your own workplace and organisation.

This is what you are going to learn

  • The five key principles of Lean

  • Some basic Lean techniques

  • The importance of stability and standardisation

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

  • The effect of Lean on collaboration and culture

Day 1: Introduction
  • Introduction to Lean (why Lean, what it can do for you as an individual and as an organisation, how it originated, history, why many organisations actively apply Lean).
  • 5 Lean principles (Womack & Jones): Customer Value, Value Stream, Identifying Waste, Flow, Pull and Striving for Perfection.
  • A number of frequently used Lean tools such as 5S, Visual Management, Day Starts, Standard Work and their importance and application in practice.
  • Simulation: in a number of (3 - 5) rounds experience the traditional way of working versus application of different Lean principles.
  • Task: determine where you could apply these ideas in your own work/organization and how you could go about it.

Day 2: Deepening
  • Continued simulation of day 1
  • Continuous improvement: working concretely with the Plan-Do-Check-Adjust (PDCA) cycle (problem solving versus Kaizen).
  • Going through all the steps in the PDCA cycle on the basis of a case.
  • How can you get started in your own work solving a problem or making an improvement (simple A3).
  • Assignment: determine whether and how you can use this in your own work.
  • Test (optional): multiple choice questions on the material covered.

After this training you have

A good insight in what Lean is, and you know how to use it to improve your own work. You have learned about different Lean methods and techniques and how to apply them 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.