General

I am in doubt as to which training I should do: Yellow Belt, Green Belt or Black Belt. What is your advice?

If you want to get acquainted with Lean in a simple way, we advise you to follow the Lean Yellow Belt. Then you know what Lean is, what the basic ideas are and how you can apply it. If you want to work with improvement projects and concrete Lean methodologies in your own team, then the Lean Green Belt is an appropriate course. If you also want to carry out improvement projects across multiple teams and complete projects, then the Lean Black Belt or Lean Master Black Belt course is a good choice.

If you would like more information, please feel free to call our director or one of the trainers for appropriate training advice. For more information please call our general number: 085-8769346 or our director René Aernoudts on 06-50206438.

Do you also do custom work?

Yes, a large part of our work consists of customised work, both in the field of training and projects. Feel free to contact us for more information!

Can I come to you for coaching?

Yes, that is certainly possible. Feel free to call us to make an informal appointment in which we can discuss the various possibilities. You are welcome to bring your question to our sensei sessions which we organize monthly free of charge (please register in advance).

Can I apply for a subsidy when participating in a training course?

That depends on whether you are a member of a trade association. One example is the OOM foundation, for companies in the metal sector. The government and the European Union also offer various possibilities. But this is quite a job to find out. There are also specialist agencies that can help you find subsidies for your specific situation.

Are your training courses accredited or provided with a quality mark?

The dictionary definition of accreditation: "The official recognition that an institution has met standards which make it eligible for membership of an association or society of equals". This system gives the customer a simple tool to determine the reliability of the service or product delivered. Because we are part of the Lean Global Network, founded by the founders of Lean Womack & Jones, we are therefore accredited. You can't get any closer to the source! Our Master Black Belt Lean Postgraduate Program is accredited by the European Union, and the Universitat Polytechnic de Catalyuna (UPC) in Barcelona. The activities we perform with the Nyenrode Lean Institute are accredited by EQUIS (EFMD) and the Ministry of Education.

Quality mark

We are also recognized and registered by the CRKBO as a training institute for short professional education.

Cost/payment of training

How/when do I have to pay?

When you register, you indicate the address to which we may send the invoice. We will send the invoice one month before the course starts and apply a payment term of 14 working days. The full amount must be paid before the course starts.

Are there any additional costs?

No, there are no additional costs for the training.

What is included in the training price?

The total price of the training is excluding VAT. Everything else is included in the price: certification (including the possibility to retake if needed), study materials, books, coffee, tea, lunch, parking and once a month coaching on the sensei sessions.

Cancel

Can I cancel my registration?

That depends on your specific situation. Read more about our cancellation policy here. You can also contact us to discuss your situation.

Lean, Agile, Scrum, Six Sigma 

What is Lean?

Lean is a management philosophy and methodology aimed at making your organisation work more effectively and efficiently. The focus is on people and we look at work processes from the customer's perspective: when do we deliver customer value, and how can we do this better and better? For more information: see the page "What is Lean?

What is the difference between Lean and Lean Six Sigma?

You can have quite a discussion about that! We see them as valuable methodologies which both offer value in certain issues, and complement each other perfectly. In the Lean Transformation Framework, we describe the five elements of the Lean system. One of the underlying techniques we use is: improving according to the scientific method. We often call this method PDCA; in Six Sigma, the term DMAIC is more common. Six Sigma places a strong emphasis on the quantitative variant of this with many statistical analyses. In the end, it is often indispensable to have a group of specialists who master this, but a lot more is needed first: basic stability, flow and pull, a complete management system, an understanding of customer value, the targeted development of people, i.e. Lean. Lean is more accessible and can be used for a wide range of issues, Six Sigma mostly for specific quality issues. A strong point of Six Sigma is the project-based approach, in Lean you can use different approaches. The combination of Lean Six Sigma is mainly Six Sigma with a Lean 'sauce', it is not a combination of two complete methodologies, although you might think so.

What is the difference between Lean, Agile and Scrum?

Agile originated in IT development but is now also applied in other environments. Because IT development rarely delivered on schedule and within budget, a number of people started doing things radically differently in the 1990s. One way of doing this is Scrum; other techniques include XP and Kanban (with a capital K). Together, these techniques are called Agile. They have reinvented a number of long-standing elements of Lean itself: cadence, pull, built-in quality, visual management and so on. So, there are many similarities between Agile and Lean in the tools used. However, Lean goes much further: where Agile focuses on higher productivity with a lot of trial-and-error, Lean focuses on developing people with real PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Adjust). Read more on the page "What's the difference between Lean, Agile and Scrum."

Certification

What does a certification look like?

Yellow Belt: the certification consists of an online test with multiple choice questions about the theory covered during the course and studied by you. If you pass the test with a minimum of 5.5 on a scale of 10, you will receive a Lean Yellow Belt LBC certificate.

Green Belt: the certification consists of an online test with 20 multiple choice and 2 open questions about the theory covered during the course and studied by you. You get 30 minutes to answer the questions and it is not an open book test. You also have to carry out one or two improvement projects and present them. If you achieve a sufficient score (at least 5.5 on a scale of 10) for both parts, you will receive a Lean Green Belt LFC certificate.

Black Belt LPC: the certification consists of taking an online test on the theory covered during the course and studied by you. This test consists of 12 open questions, you will have 60 minutes to answer them 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 your project in A3 format. If you achieve a sufficient score (at least 5.5 on a scale of 10) for both parts, you will receive a Lean Black Belt LPC certificate.

Master Black Belt LPDP: the certification consists of taking a written exam about the theory covered and studied during the course. This test consists of 10 open questions, you have 90 minutes to answer them 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 a company visit (Gemba Walk) in which you show how your organization is managed. If you achieve a sufficient score (at least 5,5 on a scale of 10) for both parts, you will receive a certificate Lean Master Black Belt LPDP.

During the training days you will receive more information about certification, sample exam questions and there is ample opportunity to spar with the trainer about the criteria that your project must meet.

Certification is currently only possible online (with the exception of the Master Black Belt).

When did I pass?
A certification always consists of a theoretical and a practical part. For both parts you need to score at least a 5,5. In addition, the weighting is 50:50. So if you score a 7 for your theory and a 9 for your practical assignment, your final mark will be an 8. If, in the opinion of the examiner (always an experienced senior trainer / advisor) you meet the requirements, then you have passed without further ado (with the exception of the Master Black Belt, here there are always 2 examiners present). If you do not meet the requirements or if the examiner has doubts about certain parts, it is up to the examination board to assess and make a decision. If this leads to a "fail" assessment, you are entitled to a resit. In addition, the examiner will also indicate what is needed in order to still meet the requirements. So again, you don't necessarily fail without an end-to-end value stream analysis, but you do have a lot more to explain! Fortunately, we see that the vast majority of candidates pass at once. Only a small minority needs a resit. This should give you confidence: if you take Lean seriously, the chances are high that you will succeed!

Can I get coaching on my A3?
Usually there is room for this during or at the end of the training days. It is possible to discuss your A3 with an LMI advisor at one of our monthly sensei sessions beforehand. This never replaces certification, nor does it attempt to do so. The only thing we will do then is to coach you further and help you on your way in your project and for example prevent you from the biggest pitfalls (for example having only the Plan phase in your A3).

How does the registration work?
If you have studied the theory well and your project has gone smoothly, you are ready to certify. You can register for certification online at this webpage. Every month we have a fixed certification day scheduled. Make sure you register in time, we want to avoid disappointment!

Are there any costs associated with certification?
No, the certification is included in the price of the training, including free retakes (max 3 times) if needed.

Within how many months after completion of my training can I certify?
That is up to you. After following the course you are free to decide whether you want to go for certification and if so, how soon. Certification consists of a theoretical and a practical part. Because you already had the theory part during the course, we advise you to complete your practical assignment within six months after completing the course and get certified.

How long will my certificate be valid?
Your certificate remains valid, there is no end date to the validity of the certificate.

Are LMI's training courses accredited?
The dictionary definition of accreditation: "The official recognition that an institution has met standards which make it eligible for membership of an association or society of equals". This system gives the customer a simple tool to determine the reliability of the service or product delivered. Because we are part of the Lean Global Network, founded by the founders of Lean Womack & Jones, we are accredited. You can't get any closer to the source! Our Master Black Belt Lean Postgraduate Program is accredited by the European Union, and the Universitat Polytechnic de Catalyuna (UPC) in Barcelona. The activities we perform with Nyenrode are accredited by EQUIS (EFMD) and the Ministry of Education.