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How will online training improve my skills?

“One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” – Arnold H. Glasow

As you go through each module in our online lean training courses, the learning process is focused on how to improve manufacturing processes through the identification and elimination of waste (muda). One of the critical methodologies included throughout our lean manufacturing training courses is problem solving. Without a defined problem solving process, it will be difficult to improve anything. Why is this?

Knowing how to identify and solve problems?

A problem must seen before it can be fixed! Without acceptance of the existence of a problem, there is simply no reason to change anything. Every organization whether is is willing to admit it or not, has problems! However, the first step in any problem solving process is to be willing to admit there is a problem.

The key question is: How do you decide which problem is worth tackling now versus one that can be dealt at a later time?

Many people experience problems every day while performing their work. The fact is that people often don’t have the free time to solve their problems, so they develop a work around method. In their minds, it’s a quick and easy fix to overcome their immediate problem. However, they are not always connected to the bigger picture and unaware of how their actions will affect the next process, or the end users (internal and external customers).

A fundamental part of every Lean Manufacturing Specialists role is to find ways to solve problems. So, being confident in your ability to problem solve is very important to your success. Much of your confidence will come from your ability to follow an effective and established procedure when approaching a problem. With an effective process, you can solve any problem quickly. Without one, your solutions may be ineffective, or you’ll get stuck and end up doing nothing, which can lead to painful consequences.

There are seven basic steps in solving any problem:

  1. Define the problem
  2. Gather data to validate the problem
  3. Analyze the data to identify the root cause(s) of the problem
  4. Develop a solution to eliminate the root cause(s) of the problem
  5. Implementing the solution
  6. Monitor the solution to determine if it eliminated the problem
  7. Based on feedback during Step 6, make adjustments to the solution.

Each of our online lean training courses will teach you how to effectively and quickly solve problems! We offer three levels of online self-paced lean training courses, which were designed and developed to fit into our busy schedules.

Level 1 – Lean Awareness (Beginner)

Level 1 – Lean Awareness course is based on an original on-site executive overview that was delivered in one business day (or eight hours). It covers the basic concepts and terminology of lean principles. It is our foundational course. Our Level 1 – Lean Awareness training is ideal for anyone that has no prior lean manufacturing experience. An employee with Level 1 – Lean Awareness training and certification will have an understanding of lean manufacturing principles and practices. <..more..>

Level 2 – Lean Practitioner (Intermediate)

Level 2 – Lean Practitioner training covers the methodologies and application of lean principles into the workplace. It is our second training level that sits on top of our foundational Level 1 – Lean Awareness course. Our Level 2 – Lean Practitioner training is ideal for anyone that has some prior experience with the application of lean manufacturing principles. An employee with Level 2 – Lean Practitioner training and certification will have a clear understanding of lean principles, and how to effectively apply them to achieve the best results. <..more..>

Level 3 – Lean Facilitator (Advanced)

Level 3 – Lean Facilitator training covers the advanced application and integration of lean principles into the workplace. It is designed for those that wish to teach others and/or facilitate improvement teams. Level 3 – Lean Facilitator is our third level training that sits on top of our Level 1 – Lean Awareness and Level 2 – Lean Practitioner courses. Our Level 3 – Lean Facilitator training is ideal for anyone with prior lean manufacturing experience and has participated in several improvement events (kaizen events). An employee with Level 3 – Lean Facilitator training and certification will have a deeper understanding of lean principles, and how to effectively integrate them into a business model to achieve the best results. <..more..>