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Introducing Lean Thinking and Practice

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Programme Overview

This highly engaging inhouse workshop, either run onsite or virtually, introduces the main principles, concepts and techniques of Lean Thinking. The programme will help organisations see how they can rapidly tackle ‘low hanging fruit’ opportunities and achieve fast returns on investment. It will enthuse delegates as they learn to see the waste and improvement opportunities in their business processes.

In-Company Training

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This training is suitable for anyone requiring an introduction to Lean thinking, practices and tools. Typical participants are process managers, process owners and process team members. The course will equip delegates with the knowledge to work effectively on everyday process improvement with some guidance from a Lean Practitioner or Green Belt. The course is equally suitable for transactional and manufacturing environments.

The programme provides an introduction to Lean principles and some key Lean tools and methods to enable you to contribute towards eliminating waste, solving problems and delivering sustainable performance improvements. Through taught content, discussions, group exercises and videos it engages delegates and builds awareness through a variety of media.

At A Glance

Introducing Lean Thinking and Practice
Now Showing Introducing Lean Thinking and Practice – In-Company exclusive
Price POA
Duration 1 day
CPD Points 40
Accreditations LCS
Prerequisites None
Delivery Modes In-Company
Delivered By Chris Merriman

Lean Thinking Pocket GuideThis course includes:

  • The key principles and concepts of lean thinking
  • Access and understanding to the Lean tool-kit
  • The theory of constraints and tackling waste
  • Lean and its links to Lean Six Sigma

Online delegates will be assigned one of our specialist  trainers as your personal tutor. Classroom delegates will be able to seek advice from their trainer and we can also provide consulting support for your projects if required.

We do not require a project for training, though we strongly recommend that you accompany the coursework with a meaningful project. A real-world project will significantly enhance the learning experience because you can use it to directly practice the concepts and tools as you complete the course. Successful project work is also required for any certification process.

This training is suitable for anyone requiring an introduction to Lean thinking, practices and tools. Typical participants are process managers, process owners and team members. This course will equip delegates with the knowledge to work effectively on everyday process improvement with some guidance from a Lean Practitioner or Green Belt. The course is suitable for transactional and manufacturing environments.

No pre-requisites are required for our Lean Awareness course. It provides a clear introduction for anyone new to Lean Thinking or process improvement.

The programme provides a balance of theory and practical exercises to introduce and explain a wide range of issues, including:

  • An awareness of what Lean is and how it can be applied
  • An appreciation that it does not have to be complicated – you can start small and start right away
  • Simple approaches to work with so you can achieve success and build enthusiasm
  • Understanding that everyone has a part to play and what the roles are

On completion you’ll be issued with an e-certificate which you can add to your LinkedIn profile.

Our Lean Awareness Training course is equivalent to 40 CPD points

The course is accredited by the Lean Competency System and can optionally lead to LCS Level 1A certification for participants who complete the training and pass the associated knowledge check.

There are a number of upgrade possibilities to consider once you have completed the Lean Awareness programme. These include our Lean Practitioner, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt or Green Belt, and Change Management programmes.

In-company classroom  

For more than 4 delegates attending the same programme this is the most cost effective option.

The programme can be delivered on-site or virtually.

The sessions will be bespoke, lively and interactive delivering a memorable learning experience for the delegates.

We will discuss your objectives prior to the delivery, and help you to plan the most effective delivery and support to your team of delegates.

This course is typically delivered over one full or two half days, consecutively or spread out over half-days sessions. Whatever is most convenient to you!


  • Lean in a nutshell
  • Leading the Vision
  • Brief history
  • The 5 Principles of Lean Thinking
  • What is Waste
  • The 8 Wastes
  • Who are our Customers?
  • Specifying Customer Requirements
  • What is a CTQ?
  • Using the right data
  • Data Analysis
  • Going to the Gemba
  • Mapping the Process
    • SIPOC
    • Process Stapling
    • Spaghetti Diagram
    • Swimlane Charts
    • Value Stream Mapping
  • The Theory of Constraints
  • Tackling bottlenecks
  • Standard Work
  • The problem with Batches
  • Moving to Single Piece Flow
  • Cell Processing
  • Kanban
  • Creating and Maintaining the organised workplace
  • How 5S supports other Lean concepts
  • Purpose and practice
  • Connection to Lean Management
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act
  • General Structure and Concept
  • Planning
  • Root Cause Analysis (5-Whys)
  • Identifying potential improvements
  • Leadership requirements

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