This course is about successful project implementation. Study critical steps that highly impact effective projects. Learn to develop plans, actions, budgets, and metrics to define success, establish realistic goals and schedules, effectively communicate project responsibility and deadlines, and respond to workload and people problems in a timely and productive manner. This is a Practical Application Workshop. Bring an active project to customize for your business.Show similar events in:
Excellent workshop for machine operators! Send teams to learn how to reduce setup times and eliminate waste on virtually any operation or machine. Participants will learn the tools necessary to conduct a setup reduction event. These tools will then be applied to a simulated process, where they will identify wastes, make improvements and track their progress. Various options to “sustain the gains” achieved during the process will also be covered. To apply the tools to your own process you are asked to send the instructor a video prior to the workshop. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The cornerstone of implementing a Lean Enterprise is getting a critical mass of people on board headed in a direction toward improvement. For that you need champions and leaders that others will commit to working with as a team. And, you want these leaders to have the skill set to be able to effectively transmit skill and knowledge to others. This workshop will help you do that well!Show similar events in:
Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning (SIOP) is a forward looking integrated management process, that when executed regularly and routinely will profitably satisfy customer expectations all the time. SIOP is a structured process to deal with issues, communicate, and make decisions. It is a methodology for the management team to collectively decide the priorities of the business and when correctly implemented, it is a Demand and Strategy driven process, the link between agreed upon strategic choices and execution. Participants will learn what an effective SIOP process looks like and will be given the tools to implement back in their organization.
As a leader one needs to get work done through other people, which requires developing skills in effective delegation. This workshop provides participants with guidelines for delegation plus a worksheet for and opportunity to practice effective assignment of a task. Participants then also learn the importance of "setting others up for success" by holding and communicating expectations for high performance.Show similar events in:
How does lean, a process developed around assembly line manufacturing, work in a low volume, high mix environment? This four hour workshop is not designed to teach you lean tools but rather to give ideas and insights on how to apply them in a contract manufacturing environment.Show similar events in:
Join us to celebrate and recognize those companies that share information and continuous improvement experiences with fellow manufacturers to strengthen the local manufacturing community. This year's winners are Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc., MGK, and Shutterfly, Inc.
This event is currently full. Please contact our office to be put on the wait list: 763-533-8239.
No walk-ins please.
Buffet breakfast begins at 6:30am. Program begins at 7:30am.The ceremony will be held at the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club, 7001 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427.
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People don’t want to make mistakes, but all workers make them. Learn how simple Poke-Yoke fool proofing may remove the possibilities for error. Production devices or design for assembly criteria can eliminate mistakes before they happen. Achieve the reliable, continuous flow of Lean manufacturing.Show similar events in:
You know the basic continuous improvement tools. But, how do you use them to effectively transform the company? You need to know how to start, how much to tackle at once, who you need to involve, what results to expect, and what kind of resistance you will encounter.Show similar events in:
Leadership means getting work done through other people – which requires influence skills. Research shows that the most effective leader-managers have developed a specific set of influence skills: skills in Style Awareness and Versatility. During the program they learn about the strengths and potential blind spots of their own style and that of others. They also learn to identify other people’s styles and how to adjust their style to relate more comfortably with others. A focus is placed on applying understanding of style differences and versatility to issues of supervision and leadership.Show similar events in:
These courses will allow all attendees to participate in interactive exercises that demonstrate in a practical manner the application of basic 6 Sigma principles and problem-solving tools. The application of these improvement techniques applies equally to the plant or office, whether service or manufacturing. Required workshops in this certification: Define and Measure - April 25; Analyze - May 10; and Improvements and Controls - May 24. Consider bringing a laptop to the classes and download a free 30-day trial version of Minitab prior to the first class. www.minitab.com. Minitab may not be downloaded via IOS.Show similar events in:
In this intensive two-day course, you will gain an understanding of the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement and how to use that information to evaluate alternatives for more effective decision making. This course will strengthen your business acumen and help you master the financial language of business. It will show what the numbers really mean to enable you to recognize opportunities to improve profitability and cash flow. When you return to your company, you will know the advantages and disadvantages of different types of financial data to help you accomplish your department and company goals. This two-day workshop will be held April 26-27, 2017.Show similar events in:
DOE statistical tools can be applied to improve quality, processes, designs and many Lean and 6 Sigma problems. It is a powerful statistical method to develop mathematical transfer functions (eg. V=IR, but too complex for first principles) or relationships of a result based on complex dependencies. Engineers will often use the logical, but expensive, method of changing one factor at a time (OFAT) while holding the rest constant. he better alternative often is DOE which reduces the number of experiments while returning greater knowledge at minimum cost!Show similar events in:
Lean Product Development is focused on improving the speed-to-market for new products and the performance of the project team. It uses practical approaches to improve project results by utilizing a holistic approach to improving how product development is managed.Show similar events in:
Communicating and managing conflict are among the most important and challenging jobs of leaders. Participants become more aware of conflict management strategies and when each of them might be appropriate. Participants learn techniques for effectively raising issues with others and how to respond to defensive reactions. They also have the opportunity to practice collaboration skills (i.e. win-win problem solving and principled negotiation) through one-on-one skill practices and small group exercises.Show similar events in:
If you dissect your lead-time, how much of it is buried in office processes? Let’s face it, the greatest area for opportunity enhancement is in all the non-value added activities we do with the majority of these lying in our business processes/transactional environment, the “behind the scenes” work. In this session, you will adapt proven manufacturing improvement processes to business systems. Participants will experience real process improvement by applying lean thinking and methodologies to a simulation activity.Show similar events in:
Are all of your employees engaged via a plan, metrics, and a process to optimize your equipment? Engaging your maintenance, engineering, and production employees in a TPM program will help ensure equipment is safe and working correctly when you need it. It will also help minimize equipment breakdowns, defects, and parts needing to be reworked. Our peer presenters will share what has worked, what hasn’t, and answer your questions to help improve your equipment’s overall effectiveness and reliability.
Presented by Eaton Corporation, 3M, and The Toro Company
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Companies are dependent on supply chain partners for successful operation. Once you agree on delivery of the right product or service at the right price at the right time, how do you ensure the supplier will meet the results you need? When is a formal contract warranted to document your negotiation? What recourse do you have if your supply chain partner does not fulfill their end of the agreement? Protect your company and the supplier partnership, limit liability, and document critical terms. Develop a strategy for what goes in a contract after you have successfully negotiated with your supply chain partners. Learn key contract terms, the difference between different types of contracts, and gain a better understanding of what a well-written contract looks like. This workshop was originally scheduled on February 14. New date is May 11.
This workshop presents a concise, behavior-based model with specific management tools. The Lean management system is built on a tier structure with practices, tools and behaviors that address organizational issues in order to strengthen integration of the “hardware” and “software” of Lean for sustained success. Space is limited. No substitutions unless we are notified 5 business days in advance. This workshop will be held at Honeywell Aerospace, 2600 Ridgway Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN, 55413. Please bring a photo ID to the class.Show similar events in:
This workshop provides tools and framework needed to identify requirements and risks, and to custom build a quality system to match your company’s needs and culture. With an eye toward current and future regulations, implementing best practices across industries and a common sense foundation, you can build a quality system to make your company stronger and smarter.Show similar events in:
When you follow an effective process for interviewing and selection, the chances are greatly increased that a good hire will be the result. The organization should see a reduction in costs due to turnover, retraining, and negative impact on department morale that often results when the wrong person is hired for the job.
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Attendees participate in an interactive business simulation game that demonstrates, in a practical manner, the application of lean principles. They will be split into competing companies and will work on a simulated manufacturing floor, building product during four business cycles. Between each business cycle the competing company teams will have the opportunity to utilize the tools they learned in the workshop.Show similar events in:
Participants are introduced to an Employee Success Assurance Model, and tools for carrying out on-the-job training with structured checklists and job aids. They will practice setting goals, communicating clear expectations and constructive feedback. Tools for recognizing high performance are provided, along with low-cost means for rewarding employees. Participants will identify causes of performance problems and learn new coaching strategies for attendance and attitude issues. Likewise, guidance is provided for conducting coaching conversations and annual performance appraisals.Show similar events in:
Customers, employees and suppliers can tell a well-run plant and office without a narrated tour. The visual clues are everywhere. This is a straight-forward approach that impacts your customer and employee image, productivity and sales. This workshop also includes Office Visual Management & 5S.Show similar events in:
Leads, supervisors, and managers need to influence others to get work done and manage change. Regardless of exact title, effective leaders understand the communication styles of people on their teams so they can reduce tension and increase focus on solving problems and improving processes. Join us to hear peer presenters share their personal experiences and answer questions to help improve your team's cohesiveness.
Presented by Schwing America and MDI
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Differences in personality types and individuals communication STYLES can cause tension among co-workers and breakdowns in team performance. Join us and learn to recognize, appreciate and adapt to different personality types/communication STYLE differences. You will learn how to be versatile/adapt to other STYLES in order to capitalize on their strengths/bring out the best in your co-workers, reduce interpersonal tension and thereby maximize team performance. Pre-work will be sent prior to the workshop.Show similar events in:
Does the desire to act overpower the need to understand? Understanding the problem, the process, the people and the distinctions between the types of causes are all stepping stones to continuous improvement.Show similar events in:
Through simulations and activities, participants will learn both what gets in the way of teamwork, and what fosters teamwork. Exercises demonstrate how to align people around common goals, and clarify roles among team members. Through video, discussion and group exercises, attendees will practice team processes, communication and decision-making. Participants learn how to build an environment that fosters creativity from all team members. Tools are provided for soliciting feedback from their teams on how well they are performing, and each student is encouraged to create an Action Plan for improvement.Show similar events in:
This workshop will provide the education and experience that is necessary for you to deploy rapid improvement teams at work. You will learn to measure what is important, gather the necessary resources, decide who does what, and set and accomplish a one week schedule for project completion. Most importantly, you will see how to accomplish more in less time than most teams take to agree on what they should be doing.Show similar events in:
Companies are dependent on their supply chain partners for successful operation. Ensuring you receive the right product at the right price at the right time can be an extreme negotiation challenge. A success negotiation can strengthen your supplier relationships for years to come where a bad experience can create havoc on your entire operation.Show similar events in:
Maintenance is a valuable and key part of your continuous improvement journey; do you have a culture and tools to support that journey? In this workshop, you will learn how to build and maintain a robust preventative maintenance system from the ground up. Learn how to ensure the success of your PM program using the fundamentals of Lean, 5S, Autonomous Maintenance and culture change.Show similar events in:
It takes more than a title and some authority to effectively lead people; ask anyone newly promoted into a leadership role! And it’s even harder without the title. This workshop takes team leaders to the next level by showing them how to finesse their way to team success, navigating the politics and personalities that are sometimes roadblocks to success. This course assists participants with understanding and developing the influence and persuasion skills that make them more effective as team leaders.Show similar events in:
Pull systems and Kanbans are tools and concepts that can be used across the whole value stream. Over the years, Kanban systems have been developed and adapted to support very specific needs. They can be found to manage a finished goods supermarket, to schedule batch process equipment, to manage and reorder purchased parts, to deliver material to an assembly line or to level production across an entire mixed model value stream. All these types of pull systems help to simplify decision making, improve cash flow and provide superior delivery performance. This workshop demystifies many versions of Kanban systems. Participants learn many practical details that make a difference in the effectiveness of the supply chain. Date rescheduled to Wednesday, June 28 (original date was June 7).Show similar events in:
Successful companies understand the competitive edge that can be gained by engaging their workforce in implementing daily improvements. However, just asking for suggestions without having a way to deal with them can result in overwhelming a company’s resources and frustrating everyone. Discover effective tools and methodology for developing a continuous improvement idea system that builds teamwork, energizes employees, and builds a sustainable competitive advantage for your business. This workshop will be held at Uponor North America, 5925 148th Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124.Show similar events in:
“Without Standard Work, there can be no improvement.” This statement is a central truth of the Toyota Production System. Standard work defines the current best work process. It is the baseline for continuous improvement and is a tool used in auditing processes. Therefore, conformance to standard work contributes to the results you need to stay competitive, but is something we really don’t want to do. Until you can apply repeatable standard work successfully, improvements will yield less than their full potential and backsliding will be prevalent.Show similar events in:
Learn two different tools for improving new and existing designs. FMEA will enable a cross-functional team to evaluate a design and determine potential negative effects, prioritize the effects by quantifying their magnitude, and identify and implement actions to address the effects. DFMA will enable a cross-functional team to evaluate components to ensure they are manufacturable, evaluate parts to ensure they are “necessary,” and evaluate the characteristics of an assembly: part-to-operator interface, part-to-part interface, fastening methodology, non-value steps.
This introductory overview course will allow attendees to participate in interactive exercises that demonstrate the application of 6 Sigma principles and the interaction of Lean tools. These improvement techniques apply equally to the plant or to the office, in service or manufacturing.Show similar events in:
Value Stream Mapping is one of the most important tools for lean manufacturing. It lays out a visual picture of the vision you and your employees have created for your more productive future. It identifies individual process steps where waste can be removed. This hands-on workshop will provide you with the information and experience that is necessary to start implementing value stream mapping on the shop floor and in the office. Participants will be working in a simulated manufacturing plant and learn to apply lean manufacturing techniques to remap the future state of their processes.Show similar events in:
Are you a fast-growing company facing ramp-up issues? Do you have long-tenured employees who may retire soon? Are you facing challenges in building an improvement culture? Training Within Industry (TWI) is a successful, long-proven method of documenting, training, and improving standard work in all areas. This workshop was originally scheduled on February 16. New date is August 2.
This introductory course will provide the knowledge and problem solving skills to arrive at the true root cause of your problems and prevent problems from reoccurring. You will learn the value of “Genchi Genbutsu” - Get your boots on, Go and See. You will also learn how to apply the 8-Step Problem Solving Methodologies and capture the findings in concise A3 Reporting. The 8 step approach is a practical method that can be rolled out to every person in the organization. You no longer have to limit your problem solving skills to a single group of technically minded individuals. This method of problem solving can be used both in a manufacturing or service environment.Show similar events in:
The new production system that companies create during their Lean journey requires a new way of managing the operation: a Lean management system. Standard work for leaders is the engine that drives the Lean management system and is crucial to any successful Lean implementation. Learn how to implement the daily practices of managers that are necessary to provide a cultural support system for your Lean journey.Show similar events in:
The choices you make in design determine your fate in manufacturing. Integrated Product and Production Development (IPPD) goes well beyond simple design for manufacturing into the realm of concurrent engineering. IPPD techniques align everything from design intent through saleable production to ensure that processes are scalable, repeatable, in-control and all decisions maximize the benefit to your company.Show similar events in:
Lean implementations are driven by valid performance measures against realistic expectations. Therefore, you need to use a valid baseline of where you are now, an effective strategy on how to get to your goal, and an objective yardstick to measure and communicate improvement progress. Lean Assessments, Maturity Models and Gemba Walks are great tools to see and understand real-time problems, measure your progress, and guide the organization toward a common goal. This workshop will be held at Starkey Hearing Technologies, 6700 Washington Avenue South, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.Show similar events in:
Office processes provide the greatest opportunity for improvement since the majority of them are waste by definition! Office Process Mapping demonstrates how lean thinking can reduce office process timelines, and improve quality and delivery to schedule. Because we cannot “see” office processes like on the manufacturing floor, mapping is a key improvement tool for the office side. In this session, you will map out real business processes, participate in hands on exercises, and learn about pre and post mapping tools to add to your personal toolbox.
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As a Lean tool, A3 reporting addresses the root causes of problems that arise every day at work. When used properly, the A3 process dramatically increases the probability of success. Leading companies, such as Toyota, to use the A3 report to train engineers, supervisors and managers in a proven and structured problem-solving approach.Show similar events in:
“You get what you measure” is a truism among managers. Therefore, it is of critical importance that you “measure the right things” to get the performance you desire. In this case, the intended outcome is performance improvement. So, don’t get caught in the trap of using historical accounting measures to measure and motivate current and future performance improvements! Attendees should bring examples from your company of two successful and two not-so-successful measures for discussion that you would comfortable sharing with the group.Show similar events in: