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. Seating is limited. This workshop will be held at Northern Metal Fab, 500 Evergreen Street, Baldwin, WI 54002, 715-684-7400.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:
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:
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. Seating is limited. This workshop will be held at Northern Metal Fab, 500 Evergreen Street, Baldwin, WI 54002, 715-684-7400.Show similar events in:
The Career Groups Purpose is to Support individuals in learning job search skills and best practices, Network within the area’s largest manufacturing community, Leverage the Manufacturers Alliance resources and its partners and Provide visibility to an available talent pool for our hiring members
This group is intended for professionals seeking new and gainful employment in manufacturing. Attendees should be decision-makers from supervisory/managerial to executive levels.Show similar events in:
This hands-on workshop 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:
How can Lean concepts work when we do not mass produce parts? In this workshop participants will learn how others have successfully applied Lean techniques despite low volumes or unpredictable demand. It is designed to share ideas and insights that fit your environment. Participants are encouraged to bring their “real world” issues and success stories for discussion. Topics and techniques that will be touched upon include cell strategies, pull systems, Takt Time, and miscellaneous Lean tools. If you feel that Lean will not work in your environment, are struggling with how to apply Lean tools, or are looking for futher ideas and benchmarking then this half-day workshop is for you!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:
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:
This workshop teaches leaders how to apply a principle-based approach to developing and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement. Attendees learn principles of enterprise excellence and how these guide behaviors and create culture. Participants then look at how their existing company systems impact these behaviors and business results. Attendees also identify how these company systems connect with guiding principles and help develop an improvement plan. Interactive group exercises, case studies, and instructor examples will be used throughout this advanced-level CI workshop. Space is limited.This workshop will be held at GNReSound, 8001 Bloomington Freeway, Bloomington, MN 55420.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. The better alternative often is DOE which reduces the number of experiments while returning greater knowledge at minimum cost!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. Seating is limited. This workshop will be held at Northern Metal Fab, 500 Evergreen Street, Baldwin, WI 54002, 715-684-7400.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:
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:
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 can not “see” office processes like on the manufacturing floor, mapping is a key improvement tool for the office side. In this session, participants 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. Did you know 70% of process improvements are not sustained? We tend to focus on the process side and forget about the people side of change. Participants will learn a simple 3 steps process for change management and leave with an entire cache of tools to assist you through successful process improvement deployment and sustainment.Show similar events in:
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:
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. This workshop will be held at Honeywell Aerospace, 2600 Ridgway Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Must notify us at least 5 business days in advance if you are not a US Citizen. Bring a valid state-issued photo id and wear closed-toe footwear for the tour.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:
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:
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:
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. Seating is limited. This workshop will be held at Northern Metal Fab, 500 Evergreen Street, Baldwin, WI 54002, 715-684-7400.
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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. In addition to qualifying as an elective workshop in our Lean Practitioner Certification, this workshop is recommended for those who want an introductory course prior to enrolling in our 6 Sigma Green Belt Certification.Show similar events in:
In this workshop, you will 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.
Today’s most successful companies are those that can change quickly. Yet, overcoming people’s natural resistance to change is challenging. If your job or assignment involves getting people to accept and move ahead with something new and different, this workshop is for you.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:
“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:
Succeed as a Lean Leader by learning how to coach a critical mass of problem solvers. Don’t just tell your direct reports what to do, guide them in making their own decisions and developing skills. Toyota Kata Coaching will help you develop people by promoting behavior that is best suited to help individuals use Lean improvement techniques. In this workshop individuals will learn a practical way to be a better coach, reach improvement outcomes with their team, and ensure all coaching in their company follows lean best practices.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. You are encouraged to bring a laptop to the class.
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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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:
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:
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. Participants are asked to record a video of a machine set up to include footage from the last good piece of the previous product/run to the first good piece of the next product/run. This would include all the “tear-down” process of the current product/run as well as the preparation work involved with the new product/run (material handling, paperwork, tool changeover, etc..). A .mov file format works best. Send the video to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 2.
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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:
“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:
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. Participants will understand and develop the influence and persuasion skills that make them more effective as team leaders.Show similar events in: