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Persuasive Coaching & Influencing

June 27th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Advanced Kanban Systems

June 28th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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).

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Visual Management & 5S Improvements

June 29th 2017 07:30 am to 3:30 am at Golden Valley Training Room

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. 

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Continuous Improvement Idea Systems

July 11th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Uponor North America

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.

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6 Sigma Green Belt Certification

July 12th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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. Participants must attend all of the workshops in this certification on these dates: July 12, July 19, and August 3.

 

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The Role of the Leader

July 13th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Failure Mode and Effects Analysis and Design for Manufacturability and Assembly

July 17th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Intro to 6 Sigma

July 18th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Value Stream Mapping

July 25th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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. This workshop is full. We will be holding a Value Stream Mapping workshop on Wednesday, August 30. Registration is open for that workshop. Scroll down the page to register.

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Leadership Style and Versatility

July 27th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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. 

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Kaizen Rapid Improvement

July 31st 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Engaging Your Workforce in Daily Improvements

August 2nd 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

 

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Toyota's 8-Step Problem Solving

August 8th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Conflict, Communication and Collaboration

August 10th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Leaders Standard Work

August 22nd 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Working with Different Personalities.

August 24th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Differences in personality types and individuals communication styles can cause tension among co-workers and breakdowns in team performance. Individual contributors will 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. This workshop was originally scheduled on June 8.

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Effective Quality Management Systems

August 29th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

How do you build a quality system that adds control where you need it, removes it where you don’t, and allows you to be innovative and nimble? This course 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 practical foundation, you can build a quality system.

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Value Stream Mapping

August 30th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Lean Manufacturing Simulation

September 6th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Employee Performance Management and Coaching

September 7th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Integrated Product and Production Development

September 12th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Lean Assessments and Gemba Walks

September 13th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Starkey Hearing Technologies

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.

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Lean in Contract Manufacturing

September 19th 2017 01:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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. 

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Visual Management & 5S Improvements

September 20th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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. 

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Maximizing Team Performance

September 21st 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Lean Product Development

September 22nd 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Lean Product Development is focused on improving project team effectiveness, increasing project transparency, & reducing the time-to-market for new products. It uses practical approaches to improve project results in a holistic fashion, focusing on improving how product development is managed. Using discussions and activities, the instructor will lead participants through the steps needed to improve their abilities to deliver projects on time, on budget, and meet businesses & customer’s expectations.

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Project Management for Manufacturers

September 26th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

 

 

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Mapping for Business Process

October 10th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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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Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

October 11th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

In this intensive two-day workshop, 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. Participation in 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.

 

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Leading and Training Improvement Teams

October 17th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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!

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Intro to A3 Problem Solving

October 25th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Accountability Systems through Tier Management

October 31st 2017 07:30 am to 3:30 pm at Honeywell Aerospace

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. Workshop will be held at Honeywell Aerospace, 2600 Ridgway Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Space is limited. Bring a valid driver's license or state-issued photo id to the workshop. Must notify us 5 business days in advance if you are not a U.S. Citizen. Substitutions accepted if we are notified 5 business days in advance.    

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Safety Success the Lean Way.

November 7th 2017 08:00 am to 12:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Principles of Lean manufacturing have been accepted by forward-thinking manufacturers as a way to efficiently run the production floor and impact the bottom line. There are tenets of the Lean approach that safety leaders can use to improve overall company performance as well.  By leveraging Lean principles, EHS managers, plant managers, HR managers and other employees with safety responsibilities can positively impact their culture, reduce incident rates and better integrate the safety function with the overall philosophy of the organization.

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Overcoming Resistance to Change

November 8th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Measuring the Right Things.

November 15th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

“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.

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The Frontline Leader’s Role in the Hiring Process

November 16th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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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Design of Experiments (DOE)

November 28th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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! Participants will be using Minitab 17 during this workshop. Participants are asked to bring a laptop with Minitab 17 software. For a free 30-day trial version of Minitab 17, visit www.minitab.com.

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Mistake Proofing.

November 29th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Supply Chain Negotiation Strategies

December 5th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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November 21st, 2017
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Standard Work

December 6th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

“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.

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November 22nd, 2017
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Setup Reduction

December 7th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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 of a machine setup in your company prior to the workshop.

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November 23rd, 2017
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Root Cause Analysis

December 12th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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November 28th, 2017
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Building Your Maintenance System & Culture

December 20th 2017 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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December 6th, 2017
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