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Overcoming Resistance to Change

November 27th 2018 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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Mistake Proofing.

November 28th 2018 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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Employee Performance Management and Coaching

November 29th 2018 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. This workshop is full. We have scheduled an Employee Performance Management and Coaching workshop on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Registration is now open for that workshop date.

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Preparing Your Organization For a Lean Culture Change

December 3rd 2018 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

This interactive workshop teaches leaders a framework to understand and change culture as well as how to plan organization wide change initiatives so they are successful. Individuals will learn organization culture profiles, identify their company profile and the ideal company profile to prepare their organization to become a lean culture. They will also learn the common pitfalls in lean culture transformations and how to overcome them. Interactive group exercises, case studies, and instructor examples will be used throughout this advanced-level CI workshop.

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Root Cause Analysis

December 4th 2018 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 effective root cause analysis to permanently eliminate problems from recurring. When structured methods and tools are used, this can be accomplished.

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Persuasive Coaching & Influencing

December 5th 2018 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. Participants will understand and develop the influence and persuasion skills to make them more effective as team leaders.

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November 21st, 2018
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Leaders Standard Work

December 6th 2018 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Room

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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November 22nd, 2018
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Advanced Kanban Systems

December 7th 2018 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.

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November 23rd, 2018
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Setup Reduction

December 11th 2018 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 prior to the workshop.

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Maximizing Team Performance

December 13th 2018 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. This workshop is full. We have scheduled a Maximizing Team Performance workshop on January 29, 2019. Registration is now open for that workshop date.

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Supply Chain Negotiation Strategies

December 14th 2018 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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Building Your Maintenance System & Culture

December 18th 2018 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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Standard Work

December 19th 2018 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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Conflict, Communication and Collaboration

December 20th 2018 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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Lean Manufacturing Simulation

January 8th 2019 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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December 25th, 2018
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6 Sigma Green Belt Certification

January 9th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Develop a structured, data-driven approach to eliminate defects, decrease variation, and improve the customer experience. All attendees participate in hands-on exercises that demonstrate the application of Six Sigma improvement techniques and the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) problem solving methodology. Individuals should have experience with basic Six Sigma improvement methodologies. Participants who would like an introductory overview of Six Sigma principles should take the Intro to 6 Sigma workshop prior to attending Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Participants must attend the following workshops: Define and Measure - January 9, 2019, Analyze - January 23, 2019, and Improvements & Controls - February 6, 2019. Bring a laptop to the workshops.

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Intro to Training Within Industry (TWI)

January 10th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Training Within Industry (TWI) is a successful 4-part system for documenting, training, and improving work in all departments. In this introductory workshop, all attendees participate in interactive team exercises that demonstrate, in a practical manner, the application of all four elements of training within industry: Job Instruction, Job Methods, Job Relations, and Job Safety.

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Accelerating a Lean Culture

January 15th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at GN ReSound

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. This workshop will be held at GN ReSound, 8001 Bloomington Freeway, Bloomington, MN 55420. Wear closed-toe footwear.

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The Role of the Leader

January 17th 2019 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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Visual Management & 5S Improvements

January 22nd 2019 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. 

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January 8th, 2019
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Employee Performance Management and Coaching

January 24th 2019 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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Maximizing Team Performance

January 29th 2019 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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January 15th, 2019
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Project Management for Manufacturers

January 30th 2019 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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January 16th, 2019
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Successful Contract Management

February 7th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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January 24th, 2019
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Toyota's 8-Step Problem Solving

February 12th 2019 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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Mapping for Business Process

February 13th 2019 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! Business 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 workshop, participants will map out real business processes, participate in hands on exercises, and learn about pre and post mapping tools to add to a personal toolbox. Learn a simple 3-step process for change management and leave with an entire cache of tools to assist through successful process improvement deployment and sustainment.

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Value Stream Mapping

February 20th 2019 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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Intro to 6 Sigma

February 21st 2019 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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Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and Design for Manufacturability and Assembly

February 22nd 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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Kaizen Rapid Improvement

March 7th 2019 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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February 21st, 2019
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Measuring the Right Things.

March 26th 2019 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! Participants 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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March 12th, 2019
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Intro to A3 Problem Solving

April 2nd 2019 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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March 19th, 2019
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Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

April 4th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

In this intensive two-day workshop held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 and Friday, April 5, 2019, 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 two-day workshop 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.

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Toyota Kata Coaching

May 2nd 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

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.

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April 18th, 2019
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Design of Experiments (DOE)

May 15th 2019 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. Bring a laptop with Minitab loaded. A free 30-day trial version is available at www.minitab.com. Do not access through a VPN.

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!

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