“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:
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:
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:
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.
SPEAKER: Pat Chen, HR Director, Lexington Manufacturing
TOPIC: HR’s Inside Scoop about Recruiting
Do you want to know the inside secrets how Human Resources and hiring managers make decisions during the hiring process? Get a glimpse inside the minds of the hiring decision makers and adjust your job search strategy to land that next job!
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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:
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.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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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. Topics discussed will include change leadership best practice, realistic implementation strategies, execution planning, education and communication plans, overcoming resistance and biases.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 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:
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:
Customers, employees and suppliers can tell a well-run plant and office without a narrated tour. The visual clues are everywhere. Visual management and 5S is a straight-forward approach that impacts your customer and employee image, productivity and sales. The many facets of visual management and 5S can allow employees to show pride and organization in their area, give them performance feedback, provide incentive to hit their goals, illustrate what is expected of them and recognize a job well done. These techniques can help overcome language and reading barriers and boost learning retention too.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 other. 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:
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, 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. You 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. Participants in our Lean Practitioner Certification program may take this workshop as an alternate for the Value Stream Mapping workshop. Contact our office if interested in this option.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:
Improve your product development performance, team effectiveness, and speed-to-market. Learn practical methods for leading cross functional teams through the steps of building and compressing a project plan, increasing team ownership and engagement in the project plan. Learn different visual boards for managing various types of projects and practice Agile techniques for running effective stand-up meetings.Show similar events in:
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 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 practical foundation, you can build a quality system.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:
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:
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. Understand the philosophies, techniques and devices that great companies use to strive for zero-defects.Show similar events in:
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, 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 businessShow similar events in:
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. Topics will include: What’s behind typical human responses to change and how to handle those not-so-apparent factors? The surprising but most effective ways to guide people through transitions and help them return successfully to productive, committed work. A roadmap of steps and activities to guide people through transitions at work. Ways to support and encourage movement toward the goals and purpose of change at work.