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Standard Work Online

May 27th 2020 08:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

“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.

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

 

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The Frontline Leader's Role in the Hiring Process Online

June 2nd 2020 09:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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. This interactive workshop will raise awareness of two critical purposes of selection interviews: To help an employer accurately assess a candidate’s suitability for a position, and to help a candidate accurately assess a position and/or a company’s suitability for him/her.

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

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Measuring the Right Things Online

June 3rd 2020 08:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

“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!

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

 

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Persuasive Coaching & Influencing Online

June 9th 2020 01:00 pm to 3:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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 workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

 

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Root Cause Analysis Online

June 10th 2020 08:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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.

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

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Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

 

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May 27th, 2020
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Kaizen Rapid Improvement

June 16th 2020 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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Mistake Proofing Online

June 17th 2020 08:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

People don’t want to make mistakes, but all workers make them. Learn how simple Poka-Yoke (error proofing) devices can keep mistakes from turning into rejects, equipment damage or accidents. Achieve the reliable, continuous flow of Lean manufacturing. Understand the philosophies, techniques and devices that great companies use to strive for zero-defects. Alignment devices, detection equipment, sensing switches, counters and checklists are just a small part of the overall approach. 

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

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Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

 

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Root Cause Analysis

June 23rd 2020 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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Root Cause Analysis Online

June 24th 2020 08:00 am to 12:00 pm at Custom at Rational Energies

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.

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

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June 10th, 2020
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Building Your Maintenance System & Culture

June 25th 2020 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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June 11th, 2020
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Leaders Standard Work

July 14th 2020 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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June 30th, 2020
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Setup Reduction

July 15th 2020 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. Participants are asked to record a 10-15 minute 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 ma@mfrall.com by March 25.

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Conflict, Communication & Collaboration Online

July 28th 2020 09:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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.

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

 

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July 14th, 2020
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Lean Manufacturing Transformations Online

July 29th 2020 08:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

For many, the first step in creating a culture of continuous improvement and developing an army of problem solvers is to help all employees identify opportunities for improvement. Participants gain knowledge and the tools required in order to help a critical mass of employees learn how to define value and identify and eliminate waste. After completing the workshop, participants will have experienced the difference between traditional and Lean manufacturing and its components.

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

 

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July 15th, 2020
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Intro to A3 Thinking

August 6th 2020 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

A3 Thinking is a versatile tool. It allows its users to align, coach, report, and share. It can be used to create a structure for managing problem-solving, process improvement, and process transformation; any work big or small. Like all Lean tools it provides a structure to learn, gain new skills and apply them to achieve your business objectives. Original date was April 22.

 

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Maximizing Team Performance Online

August 11th 2020 09:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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 held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
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July 28th, 2020
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Accountability and Sustainment through Tier Management

September 15th 2020 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. The workshop will be held at Honeywell Aerospace, 2600 Ridgway Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Seating is limited. Must register by September 8. Participants are to bring a valid state-issued photo id. Participants must contact us seven business days in advance if not a US citizen.   

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Project Management for Manufacturers

September 16th 2020 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

This workshop is about successful project implementation. Participants will 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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Lean Manufacturing Simulation

September 17th 2020 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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Lean Manufacturing Transformations Online

September 30th 2020 08:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

For many, the first step in creating a culture of continuous improvement and developing an army of problem solvers is to help all employees identify opportunities for improvement. Participants gain knowledge and the tools required in order to help a critical mass of employees learn how to define value and identify and eliminate waste. After completing the workshop, participants will have experienced the difference between traditional and Lean manufacturing and its components.

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

 

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September 16th, 2020
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Mapping for Business Process

October 1st 2020 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. Participants in the Lean Practitioner Certification program may take this workshop as an alternate for the Value Stream Mapping workshop. Contact us in advance if you are interested in this option.

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September 17th, 2020
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Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

October 6th 2020 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

In this intensive two-day workshop on October 6 and 7, 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 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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September 22nd, 2020
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Conflict, Communication & Collaboration Online

October 6th 2020 09:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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.

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

 

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September 22nd, 2020
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Intro to A3 Problem Solving Online

October 7th 2020 08:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

A3 Thinking is a versatile tool. It allows its users to align, coach, report, and share. It can be used to create a structure for managing problem-solving, process improvement, and process transformation; any work big or small. Like all Lean tools it provides a structure to learn, gain new skills and apply them to achieve your business objectives.

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

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September 23rd, 2020
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Value Stream Mapping

October 13th 2020 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. Original date was June 2.

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Visual Management & 5S Improvements Online

October 14th 2020 08:00 am to 11:00 am at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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. 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.

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Best to have:
Camera
Microphone
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Mistake Proofing.

October 15th 2020 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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Maximizing Team Performance Online

October 20th 2020 09:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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 held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

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October 6th, 2020
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Process Mapping Online

October 21st 2020 08:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Mapping demonstrates how Lean thinking can reduce process timelines and improve quality and delivery to schedule. In this session, you will map out real processes 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. You will learn a simple 3-step process for change management and leave with an entire cache of tools to assist you through successful process improvement deployment and sustainment.

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Best to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

 

 

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The Frontline Leader's Role in the Hiring Process Online

October 27th 2020 09:00 am to 12:00 pm at LIVE ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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. This interactive workshop will raise awareness of two critical purposes of selection interviews: To help an employer accurately assess a candidate’s suitability for a position, and to help a candidate accurately assess a position and/or a company’s suitability for him/her.

This workshop is held online via Zoom:

Minimum requirements:
Computer with speakers and/or headphones
Dedicated screen for meeting time
Internet connection
Ability to download Zoom

Nice to have:
Camera
Microphone
Quieter location to hear

 

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Measuring the Right Things.

November 17th 2020 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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