Lean Transformation
Academy

At Lean Focus, one of the most critical elements for sustaining a transformative business culture is through quality teaching and hands-on skill development with a standardized, proven approach. Through our Lean Transformation Academy, our highly experienced trainers will take you through an immersion of our most critical Lean Focus Business System™ tools at the quality teaching level we have become globally recognized for. Our training acts as a unique standalone opportunity for individual practitioners, or can complement your existing Lean Focus on-site services.

Are you ready for a Lean Transformation? Your journey begins here.

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2020 Course Schedule

Available Courses

Course #Course Title & DescriptionCourse Details

300-2000

Building a Lean Business System

If you are familiar with high performance organizations that have strong cultures to achieve results, such as Toyota, Danaher, John Deere, and Ford, you might wonder, what is the secret behind their performance?
It’s no secret! Each of these companies has a common trait – they have each built a strong performance culture over time using a successful Operating or Business System rollout. These business systems are the collection of values, beliefs, and tools that drive the culture of performance, setting expectations, reducing waste, and ultimately, delivering results. So how do you know if a centralized Business System is right for you and your company?

Category: Leadership
Trainer: Damon Baker
Duration: 2 Days

300-2004

Continuous Improvement Leader Boot Camp

Are you a leader within your organization with a mission to drive continuous improvement initiatives to drive performance results? Are you seeking new tools, need a refresher on lean tools, or looking for new best practice insights to help you drive action and manage change in a quickly changing environment?

Lean Focus will teach you the most critical tools and skills you will need in order to be the change agent within your organization, from the planning and preparation of strategic priorities, identifying the right tool applications to make improvements, driving action, practicing skills necessary to facilitate kaizen events, and ensuring sustainment of actions and accountability across your organization.

Category: Leadership
Trainer(s): Damon Baker
Duration: 5 Days

400-1001

Complete Guide to VSM (Commercial, Ops, R&D, Mixed Model)

Value Stream Mapping is a widely recognized and highly effective lean management tool that can be applied across a multitude of applications. While the basic process of Value Stream Mapping can be used across any types of challenges, process flows, and industries, it is not always well understood how to adjust and cater the Value Stream Map towards the audience. A Value Stream Mapping approach that works well in operations may not be as applicable in Marketing.

Category: Foundational
Trainer(s): Damon Baker
Duration: 3 Days

400-3001

How to Lead VSM/TPI Kaizen

Need to do a deep dive on a particular problematic non-manufacturing process (i.e. back office processes, digital transactions, etc.)? Want to create or redesign a process flow for a critical area of your business? Want to document and better understand an existing process for Standard Work development? Transactional Process Improvement (TPI) is a lean methodology that complements Value Stream Mapping (VSM) in helping you get to a more detailed view of processes. While Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a macro- view of the inputs, key processes, and output of delivery, Transactional Process Improvement (TPI) is a micro- deep dive into the specific elements of a process or processes that are targeted for improvement.

Category: Foundational
Trainer(s): Damon Baker
Duration: 3 Days

300-2003

Leading the Lean Transformation

As a Leader in an organization, you are the most critical to drive the direction, culture, and performance by your team. Leading a full- or partial-scale Lean Transformation will take understanding, patience, and diligence. Through this 1-day course, you will be exposed to the most critical Leadership elements needed in order to adopt, implement, and sustain a thriving Lean culture.

Category: Leadership
Trainer(s): Damon Baker
Duration: 1 Day

400-5001

Problem-Solving & Daily Management

Over these 3 days, Lean Focus will teach you HANDS-ON how to use two of the most critical business improvement processes of Problem-Solving (PS2) and Daily Management (DM).  Learn unique and proven methodologies from former Lean Leaders who have extensive experience applying these techniques across all functions and challenges faced within start-ups to Fortune 200 organizations. 

Category: Foundational
Trainer(s): Damon Baker
Duration: 3 Days

200-1001

Quality System Fundamentals

Quality is one of the most important variables by which our customers measure our value in providing products or services, but it is often overlooked or taken for granted until a quality problem smacks us in the face. If your organization does not have a clear Quality System in place today or needs to improve your Quality System, whether it be the process design, communication, channels, or final quality checks, this course is for you.

Category: Lean
Trainer: Damon Baker
Duration: 2 Days

300-1003

Strategy Deployment

Over these 2 days, Lean Focus will teach you HANDS-ON about Strategy Deployment and ensuring that your strategic priorities are focused, aligned, actionable and with clear measurements to track progress and impact. Using the famous hoshin-kanri X-matrix format (aka Strategy Deployment or Policy Deployment), you will learn unique and proven methodologies from former Executive Leaders who have extensive experience applying these tools and driving performance improvements, from start-ups to Fortune 200 organizations.

Category: Leadership
Trainer: Damon Baker
Duration: 2 Days

100-2002

VAVE Boot Camp

The front end design process is one of the most impactful on whether a product or service will succeed or fail, but is often times the most siloed process, despite the need for cross-functional execution for success. When designing a new product or planning to change an existing product, Value Analysis Value Engineering (VAVE) is an organized systematic methodology that allows you to make the functions of a product, system, building, or an organization crystal clear, forces you to assess cost-function relationships, and stimulates a desire to creatively achieve functions at the lowest possible cost without sacrificing performance or delivery.

Category: Growth
Trainer(s): Damon Baker
Duration: 5 Days

During Your Stay

Lean Transformation
Academy

821 E. Washington Avenue, 4th floor, Suite 402
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 630-800-8519
E-mail: info@leanfocus.com

Travel Information

Airport

The closest airport to the Lean Transformation Academy is the Dane Regional Airport in Madison, WI (MSN), which is conveniently located close to the training center. Other neighboring airports include Chicago O’Hare (ORD, approximately 2.5 hour drive), and Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE, approximately 1.5 hour drive).

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Indigo
901 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-256-0061
Registration Link Here

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Madison Central
610 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713
Phone: 608-709-5050
Registration Link Here

Frequently Asked Questions

Each course will have its own unique pre-work requirement. Please read more information about the pre-work requirement on the Course Registration page before signing up. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with more details and attachments for your pre-work.

You should plan to bring your pre-work, as requested, for your specific course that will be provided to you in your course confirmation e-mail. You should bring any tools you use for note-taking but in most courses, you will be given worksheets and hand-outs that will guide you through the course content. Lastly, you should bring any real examples from your current business or work that would relate to the topic and allow you to apply what you learned in class to work on a real life problem. The best learning is one that engages real work!

Please read the course description and attendee recommendations carefully to ensure that the course content will be applicable to you and your function. If you have any questions, you can contact us at info@leanfocus.com and we can help you identify the right course for your needs.

Refunds are allowed up to 30 days before the event.