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Georgia Tech Professional Education

Jump-Starting Your Lean Effort – an Overview and Live Simulation of Lean Manufacturing

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As the world grows smaller, your organization's competition continues to increase. In this course, learn how to begin the Lean transformation vital to gaining a competitive edge. Eliminate overproduction from traditional production management systems and link processes to internal and external demand. You will also utilize Value Stream Mapping (VSM) as a tool to guide implementation efforts.

What You Will Learn

  • Waste identification and reduction
  • How to identify value added versus non value added.
  • Foundation Lean techniques
  • Advanced Lean techniques
  • How to facilitate VSM events
  • How VSM can create the "road map" of success

How You Will Benefit

  • Experience the impact of Lean practices on a production process.
  • Use Lean techniques to eliminate waste.
  • Use VSM to see the waste in your system and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Understand how to increase throughput, reduce waste, increase profitability, and reduce lead times to make your firm more competitive.

Course Content


  • The evolution of Lean
  • Key elements of Lean
  • Why now?
  • How is it different?


  • Eight wastes
  • Value added versus non-value added
  • Lead time


  • Value streaming mapping basics
  • How to facilitate the VSM event
  • How to identify and analyze opportunities


  • 5S/6S
  • Layout/flow
  • Point-of-use storage
  • Set up time reduction
  • Batch size reduction
  • Takt time


  • Visual controls
  • Quality at the source
  • Standardized work
  • Pull systems
  • Total productive maintenance


  • How to brainstorm and consensus building
  • Action planning
  • How to develop the "road map"
  • Culture change

Who should attend

This course is designed for general managers, plant managers, operations managers, and continuous improvement and manufacturing managers in manufacturing, supply chain, and logistics.


Sam Darwin is a project manager with the Lean Services Group. He has been assisting companies initiate Lean efforts since 1995 and first began implementing Lean at Schlumberger Industries in 1992. Sam specializes in implementing cellular manufacturing and pull systems and in assisting companies d...
Kelley Hundt is a manufacturing systems project manager at the Georgia Institute of Technology Enterprise Innovation Institute, a position in which she assists customers with information on available enterprise resources planning software, including the selection and implementation of such softwa...
Paul J. Todd is a project manager for the Georgia Institute of Technology regional office in Macon. His work with companies in Georgia focuses mainly on lean manufacturing. In addition, he acts as a liaison to the larger Georgia Tech community for organizations in middle Georgia. Prior to joining...
Tom Sammon is a Lean Services project manager for the Georgia Institute of Technology regional office in Carrollton where he focuses on implementing lean manufacturing practices and helping companies develop capital equipment applications. His 15 years of experience have been in the field of ind...
Experienced lean/process improvement consultant with a history of value-added deliverables. Successful strategy leader for key industry segment within a management consulting organization. Adept at developing positive, sustained relationships from executive leadership to front-line employees. Eff...
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