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Mini Master of the Lean Enterprise

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Global competition has dramatically increased the pace of business and organizations understand the importance of each step that goes into delivering products or services to the market. The emphasis is shifting towards understanding and creating the value that customers want, all the while removing defects and reducing waste. That is what running a Lean company is all about.

The University of St. Thomas’ Mini Master of the Lean Enterprise program focuses on gaining in-depth knowledge and problem-solving skills needed by professionals developing or managing a Lean organization such as:

  • Learning the importance of incorporating all five principals for Lean enterprise
  • Discovering how value stream mapping can help identify waste in critical processes to improve productivity, delivery and costs
  • Translating the Lean management tools and concepts into an action plan in support of your organization’s strategic objectives
  • Understanding basic change management principles and tools to develop a Lean culture


The Mini Master of the Lean Enterprise teaches the skills that professionals need in order to manage a successful Lean organization including:

  • An introduction to Lean methodology
  • Customer requirements/VOC
  • Understanding Lean processes
  • 5S and visual management
  • Pull systems, kanbans and TAKT time
  • Kaizen events and continuous lean methodology improvement
  • Quality and the Lean system
  • Performance measures and Lean accounting
  • Lean inside and outside the organization
  • Change management and communication
  • Deploying the Lean process
  • Additional tools of Lean
  • Practicing hands-on simulations to examine the impact of utilizing Lean techniques

Who should attend

The Mini Master of the Lean Enterprise program is designed for professionals at any level who are responsible for improving business operations and need proven strategies that keep the organization running efficiently and effectively.

Common program participant titles and job functions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Vice President for Supply Chain and Production
  • Operations Manager
  • Director of Managed Services
  • Manufacturing Engineer Lean Processes
  • Manufacturing Supervisor
  • Value-Stream Manager
  • Lean Coordinator
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Corporate Industrial Engineer
  • Lean Business Systems Manager
  • Supply Chain Coordinator
  • Estimator
  • Senior Advanced Lean Practitioner
  • Lean Consultant
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners
  • Individuals looking to advance in their careers or those making a career change
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