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Lean Change Management Workshop

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

Build trust, commitment, and positive results through any change initiative. Organizational change is constant. And yet many people react to change with denial or resistance. As a change leader, your ability to help people overcome their reactions and get on-board with new initiatives is critical to your success. In this one-day workshop, you’ll gain practical tools that will enable you to manage reactions to change and communicate in a manner that inspires followership and optimal productivity through any change initiative.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand your role as a change leader

  • Get clear on your own reaction to change as well as the reaction of those you work with

  • Appreciate why others may react negatively to change and how best to respond

  • Adapt your communication style to gain buy-in and support from others toward change initiatives

  • Increase the readiness to embrace change and overcome resistance in your work environment

Who Should Attend:

Supervisors, Team Leaders and Managers responsible for implementing change initiatives within their organization.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

We see together.  We learn Together.  We do Together.
Manufacturing Lean Project Management Workshop

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

You learn the Toyota way to manage all kinds of projects in a Lean way for improving the quality of product and production system, reducing project and production costs, reducing Time-To-Market and Project Lead Time. Another effect is to improve productivity as well as motivation of innovation and development resources. Moreover, you learn how to reduce the administrative work of traditional project management by using the Lean Six Sigma principles and tools.

Learning Objectives:

  • Principles of Lean Project Development

  • Moving from Traditional Development Process to Lean Development Process

  • Project Mapping

  • Project Planning Tools
    - Project Initiation
    - Project Design (Milestones, Stage-Gate Models)
    - Last Planner System

  • Mission Control Tools
    - Obeya Control
    - Risk Kanban
    - Project Standards

  • Project Management Games: Rocket and Construction Vessel Projects

Who Should Attend:

Managers, and especially Project Managers, who are involved in all types of new projects such as: Product Development, Plant Development, Software Development, Construction, Event, Maintenance Overhaul, Business Processes and Service Development.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

Lean Workshop

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

This workshop will show the connectivity between the various types of lean tools, techniques and concepts and how the benefits of using lean can be captured in both quantitative and qualitative aspects. Participants will be asked to bring specific problems or challenges with them to this workshop and throughout the day, "real-life" examples, applicable to their situation, will be given to show how to capture the benefits of lean based upon their specific need. At the end of this workshop, participants will leave with an action plan, specific to their needs, to aid them in capturing the qualitative and quantitative benefits of lean within their organization. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Have a better understanding of the qualitative and quantitative value of lean

  • Learn several approaches to capture the value of their lean activities

  • Apply their specific situation to a profit model

  • Practice speaking in a common language that resonates with their customers

  • See where the benefits will and will not appear on the financial statements over time

 Who Should Attend:

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of personnel in a wide range of industries, functional areas, and levels, such as

  • Healthcare

  • Manufacturing

  • Service industries

  • Non-financial and financial professionals

  • Operations

  • Business process functional areas (e.g. HR, IT, Finance, etc.)

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Lean Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, not simpler." Albert Einstein

Project Identification & Selection Workshop

Duration: 5 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

The Project ID and Selection workshop includes (1) providing participants with cycles of learning on applying the project identification and selection methodology in a tightly scoped and managed workshop environment, (2) identifying, screening/selecting, and scoping Lean projects for Lean Six Sigma training and deployment (including scheduling prioritization session), and (3) demonstrating the power of project selection methodology to site/unit management teams. This workshop focuses on an analysis of the Voice of the Business, Voice of the Customer and Voice of the Process to identify project opportunities.

The activities include:

  • Pre-work distribution to onsite team and assessment attendees (as pre-work).

  • Kick-off workshop with site tour for onsite team, and session with local leadership team for review of strategic agenda and establish areas of focus (value drivers).

  • Quick review of site budget (benchmarks, gaps, goals).

  • Conduct current state performance assessment of existing processes and products to identify improvement opportunities and projects.

  • Identify gaps in performance based on budget benchmarks and/or analysis of shortfalls (Voice of the Business).

  • Identify gaps in performance to internal and external customer requirements (Voice of the Customer).

  • Conduct interviews in functional areas and organization levels to value stream map the macro processes, deep-dive into problem areas and/or integration points (Voice of the Process).

  • Survey workforce and human resources for environmental, health, safety, morale, and similar issues (Voice of the Environmental/Health/Safety/Regulatory/Employee)

  • Conduct benefit / effort screening of potential projects.

  • Create project charters for identified projects - first drafts.

  • Assign project charter completion to process owners (sponsors) and schedule prioritization session.

  • Report-out session with top local leadership

Who Should Attend:

Lean Six Sigma Leaders, Champions, Advisors and Lean Six Sigma team members.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

"If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing."
~ W. Edwards Deming
"The transformation to world-class quality is not possible without committed, visionary, hands-on leadership."  Steven George
Lean for Leadership Workshop

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

The objective of this workshop is to help leaders understand conceptual differences between applying lean to their organization vs. integrating it into the business system with the expectation of creating a new problem solving culture, and what changes in their own thinking and behaviors are required so they can effectively support their organizational transformation. In the course of the workshop, we will facilitate reflection sessions to help you clarify the current state of an organization and define the gap between where you are today and where you need to be. We will engage participants into thinking about personal leadership habits and practices, what has to be done as the leader to help your organization make business improvements, and what your individual “gaps” are that need to be closed.

Topics to Cover

  • What is “Lean” and what does it mean to your organization?

  • Why is it so hard to introduce and sustain lean?

  • Aligning Purpose, Process, People and the scientific method of PDCA to build the culture of continuous improvement

  • Modern versus Lean Management (thinking about how you run your business)

  • The leader’s role in providing direction and aligning the organization

  • Leadership skills, competencies and capabilities required to build the lean culture

  • Issues around creating change and improving business results

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is appropriate for continuous improvement leaders in a wide range of industries, functional areas, and levels, such as

  • Healthcare

  • Manufacturing

  • Service industries

  • Non-financial and financial professionals

  • Operations

  • Business process functional areas (e.g. HR, IT, Finance, etc.)

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

Oil & Gas Lean Project Management Workshop

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

You learn the Toyota way to manage all kinds of projects in a Lean way for improving the quality of product and production system, reducing project and production costs, and Project Lead Time. Another Effect is to improve productivity as well as motivation of innovation and development resources. Moreover, you learn how to reduce the administration work of traditional project management by using the Obeya principles and tools.

Learning Objectives:

  • Principles of Lean Project Development

  • Moving from Traditional Development Process to Lean Development Process

  • Project Mapping

  • Project Planning Tools
    - Project Initiation
    - Project Design (Milestones, Stage-Gate Models)
    - Last Planner System

  • Mission Control Tools
    - Obeya Control
    - Risk Kanban
    - Project Standards

  • Project Management Games: Rocket and Construction Vessel Projects

Who Should Attend:

Managers, and especially Project Managers, who are involved in all types of new projects such as: Product Development, Plant Development, Software Development, Construction, Event, Maintenance Overhaul, Business Processes and Service Development.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

"Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things."
~ Peter Drucker
Kaizen Event Workshop

Duration: 3 or 5 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

Kaizen originates from the Japanese words “kai”, change and “zen” better.   This workshop is a 2-3 day intensive team activity to identify and carry out significant workplace improvement.  Participants are typically a cross functional team that is empowered to make, in a week or so, changes that would otherwise take months or longer to make. This lite workshop includes pre-work with the stakeholders prior to the actual Kaizen event itself.  The pre-work includes understanding organizational objectives and goals, establishing the voice of the customer and voice of the business, data gathering, team selection and planning for the Kaizen event.   Post Kaizen-work includes finalization of the action plans and establishing a monitoring plan.

Objectives:

  • Address urgent business or process need, or advance a business improvement program.

  • Drive to resolve specific problem or achieving a specific goal

  • Establish actionable plans to implement solutions generated from the Kaizen event

 

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of personnel in a wide range of industries, functional areas, and levels, such as

  • Healthcare

  • Manufacturing

  • Service industries

  • Non-financial and financial professionals

  • Operations

  • Business process functional areas (e.g. HR, IT, Finance, etc.)

 

Note: The complexity of the project for a Kaizen Event will dictate the length of the Event. i.e. Lite (2 -3 Days) or Full (5 Days)

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

"Excellent firms don't believe in excellence - only in constant improvement and constant change." Tom Peters
5S Visual Workplace Workshop

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

5S methodology has been introduced and perfected by Toyota in order to make waste visible and eliminate it. 5S, a system of visual cues that helps reduce waste and achieve more consistent operational results through maintaining an orderly workplace, has been widely used in all sorts of organizations, from manufacturing to health care, from military to financial institutions. ​​This workshop has been designed to introduce you to the 5S methodology and help you learn basic implementation steps including evaluation and audit.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how the 5S system will help you correctly apply the lean techniques through making waste visible and supporting standardized work requirements

  • Learn the purpose behind each step and the criteria to evaluate how well each “S” has been implemented

  • Get a structured format to start using this technique right away in your organization in order to create a pathway for lean implementation

  • Be able to start the 5S practices and permeate that throughout the organization to make it part of your company culture

Who Should Attend:

Managers at all levels, supervisors, engineers, operators/technicians, internal lean/process improvement professionals and anyone else that's going to be participating in the 5S program. 

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

"Quality is not an act, it is a habit."  Aristotle

Lean WORKSHOPS

Our Lean Workshop Program(s) are leading examples in Lean Enterprise learning and provide a comprehensive, flexible approach to building a portfolio of integrated skills for lean leadership and management. By using leading, cost-effective programming and philosophies and by providing a solution tailored to our client's needs, we can help increase productivity, understand the processes and bottlenecks and ultimately improve organizational outcomes and support budget control’s.

 

 
Lean & Six Sigma Sprint™ Workshop

Duration: 3 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

Sometimes a full strategy or deployment cannot quickly address an immediate problem. Sprint is defined as a burst of speed at any point during a race. VRI’s Lean & Six Sigma Sprint™ (or Lean & Sigma Sprint™ for short) solution is a burst of speed at any point in a company’s Lean & Six Sigma journey.  We will work with you to enable your company to successfully “sprint” from your current state to an improved state at whatever level and scope of necessity. VRI Experts will analyze the current situation and recommend a well-crafted Lean Six Sigma tools and pilot project, thus making sure that solution is right every time. 

Examples of VRI Lean Sigma Sprints™

  • Just-Do-It projects

  • Plan-Do-Check-Act projects

  • Root Cause Investigation & Analysis

  • Value Stream Mapping Events

  • Kaizen Events Current-State Process Mapping

  • Benchmarking

  • Gap Analysis

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is intended for Lean Six Sigma practitioners who are familiar with Lean Six Sigma concepts and tools and want to “sprint’ into a desired future state or outcome through a focused understanding and use of a specific but appropriate tool or methodology.

This workshop is appropriate for continuous improvement leaders and practitioners in a wide range of industries, functional areas, and levels, such as

  • Healthcare

  • Manufacturing

  • Service industries

  • Non-financial and financial professionals

  • Operations

  • Business process functional areas (e.g. HR, IT, Finance, etc.)

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Lean Six Sigma Sprint Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

  • Project Prioritization

  • Planning for DOE

  • Statistical Analysis

  • Data Mining

  • Process Capability Analysis

  • Control Charts

"Quality depends on good data. It also depends on executive leadership in using that data." Juran Institute, Inc.
 
Value Stream Mapping Workshop

Duration: 3 - 5 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants
Value Stream Mapping is a powerful tool for analyzing information and material flow throughout an organization or between organizations and identifying and planning improvements. The value-stream map is a paper-and-pencil representation of every process in the material and information flow of a product or product family, along with key data. It differs significantly from tools such as process mapping or layout diagrams because it includes information flow as well as material flow. Mapping is a critical initial step in lean transformations because it shows you where you could apply lean techniques, such as kaizen events, for maximum effect. Mapping helps you avoid the common mistake of cherry-picking individual lean techniques, which creates isolated islands of improvement and limited benefits. 

Mapping helps you:

  • Establish a direction for the company’s improvement efforts – maps become the blueprints for the lean transformation

  • Target kaizen activities for bigger and more sustainable impact

  • Gain a better understanding of the linkages between material and information flow

  • Visualize improvements to the overall production flow, instead of spot improvements to single processes

  • Create the basis for an effective lean implementation plan by designing how a facility’s door-to-door material and information flow could operate

  • Give operators, engineers, and managers a common language and process for continuous improvement

Who Should Attend:

  • Operators, managers, supervisor, and change agents in any industry with multi-step processes

  • Transactional or services professionals interested in better understanding the flow of a product from "raw material" to the shelf in their industry

  • Professionals from organizations at any level of a lean journey, particularly (but not exclusively) those just beginning

 

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Value Stream Mapping Events to fit any industry or schedule. 

"Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results."  Albert Einstein
Lean Six Sigma Program Deployment Workshop

Duration: 5 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

The Deployment Planning workshop is designed to dramatically accelerate the process of completing the many decisions necessary for an organization to successfully deploy Lean Six Sigma (LSS). ​The workshop is facilitated as a Kaizen event, i.e. one week, full-time participation by the core team and Deployment Champions (as well as 'as-needed' participation by other subject matter experts (SME's), high-energy and with an eye towards making as many decisions as possible. The results of the event include a coordinated set of deployment decisions with high 'buy-in' from the broader organization. Further, the one-week event will usually accelerate the deployment decision making process by 3 months or more, pulling forward in time the launch of projects. It dramatically reduces the time to financial results, enabling the deployment to pay for itself much quicker.

Objectives:

Specific deployment decisions are covered in the workshop. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Deployment Strategy

  • Candidate Selection and Retention

  • Financial Control

  • Change and Communications

  • Project Realization

  • Training Coordination and Support

  • Project Management and Deployment Tracking

 

Who Should Attend:

Lean Six Sigma Leaders, Champions, Advisors and Lean Six Sigma team members.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lean Logistics & Supply Chain Workshop

Duration: 1-2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

This one day workshop is for people responsible for improving the flexibility, agility and efficiency of their supply chain to meet customer requirements. You will learn the key contributing factors that block the flow of actual demand information and product through the supply chain and the benefits of a Lean supply chain through a simulated environment. This will be followed by a discussion regarding the key drivers to achieve a Lean Supply Chain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the Value Chain 

  • How Lean Six Sigma eliminates waste and reduce variance in supply chain

  • The Role of the Value Stream Manager

  • Optimizing Order Fulfillment

  • Managing Velocity, Throughput and Inventory

Who Should Attend:

Organizations at any stage of a lean journey. Organizations that are part of a multi-tiered supply chain. All levels of management from Vice President to supervisor, change agents, and professional staff

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of hacking at the leaves.