APICS Calendar of Events - Lean ERP Best Practices

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apics lean operations workshopLEAN ENTERPRISE WORKSHOP – A multi-session Seminar focusing on Lean Implementation from Culture to Execution
The Lean Enterprise Workshop takes place over seven sessions and contains exercises and real-world examples beginning with the "House of Toyota" and encompassing formal Lean methodologies including, takt time, Kanbans, use of pull scheduling coupled with "heijunka" load leveling, value stream mapping, poka yokes, 5S and more including broader concepts of continuous improvement involving FMEA, Six Sigma and PDCA with an ultimate focus on building an executable action plan designed for your organization.

As more organizations go lean, the demand for skilled workers and a system-wide approach for developing and implementing lean project plans is escalating. This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to map the path to lean culture at your organization.

This workshop will give you the tools to

  • complete a self-assessment to determine your organization's readiness to implement lean

  • gain practical experience analyzing how to incorporate lean into organizations

  • develop a project plan for implementing lean into your organization

  • Understanding of Lean culture and how culture can make or break your initiative

The APICS Lean Enterprise Workshop Series is organized so you can approach and understand the lean transformation process systematically. Using scenarios from a fictitious company, Murphy's Toys, you will be tasked with finding lean solutions to numerous challenges. This method will provide you with the flexibility to immediately customize what you've learned and implement it at your own organization.

Seminar Description: There are seven sections in the series plus a capstone event and presentation. Each section contains exercises and real-world examples with a special 8th session covering why companies fail to match Toyota and the TPS Toyota Production System and what they can do about it. The 7 sections are:

You will gain an overview of the many components of implementing a lean transformation in your organization and gauge your organization's readiness through a hands-on assessment.

Lean Culture
Explore the effects of a lean implementation on your employees and learn about the importance of teams. The Kaizen, a team-oriented continuous improvement event will be introduced in this section.

Value Stream Mapping
Learn about value stream mapping and this tool's value for viewing processes and determining potential areas of improvement. Draw a current state map and then learn about concepts to help you improve your future state.

Stability and Process Improvements
Learn how to improve process stability, achieve demand stability and improve manufacturing process efficiencies.

Determine customer demand, standard work, line balancing and many other tools to meet customer demand. Participants will explore the use of a heijunka system to meet customer demand through a hands-on activity.

Review the way a lean company measures and align measurements with objectives. Topics include lean accounting, inventory costs, target costs and lead time.

Learn about the long-term changes to sustain the gains made. Topics include lean design, analyzing failures and ensuring ongoing quality control and continuous improvement.

Key Concepts and Culture – The Toyota Production System
Learn about key concepts and culture of Toyota and the TPS (Toyota Production System) Understand key differences why Toyota is so far ahead of the pack implementing Lean compared to the rest. What makes their Lean philosophy so much better. Get the real information from an actual TPS practitioner and consultant regarding the Toyota Lean philosophy and why other companies have yet to fully master the art.

Benefits to Participants:

  • Complete a self-assessment to determine your organization’s readiness to implement lean

  • Gain practical experience analyzing how to incorporate lean into organizations

  • Obtain broad knowledge of lean enterprise solutions

  • Prepare a practical project plan for implementing lean into your organization


Andy Pattanyus, CPIM, Ellen Kane, CPIM, and Michael Thornburg, MBA, CPIM will be co instructing this 7 week seminar beginning on 9/25/12 through 11/06/12, with commencement by Sammy Obara, Capstone Speaker at our very own APICS Professional Development Meeting on 11/08/12.

For more information, click HERE - APICS courseware is value-add to any organization. You are encouraged to inquire and attend courses benefitting and enhancing operations and profitability.


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