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Kaizen Leader Training

Kaizen Leader Course

The Kaizen Leader training is available as a standalone eLearning course for individuals and may also be combined with facilitated role-play simulations for training groups of Kaizen Leaders in a corporate blended learning model.

The online Kaizen Leader course develops skills needed to effectively plan and lead a Kaizen Event, i.e., a series of process improvement activities intended to extend over a period of 3-5 days. The course provides a flexible framework for planning, executing and reporting Kaizen activities. The course content includes essential lean tools and techniques to identify and eliminate process waste including: value stream mapping, continuous flow, takt time, kaizen, line balancing, quick changeover, and 5-S, among others.

For more in-depth and coverage of a broader range of Lean Method topics, we suggest our Lean Methods Accelerator course.

NOTE: This course comes with EngineRoom® statistical software at no additional charge. EngineRoom® is MoreSteam.com's preferred software and will be available to Kaizen Leader students for 365 days with the purchase of this course.

  • Course Overview+

    • This instructor-supported course is approximately 22 hours long, and you have access to the materials for 365 days.

      This course consists of six sessions, each of which is a collection of related lessons, covering Kaizen activities structured in a 5-day Kaizen framework.

      Individual lessons include simulations, toolsets and interactive practice exercises. Each session ends with an interactive quiz to test your knowledge.

      • Session 1 provides an overview of Kaizen and Kaizen Leadership, Lean Methods, background, and integration of Lean within the Six Sigma improvement process (DMAIC).
      • Sessions 2 covers Pre-Event Planning, including lessons on team formation and dynamics, as well as keys to successful project execution.
      • Sessions 3 includes lessons on how to develop and apply specific Lean tools and methods to describe the current state of the process under study.
      • Sessions 4 covers tools and techniques to identify root causes of process problems and possible solutions.
      • Sessions 5 offers principles and possible tools for implementing change(s).
      • Sessions 6 concludes the course with lessons on closing out the project and locking in gains.

      Each lesson is devoted to one of a variety of helpful learning tools, and includes access to supplemental resources, from an online encyclopedia to a notes tab to support links. The course navigation map affords movement through the course in a linear fashion or by skipping around and exploring topics as needed.

      Learning Objectives

      The overall objective of this course is to provide you with the skills and tools to effectively plan and lead a Kaizen event.

      The interactive exercises, varied examples, session quizzes and rigorous practice exercises throughout the course will provide you with abundant challenge, testing your knowledge and building your skills.

      To successfully complete this course, you must review all of the lessons and complete all of the quiz modules.

      Efficient, Informative and Accessible

      • All course content is presented online, in an on-demand format. To begin, you simply log onto the MoreSteam University learning portal.
      • Numerous case studies and examples focus on service and transactional processes, as well as production applications.
      • With a heavy practice orientation, as much as 1/2 of your time will be spent working through interactive practice exercises and online assessments.
      • You have 365 days to complete this course.
  • Is This Right For You? +

    • Do you need solid knowledge of how to plan and execute focused efforts to solve a process problem? Then our Kaizen Leader course is for you.
    • Our online Kaizen Leader training is ideal if you seek information and practice about the principles of continuous improvement and team leadership. If you have limitations on your time, travel, and budget, and especially if you've been asked to work your day-to-day job at the same time you need to develop Kaizen leadership skills. The course covers Kaizen planning, working with teams to implement Kaizen analysis and change management. Our courses provide you with content-on-demand, which means you can set your own schedule, progress at your own speed, and review and re-enter sessions whenever you wish. For example, after completing the course you can review the content and access the tools when you need just-in-time refresher training when starting another Kaizen cycle.
  • Benefits +

      Online training through MoreSteam is:

    • Flexible: This course is presented in a logical format organized by Kaizen event day, but the sessions are modular, so you can explore the material however and whenever you like.
    • Accessible: Online training is available to you wherever you have an Internet connection and a browser.
    • Responsive: The quizzes provide immediate feedback. The practice-based interactive exercise will engage your interest and help you to remember the material.
    • Affordable: e-Learning has a far lower cost than classroom training. You have no travel expenses and don't miss valuable days at work.
    • Meaningful: As proof of your expertise, you will receive a certificate of completion and CEUs or PDUs of credit.
  • What the Alumni Say +

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  • Course Outline +

      Session 1: Introduction to Kaizen
      Introduction
      Kaizen Leader Introduction 2
      The Kaizen Schedule - Pre-work
      The Kaizen Schedule - Event Week
      The 5 Lean Principles
      The 8 Forms of Waste
      DMAIC - The Lean Six Sigma Improvement Process
      Lean and DMAIC
      Kaizen Measurements
      Baseline Performance
      Introduction to EngineRoom®
      Skill Check
      Session 2: Pre-Event Planning
      Preparing for the Kaizen Event
      Leading Teams
      Developing an Effective Team
      Improving Team Development
      4 Conversations Toolset
      Success Factors For Effective Change Management
      Project Charter Toolset
      Process Mapping (SIPOC) Toolset
      The Key to Successful Project Execution
      Project Planning & Tracking Toolset
      Skill Check
      Session 3: Kaizen Day 1: Understanding the Current State
      Kaizen: Day 1
      Kaizen Event - Day 1 Schedule
      Process Thinking
      The Source of Value
      Value Stream Leverage
      Takt Time
      Value-Added Flow Charts
      Spaghetti Charts
      Value Stream Mapping Toolset
      The Theory of Constraints (TOC) Toolset
      Skill Check
      Session 4: Kaizen Day 2: Root Causes and Solutions
      Kaizen: Day 2
      Kaizen Event - Day 2 Schedule
      Cause & Effect Diagram Toolset
      5-Why, 1-How
      Scatter Plot Toolset
      Brainstorming
      Skill Check
      Session 5: Kaizen Days 3 and 4: Implementing Change
      Kaizen: Day 3 and 4
      Kaizen Event - Day 3 & 4 Schedule
      FMEA Toolset
      Continuous Flow Toolset
      Quick Changeover Toolset
      Replenishment Pull Overview
      Error-proofing
      Prioritizing and Selecting a Solution
      The A3 One-Page Report
      Piloting a Solution
      Skill Check
      Session 6: Kaizen Day 5: Project Close and Follow-up
      Kaizen: Day 5
      Kaizen Event - Day 5 Schedule
      Control Charts Revisited
      5-S Approach
      Visual Control
      Control Plan
      TPM Objectives & Benefits
      Standardized Work - Documenting Process Changes
      Ending the Project
      Session 6 Skill Check
      Course Completion
  • Course Options +

      Industry Options

      This course is available in several "industry flavors": Manufacturing (default), Healthcare, Financial Services, and Services.

      Each version features customized case studies, examples and exercises. You can select your version when you purchase the course.

  • Pre-Requisites +

    • This course has no prerequisites. However, our experience in developing the course content and engineering accompanying role-play workshops reveals that individuals having prior knowledge of Lean Methods, including specific process improvement tools and collaborative problem-solving techniques, are better prepared to undertake a leadership role in an environment implementing Kaizen. For those individuals seeking a broader treatment of Lean Methods, we recommend our Lean Methods Accelerator course.
  • Materials +

      Material Provided by MoreSteam.com

      The course content includes a host of reference materials, video tutorials, practice data sets (provided as Microsoft Excel files) for engaging in statistical analysis, and an easily printed workbook for both note taking and additional exercises.

      This course includes one year of access to the web-based version of MoreSteam's EngineRoom® data analysis and process improvement tool. Additional access time is available for purchase.

      Material Provided by Student

      MoreSteam eLearning is provided entirely online; all you need to access and make use of the course content is an internet connection, a modern browser and spreadsheet software. Please review the system requirements below.

  • Support +

      When in your training course, you can use the on-screen Help features (e.g., glossary of terms and site search) for information. You can contact the Course Instructor by email during regular business hours to request assistance.

      For general technical support, you can visit our MoreSteam University support section, where you can search through our online knowledgebase or send us a support request.

  • System Requirements +

    • The following are system requirements for MoreSteam eLearning:

      • Operating System: Microsoft Windows (7 and higher) or Apple Mac OS X
      • Display Properties Setting: Minimum 1024 x 768 screen resolution.
      • Audio: Optional audio in course.
      • Browser:
      • Adobe Acrobat Reader: Latest version
      • Flash 10 Player: Latest version
      • Note: The course content requires that any pop-up blocker be disabled.

      No additional requirements are necessary for EngineRoom Web.

Common Questions

When can I begin the course?

With e-Learning, you can start at any time after purchase. You do not have to wait for other students to fill a class or have to attend an instructor-led "kickoff" event. All the materials and instructions are online, and you can complete the course at your own pace.

Does this course include certification?

We do not offer a formal Kaizen Leader certification. As proof of your training, you receive a formal certificate of completion when you complete all of the course quizzes. You are also eligible to receive CEUs or PDUs of credit.

Do you offer pricing discounts for groups of trainees and deployments?

Of course! Many of our larger customers send tens to hundreds of employees through Lean Methods training. Please contact us directly to discuss your specific needs.