Young Professionals Lean Manufacturing Series

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Join Mark Reich, Senior Coach at the Lean Enterprise Institute, for an introduction to lean thinking and practice designed specifically for MAPP Young Professionals.  

This engaging, virtual workshop series will give attendees an understanding of lean, what it might look like in the workplace, and how to start applying it. This series is for manufacturing professionals new to lean and continuous improvement and for individuals looking to improve their lean understanding and leadership skills.  

Participants will receive 4 hours of virtual instruction, conveniently broken up into four one-hour sessions.  A short “Go Do Challenge” will be assigned after each session providing participants a practical way to apply the concepts covered in the workshop.

Participation is limited to 40 people.


Session 1: July 9, 1:00-2:00pm (EDT)    

Key Concepts of Lean
  • Learn the basics of Toyota’s lean journey and the philosophies driving success
  • Understand the principles of lean and common misconceptions

Session 2: July 16, 1:00-2:00pm (EDT)   

Learning to See Through Work Observation
  • Explore the lean principle of “Going to Gemba” – the Japanese phrase for “the actual place where value is created”
  • Practice developing the important skill of observing work
  • Differentiate between value-creating work, non-value creating essential work and waste
  • Learn the characteristics of hard work

Session 3: July 23, 1:00-2:00pm (EDT)   

Work Improvement
  • Learn standardized work as the baseline for work improvement
  • Explore strategies and methods for making work easier, better, and safer
  • Practice engaging the people closest to the process in improving their work

Session 4: July 30, 1:00-2:00pm (EDT)    

Responsibilities of the Lean Leader    
  • Discuss key traits of kaizen leadership
  • Define critical behaviors of lean leaders
  • Learn mechanics of a lean management system

About the Speaker

Mark Reich supports new product development and the Co-Learning Partners program, assisting companies engaged in lean transformation. Before coming to LEI, he spent 23 years at Toyota in Japan and North America, most recently as general manager of the Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC). As a hands-on GM, Mark directly implemented the Toyota Production System (TPS) or managed its implementation in a variety of industries, including automotive, food, furniture, and healthcare, among others. Previously, he was assistant general manager of the corporate strategy division where he managed and implemented Toyota's North American strategic (hoshin) process, designed jointly with Toyota’s Japan headquarters. He launched efforts to strengthen Toyota Way principles in administrative areas in North America and facilitated the integration of its design and manufacturing organizations.

Participation is limited to 40 people.



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