So, you’re interested in learning about lean manufacturing. You probably started purchasing books, browsing the internet to find articles and reading everything you can about lean manufacturing.
You may have already come to the realization that it is something that would benefit you and your company. However, you are just not sure about how to get started, or maybe you have a basic idea but there is a lot more that you want to know. This is what lean manufacturing training courses are designed for, they help you learn about the ins and outs of lean manufacturing.
There are many lean manufacturing courses available that will provide you with a lean manufacturing certificate on completion of your training. However, it’s important to assess if the certification being offered is acceptable within your industry or field of expertise. How do you do this? Usually you search for accredited certification courses.
However, most of these are academic institutions that base their teaching on a theoretical basis and not the practical application of lean. Simply put, if you want to learn about lean, find someone who does it on a full time basis, every day and is very successful at doing it. Judge the training program based on how it teaches you to get real results, not the institution that is teaching it.
When an adult learner completes a lean manufacturing training course and starts thinking about how to implement lean manufacturing concepts it can be a very overwhelming experience. Why is this? When a person is involved in a training program, a facilitator/trainer transfers the information, concepts and ideas to the learner in a declarative format. This is usually delivered, verbally with the aid of visual aids such as pictures, graphs, etc. A person receiving this declarative information must convert it into a procedural format before they can apply their new skill into a work or home environment.
This conversion process is called “a learning curve” because it is the amount of time a person needs to establish an acceptable level of capability to perform a particular task. The art of any good facilitator and training program is to reduce the length of the learning curve to the shortest time period, while still allowing a learner to achieve an acceptable level of capability. Adults learn best when they can use a new skill to problem-solving in a work or home environment. This is why lean is referred to as a “learning by doing” process.
When you’re taking a lean manufacturing training course at home or work you will learn how to develop the skills to identify and eliminate all types of waste. You will learn to understand and apply value stream mapping, workplace organization, set up reduction, visual factory and continuous improvement. You will be able to develop a roadmap for implementing lean procedures and how to avoid the common pitfalls that many people have experienced. Furthermore, you will be able to put team problem-solving methods into place and recognize the vital importance of using data and not opinions to solve issues. You will learn how to use data analysis tools and techniques in order to identify the root causes of recurring issues and discover how to use mistake proofing techniques to prevent errors from occurring in the first place.
Taking a lean manufacturing training course can and will benefit you and your company more than you may have realized before, it is well worth taking the time to look into it.