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Lean Core Training Workshops

The classes below are in our suite of Lean Core training workshops. 

Students can earn a Lean Core training certificate from EVLA for taking all of these classes and completing a project that covers at least one of the topics and skills learned in this series. 

Process Mapping

2-part class

Principles of Lean


A Lean facility produces just what is needed, when it is needed with no additional staff, costs or time. Waste is not easy to see, so it’s harder to find! Learn the skills necessary to apply LEAN techniques to reduce waste and improve process efficiency. Gain a practical understanding of LEAN continuous improvement techniques and how to reduce paperwork, errors, and processing time. 

This course will cover:

  • How to start the LEAN journey 

  • An introduction to initiatives like value stream mapping, Kaizen, standard work, continuous flow, and 5S. 

  • How mistake proofing can help your facility operate more efficiently. 


Prerequisite: None

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Gain an understanding of the history of LEAN and how it has shaped current LEAN thinking

  2. Gain an understanding of the 5 Principles of LEAN Thinking 

  3. Practically apply the 5 Principle of LEAN 

Principles of Lean

5S & Visual Management

Visual Management is the use of visual and other sensory communication and control tools in an operation or process to reduce waste. This workshop will provide an introduction to Visual Management and present many of its practical applications such as:

  • Establishing a common communication “language” in a work area,

  • Providing “at a glance” management of work area,

  • Facilitating teamwork, dignity and self-esteem,

  • Focusing the workgroup on:

    • Urgent and important problems

    • Goals and Objectives

    • Continuous Improvement

    • Providing tools for the elimination of waste


5S is a technique that results in a workplace that is clean, uncluttered, safe and well organized. The 5S pillars, Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain, provide a methodology for organizing, cleaning, developing, and sustaining a productive work environment.


A 5S environment has “a place for everything and everything in its place,” with all office tools and materials ready where and when they are needed. Learn how 5S can help reduce waste and optimize productivity in any work environment.

Prerequisite: None

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain an understanding of the 5 pillars of 5S, what each entails, and how to apply it in an organization.

  2. Understand the value, as well as some techniques of visual management that can aid in reducing waste. 

  3. Gain exposure to how the techniques of 5S and visual management can support and enable continuous improvement within organizations. 

5S & Visual Management

Process Mapping

NOTE: This class requires attendance on both days. The first day will be an online lecture class, and the second day will be an in-person "lab" class with hands-on activities. Please only register for this class if you are able to attend both parts.


All products, whether they be tangible goods - or services- or information, have Inputs, a Transformational Process, and Outputs.  Along the Transformational Process are “value added” and “non-value” added activities.  The value stream consists of all the activities required to generate a product or service from start to finish.  

Process Mapping is a visual tool that helps you to see and understand the flow of material and information as a product or service makes its way through the value stream. Participants will learn the techniques and various types of maps that can help create a visual depiction of a process that support learning and continuous improvement efforts. 


Prerequisite: None.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what a process map is and the different types of maps you can use in continuous improvement efforts.

  2. Develop these different types of maps and describe how you would use them in improvement projects.

Process Mapping

Quick & Easy Kaizen

Kaizen – “Kai” to change “Zen” for the good  


Kaizen is a Japanese term for continuous improvement based on principles of doing things better and achieving higher standards. It is a process or methodology to do continuous incremental improvements that create more value with less waste. Continuous Improvement can often be done quickly and routinely to improve a workflow and value stream processes. This, in turn, creates reduced costs, improved performance, and superior competitiveness in the global marketplace. It embraces the philosophy that we are all problem solvers.

This Introduction to Quick and Easy Kaizen will touch upon:

  • The Achievable Kaizen Process

  • Defining the Present State

  • Scoping a Continuous Improvement Opportunity (problem/issue) that could be easily addressed

  • The value of data gathering and analysis

  • Going to the Next Steps; Successful Models and Planning a Kaizen for your Enterprise

  • Creating the Future State Definition

  • Conducting a Kaizen Event


Prerequisite: None


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what Quick & Easy Kaizen (Q&EK) is and why organizations use it. 

  2. See examples of  Q&EK in action.

  3. Learn how you might implement a Q&EK program at your organization. 

Quick and Easy Kaizen

Standard Work

Standard work is the practice of setting, communicating, following, and improving standards. It is an integral aspect of continuous improvement, as it creates the baseline for improvement efforts to start from.  Establishing standard work begins with process operators creating, clarifying, and sharing information about the most efficient method to perform a task that is currently known with everyone performing that process.  From there, you can perform waste analysis and highlight areas of opportunity.  Learn how standard work fits into LEAN, and how you can apply different LEAN tools to develop standard work in your organization as a baseline for improvement.    


This Workshop will touch upon:  

  • Overview of what Standard Work is  

  • How does it help and the benefits?  

  • How do you implement it?  

  • Examples of standard work in practice  

  • How you can use standard work for improvement efforts  


Prerequisite: None  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the goal of standard work and how it fits into the lean philosophy 

  • Gain exposure to how standard work has been applied in other organizations 

  • Explain how you might establish standard work in your organization 

Standard Work

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