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Lean Practioner Training Workshops

The classes below are in our suite of Lean Practitioner training workshops.  Students can earn a Lean Practitioner 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.  This certificate is meant to be completed after the Lean Core Series and certification is complete, though there are no prerequisites for our classes.

Value Stream

Transforming your Value Stream 

Identifying value is an important and fundamental step for implementing LEAN in any organization.  Mapping the value stream allows an organization to identify all of the activities that make up a process to deliver a product or service from supplier to customer, and sets the baseline for continuous improvement.  As tool for improvement, the value stream map allows an organization to identify value, show process waste, communicate process flow throughout the organization, and identify opportunities for improvement. 


In this class we will cover:  

  • What a VSM is and when to use VSM 

  • Mapping the current state 

  • Using Data in your VSM and to highlight opportunities 

  • How to use the VSM to drive change through continuous improvement 

  • Mapping the ideal Future State 


Prerequisite: None 


Learning Objectives: 

  1. When and why to do a Value Stream Map 

  2. How to develop a value stream map  

  3. Drive change within an organization  

  4. Practically apply these skills to develop a value stream map 

Kaizen Events

Kaizen Events are rapid improvement projects with a specific aim for improvement.  Typically Kaizen Events are a week long and are led by a lean facilitator who uses various process improvement tools to identify the problem and implement solutions.

This workshop will touch upon:

  • What is a Kaizen Event?

  • Fundamental Steps for a Kaizen Event

  • Tips and Tricks of successful Kaizen Events

  • Sharing from member companies and Exercises


Prerequisite: None

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what a Kaizen Event is and how you can use it to accelerate improvements.

  2. Understand the fundamental steps for a kaizen event.

Kaizen Events

Problem Solving

Improve your decision-making capabilities through critical thinking, structured reasoning, and creative problem analysis. Effective decision makers are those rare individuals who are able to consistently identify and choose the best option among multiple alternatives. Their decisions are imaginative, reasoned, and defensible.


In this course, you will be provided with the training and tools necessary to become an inventive, logical decision maker. You’ll explore a structured way to approach and dismantle problems, and you’ll learn to clarify problems in terms of objectives and issues, with a view toward optimum outcomes.


Applying the techniques of critical thinking allows you to dismantle complex problems and to understand the inputs and implications of your thought processes. This training allows you to develop positions on issues that are logical and explicable to others.


This Problem Solving and Critical Thinking workshop will touch upon:

  • PDCA

    • What is PDCA

    • How to apply PDCA to problems in the workplace

    • Activity

  • A3 model

    • What is an A3

    • How to apply A3 to problems in the workplace

    • Activity


Prerequisite: None 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Gain exposure to the varying approaches to problem solving. 

  2. Understand that discipline in using any problem-solving approach is fundamental to success. 

  3. Apply problem solving steps to a scenario, including development of a problem statement, identifying key stakeholders, and discussion of the importance of gathering data. 

Problem Solving

Project Management

Project Management

Project management and high performing teams are a critical part of any continuous improvement journey.  In this introductory course to project management techniques, we will cover several project planning methods that will support a lean practitioner in accomplishing project objectives and goals.  We’ll also discuss how we manage project resources and engage the most important part of any project:  people.


This course will touch upon:

  • Agile and Waterfall project development techniques for continuous improvement projects

  • Tools used in project management to support achievement of project goals

  • Effective tools to facilitate team engagement


Prerequisite: None

Learning Objectives:

  1. Think about how project management fits into LEAN activities

  2. Understand the difference between waterfall and agile techniques and how they might best suit an improvement project.

  3. Apply fundamentals of both approaches to different scenarios. 

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