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Planning and Leading Lean Kaizen Events

Looking for ways to surpass your competition?

Learn how to apply two critical Lean concepts to your organization to help you meet those goals – value stream mapping and leading Lean kaizen events. Value stream maps document your key value-creating processes from the customer’s perspective and help to identify the types and drivers of waste in your processes. Lean kaizen events are the method by which you make continual improvements to those processes to eliminate waste and its drivers.

This course will teach you how to identify value streams in your organization, map the critical value streams, analyze value streams for waste and its drivers, and execute Lean kaizen events using the DMAIC framework to implement continuous improvement. These techniques will help you get closer to the fundamental goal of Lean – to produce and deliver the highest quality products and services at the lowest possible cost.

Upcoming Dates and Locations

Virtual seminars run as 1/2-day sessions. In-person classes run as full-day sessions. See the virtual session daily class times.

There are currently no public dates scheduled. All our courses are available to be held at a location of your choice. Please contact us for more information.


  • Understand the definition of value stream and the benefits of value stream mapping.
  • Describe other forms of process mapping to identify non-value-added work steps.
  • Learn how to select and construct a value stream map.
  • Understand the definition of Lean, types of waste, and drivers of waste.
  • Describe how to select a topic for the Lean kaizen event using a value stream map or the categories of waste.
  • Understand how to plan follow-up activities after a Lean kaizen event


  • Lean, the Lean Pathway, and associated approaches
  • Value stream maps and their use
  • Critical success factors that support value stream mapping
  • Selecting appropriate team members to create value stream maps and carry out Lean kaizen events
  • The eight categories of waste
  • Lean kaizen events and what they can do
  • Lean kaizen event charters
  • Lean kaizen event planning
  • Lean kaizen events within the DEFINE, MEASURE, ANALYZE, and IMPROVE steps of DMAIC
  • Key roles and responsibilities involved in a Lean kaizen event Issues to be addressed in implementing Lean kaizen events Follow-up activities after a Lean kaizen event

Who Should Attend

Professionals, managers, directors, executives, Black Belts and Green Belts with responsibility for implementing continuous improvement within their organization, whether in manufacturing, service, or administrative functions.

In-Person Full-Days: 2
CEUs: 1.5

Public virtual seminars run daily from 1:00-5:00 p.m. ET. Seminars run on Eastern Time unless otherwise noted in the Location field.

Auditor classes that require a final exam start at 11:30 a.m. on the last day to administer the final exam.

For more information download the virtual course agenda (close this window and navigate to the top of the course page) or Contact Us.

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