Continuous Improvement

The Office of Continuous Improvement at Michigan Tech provides a learning platform for faculty, staff, and students using Lean Principles and connects Lean practitioners across campus. We share stories, provide tools and resources, and celebrate improvements as we grow in our practices.

School of Lean from the Gemba Academy Subscription

The School of Lean subscription includes streaming video tutorials as well as relevant learning materials, such as auto-graded self-quizzes, video overviews, and Excel templates that you can use anytime to apply what you are learning.

To get started, email us at improvement@mtu.edu to get a username and password. Then, go to www.gembaacademy.com and use the "Log In" button in the top right corner of any page. You may access the training here at the university, from home, or from your mobile or tablet device.

We also have the videos in DVD format, which you may check out from our Lean Library.

Lean Mind Map

We've developed a Lean Mind Map to show how the Lean concepts are related and create a foundation for Lean training and development.

Introduction to Lean Workshops for Michigan Tech Employees

The Office of Continuous Improvement offers Introduction to Lean workshops for Michigan Tech employees. A course description and training dates and times can be found online.

Tech Employee Lean Training

The Office of Continuous Improvement offers the following Lean courses to Michigan Tech Employees:

  • Finding the Source of the Problem: Root Cause Analysis and Decision-Making Tools
  • Collecting and Visualizing Metrics to Support Improvement
  • Countermeasures: Solving Common Problems using Lean Methods and Tools
  • Evidence Based Problem-Solving Methods
  • Combining Lean and Safety: A Powerful 1-2 Punch

Course descriptions and training dates and times can be found online.

Process Mapping Workshop 

The Process Mapping Workshop is a hands-on session applying the process mapping tool to a process in your own workspace. You will receive one-on-one coaching from a Campus Lean Facilitator to map out the activities or steps involved in a process. Making the process visible and discussing it with others, including the customer who receives the product or service created by the process, has many benefits. It documents knowledge about how to do the process, which may currently exist only in the minds of one or two key people. It also allows you to measure how long the different steps in a process take. Through observation and discussion, the best way to do each step in a process can be determined and the work can be standardized, improving overall quality. Finally, analyzing the process as a whole enables you to identify opportunities to create a safer work environment and improve the process by eliminating waste. The workshop will take about 6 hour total on June 12 and 14. You can choose blocks of time that are convenient for you. Workshop dates and times can be found online.

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