Continuous Improvement

 The Office of Continuous Improvement (OCI) 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 to get a username and password. Then, go to 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.

Michigan Tech Lean Training

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

  • 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
  • Finding the Source of the Problem: Root Cause Analysis and Decision-Making Tools

Registration for Michigan Tech employees and students, course descriptions, and training dates and times can be found online..

Introduction to Lean Workshop

2 Hours—Offered 3 Times per Year

In the Introduction to Lean Workshop, you'll learn basic Lean concepts and methods you might encounter on the job. You'll learn about Lean culture and the principles of Lean thinking and participate in problem-solving using the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) model. You'll use the 5 Whys to discover root causes, identify waste and unsafe acts and conditions and recommend process improvements. When you finish the workshop, you'll be ready to actively participate in a kaizen (improvement) event led by others. Register online for the workshop

Continuous Improvement Blog