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.

Call For Proposals for the Copper Country Lean Conference -- Due February 25

You are invited to submit a session and/or poster proposal for this one-day conference on May 20. Use our online form. Online registration for the conference will be available soon.

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.

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.

Visual Management Workshop 

Visual management is communicating information using visual signals instead of text or other written instructions. The design allows for quick recognition of the information being communicated in order to increase efficiency and clarity. Visual controls also make problems, abnormalities, or deviations from standards visible so corrective action can take place immediately. This Visual Management Workshop will be offered on April 9 and  will begin with an initial learning session on visual management. After the learning session, a trained facilitator will help you define the current state of your process. The participants and the facilitators will work together to see how visual management can best be used in your environment. Once completed, everyone will get back together for a small report out where we will share experiences and celebrate the success of all the visual management events. Sign up for the workshop online with the online registration form.

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