Lean Workshops

The Office of Continuous Improvement has implemented a Lean Workshop Series in order to fulfill the demand for continued continuous improvement teachings. Each workshop consists of a learning session on the specific topic, dedicated work time, and an open report out. The learning session is presented by our campus lean facilitators. After the session an assigned facilitator will work with you or your team to implement the tool taught. At the completion of the project attendees and facilitators share their experiences with others at the report out.

There will be a scheduled workshop each semester, so be sure to check back for more information or watch Tech Today for workshop announcements. Workshops that have already occurred may be offered again based upon demand for them. Each workshop page will have a form for registering. When not pre-scheduled a previous workshop will be held once a minimum number of participants have signed up.

Workshops can also be scheduled for additional department training or a department retreat. If your department would be interested in a workshop not listed, suggestions and special requests are welcome! Please contact improvement-l@mtu.edu or 906-487-3180 if you have any questions or concerns!

Introduction to Lean Workshop

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.