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 at Michigan Tech 

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

Registration for off-campus and community participants can be completed in our online store.

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.

Registration for off-campus and community participants can be completed in our online store.

5S Workshop

6 Hours—POSTPONED

Do you have an area in our workplace that needs some organization, like your files, desktop, or supply cabinet? The 5S Workshop is for you! This workshop is a hands-on session applying the continuous improvement methodology 5S (sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain) to a project in the participant's workspace. Participants will learn the methodology and benefits of 5S, practice 5S within their workspace with a Lean coach, and share their 5S experience and results with others. Lean facilitators will provide a brief training and then work one-on-one with workshop participants as they practice 5S concepts on a workspace of their choosing. The workshop will take about 6 hours total. You can choose blocks of time that are convenient for you. Sign up for the workshop online with the online registration form.

 

Registration for off-campus and community participants can be completed in our online store.

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