Leading Lean Management Tools and Techniques for Achieving and Sustaining Meaningful Results

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Course Overview

Learn how to set up and maintain your continuous improvement management processes through instruction and two plant tours. The first two days of the course will focus on nine key topics along with two plant tours. The third day is devoted to an overview of Kata, a structured thought and communication methodology, to engage all team members in daily problem-solving.

Who Should Attend?

  • Lead decision makers of small- and mid-size manufacturing companies
  • Vice-presidents and directors of operations
  • Business unit managers 
  • Plant managers
  • Value-stream managers/leaders
  • Lean leaders
  • Continuous improvement leaders
  • Individuals responsible for the success of a company’s continuous improvement efforts

Course Outline

Day 1

Using Policy Deployment to Identify the Most Beneficial Projects
Lean 101 Training Modules – Setting Employees up to Succeed
Lean Sales and Operations Planning to Improve Material and Resources Planning
Plant tour #1
Improving the success of improvement projects using an A3 or Project Charter


Day 2

Using DMAIC as a Process to Manage Improvement Efforts
Measures that Align with Lean Management
Overview of a 3-5 Day Continuous Improvement Event
Examples of a Continuous Improvement Report-Out Sessions
Plant tour #2
Continuous Improvement Daily Management and Supporting Tools


Day 3

Example of a Continuous Improvement Roadmap
Using Kata to Engage All Team Members in Problem Solving
Complete Course Evaluation


Mark Carpenter

Mark Carpenter was the Division Controller at Parker Hannifin Corporation’s Quick Coupling Division located in Minneapolis, MN for 24 years prior to retiring in January 2015. Mark led the efforts of implementing Lean Accounting, Sales and Operations Planning and Strategy Deployment within the Quick Coupling Division while the division experienced 400% growth in sales. In addition to his Division Controller responsibilities, Mark taught Lean Accounting, Sales and Operations Planning and Finance for Non-Financial Managers in multiple US and worldwide Parker locations.

Jeff Oelke

Jeff Oelke oversees the Maintenance and Reliability Certificate offered through the University of Wisconsin–Madison Engineering Professional Development. Mr. Oelke has over 20 years of experience working with manufacturing companies. In addition to a thorough understanding of Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints and Quick Response Manufacturing strategies, Mr. Oelke has firsthand experience with assembly, metal forming, welding, plastics, printed circuit layout and fabrication, paint and wood products manufacturing processes. Prior to joining Engineering Professional Development, Mr. Oelke was the managing member of the Continuum Management Group, LLC, Richland Center, WI, and the division manager for supplier development at Deere and Company’s Commercial and Consumer Equipment Division. Mr. Oelke possesses MS and BS degrees with concentrations in manufacturing operations and computer hardware architecture.  He has been certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Paul Leao

Paul Leao is a continuous improvement professional with extensive experience implementing Lean transformations. Prior to joining TIDI Products, Paul was the director of continuous improvement at the Ariens Company, Brillion, WI.

Paul has been recognized as an effective teacher, coach, and mentor with the ability to adapt to a wide array of situations and break down the most complex problems to understandable and manageable components. Paul has been successful influencing leaders at all levels.

He has first-hand experience in kaizen, value stream mapping, leader standard work, lean management, pull systems, human factors, total productive maintenance, setup reduction, 3P (Production Preparation Process) and people development.

Prior to Paul leading lean transformation efforts, he had P&L responsibilities for a 3-shift machine shop where he successfully engaged employees to implement fully functioning pull systems.

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Program Director

Jeff Oelke