Introduction to Lean – IMR


This course is an introduction to the methods of Lean and Six Sigma and the contribution they make to improving a process. These approaches to process improvement reduce waste, boost productivity, and increase overall profitability. Lean Six Sigma can be successfully implemented in organizations of every size and in all sectors of industry.

Is this course for you?

The course aims to provide you with a balance of theoretical learning and practical know-how through an introduction to Lean, and the fundamentals of Six Sigma.

Delivery Online learning

Duration 7 Hours
Cost €567
Level Introduction

Target Audience

Aspiring project managers, core team members of project teams, direct reports starting to work in a lean environment or any member of the workforce who wishes to introduce the theory of Lean into their workplace.

Learning Objectives

Module 01 Background & History

Management: Lean as distinct from other forms of project management
History Lean: Henry Ford / Toyota / JIT / KanBan / Continuous Improvement / PDCA Cycle
History 6-Sigma: 1908 T-Testing / Statistical Process Control / 3.4DPMO
Roles & Belts: Overview of belts and levels in LSS and roles, including champion and lean executives
The Lean Enterprise: Understand Lean culture / role of individuals / commitment to CIP and Rewarding

Module 02 Lean Fundamentals

5 Principles: Define Value / Map value Stream / establish flow / establish pull / seek perfection
3 Customers: Internal / External / Regulatory
3 Activities: Value Add / Non-Value Add / Necessary NVA
Gemba:Go and see Management walks

Module 03 6-Sigma Fundamentals

Mu & x-Bar: Averages and the problem of averages
Standard Deviation: A measure of variation
Empherical rule: Applying 6-Sigma (the empherical rule)
Voice of Customer: Understand Voice of Customer
Lean Charter:Benefits of Charter, Business case & problem Statement

Module 04 Problem Solving Approaches

Project Selection Approaches: PESTEL and / or SPECTRES
Kaizen: Benefits of a Kaizen Blitz and how to plan one
A3: Using an A3 storyboard to track a CIP project
PDCA: Understand the PDCA Deming improvement cycle
DMAIC: Understand DMAIC as a cycle and also as a project management Sequence

Module 05 General Information

Typical Documents: SIPOC / RACI / Maps ( VSM )
Gate Reviews: How to “gate” a DMAIC project effectively
Elements of Culture: Fundamentals of a LSS culture / Norms of a LSS culture / Artefacts of a LSS culture
Rewards & Recognition: Need for and benefits of implementing rewards.

Course Content

Delivery: Live facilitator led virtual classroom workshop.
Duration: 7 hours.
Learning platform: Zoom or MS Teams.
Learning methodology: Real world activities by topic.
Learning transfer: Facilitated inter active presentation, reinforcement exercises, learning by doing.