Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Video

We have recently released a series of introductory videos intended to provide viewers with a basic knowledge of operational excellence methodologies including Introduction to Lean Manufacturing, Introduction to Lean Healthcare, and Introduction to Lean Management.  This time, we are presenting an Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Video below.

We also want to take this time to remind you that there are only 6 days left to register for our Lean Manufacturing Certification and Lean Office Certification programs at the early registration pricing.  Both of these programs begin in August.  For details, visit our Lean Manufacturing Training page.

Introduction to Lean Leadership Video

In our previous two posts, we revealed our basic Introduction to Lean Healthcare Video and Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Video.  In this post, we are releasing our Introduction Lean Management video.  This series of animated cartoons covers the basics of managing a Lean Operation including the role of the management team, coaching techniques such as the improvement kata, lean accounting, and other key concepts of lean management.  Also, we wanted to remind you of our upcoming Lean Certification training in Orange County.  Please visit our website for details at

Introduction to Lean Healthcare Video

In our last post, we released our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Video.  Today, we are releasing another basic series of videos entitled Introduction to Lean Healthcare.  The intent  is to provide the viewer with the basic concepts of Lean Healthcare including terminology and basic methods.  Please share the video below with those who need to understand the basics of lean healthcare.  For more in depth training, check our schedule for off-site Lean Healthcare training or our very popular online Lean Healthcare Certification program.

Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Video

At EMS Consulting Group, we offer a number of Online Lean training classes and certification programs, and we have recently released the schedule for our off-site Lean Certification programs include Lean Manufacturing Certification and Lean Office Certification, both of which begin in August 2014 in Southern California.  While these offer an in-depth training, similar to those we offer in our off-site training programs and those we offer to our clients on-site, we thought we would provide the general public with a series of videos that introduce Lean Manufacturing.  This Introduction to Lean video below consists of a series of lean manufacturing animated cartoons that we’ve created, and it is intended to give viewers a very basic knowledge of lean manufacturing and its terminology and concepts.  If you know of someone that needs the basic concepts of lean, please feel free to share this post or the video below.

Lean Training Opportunities in 2014

Happy New Year! We have a new and even more user-friendly interface for our online training programs that has just been launched.   We have also added a number of new online training programs over the past few months including a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt for Healthcare and Administrative folks.  To celebrate our new user interface and recently launched new programs, we are offering discounted pricing through February 28th.  Discounted online lean training programs include:

If you have an interest in online training, you might consider experiencing our system utilizing a free trial.  To get started with a free trial, visit Lean Training Free Trial Online.

Lean Healthcare, Lean Leadership, and Lean Certification

We are happy to announce three new opportunities for training in October and November 2013 in Southern California:

We have a 3-day Blended Learning Lean Manufacturing Certification program on October 1-3, 2013 in San Diego, CA.  The program includes 3 days of interactive, instructor-led training plus self-paced online training as well.  Participants will learn how to apply each of the principles and tools of lean including Value Stream Mapping, Continuous Flow Manufacturing Cells, Lean Production Control, Level Pull Production, kanban and pull systems, 5S, quick changeover, TPM, problem solving methods, and kaizen events. Certification requires the completion of a lean manufacturing project to reinforce the learning and achieve real results.  This event will take place at the Hilton San Diego Airport / Harbor Island.   Pricing is $1595 for early registration (by September 1, 2013) and $1695 after.  For details, visit Lean Manufacturing Certification.

Our Lean Healthcare Training program will take place on November 4-5, 2013 in Santa Ana, CA at the Doubletree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport.  This interactive session will translate basic lean principles and its application to achieve the Triple Aim of the nation’s health care reform efforts. This two-day workshop will emphasize eliminating wastes throughout the health care continuum including ambulatory and administrative processes, beyond the inpatient settings, using basic lean tools such as Value Stream Mapping, 5S, and A3.  Pricing is $895 for those who register by October 5, 2013 and $995 after.  For details visit Lean Healthcare Training.

Finally, our Lean Leadership Training program will take place on November 13-14, 2013 in Santa Ana, CA  at the Doubletree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport.    The Lean Leadership program will address the role of leaders within a lean organization including executive management, middle management, and front line supervision.  Lean leadership is different from traditional MBA-style management; in lean thinking, people are not to be managed.  Instead processes are managed and people are given the direction and skills to achieve the strategy of an organization.  The management team must create the right environment or culture to make this happen.  This program includes 2 days of interactive, instructor-led training covering topics such as strategy deployment (aka hoshin kanri, hoshin planning, or policy deployment), Daily Kaizen, A3 Problem Solving and Reporting, Coaching for Improvement using the Improvement Kata, Value Stream Management, and Lean Accounting and Metrics.  This program is for leaders and change agents within healthcare, manufacturing, or service organizations.    Pricing is $895 for those who register by October 14, 2013 and $995 after.  For details, visit Lean Leadership Training.

Japanese Lean Manufacturing Terms

We often have people ask us about various Japanese terms that are used in lean manufacturing.  Since lean production was simply a term used to describe the Toyota Production System back in the 1980’s, Japanese words are used to describe certain principles and concepts.  We’ve created a cartoon video that talks about some of the Japanese Lean terms such as kaizen, kanban, heijunka, muda, mura, muri, andon, poka yoke, and others.

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