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Lean Office: 2 Days

Lean Office (also known as Kaizen Office) training is a critical but often neglected element to the successful Lean implementation in a Lean enterprise.  Lean management is not just about streamlining factory floor processes, it is about streamlining the business as a whole and a major part of the business is the office and administrative related processes.
Application of Lean in an office / administration environment is similar to work done on the shop floor, in manufacturing.  The distinction between the two worlds has been the difficulty in “seeing” work in an office.
This training will provide participants with a clear understanding of the fundamental principles behind Lean in an office and administrative environment.  During the course, common Lean improvement tools and techniques will be identified and the class will discuss how best to apply these techniques from a Lean system perspective.  Different types of waste will be defined from a Lean point of view and successful methods used to eliminate waste will be discussed.  The course will also discuss other key factors within an organisation necessary to sustain Lean.  Exercises will be used to surface concepts and Lean applications during the course.
Who Takes This Course
All office and administration personnel directly involved with any Lean initiative.
Learning Objectives
The course will:
  • Introduce the concept of Lean Office
  • Enable participants to learn how to identify waste and waste elimination opportunities in the office and administration environment
  • Enable participants to plan a practical route for the implementation of Lean in the office
Course Topics
  • Lean Principles and how to deploy Lean Thinking in the office
  • Various forms of Waste employees should learn to ‘see’ in the office to eliminate the waste
  • Selection of Business Process families and Value Streams
  • Organising operations to meet customer demand
  • The relationship between quality and turnaround time, the Lean quality approach
  • Checking at Source, Immediate Feedback and Mistake Proofing to prevent errors
  • Making Business Processes flow
  • Business Process Connections
  • Batch and Queue versus Single-Piece Flow
  • Implementing Single-Piece flow
  • Workload balancing and Work Area Design
  • FIFO processing, how FIFO surfaces issues in a process
  • Setup Times in relation to business processes and interruptions
  • The benefits of Pull versus Push system
  • Signalling systems
  • Creating Virtual Cells and Work Flow Cycles in the office
  • Levelling demand and Levelling the Mix of ‘Services’ provided, establishing the Operations Cycle interval
  • Organising the Workspace for better productivity (5S)
  • The use of Visual Management and why use Immediate Feedback
  • Implementing Lean and organising for the Rapid Projects
  • Introduction to Value Stream Mapping for the office
NoEE Training
We know that each and every business has their own training needs so we are more than happy to tailor our training to meet your own specific requirements.  Please contact us to discuss this option further. 
In addition, our training can be delivered on your site or as an open course*, please contact us for planned open course dates in 2016.
Contact us at or by telephone on +44(0) 330 123 9799 to book any of our training courses.
* Open courses will only run when we have 6 delegates or more and each Member is restricted to one free place per course.