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Your Lean Journey

Considering the ‘Lean journey’ is becoming an essential part of any organisation's plan for process improvement.

Businesses are realising that Lean is a commitment, a journey that takes your organisation to new levels of efficiency and smart thinking at every stage.

Lean Journey Meaning

The 'Lean Journey' usually refers to the process of introducing Lean processes and a Lean culture to your organisation. However, it can also refer to your own development, learning about Lean and beginning to work with process improvement initiatives.
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Why Take the Journey?

At the Enterprise Excellence Ireland 2018 conference, almost every speaker used the phrase “Lean journey”. With good reason too - it’s a crucial factor for anyone who wants to get involved with Lean.

Don’t be put off at the thoughts of committing to a journey. You’re already on a journey, whether in your daily role or your business as a whole. If you’re reading about Lean, it’s a strong bet that you’re looking for ways to improve.

Would you rather stay on a “firefighting” journey, running fast, endlessly busy but getting nowhere, or commit to a long-term plan that will consistently identify areas for improvement and help you work smarter?

It’s also worth noting that although you’ll always be on your Lean journey, you’ll be reaping its rewards from an early point, and consistently along the way.

How can you get started?

It is often said that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. OK, it’s an overused quote, but only because it contains more than a grain of truth.

If you’re feeling daunted by this “journey” ahead of you, you can think of reading this article as your first step. An interest in and awareness of Lean is the ideal starting point.

Take further steps by researching the basics of Lean principles and origins and deciding on a Lean training plan for your team. This will begin building an image of what Lean will look like in your organisation or your career.

Your Lean Journey Essentials

Essentials for the Journey

Next, it’s important to identify what you’ll need for the trip. No two organisations go on exactly the same journey. Factors unique to your business will guide each element of the journey.

However, there are some key factors every journey requires:

Leadership Commitment

This is crucial and must be unanimous. Commitment to Lean begins with the leadership team. This is your foundation for building a more streamlined, thriving business.

Time and time again, we’ve heard it reinforced that companies where leadership teams have embraced and committed to a Lean journey are the most successful.
Leadershop Commitment
Champions and Mentors

Champions and Mentors

Many Lean success stories we’ve heard have a very important common element - an in-house team dedicated to championing Lean practices and culture.

These champions also mentor and coach all team members throughout their Lean journey.

Mission and Vision

Once your leadership team is on board, get very clear about what you want to achieve.

Take time to identify what’s most important to your company. Where is the biggest need for improvement? What do you want to achieve?

A focused workshop with guidance from an experienced trainer can help your leadership team really get to the core of your Lean mission statement.
Mission and Vision
Team Engagement

Team Engagement

You can’t force people to “be Lean”. They need to understand the concept and want to adopt this new way of thinking.

There are many ways of getting your team engaged on the Lean journey - training and certification, communication, brainstorming workshops, reward systems.

All of these elements combine to nurture a ‘Lean culture’. As you continue on your journey, maintaining an active Lean culture will be key to your continued success.
Question: When does going round in circles equal progress?

Answer: When you’re on a Lean Journey!

Considered Strategy

Developing and refining your strategy will be an ongoing process at all times. Lean is part of a ‘continuous improvement’ philosophy, meaning that it’s iterative and perpetually in motion.

Throughout this transformation, you’ll become very familiar with the DMAIC Cycle, which is at the heart of Lean Thinking.
Considered Strategy
Consistent Skills

Consistent Skills

A large part of any process improvement undertaking involves everyone using the same terminology and tools to work towards a clearly defined goal.

Lean Six Sigma Training to certified standards, and consistent channels of communication contribute to achieving this goal.
How to Make Lean Six Sigma Work

How to make Lean Six Sigma work

You may be thinking “everything above makes sense but… how can I actually put this into action, implementing each step correctly?”

The concepts and principles of Lean Six Sigma sound relatively simple, but without a proper understanding and framework, it's difficult to apply them correctly.

Training is essential for making Lean Six Sigma work. Let's take a look at the role training plays in your lean journey.

Your Individual Lean Journey

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Yellow Belt Training is an ideal choice for anyone who wants to gain an introduction to Lean Six Sigma, along with a number of practical skills that can be used immediately.

We recommend our 2-day workshop for those who are interested in Lean Six Sigma, but want to get a feel for it before committing to the 5-day Green Belt programme. It is also great for anyone who wants to understand concepts of Lean Six Sigma without specialising in this area.

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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

If you want to start exploring lean and process improvement within your own career and role, we recommend taking a look at our Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training.

This course is perfect for getting to grips with how lean works, and understanding the ways in which you can contribute to process improvement projects. It also leads to respected certification.

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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Black Belt training and certification is ideal for those who have experience with Lean, Six Sigma, or process improvement.

Black Belts drive sustainable process improvement within an organisation. They can achieve higher levels of savings and improvements.

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Your Organisation’s Lean Journey

We work with businesses of all sizes and within all sectors, offering a fully-rounded Lean journey solution.

We can guide you from initial stages of creating a vision and strategy for Lean in your business, through training the team at all levels, and sustaining your process improvement culture.

Yellow Belt Certification

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Course

  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Delivery: Live, Trainer-Led Sessions
  • Suitable for: All Levels, All Industries
  • Certificate: Professional Development
  • Exam: Open Book, During Training
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