Lean 101: Principles of Lean Enterprise

Lecture and hands-on simulations introduce standardized work, workplace organization, visual controls, set-up reduction, batch size reduction, point-of-use storage, quality at the source, workforce practices and pull systems. Participants assemble test circuit boards in a simulated manufacturing setting. Results of the first simulation round provide the setting for continuous improvement applying Lean enterprise principles to reduce the eight wastes.

Print Version


  • History of manufacturing (evolution of Lean)
  • Lean definition
  • Eight wastes
  • Lean tools
    • 5 S of workplace organization
    • Visual factory
    • Plant layout
    • Batch reduction
    • Quick changeover
    • POUS
    • Standardized work
    • Pull/Kanban system
    • Cellular design
  • Benefits of Lean


This course teaches the benefits of Lean by applying tools introduced during the lecture. Each of the simulation’s four rounds will consist of participants making improvements and comparing metrics such as lead time, on-time delivery, quality and bottom-line profit.

Course Length:
8 Hours

Class Size:
17 to 25 participants

$5000 to hold at client’s facility
$349 per person for open enrollment

Training held at UAH will also be charged $20 per person/per day for consumables.

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