Principles of Lean Office (101)

Do you realize that only 20% of total lead time results from manufacturing activities? This means that even with a “lean” shop floor atmosphere, a traditional functional office environment can serve as a bottleneck for responding to customers. This course will provide an understanding of the characteristics and benefits of a Lean office vs. a traditional office environment, and participants will learn how to categorize value added vs. non-value added activities in an office environment and learn ways to eliminate waste.

Printable Version


  • Introduction to Lean Office
  • Eight wastes in the office
  • Apply lean tools to the office
    • Standard work
    • Workplace organization 5 S/Visual Factory
    • Point of use storage
    • Pull systems
    • Cellular office layout
    • Work balancing and team work
    • Cross training
  • Keys to implementation


This course features a hands-on simulated office environment where participants will experience the benefits of Lean Office principles, such as meeting quality, cost, delivery and service targets, by applying the lecture concepts and measuring the impact.

Who Should Attend:

Result-oriented managers, team leaders and others directly
involved in daily operations, or profit improvement strategies
with bottom-line responsibility.

Course Length:
8 hours

Class Size:
8-10 participants

$5000 to purchase an entire class for your company
$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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For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations during the workshop, please contact us at Customer Service or 256.824.5326. Two weeks advance notice will allow us to provide seamless access.