Lean Manufacturing Institute

Lean Systems Transformation & Leadership

Learn how to develop and sustain a continuous improvement system that streamlines your entire organization, instead of implementing only a few production-line tools. Discover how to motivate your employees to embrace change, as well as create accountability, empowerment and responsibility. You will learn how to integrate technology, social systems, and culture, and meet customer lead times by controlling flow and cut costs by adjusting and limiting inventory.


  • Foundations of Lean Manufacturing
  • Shop Floor Control
  • Time Based Management and Continuous Flow
  • Value-Stream Mapping
  • Leadership
  • Six Sigma

All sessions are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be in the Osceola Room on Tiffin University Campus.

Expert Instruction

Dennis L. Doren
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Ron Ott
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Seminar Information

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of all course work in the six seminars and a related project.

Fee: $995 per seminar or $5,970 for all seminars

Discounts: 2 registrants – save 10%, 5 or more – save 20%

Fee and Registration Information

For program or registration information:

email tuconnects@tiffin.edu or call direct to:

Ron Ott: 419.304.5678 

Dennis Doren: 419.308.7524


Feb 1-3, 2022

Foundations of Lean Manufacturing

You will learn:

  • Statement of Principles and Core values
  • The history and foundations of the Toyota House
  • The role of Henry Ford, Taiichi Ohno, Shingo and Deming
  • Craft, mass and lean production
  • Base for improvement using 5s and standards
  • Muda (8Wastes) SMED
  • Sociology and culture of improvement
  • Systems thinking
  • Shared vision
  • Assessment/implementation strategy
  • Key measurables
  • Goal setting
  • Business strategy
  • SWOT Analysis: A vital few objectives
  • 6S
  • Standardization
March 1-3, 2022

Shop Floor Control

You will learn:

  • Visual management and information systems
  • Poka Yoke
  • Team building and organizational structures
  • Roles of supervision
  • Five Whys
  • Corrective actions and 8-Ds
  • Training and development
  • Defective/Scrap reduction
  • Standards or work instructions
  • Problem-solving
  • Safety and ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Lean and Six Sigma integration
  • Total predictive maintenance
  • Machine efficiencies
  • Customer orientation
  • Harmony
  • Suggestion system
  • Employee empowerment
April 6-8, 2022

Time Based Management and Continuous Flow

You will learn:

  • Plant layout
  • Foundations of industrial engineering/time and motion studies
  • Work measurement, Cycle times and Lead-time analysis
  • Customer requirements/TAKT Time
  • Flow and spaghetti charting
  • Leveling/balancing
  • Cellular manufacturing
  • Standardized work
  • W/P Analysis and batch sizing
  • Flexibility of workers (Shojinka)
  • Compensation systems
  • Paper Kaizen
  • Profit/gain sharing
  • Cost analysis
  • Kanban
  • Machine-controlled crew size
May 3-5, 2022

Value-Stream Mapping

You will learn to see the big picture:

  • Understand the importance of product family identification and strategy
  • Value-stream map a current process or concept
  • Identify areas of waste in your product family
  • Brainstorm a future lean state map to eliminate waste
  • Understand how to use the value-stream map to layout equipment
  • Review implementation plans and Kaizen workshops
June 7-9, 2022


You will learn:

  • Risk
  • Empathy
  • Guidance
  • Discovery learning/creativity and innovation
  • Morale
  • Reducing barriers (internal and departmental)
  • Needs/value
  • Fear
  • Teaching, servant and situational leadership
  • value(s)
  • Change (management)
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Social and self-sciences
  • Coaching
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Application of the psychology of beliefs, wants and needs to transform the organization
  • Essential personality characteristics for the transformational agent of change
  • Who should lead the implementation
  • How this will be integrated into the overall implementation plan
  • Technical systems that need leadership support of initiatives, such as suggestion systems, benchmarking, and best practices
August 1-5, 2022

Six Sigma

This course work will prepare individuals to take the ASQ Green Belt and Black Belt Certifications.

Lean Systems Inc. was the first to offer a Lean Champion Greenbelt/Blackbelt Certification program internationally. The five course lean champion certification program is the foundation for the international standard for Lean Green Belt Certification. The completion of 120 hours of training will constitute eligibility for a comprehensive Green Belt examination.

Black Belt and Master Black Belt Certification are offered upon the completion of project management and organizational assessment. This certification was developed in collaboration with the International Association of Lean Practitioners (IALP).

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