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Building a Lean Enterprise – Online



In this online program, you will learn how to map processes for your organization and plan holistic improvements. You will learn to identify which processes are adding value for your customers and which ones are creating waste. You will gain tools and techniques for improving flow and quality control. You will learn how to synthesize these strategies into highly focused, collaborative plans. This will be accomplished through video instruction, case studies, personal mentorship, and a live project.

Council for Six Sigma Certification Seal

Our program is taught by a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and our certificates are accredited by The Council for Six Sigma Certification. This accreditation is crucial: It is one of the most prominent and well-respected accreditations for Six Sigma programs. It is used and recognized in more than 165 countries worldwide.

What is Lean Manufacturing?

Lean Manufacturing is a method designed to eliminate waste and optimize processes. It is based on decades of research and development in the manufacturing space. Although it’s roots can be loosely traced back to ancient assembly lines and directly traced to the Ford Motor Company; the heart of modern Lean Methodology was developed by engineers at Toyota in the 1950s and 60s. They pioneered important ideas related to reducing waste, cutting costs, increasing speed, and improving customer satisfaction. These key concepts were later coined Lean Manufacturing by authors James P. Womack, Daniel Roos, and Daniel T. Jones.

What is a Lean Enterprise?

A lean enterprise is an organization that applies lean methodologies across the entire value stream, not just individual processes. In other words, they utilize lean thinking to expand the benefits of lean manufacturing to the processes and goals of an entire organization. This big-picture approach focuses on what is adding value to the customer and streamlining operations. This holistic, cross-functional model has proven useful in all types of organizations, resulting in increased speed of delivery, improved quality, reduced costs, and the agility required to react to market changes.

Implementing this method goes beyond best practices; Creating a Lean Enterprise requires a paradigm shift in the way we think about and manage operations. During this course, you will shift your focus from managing separate processes, technologies, departments, and assets to optimizing the flow of materials, products, or services and information through the entire value stream. Whether you are working in a specific department or orchestrating organizational change, this course will help you develop an invaluable understanding of holistic operations and optimization.


Value Stream Mapping

  • The Current-State Map
  • What Makes a Value-Stream Lean?
  • The Future-State Map

Creating Flow

  • Creating Continuous Flow
  • Creating a Level Pull System
  • Making Materials Flow

Zero Quality Control

  • Inspection Systems
  • Zero Quality Control Systems
  • Using Poka-Yoke (Mistake Proof) Systems

The A3 Problem-Solving Methodology

  • The A3 Methodology
  • Completing an A3
  • Implementing the A3 Process


This course is designed for managers who want to make big-picture improvements and implement lean thinking in their organization. It is especially useful for leaders seeking to understand and optimize flow in their value stream. This course can benefit any administrator interested in a holistic approach to process improvement.

Personal Impact

  • Map processes and envision improvements

  • Identify critical tasks and eliminate unnecessary work

  • Develop big-picture strategic thinking

  • Prevent or quickly identify process errors

  • Align personal workflows with organizational goals

  • Create highly focused, collaborative plans

Organizational Impact

  • Streamline processes system wide

  • Increase customer value and minimize waste

  • Optimize flow for greater flexibility and agility

  • Establish high-level inspection systems

  • Harmonize employee workflows and unify goals

  • Encourage collaborative, holistic problem solving


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12 weeks to complete

5 hours per week

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Proof of accomplishment

Eccles Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs). This class is valid for 40 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit SHRMCertification.org.


Robert Valentino

Robert Valentino, Master Black Belt

Robert Valentino is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Founder of Lean Coach®. He has established a solid track record as a trusted advisor and industry expert in applying Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints, and Scrum methodologies to help organizations and leaders at all levels successfully resolve real-world scenarios. Through coaching and facilitation, Robert has professionally developed leaders across a variety of industries.

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