Learn the Principles of Lean

Whether you need a refresher, want to skill up existing employees, or are new to lean, this 4 part cohort is for you. Learn how to use lean tools in a variety of environments, including how to identify opportunities and avoid pitfalls in optimizing the efficiency of a process department. Hands-on exercises will provide direct experience in creating “current state” and “future state” value stream maps.

 July 5, July 12, July 26, & August 2   |   8am – 12pm

Join our In-Person Cohort in Portland at Prosper Portland

July 5: Principles of Lean Enterprise
This half-day class introduces employees to principles underlying the Lean Enterprise with emphasis on differentiating between value add and non-value add activities, as well as the identification and elimination of waste in a value stream.

July 12: Tools of Lean: 5S and Standard Work
This session focuses on 5S, Standard work, and visual workplaces. Participants will learn several examples of visual control and how to implement a basic Standard On The Job Training program.

July 26: Problem Solving
This session will assist your company in problem-solving using the Plan Do Check Act method. Develop an awareness of the bias in thought processes and discover tools to help expose root causes.  Participants will also learn how to use the A3 system to solve complex problems.

August 2: Lean Leadership and Culture
This session will help attendees build a toolset for mentoring employees using Kata and 5Qs. They will also learn how to drive desired behaviors and develop a skillset for the delivery of clear expectations and performance measurement.

“Very informative good introduction to concepts I can apply in the line of work I am in. Very good at relating info to relative situations.” – Former Attendee


Course Design

Active Learning Sessions: We will conduct 4 half-day classroom sessions and provide snacks. Class will take place in person at Prosper Portland – 220 NW Second Ave. #200, Portland, OR 97209

Who should attend: This course is being reserved for small and mid-sized metals manufacturing companies in Portland.

Cost: $3,000/company. If located within Portland, grant funding is available through Prosper Portland reducing the cost of the cohort to $500/company. If you’re outside the Portland metro area inquire about other funding sources.

On-Site Company Check-Ins: As part of the Lean cohort, your company has the opportunity to invite an OMEP consultant on-site visit to assess your operational capacity.

Instructor: John Hunt, Principal Consultant

John’s manufacturing experience spans a wide range of roles – including process engineering, quality engineering, continuous improvement, and manufacturing management. His personal focus has been on blending continuous improvement tools and philosophy into the daily practice of managing people and processes. John has strong experience implementing Lean methodologies in both manufacturing and office environments and brings a personable and analytical approach to his work.

Join OMEP’s 4 part Cohort