Kaizen and VSM


“If you want to improve performance, you must improve the process.” So goes the underlying principle of Kaizen, a staple tool of the Lean methodology of reducing waste. And if you seek to improve a process – such as producing a product or delivering a service – value stream mapping (VSM) is the activity that results in a blueprint for change.

This one-day seminar applicable to any industry focuses on Kaizen, an activity aimed at streamlining a select process, and the use of VSM as a critically important analysis tool in laying the foundation for meaningful performance improvement.

Topics include:

  • Scope definition
  • Team selection
  • Project planning
  • VSM techniques
  • Performance measure identification
  • Action item definition and implementation planning

Through tips, tools, interactive discussion, hands-on activity and action items, participants will be prepared to “jump start” their own Kaizen activities to make measureable and lasting improvements. The seminar is appropriate for everyone from Lean rookies to those who have been disappointed in previous Kaizen and VSM activities, and is especially useful for those leading an improvement effort.

Course Schedule:

Start Date: 10/18/2017
Time: 8:00 am To 5:00 pm
Venue: UB's Technology Incubator / Baird Research Park
Room 105

Instructor Bio: Julie Stiles, CLP

As a Certified Lean Professional and Activity-Based Cost Management expert with UB TCIE, Julie has helped companies in multiple industries to improve business performance and profitability for 20+ years. Julie’s experience and down-to-earth presentation style contribute to her unique ability to make concepts come alive, inspiring her clients to look at what they do with the fresh perspective they need to achieve results.

Kaizen and VSM

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