Quick and Simple Simulations
Engaging employees and driving lean understanding
Presentation Code: VS1-07
Value Stream: VS1 - Fundamentals of Lean
Day & Time: Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 - 9:30 AM
Length: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Lean success depends on having everyone jump on board. But it's not always easy to get your employees to adopt the lean philosophy, let alone get excited about it. Hands-on participation and classroom presenting are great learning aides, but they don't always drive home the message. The answer may be as easy as implementing a few quick and simple simulations to help speed up the learning. The simulations discussed in this presentation can help, and all are already being used in practical training settings. Attendees will learn a better way to move employees to lean and receive full supporting documentation for running simulations at their place of business.
In this presentation:
- Hear why traditional teaching methods are not always best for adopting lean.
- Find out how quick and simple simulations can convert employees to the lean philosophy.
- Learn simple, easy-to-use and easy-to-understand simulations.
- Hear about the 5S numbers game.
- Learn the fast and simple gemba kaizen ball-pass technique and the ergonomic OK.
- Take home simulation ideas that will help you adopt lean at your business.
Wells EnterprisesWells Enterprises is the largest family-owned and operated ice cream manufacturer in the United States. Located in the northwest Iowa community of Le Mars, Wells produces Blue Bunny® ice cream, frozen novelties and specialty frozen desserts. Over 2,500 production, sales, office and support personnel make up the Wells family, and with its state-of-the-art production facilities, the company is cited by many industry experts as one of the most technically advanced in the industry.
Mike Thelen is continuous improvement leader for Wells Dairy, makers of Blue Bunny ice cream. Mike has journeyed down a lean path for 15 years, starting with cellular design and now/next/kanban and growing to flow and value streams. In addition to training and guiding all levels of an organization, Mike also works with local educational and civic organizations to share the concepts and theories of continuous improvement with a broader audience. Mike founded the Aberdeen Lean Forum in 2007 and the Siouxland Lean Consortium in 2011.
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