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Principles of Lean Supply Chain Management
Training and Learning Lean Methods in a Hands-on Supply Chain Simulation


Principles of Lean Supply Chain Management (LE 104) is an accelerated learning workshop that conveys the benefits of using Lean methods to achieve breakthrough business performance throughout the entire supply chain.

Experiential simulations quickly bridge the gap between theory and practice. Experts agree that experiential simulation training provides the highest degree of learning and content retention.

Principles of Lean Supply Chain Management workshop engages employees and unleashes their creativity to apply Lean to their own work environment and processes. Simulations can also be customized to your organization to enhance employee ownership and relationship to the principles learned.

The Workshop Process

Principles of Lean Supply Chain Management is a one-day workshop designed to empower participants with an understanding of Lean concepts through a series of interactive presentations and team-based simulation activities by Time Wise facilitators.

The concepts are then applied in a live simulation that models a realistic supply chain. This hands-on format delivers key “ah ha!” insights that are difficult to acquire through traditional learning methods.

Participants begin each simulation role-playing within an environment representing many of the problems of their current operation–high inventory levels, long lead times, inaccurate forecasts, and win/lose gaming throughout the supply chain.

Following completion of each exercise, metrics capture and analysis, new scenarios are introduced and participants are challenged to improve them by employing Lean supply chain methods. A financial business case is presented that rationalizes and drives collaborative improvement with suppliers and customers to achieve sustainable benefits for all partners.

As the multiple simulation rounds progress, enhanced by additional training on Lean concepts, participants identify how the concepts relate to their own jobs and learn how to achieve measured improvements in:

•  Reduced total lead time
  
•  Improved Product Quality
  
•  Improved on-time delivery
  
•  Reduced operational expenses
  
•  Reduced variation
  
•  Increased productivity
  
•  Increased throughput
  
•  Increased available capacity
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