Greenbelt Overview

A three-module course that provides basic, intermediate and some advanced knowledge and experience in Lean.

The primary focus of the Greenbelt Certification Program is to teach, facilitate, lead and implement lean activities to create experienced lean practitioners.  Participants learn to work as a team player, motivator, and a true Lean champion within their organizations. Once completed, Greenbelt graduates have two primary tasks in their organizations – to help successfully deploy Lean techniques and to lead small-scale improvement projects in their areas.

Two different streams are offered.  Greenbelt for Operations is designed for people and organizations whose primary focus is on manufacturing, operations, distribution and supply chain work.  Greenbelt Service is designed for people and organizations in service, transactional and non-manufacturing industries.  The two streams share common themes and topics such as 5S and cycle time reduction.  They differ in their area of focus.  The operations program emphasizes line balancing, production time reduction and capacity expansion, while the service program emphasizes transactional waste reduction, value innovation and customer satisfaction improvement.

Developed for:

Supervisors and Middle Managers, general leaders and people aspiring to lead initiatives

Once completed, Greenbelt participants become certified Lean trainers. Their training enables them to champion Lean throughout their organizations by conducting basic-to-intermediate Lean workshops and delivering basic kaizen sessions.  This program is most suited for those in supervisory or middle-manager positions, although many companies send their top leaders to the programs and achieve great results.

 

Content Covered: 

The program lasts two months and covers three, five-day modules.  There are no pre-requisites.

Module 1 – Introduction to Lean

  • Lean Philosophy and Toyota Principles
  • Team Building and Lean Tools
  • 5S and 5S Kaizen Blitz
  • Homework and Preparation for module 2

Module 2 – Facilitation and Basic Blitz

  • Myers-Briggs Personality Type Assessment (MBTI)
  • Cycle Time Reduction Kaizen
  • Presentation Skills & Design Your Simulation
  • Homework and Preparation for module 3

Module 3 – Final Presentation and Exam

  • Lean Office Kaizen (Operations stream) OR Value Innovation Kaizen (Services stream)
  • Project Presentation
  • Final Exam
  • Graduation

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