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Lean Thinking Strategies

Course NumberMIT 210
Credits3
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionExplores the principles of Lean Thinking as a method of organizational management. Emphasizes the techniques used to achieve quality, cost and delivery goals such as Just-In-Time or Pull systems, 5-S, value stream mapping, workplace organization and visual controls. Discusses the roles and responsibilities in the organization for allocating resources to achieve lean management. Credit may be earned in MFG 113, MFG 114, and MFG 115 or MFG 210 or MIT 210 but not in more than one. (45-0)


Outcomes and Objectives

Describe the principles of lean thinking and discuss how they are used in organizations.
Objectives:
  1. Identify the main elements of the lean thinking philosophy.
  2. Differentiate between the principles and practices of lean thinking and discuss their applications in an organization.
  3. Describe the methods used to identify value as defined by the organization's customers.
  4. Compare and contrast current processes within an organization with lean thinking.

Demonstrate an understanding of the application of lean thinking principles for the delivery of goods and services by an organization.
Objectives:
  1. Describe the elements of a pull system and how they are applied in an organization.
  2. List the main issues encountered when organizing the workplace.
  3. Identify applications for 5-S activities to improve the organization's ability to deliver goods and services.
  4. Identify strategies for visual controls and workplace organization.

Demonstrate an understanding of the application of lean thinking principles for achieving quality, cost and delivery goals.
Objectives:
  1. Describe the value stream using process mapping techniques.
  2. Identify areas in the value stream for improvement in quality and cost and the reduction of delivery times.
  3. Identify measurements to monitor lean thinking strategy implementation.
  4. Compare and contrast current organizational roles and responsibilities with those in a lean organization.
  5. Identify strategies for improving the value stream for a product or service.

Access, analyze and use information needed for the implementation of lean thinking within an organization.
Objectives:
  1. Identify, through writing and oral communication, key components of the lean thinking philosophy.
  2. Differentiate between long and short term activities needed for the implementation of lean thinking strategies.
  3. Compare and contrast current buzz word strategy elements with required process improvement activities.




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