Get Hands-On Lean Training with our Mobile Learning Lab

Get Hands-On Lean Training with our Mobile Learning Lab

October 29, 2019 // Romano Nickerson

Developed during the second half of the 20th century, the Toyota Production System (TPS) is one of the most celebrated methods for quickly identifying and correcting issues that could lead to faulty production. It has benefited from years of continuous improvement which allow for increased quality and efficiency while eliminating waste. Since its inception, TPS has been studied, adapted, and put to use worldwide—not just by manufacturers, but by all types of businesses who want to perform more effectively.

In our experience coaching lean methodology we’ve found that hands-on training works best for explaining the fundamentals of the Toyota Production System. Now we’ve found the ideal method to offer this type of training directly to you. Our Mobile Learning Lab setup allows our team of three expert facilitators to offer in-person training for 10-21 of your staff right in your place of business or at your project site.

Former Toyota teammate Michael Oswald leads the group through the Mobile Learning Lab at the 2019 LCI Congress.

 

We debuted this Mobile Learning Lab in a sold-out training session at the 2019 LCI Congress. Then, while exhibiting the setup, many other attendees to the Congress had questions about the Lab which we’ll answer below, including how to schedule a training for your company.

The Mobile Learning Lab is a unique training course that combines classroom instruction with experiential learning. Our team’s method provides a deeply engaging opportunity to learn through cycles of team problem solving and improvement by building a widget on our mobile assembly line. Through this hands-on process, students learn lean concepts like balancing work, the Eight Wastes, Standard Work, and flow, and then put that learning into immediate practice.

 

Students working on the mobile assembly line as part of the training.

Our method relies on an instructional version of the Deming Cycle: each segment follows a PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) format. Students learn new lean concepts, divide into teams to plan for assembly, apply their plan on the assembly line, and reconvene to reflect on the experience.  Students then enter into further cycles of problem solving with additional opportunities to put their improvements in place on the line.

The full Lab experience takes place over a nine-hour day, including breaks and lunch. We provide the assembly line rig (including the line, palettes, widget, and tools necessary for assembly), hard hats, safety glasses, training materials, and other needed office supplies.

All that’s required from you is a space for instruction with seating for students and a projector and screen, and a separate 500-sq. ft. clear space with a minimum dimension of 20 ft. and three tables (minimum size: 3 ft. x 3 ft.),  for setting up the assembly line.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bring lean into your life and into your work.

Click here for a video of students in action on the assembly line!

For more information and pricing, contact rnickerson@boulderassociates.com.

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