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Online Training: How to Run a Successful Kaizen Event

An online training course produced by IndustryWeek, in partnership with BMGI

Date: This webinar is now available On-Demand.
Event Type: On-Demand Webinar
Cost: $299

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Transform your Lean knowledge into skill!

If your Lean program isn't delivering the results you expect, it could be because your practitioners are struggling with running effective Lean Kaizen events.  They may know how to "talk" Lean, but not "walk" Lean -- they don't know when to apply the right Lean tools at the right time.  Even on-the-job Kaizen training can distract beginners from essential learning if they're too close to the process being improved, or if pressure to succeed is high.

This online training session offers an environment designed for knowledge transfer.  Each participant will get a taste of what actually occurs before, during and after a Lean Kaizen Event. Students learn how to apply different Lean tools.  Along the way, they discover how to choose and motivate team members, and how to manage team activity during the event.  In addition, they learn how to maximize and document financial results, ensuring greater ROI for your organization.

During the training, students also learn about the SCORE™ methodology, a highly-successful approach to planning, executing and evaluating Kaizen events developed by BMGI.  Practitioners find out what the key steps are for each phase of SCORE (Select, Clarify, Organize, Run and Evaluate).

How to Run a Successful Kaizen Event provides a unique opportunity for organizations to increase the rate of return on Lean projects.  It provides a quick and effective way to train several Kaizen event leaders at once, resulting in more consistent training and less time spent learning on the job.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Lead waste-reducing Kaizen events using the results-driven SCORE methodology.
  • Choose the right Lean tool at the right moment during the event.
  • Create meaningful and realistic Kaizen event deliverables.
  • Plan and deliver fast-paced events that are fun and engaging for all participants.
  • Effectively capture and report on event results.

Course agenda:

I. What is Kaizen?
    General description.
    Quick examples of Kaizen events.
    Golden Nuggets

II. The SCORE Methodology?
    Explanation of the Acronym

III. What do first time practitioners have to say?
    Quotes from full time resources.
    Lessons learned from first time team members.

IV. Select
    Overview of Basic Steps
    Review of the importance of Value Stream Mapping
    Selecting a Team Leader
    Writing a Good Charter
    Stakeholder Analysis

V. Clarify
    Overview of Basic Steps
    Select the Team
    Waste Walk
    Data Questions
    Tool Selection
        Lean Sigma Tool Kit
        Most Commonly Used
        Tool Selection Matrix
    Elevator Speech
    Creating the Kaizen Action Plan

VI. Organize
    Overview of Basic Steps
    Team Information Package
    Team Training
    Communication Strategy
    5S Plus Audit
    Event Logistics
    Solution Selection Process

VII. Run
    Overview of Basic Steps and Run/ Evaluate Checklist
    Ground Rules
    Highlights of each day of Run
    Model SCORE Report.

VIII. Evaluate
    Overview of Basic Steps
    To Do Follow-up List
    Post Kaizen Review
    Financial Reporting
    Control Plan
    Visual Management Techniques
    Shift of Responsibility

IX. Summary Items
    Challenges to Overcome
    Natural Laws of Kaizen
    Open Mike Time

Who should attend

  • New Lean practitioners from manufacturing organizations.
  • Also experienced Lean practitioners who want to learn Kaizen event best practices, and managers or team members who are called upon to support Kaizen events.
  • Prior Lean knowledge required.


Included with all registrations:

  • On-demand training course
  • Downloadable slides for note-taking
  • Continuing education credits -- see details below


  • A CD-ROM can be added to any registration for an additional $199 per session.

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Continuing education credits

Each registration entitles you to receive continuing education credits for one person through our partnership with the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET).  During the training session, you'll receive instructions on how to claim your credits.

IACET continuing education credits are accepted by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and hundreds of other organizations and companies.

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Wes Waldo
Chief Operating Officer

William "Wes" Waldo is a disciplined, organized and highly respected leader.  As BMGI's Chief Operating Officer, he leverages more than 15 years of quality, operations management and process improvement experience as he strives for perfection in BMGI's sales, marketing and internal processes.  Wes' appointment as COO follows many years as a Lean master consultant, Lean product manager and nearly two years as practice leader for BMGI's manufacturing team.  A respected authority in his field, he co-authored the manual A Team Leader's Guide to Kaizen Events, and contributed to The Complete Idiot's Guide to Lean Six Sigma and The Innovator's Toolkit.  Wes enjoys working with a wide variety of organizations from healthcare to high-end technology manufacturing, especially in the development of their strategic planning.

More information

This training session will be conducted using a slides-and-audio format.  After you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the training course, as well as your unique password.

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