Building a Lean Management System workshop – Oct 12, 26, & Nov 9th

Join us for this 12-hour workshop, spread out over four weeks to provide a fully immersive experience where you design your pilot program, tweak, or revamp your existing LMS.


Most initial attempts at lean and continuous improvement focus on tools and improvement events (aka kaizen events). Unfortunately, after a while, people notice that the “lean journey” has lost most of its momentum, energy, engagement, focus, and breakthrough results.

The lean management system (LMS) is a framework for building a culture of continuous improvement and shared learning. Its focus is on developing people to solve problems to improve performance. In this environment, improvement is not driven by a few lean champions but by everyone. Now everyone has a dual focus: doing the work (results) and improving the work (process).

In this workshop, we’ll use a series of hands-on exercises to build a piece of the LMS, experiment with it, receive coaching support, and repeat the process as you build a complete lean management system. If you already have a system, this workshop will position you to assess your current LMS and make improvements.

What you will learn

  • The importance of the Lean Management System (LMS) – the Why, the What & the How
  • Essential elements of an effective LMS
  • How to build a Lean Management System
  • Common mistakes to avoid
  • Next steps

What you will do

  • Build your own LMS prototype in breakout sessions
  • Share your progress, questions, and insights with the group
  • Avoid the pitfalls that hinder the effective launch of a Lean Management System
  • Build skills to share these techniques with others

Who should attend? Leaders at any level of the organization from front line team leaders, to lean champions, to CEOs. Bringing teams that encompass a cross-section of leadership in your company is especially effective.


  • The workshop is presented on Zoom, includes 12 hours of instruction over three, 4-hour
  • sessions. You’ll receive a pdf workbook of the slides/methodology.
  • Each session includes practical, actionable “Go-Do Challenges” that will bring your team
  • together to apply what you learn to build, pilot, and launch a Lean Management System.
  • Attendees are asked to bring specific work-related data and information which they will work with during and after the workshop.
  • Online follow-up support (up to 1 hour).

Dates: October 12, October 26, and November 9
Time: 8am-noon
Location: The comfort of your home/office via Zoom
Technology (virtual): Computer/laptop. A second monitor can be helpful, but not required. You will need to be on-screen, so please use a device with a webcam and a mic. Multiple people can join from a
conference room with a webcam, but registration is required for each attendee.
Member Cost: $300 ($500 for non-members)

Registration: Email with the name, company, and role/title of each participant. (Note: Invoices will be sent out to your company representative by 10/1/2021.  Cancellations will not be refunded after 10/4/2021.  If you need to drop the class after that date, it’s in your best interest to recruit someone else from your company to take your place.) 

Facilitator Bio:
Mike Orzen has been a lean learner for over 25 years and is considered a pioneer of lean and technology. His passion is lean thinking applied to problem solving, coaching, and mindfulness. Mike is a recipient of the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, a faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute, and fellow of the Shingo Institute. He is also a certified yoga instructor and dedicated meditation practitioner.

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