Lean Leader 

Course Description

Many courses teach advanced Lean concepts but leave out the necessary skills for aligning Lean activities with strategic objectives, solving real process problems and continuously improving operations. The Advanced Lean course moves beyond knowledge into the realm of application—teaching you advanced techniques that you can apply in any industry.

This hands-on approach equips participants with the necessary skills to identify waste in processes, apply advanced Lean tools, and most importantly, lead successful Kaizen events within their organizations. The course content is logically structured and delivered in an engaging manner, with real-world examples tailored to various sectors.

Location - Denver CO

Delivery Mode: 
In Person
4 days
CEU Credits: 


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Course Overview

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will:

  • Value Stream Assessment: Understand how to identify and eliminate waste in processes. This skill will help participants streamline operations, enhance productivity, and improve overall efficiency within their organizations.
  • Advanced Lean Tools Application: Gain proficiency in using advanced Lean tools such as Quick Changeover, Kanban (pull systems), and TPM (Total Productive Maintenance). These skills will equip participants with practical tools they can immediately apply to their professional settings.
  • Lean Concepts Mastery: Delve into the basics of Lean concepts like mistake-proofing, visual control, and 5S. This understanding will empower participants to uncover opportunities and make improvements that align with strategic objectives.
  • Kaizen Events Execution: Learn to effectively run Lean Kaizen events using the SCORE roadmap. Participants will receive all necessary Excel worksheets, enabling them to engage in these events effectively and drive significant process improvements.
  • Industry-Specific Applications: Benefit from instructors' tailored examples from various sectors - including service, manufacturing, healthcare, or transactional environments. Understand how Lean methodologies directly apply to challenges experienced in your industry.
  • Leadership Skills Development: Gain a profound understanding of leadership theories and practice, equipping participants to manage teams effectively, make informed decisions, and drive continuous improvement within their organizations.


Lean Practitioner course or the equivalent is required. A demonstrated understanding of these Lean concepts

Who Should Attend?

  • Candidates enrolled in the Master Black Belt Development program.
  • Candidates enrolled in the Lean Master Development program.
  • Lean practitioners from manufacturing, service, healthcare or transactional environments.
  • Performance excellence practitioners who want to expand their knowledge of Lean.


In order to receive certification, participants must actively participate in all five days of training and pass exams with a 70% or higher.

To be eligible to obtain CEUs

Participants must attend all instructor-led sessions and fully contribute to all instructional activities.

The Lean Leader course, offered by the Lean Methods Group, is a meticulously designed training program that provides an intensive and comprehensive exploration into Lean methodologies. This course is analytical in nature, focusing heavily on practical applications rather than theoretical concepts, thus ensuring a highly relevant learning experience for professionals across various sectors.

 The primary focus of the course is equipping participants with the ability to identify and eliminate waste in processes. This objective is achieved through a detailed exploration of advanced Lean tools such as Quick Changeover, Kanban, and TPM. The course further delves into the foundational Lean concepts like mistake-proofing, visual control, and 5S, providing participants with a solid grounding in the principles of Lean.

 A notable aspect of this course is the introduction to our unique SCORE methodology, which provides a proven framework for running effective Lean Kaizen events. Participants are equipped with all the necessary resources, including Excel worksheets, to effectively participate in these events.

 Interactive learning is encouraged through a combination of group and individual exercises and simulations. These activities are designed to foster an engaging and inclusive learning environment, promoting peer-to-peer interaction and knowledge sharing. Real-world examples are used throughout the course to demonstrate practical applications of Lean methodologies in various sectors, including service, manufacturing, healthcare, and transactional environments.

Upon completion of the course, participants will have developed a thorough understanding of Lean methodologies and their practical applications, enabling them to drive strategic improvements within their organizations. They will be well-prepared to lead Kaizen events, effectively managing teams, making informed decisions, and driving continuous improvement initiatives.

8.5 PDUs are available for this course.

Day 1

  • Introductions
  • Lean 101 review
  • Round 1 of simulation

Day 2

  • Review
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Flow
  • Round 2 of the simulation
  • Pull

Day 3

  • Review
  • Standard Work
  • 5S
  • Setup reduction
  • Round 3 of the simulation

Day 4

  • Review
  • Capstone Simulation Round 1
  • Mistake proofing
  • Capstone Simulation Round 2

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Lean Methods Group reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses and to change instructors. We will do our best to ensure you are aware of changes six weeks prior to the course start date. Please be advised that in the event of a course cancellation, Lean Methods Group is not responsible for airfare penalties or other travel-related expenses you may incur.

While we recognize the need to cancel due to unforeseen events, we kindly ask that you consider the other students in this course when canceling your enrollment. We ask for six weeks advance notice so that we may fill your spot and ensure a fun class for the other students.

  • Requests for cancellations/transfers received at least six weeks before the start of the course receive a full refund/transfer to another workshop
  • Requests received within four weeks of the course shall receive a 50% refund.
  • After the course starts, there are no refunds or transfers.
  • Registrants who fail to attend without advance notice are liable for the entire course fee.
  • We can transfer your course fees to another Lean Methods e-learning or instructor-led course of your choice.

You must successfully complete the entire course or program before IACET CEUs, PDUs and a Certificate of Completion can be awarded.