Lean Management Development Programme

LMDP BannerIn 2017, the Lean Institute Africa introduces the Lean Management Development Programme. Delivered over six months, the programme will provide a comprehensive, experiential education in Lean Management.

benefit-iconsParticipate in this programme to:

  • Implement your own Lean leadership and Lean management systems
  • Apply Lean concepts and practices in your workplace
  • Practice advanced process analysis
  • Understand Lean Management
  • Receive support throughout the duration of the course

The Programme consist of 12 days of classroom sessions including theory, individual & group work as well as simulations. During the Programme you will complete an improvement project in your workplace with coaching from an experienced Lean facilitator. Your involvement will be certified through a theory examination and presenting your project.

Programme schedule:

The Cape Town Programme has started and is full. You are still able to register for the Johannesburg Programme.

Cape Town LMDP Dates:
Johannesburg LMDP Dates:
1-3 March15-17 May
16-17 March31 May - 1 June
6-7 April19-20 June
22-23 May1-2 August
24-25 July3-4 Oct
17 Aug26 Oct

Programme cost:

Early bird special: R35,000.00 per person (excl. VAT) – Payment due before the 31st January 2017*
Regular price: R45,000.00 per person (excl. VAT)
Group discount: 10% discount on either of the above prices for a group of 3 or more from the same company.

*Please note that should payment not be received by this date, you will be re-invoiced at the regular price.

If you would like to attend, please fill out this registration form below, alternatively scroll down or click here for more information on the Programme, or download the programme information sheet. Once we receive your registration, we will send you an invoice for the applicable amount.

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Terms and Conditions:

Submission of a registration form shall be deemed to be acceptance of the organiser’s terms and conditions, as outlined below, and shall be jointly and severally binding on the applicant and the applicant’s corporate entity. The workshop is contingent on a minimum number of registered participants signing up for the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, Lean Institute Africa reserves the right to cancel or postpone the workshop and will notify registered participants of any changes.  Workshop registration fees will be refunded to participants if the event is cancelled and they cannot attend an alternative workshop date. Please be advised that if you are making travel arrangements to attend the workshop, Lean Institute Africa cannot be held responsible for any associated travel or accommodation expenses, or associated cancellation fees resulting from a cancelled workshop. In the event of participant cancellation, 50% of fees will be credited, provided cancellation in writing is received at least 5 working days prior to the event.  After that date, no credits or refunds will be made.

You can also download and complete this offline registration form and email it to us at [email protected]

Find out more:

The LMDP focuses not only on Lean tools and practices. We have moved with the recent developments in the Lean world, through our membership of the Lean Global Network, to focus the programme on Lean as a management system. We will look at the qualitative practices and skills required for the management system and how to effectively implement it within your organisation. The programme rolls out through 12 modules:

Module 1 – Framing the Lean Management Development Program
Discuss the  importance of aligning Purpose, Process and People, across the organisation, to create value. Explore the business models that support the effective integration of lean in an organisation:

  • The Lean Transformation Framework
  • The 3S Model
  • Lean Management Systems

Module 2 – A3 Thinking
Learn how to effectively problem solve and implement improvements within your organisation using the A3 methodology.
Learn how to apply coaching techniques to enable problem solving and create thinking people.
You will work on applying A3 thinking throughout the programme.

Module 3 – Linking Lean to Strategic Objectives of the Business
Learn how to understand the strategic objectives of the organisation by analysing:

  • Voice of the Business
  • Voice of the Customer
  • True North

Learn how to create value by linking lean to measurable business objectives.

Module 4 – Introduction to Lean Thinking
History and overview of Lean.
Key Lean principles and underlying thinking.

Module 5 – Analysing the Value Stream
Introduction to Value Stream Mapping and determining where to start.
Learn how to develop advanced current state and future state maps.
Learn how to identify and analyse waste – Muri, Muda, Mura.
Use advanced concepts such as takt time, capacity and demand, OEE, TPM & Theory of Constraints to interpret the current state.

Module 6 – Developing the Future State Vision
Learn how to improve process, people and information flow:

  • Design Lean flow including kanban, supermarkets and pull systems.
  • Techniques and tools to ensure quality at source.
  • Understand the types of variation in the process and the tools as well as techniques to measure and reduce variation.
  • Effectively use statistical process control.
  • The importance of standardisation and how to effectively implement standard work, job instruction and SOP’s.
  • Effectively build visual management systems that are integrated into your work.
  • Implementing 5S and the importance of good housekeeping.

Module 7 – Linking Improvements to Measurable Benefits
Learn improvement prioritisation techniques.
Learn how to analyse cost drivers with links to strategic objectives.

Module 8 – Implementing, Tracking & Sustaining Improvements
Learn how to create implementation plans and structures linked to strategic objectives and timelines.
Learn how to sustain and track benefits.
Develop control plans.

Module 9 – Implementing Lean Management Systems
Understand the core elements of a Lean Management System at all levels of the organisation (Strategic, Systemic and Shop Floor).
Understand how to implement a Daily Management System.
Introduction to Toyota Kata.

Module 10 – Developing an Effective Change Management Strategy
Understand the importance of change management and learn techniques to support this process.

Module 11 – Lean Leadership
Understand and learn the value of Lean Leadership.
Understand the role of leadership in the successful implementation of Lean.
Learn how to apply tools such as Hoshin Kanri & Leader Standard Work.


The LMDP is certified by the Lean Institute Africa, a member of the Lean Global Network, and therefore is both locally and internationally recognised. Participants will receive certification for both the theoretical examination and their project presentation.

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