Lean Management Development Programme

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

The Programme was fully subscribed in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. With the lessons from the first Programme we will be offering an even stronger programme in 2018, and invite you to join us then. Please register using the form below.

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 cost:

The costs for the 2018 Programme are as follows:

Earlybird registration (before 31st October 2017): R45 000, excluding VAT.
Standard registration: R55 000, excluding VAT.

A group discount of 10% for groups of 3 or more participants from the same organisation is available.

2018 Programme schedule:

The dates for the Cape Town and Johannesburg Programmes in 2018 are as follows, and all dates are mandatory for participants:

Cape Town 2018 LMDP Dates:
Johannesburg 2018 LMDP Dates:
19 - 21 February8 - 10 May
12 - 13 March 29 - 30 May
9 - 10 April26 - 27 June
21 - 22 May 1 - 2 August
16 - 17 July 19 - 20 Sep
13 August 10 Oct

2017 Programme schedule:

Cape Town 2017 LMDP Dates:
Johannesburg 2017 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 October
17 August26 October

To register for the Programme in 2018, please fill out the form below, alternatively scroll down or click here for more information on the Programme, or download the programme information sheet.

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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.

If you have any questions about the Programme, you can contact us at: [email protected]

Find out more:

Games are used to reinforce the classroom learning of lean concepts.

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.

LMDP participants visiting a Toyota dealership

Lean Management Development Programme participants on a study visit to a Toyota dealership.

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.

LMDP Participant feedback:

  • ‘Excellent Development Course’
  • ‘Life-changing’
  • ‘Provides a fresh perspective’
  • ‘Course is excellently assembled’
  • ‘I recommend this course to all leadership and management who want to stay above the game with long-term business in mind’
  • ‘The course equipped me with the skills and mind-set to facilitate sustainable improvements in our organisation’
  • ‘The course was transformational’.