Lean Management meets Lean Engineering

Four workshops presented in the context of the Lean Management System

NMMUTake part in four Lean Industry Workshops and learn how your learning and experiences in the workshops tie into a Lean Management System. This event is a collaboration between the Lean Institute Africa and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Dates: Afternoon of the 22nd of May 2017 until midday on the 24th of May 2017.
Venue: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth
Cost: R3 500 (excl VAT)



  • Early bird special: R3 000 (excl VAT) – register on or before the 24th of February 2017
  • Group discount: 10% discount on your total registration fee when three or more people from the same company register at the same time.

More information about the workshops:

Lean as a Management System

Lean Management has come a long way from its roots in the Toyota Production System. The key principles haven’t changed, but how to effectively implement Lean Management has evolved. This presentation will outline the journey that organisations need to travel to transform to a mature Lean Management System. It will enable participants to understand the techniques they will learn about in the following workshops in the context of their organisation’s Lean journey.

Workshop 1: Lean Learning Factory Experience

The Lean Learning Factory Experience is a series of exercises conducted on an assembly line. The exercises allow participants to become part of the Gemba and experience real problem-solving teamwork. Lean management is centred around engaging all members of the organisation in continuous improvement efforts in an environment that is conducive to mutual respect. Key to this type of management is an ability to empathise with team members who operate daily at the Gemba and to understand the conditions under which they work. The Lean Learning Factory Experience is aimed at achieving this goal and will assist any Lean manager, supervisor or coach to refine their Lean teaching style and format.

Workshop 2: Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Value Stream Mapping is an important Lean technique for exposing waste and re-configuring processes to operate more efficiently. This workshop introduces VSM and is designed to assist the participants to develop a value stream map of an assembly operation – creating a map of the current state. Tips and guidelines will be provided for drawing and analysing a current state map that reflects the reality of an operation. Participants will gain an understanding of how VSM facilitates lean thinking and in so doing, provides a framework for the application of all the tools associated with Lean.

Workshop 3: Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

OEE provides a simple means of measuring process improvement by combining three measurements that have traditionally been viewed as separate indicators of performance. A single measure that combines availability, performance and quality allows Lean practitioners to more easily monitor the success of process improvement efforts. In addition, the operators that are involved in these processes become aware of key factors that influence their continuous improvement actions – thereby allowing them to develop instinctive lean thinking patterns. The workshop covers the background to OEE, how it is typically calculated and provides valuable insight into factors that contribute to its success as a lean technique. Participants will be actively engaged in OEE calculations, data collection methods and design of typical OEE interfaces.

Workshop 4: Lean Computer Simulation

Most Lean practitioners understand the benefits of improved flow and waste elimination in their operations as these are two of the central ideas or goals of Lean Management. Achieving flow and eliminating waste are often linked to improved process layout and co-ordination. Lean Computer Simulation is a technique that has until recently been the domain of engineers with specialised training in developing simulation models that answer the more complex “what-if” questions. With the advent of more user-friendly simulation packages that allow the Lean practitioner to build visual models that can accurately predict flow and waste in sequential processes, this technique can now be deployed far more readily. Participants will be exposed to this type of simulation and will actively build a typical simulation model. A link between Lean thinking in the form of experimentation will follow to demonstrate the ability of current simulation software and the ease with which it can assist in the prediction of outcomes.

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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 workshops are contingent on a minimum number of registered participants signing up for the workshops. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, Lean Institute Africa and NMMU reserve the right to postpone the workshops and will notify registered participants of any changes. Workshop fees will be refunded to participants if the event is cancelled and they cannot attend an alternative date. Please be advised that if you are making travel arrangements to attend the workshops, the Lean Institute Africa and NMMU cannot be held responsible for any associated travel or accommodation expenses, or associated cancellation fees resulting from a cancelled event. In the event of participant cancellation, 50% of remaining fees from date of notice will be credited, provided cancellation in writing is received at least 5 working days prior to the next event.