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STLCC Offers A Lean Manufacturing Podcast Series

January 15, 2010

St. Louis Community College’s Center for Business, Industry and Labor (CBIL) is offering a weekly series of podcasts on topics related to lean work processes, a dominant force in 21st century manufacturing, health care and other industries. The series offers information vital to the successful implementation of lean processes and is presented George Friesen, CBIL’s practice leader for lean manufacturing and noted performance improvement consultant. 

The initial podcast in this series was launched on Monday, Jan. 11.  A new podcast will be released each week and feature the following topics:

What is Lean? Discusses the full scope of lean beyond basic tools such as 5S, Value Stream Mapping, Six Sigma and others. (Jan. 11)

Henry Ford: The Father of Lean. Considers how Toyota has successfully implemented Ford’s beliefs about the nature of work and workers. (Jan. 18)

Two Basic Beliefs that Make Lean Succeed.  Relates Henry Ford’s theories for creating a fully engaged work force and how Toyota successfully practices them when others find it difficult. (Jan. 25)

Why Should an Organization Not Implement Lean?  Discusses the importance of management commitment to the process and the major ways in which lean effects the jobs of all members of the management team. (Feb. 1)

How Will Lean Make My Organization More Competitive?  Reviews the primary benefits of adapting lean, especially its impact on employee engagement and the resulting advantages. (Feb. 8)

Okay, We’re Ready to Go Lean, How Do We Start? Details a roadmap to the successful implementation of lean work processes. (Feb. 15)

For more information visit our podcast information, Subscriptions to the podcast series are available. To learn more about other CBIL training and consulting services, visit www.cbil.org or call 314-539-5105.