march, 2019

19mar4:30 pm6:30 pmLean Whole Systems WorkshopIndustry:AllType of Event:Education,NetworkingRegion:Portland Metro


Event Details

Whether you’re a homeowner, manufacturer, service provider, or independent contractor, lean whole systems thinking will help you do MUCH more with FAR less.

In this lean primer we’ll address:

  • What are whole systems thinking and how does it pertain to lean?
  • How to reduce throughput time on and expose waste in any process through?
  • What is work, and what are the 8 wastes of lean, and how can they help you think more green?
  • How organizational culture is a key ingredient to process improvement.

We will discuss the following concepts:

  • Value
  • Single piece flow vs batching work
  • Just In Time thinking
  • The continuous improvement process
  • The 8 forms of waste
  • The culture of Lean
  • Systems thinking

Join Kjell van Zoen at Energy 350 to better understand how to develop and introduce lean in your organization and your personal workflow.

Roots of Lean Whole Systems Thinking

In the 1950’s Taiichi Ohno, the father of lean manufacturing created what became known as the Toyota Production System and subsequently as Lean. In the words of Mr. Ohno himself, if we “are not given the opportunity to serve the company by working effectively, there can be no joy. For the company to deny that opportunity is to be against the principle of respect for humanity.”

According to lean, anything that doesn’t increase value in the eye of the customer is considered waste, and every effort should be made to eliminate that waste as it is taking time away from working on more meaningful tasks. By the early 2000s, a connection was being made between waste and the impact it had on the environment (energy, water, landfill, pollution and carbon emissions), and the idea of “lean and green” was born.

More recently, the connection between lean and whole systems thinking was made, leading to a new approach to lean as part of a greater global awareness of complex systems that involve sociotechnical (process & culture) and natural systems.

What do others think of this class?

“Good information and break down of concepts for people who don’t know much about these concepts beforehand!”

“Definitely a great example of applying the mindset as well as the process tools. Presented well!”

“Great intro to lean principles. Enjoyed the history of Toyota, Deming, and background”

“Fun, interactive, super informative!”

“I loved the level of detail we were able to get into”

“Activity was great & the visual showing smaller batch efficiency was cool too”

“The camera exercise made value stream numbers come to life”


(Tuesday) 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Energy 350

1033 SE Main St Suite 1


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