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 Gain understanding of the principles, techniques, tools, and practices  used in lean organizations

 Plan and execute a series of improvement projects in the workplace

 Gain the trust and engagement of team members in the workplace


 See the value and the waste in your processes and systematically enhance the value while eliminating waste, increasing capacity and profitability

 Create work flow to improve delivery to your customers while ensuring perfect quality

 Teach and coach lean principles, techniques, tools, and practices to your co-workers

 Solve problems and drive improvements in your work processes


 Understand the elements of  Lean Culture that focuses on People Development, Process Improvement, and Respectful Leadership.

 Apply basic team building approaches to develop more effective solutions to workplace  challenges

 Set boundaries and create repeatable processes through standardized work

 Describe basic leadership principles complementing lean transformation

 Reduce your companies’ carbon footprint by reducing overall waste and resources required to deliver goods and services to customers


The Lean Practitioner Program is targeted at change agents and managers responsible for leading and working within an organisation that has embraced lean systems as business model. The program is intellectually rigorous but is tailored to the audience to be appropriate for all team members. Being conducted onsite at local companies, the program is also physically rigorous with long working days gathering data, analysing processes, trialling improvements, setting up work areas, and a variety of other tasks. We have had CEO’s, Managing Directors, all levels of management, supervisors, and team members from all departments and industries successfully complete this program.

The program is completed over a 6 month period and consists of three blocks, each having a 5-day intensive workshop preceded by reading assignments and followed by workplace projects.



Anchor Hocking
AP Exhaust Technologies
Australian Country Spinners
Awrey’s Bakery
Baxa Corporation
Bennington Marine
Boatmate Trailers, Inc.
Boeing Company
Boston Apparel Group
Brintons Pty. Ltd.
Camatic Seating
Carlton Creek Ironworks
Carlton-Bates Company
Charles Parsons & Co. Pty.
Chisholm Institute of TAFE
Columbia Forest Products, Inc.
Compass Automotive Group
Contech Global
Crescent Plastics
CRF Colac Otway
CSL Behring
Dakota MEP
Dana Corporation
Diesel Injection Services
Domaine Chandon
Dorman Products
Family Home Health Services
FKI Logistex
Fluid Routing Solutions, Inc.
Fortis Plastics
Fosters Group Limited
Frigrite Refrigeration
Gallatin Steel
General Aluminum
General Electric
GMT Corporation
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
Greenstar Recycling
Grote Industries
Hess Industries, Inc.
Hol-Mac Corp
Hubble Lighting, Inc.
Industrial College of Armed Forces
Jenkin Bros Engineering
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE
Katun Corporation
Kuhlman Electric Corporation
Kurz Kasch
Libbey, Inc.
Linak US
Macquarie Textiles
Magic Mobility
Marathon Oil Corporation
Messier-Bugatti USA
Metropolitan Sewer
Monomoy Capital Partners
MPI Fine Blanking
Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association
Ohio State University
Pacific Brands
Power Partners, Inc.
Premium Waters, Inc.
Raybestos Powertrain
Remy International
Remy International, Inc.
Richco, Inc.
RMIT University
Rolls-Royce plc
Rudolph/Libbe Corporation
Sara Lee
Skier’s Choice, Inc.
SORD Australia
South West Institute of TAFE
Steel Parts Manufacturing, Inc.
Stryker Corporation
Sun Capital
Swinburne University
Thales Group
The Coca-Cola Company
The KAIZEN Institute (Ireland)
The Laminex Group
Treasury Wine Estates
TruSeal Technologies, Inc.
Tuff Tonneaus
United Bonded Fabrics Pty Ltd.
Valor Equity Partners
Veteran’€™s Administration
Victoria University
Viscount Plastics
Wabash Plastics, Inc.
Whip Mix Corporation
Xtreme Tower Products
Yorktowne / Elkay Corporation



Ray Littlefield


Ray organises and leads results-focused business transformation programs. He has been actively involved in Lean since 1997 beginning his career as a production engineering trainee at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), Powertrain Division. Ray gained further insight into lean systems as Industrial Extension Specialist, teaching and researching lean transformation methodologies as a member the Lean Systems Group, an industry-academic partnership between Toyota and the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. Over the years, Ray has lead several lean transformation programs in vastly different industries from manufacturing, food processing, healthcare, and service environments, engaging at all levels from front line team members to CEO’s.Ray holds a Master of Science, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Lean Systems Emphasis, and a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering. Ray also holds certifications in Lean Systems, Human Systems for Lean (Toyota Culture), Lean Accounting, Toyota Production Systems and Toyota ProblemSolving.


Sammy Obara


Sammy learned and implemented the Toyota Production System (TPS) at Toyota facilities in Japan, Brazil, Venezuela and in the United States.
He has taught Lean to a multitude of consulting firms, educational organizations such as Harvard and Stanford, and even in humanitarian missions thru Asia and Africa.
With close to 30 years of Lean experience, he has helped more than 350 companies. These include TPS projects in environments ranging from schools, to hospitals, to military and many others and in a variety of countries, including China, Mexico, Canada, Indonesia, Brazil, Japan, Austria, the U.K., and the U.S..
Mastered in Technology Management, he also is a faculty member with the Lean Institute and an instructor of Global Strategy Management for the California Community College system. He is a guest lecturer on lean for post-graduate classes at Stanford University and San Diego State University, and has been a speaker at conferences sponsored by the American Production and Inventory Control Society, the Association for Productivity and Quality (APQ), and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English and has a basic knowledge of Japanese.


Rina Sinha


With a background in lean systems and human resource development, Rina brings a people centric approach to applying lean systems methodology to organisations. She has been heavily involved in designing and leading lean systems training programs, delivering to many levels of the organisation from front line team members to senior managers. She has a unique ability to coach and build teamwork to assist organisations to undertake a disciplined approach to achieving lean systems transformation, supporting sustainable results while respecting the workforce. As an Improvement Specialist, Rina delivers onsite training and is a team leader of our Vocational Graduate Certificate program in Competitive Systems and Practices. Rina has extensive experience delivering outcome-focused, nationally accredited training programs from a variety of packages including: business, environmental sustainability, and competitive systems and practices. Rina holds a Bachelor of Human Resources in Organisational Learning, a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Competitive Enterprise, Masters of Business Administration, a Diploma in Environmental Sustainability, has completed advanced study in Industrial / Organisational Psychology, Training and Education for Sustainability, Lean Systems (USA and Japan Study Missions), and is currently pursuing her PhD at Swinburne University of Technology Faculty of Business and Enterprise.


Sasha Neser


With a background in engineering, business, lean systems and environmental sustainability, Sasha brings a systematic approach to assisting organisations in their improvement journey. His leadership experience in various roles from project engineer, operations analyst, operations manager, to lean transformation manager, has given him the skills to rapidly grasp the operational condition and design highly effective improvement programs throughout Australia and Southeast Asia. As a Senior Improvement Specialist, Sasha supports and leads transformation projects and lean systems training programs onsite. In addition to extensive lean transformation experience, Sasha has a proven track-record in environmental sustainability and carbon footprint reduction programs. Sasha holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Competitive Enterprise, a Graduate Diploma in Manufacturing Operations, and, has completed advanced study in Training and Education for Sustainability, Carbon Accounting, Six Sigma, Lean Systems (USA and Japan Study Missions), and is currently pursuing his PhD at Swinburne University of Technology Faculty of Business and Enterprise.


David Veech


David Veech works with a wide network clients in TPS. David shares his passion in Lean philosophy by developing and teaching workshops. He also helps companies design more satisfying work systems and teaches problem solving, team building and related topics in human performance. After retiring from the US Army in 2001, he joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky teaching lean systems and conducting further research into the Toyota Production System. He currently teaches in the Master of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE) program at the Ohio State University and serves as Executive Director of the Compression Institute, a non-profit focused on helping businesses and communities prepare for an uncertain future.


Darril Wilburn


While at Toyota, Darril studied the Toyota Production System as a student of OMDD, Toyota‘s internal Sensei group. He also developed and implemented the Toyota Way 2001 at Toyota’s largest manufacturing plant in North America, and worked with The Toyota Institute in Japan to implement the Toyota Business Practice (TBP), leading the global pilot of this program, as well as the North American Senior Executive sessions.



Mike Hoseus


Mike Hoseus supports organizations in Lean Transformation focusing on leadership, culture and HR systems. These organizations include manufacturing, service, healthcare, nonprofit and education. Mike developed his skills at TPS by working with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky at the General Manager level in both Production and Human Resources being mentored by his Japanese trainers. His Toyota process experience in these include, production, engineering, skilled trades maintenance, safety, personnel, HR Development, employee relations, benefits/payroll and training and development. He learned first-hand how Toyotas success hinges on integrating their production and human systems to create the Toyota Way. He co-authored the Shingo Award winning book Toyota Culture.


Hong Li


Mr. Hong Li has more than 20 years operation management experience in various roles including Senior Specialist at Mckinsey & Co, Vice-President at Lean Enterprise China (LEC), Director of Productionat Qoros, in addition to engineering roles at both Ford and Toyota Kentucky.
Hong Li takes a practical yet principle based approach to lean transformation drawing from his engineering background, his first hand Toyota experience, and the breath of experience and study of lean thinking and practice.His consulting experience covers a wide range of manufacturing, and service industries including different types of enterprises including State Owned Enterprises (SOE), multinational (MNE), and local private companies in China. Hong Li maintains a global presence having worked throughout China, Southeast Asia, North America, the EU, Russia, and Australia. His transformation support has included both operations in manufacturing, warehousing, and supply chain management.


Mike Settles


Mike Settles brings a variety of lean, engineering and six sigma experience to ILS. He is a graduate from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Mike has proven abilities in Product Engineering is Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt, Project Manager and Operational Excellence leader. Mike has coached all levels of leadership on successful lean transformation and sustainment in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments.


Rebecca Michalik


With a background in Organisational Psychology, Rebecca is committed to working with organisations to achieve sustainable outcomes which centre on the people within the system. Rebecca has experience working with businesses to assist them in understanding the impact of leadership on culture and the elements important for organizational change. Rebecca has a proven track record in facilitating cultural change, and tailoring solutions to suit the unique circumstances of the business. She has provided coaching and mentoring support to all levels of people employed within an organization, from those at the front line of a business to the CEO. Rebecca also has experience coaching at board level. Rebecca is a registered psychologist, having completed a Masters degree in Organisational and Industrial Psychology, has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and has completed study in executive lean systems. Rebecca is also an accredited practitioner with Human Synergistics Australia.


Parthi Damodaraswamy


Parthi was part of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Engineering Department. Parthi has extensive experience in transforming companies in a variety of industries, most notably health care, wood products, glass products, plastics, food processing and distribution. He has worked with several private equity companies as transformational partner and helped create value for their portfolio companies and investors. In each of these specialized environments, his innovative thinking made him deliver customer value with exceptional financial results. Parthi is also a CEO of ILS. Parthi has a B.S. and M.S. in manufacturing systems engineering and an M.S. in bio-medical engineering


Jon Yingling, Ph.D.


Dr. Yingling leads key engagements and activities for clients and spends much of his time in developing novel technologies and solutions for its customers to help them resolve their most complex operational problems. He leads operational assessments and value stream design workshops where future state system designs, often very creative, are established that enable clients to realize major gains in operational performance. Subsequently he guides them in their implementation and has a track record of impressive results. He has strong capabilities in all lean and six sigma tools, as well as all types of manufacturing operations, lean product development, scheduling and production control, lean health care, warehousing and distribution centers, office and transactional systems, and supply chain development. Before consulting, Dr. Yingling was a Professor at the University of Kentucky, where he led development of a Toyota sponsored graduate-level academic program in lean systems.




    STEP 1

    Workshop Preparation

    Pre-readings will be required prior to attending each intensive workshop


    STEP 2


    A series of in class assessments as well as a workplace project will  be required at the completion of each week.

  • JUNE 13-17 WEEK 1

    The Lean Way Course 1: Designing the Lean System

  • JULY 25-29 WEEK 2

    The Lean Way Course 2: The Lean Work System

  • SEPT 19-23 WEEK 3

    The Lean Way Course 3: Managing the Lean System

* At the completion of each week, participants are required to carry out a workplace project to allow for immediate conversion of theory into practice.

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  • Rev-a-Shelf, LLC

    "It has been a partnership from the very beginning. ILS taught us the basic skills and as we implemented changes, they were always there to support us, give us direction and show us new ways of thinking to help us move forward. We’ve adopted Lean in every part of our operation. Using the Lean principles we learned from ILS, we’ve doubled our sales growth without increasing our headcount significantly and actually reduced warehouse space."

    Suzy Whatley
    Director of Operations