Maximize Efficiency – Learn to Eight wastes of Lean – March 10

Maximize Customer Value While Minimizing Waste, with a Professional Certificate in Lean Enterprise.

Is your organization bogged down by the waste of “waiting” – for information, instructions, parts, or equipment? Waiting is one of the most overlooked and easiest-to-remedy wastes, as identified by Lean philosophy.

Lean enterprise is a strategy for streamlining the total business process, whether you work in service or manufacturing. And the simplest way to describe waste is: something that adds no value. By learning the universally applicable Eight Wastes of Lean, you can transform the time, space, tools, effort, and expense of getting the job done.

Class starts March 10, 2016. In just 12 weeks, gain practical knowledge you can immediately apply.

The SDSU Advantage
– Nationally recognized team of instructors
– Company tours to see Lean in action
– Parking included and adjacent to classroom
– Course material, tours, snacks, and lunch included on full-days

Video, and Student Testimonials

Lean Enterprise Video

Lean Enterprise Certificate Program Video

Feeding America

Feeding America More Efficiently
As part of its community outreach, TaylorMade Golf Company sponsored two students from Feeding America San Diego to earn their Professional Certificate in Lean Enterprise through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. MORE

Kris Manning, Lean Program

Kris Manning, Vice President,
Clark Construction Group

“The SDSU program afforded me the opportunity to realize that Lean is much more about developing and sustaining a Lean culture rather than selectively using a set of tools.” MORE

Class Starts March 10. Register Now.

Lean Enterprise Topics
Session dates are all Thursdays

Lean Basics and Simulation

Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) Problem Solving & A3 Thinking

Value Stream Mapping – Current State Map/Site Tour

Cells & Facility Layout/Standard Work

Visual Workplace & 5S/Project Mid-Term Presentations

Kaizen Events/Administrative Lean

Value Stream Mapping – Future State Map/Site Tour

Quick Changeover/Mistake Proofing

Metrics and Incentives/Site Tour

Change Management/Creating a Sustainable Lean Culture

Equipment Management/Site Tour

Project Presentations; Graduation

For more information or to bring all or part of this program to your organization call (619) 594-1153, or email lean@sdsu.edu.


EDM 2015 Feedback: “This was an experience of a lifetime.”

Honsha Executive Development Mission, Japan
October, 2015

“I had the privilege to attend the Honsha EDM in Japan in October 2015.  Also attending were seventeen colleagues from different industries scattered around the world.  We all had different experiences with Lean development and implementation.

The week long experience was well planned.  One day of dojo training, where we did hands on learning of Kaizen techniques, followed by site visits to eight different businesses.    During the week, I began to notice that it was the time in between classroom and site visits that were stirring my thoughts and imagination.  We had time to reflect, and share impressions and ideas with each other.  I was able to be completely removed from my work life, yet engaged as an observer.  In my journal, the notes flowed nonstop.  When I looked for waste and value in Japan, I saw my Maintenance Shop at the Port of Seattle.  When I measured takt time and cycle time in the laboratory, I saw my preventive maintenance teams protecting assets over eleven miles of waterfront in Seattle.  At every turn I was confronted with our own methods, from all aspects.  Beyond standardized process, I thought about our vision and goals, our employee training, safety culture, employee relationships, just to name a few.

It occurred to me that our hosts Darril Wilburn and Miyuky Honda might have embedded the most important lesson of the trip without ever pointing it out.  Respect and kindness were their gift to us.  Our trip was to a new culture and a place of uncertainty, where we needed guidance and assistance at every turn.  They led us there with grace, respect, and humor.  They made each and every one of us feel valued, without judgement of our own knowledge and experience.  Workplace change and improvement is similar, where people are off balance, not knowing what to expect.  We needed to trust, and be trusted, just as our co-workers do.

This was an experience of a lifetime.  It was inspiring, and completely relevant to any business striving for improvement.   My goal is to pay forward not only the Lean concepts, but embrace the leadership style modelled by Darril and Miyuky.”

Skip Himes 

General Manager
Marine Maintenance
Port of Seattle




Lean Enterprise Workshops

SDSU is proud to be partnering with Honsha, a premier Lean consulting group, to offer Lean seminars for individuals and organizations who are looking to take their Lean journey to another level. Honsha’s associates are Toyota alumni – engineers and managers – with experience tracing back to the origins of Lean. Together, we have created a powerful combination of seminars.