Lean Event Planning

There are three primary events:

  • Planning Event
    • Process Mapping – lower level process
    • Value Stream Mapping – from customer request to customer receipt
  • Working Event
    • Kaizen Blitz – working session to resolve major problem in a process area

To begin planning an event, the first decision is to decide what type of event to conduct. If you are looking for immediate results and have clear problems you want to resolve, select the kaizen blitz event.

If you want to evaluate the process to determine where improvements need to be made, then a planning event should be conducted.

Here is the general process for conducting an event:

  • Define event deliverables
    • Process Mapping – Current State Value Stream Map, Future State Value Stream Map, 90-day Action Plan
    • Value Stream Mapping – Current State Map, Ideal State, Future State Map, Action Plan, 90-day Action Plan
    • Kaizen Blitz – Current State Map, Future State Process Map, Actions completed (80% during event), 30-day Action Plan (20% remaining)
  • Complete Lean Event Planning sheets
  • Schedule event dates
  • Confirm attendance to event
  • Event preparation kickoff and follow-up
  • Prep training before event
  • Report Out
  • 30-60-90 Day Action Plan


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