Lean Training

Lean Training

Please click on the course description for a link to TRAIN registration for each course listed below. The Lean Initiatives Office suggests Lean Two-Day training as the first course for all advanced Lean training.

Lean Fundamentals

Lean Two-Day Training

This course will provide a broad overview of Lean and explore how this initiative relates to the continuous improvement and strategic vision of Miami University. In addition, participants will understand how projects are chosen, how to successfully start and close out a project, and the tools involved throughout the process. Lean Two-Day Training is a prerequisite for all Fundamentals courses and most Technical courses.

 Lean Metrics*

This course will provide the tools necessary to understand and produce the financial goals for a lean project. This interactive course will give practical experience by developing project metrics.

Prerequisite: Lean Two-Day Training

Lean Standard Work*

By providing the necessary tools, this course will explore the value of developing standardized procedures to facilitate the implementation a process improvement plan.

Prerequisite: Lean Two-Day Training

Lean Excel Template Conversion to Visio*

This course is designed for individuals who are participating in lean projects and may have responsibility for documenting processes. Participants will learn to create basic flow charts, swim lane charts, fishbone diagrams and linking Visio to Excel.

Prerequisite: Lean Two-Day Training

Acceptance Courses

Building a Reputation of Integrity

This course is designed to help you through the ethical decision-making process.

Building and Maintaining Your Team

This course is designed to assist supervisors in identifying strategies related to training and development, succession planning, and retention.

Change Management

Participants will gain insight into frameworks for change and how to communicate the necessity for change. Discover insights into how to care for yourself and others in times of change, and explore potential actions work groups can take to cope with change.

Communication's Role in Management

During this session, we will explore the effect that communication has on employees and how they interpret and receive communications from their supervisor.

Conflict Management

In this course, the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) will be used to identify personal approaches to conflicts.

Cultural Changes Through Leadership, Employee Development & Engagement*

The Heart and Soul of the Toyota Way, Michael Hoseus will share his experiences on incorporating the Lean culture at all levels of the organization and the importance of mutual trust, servant leadership and having an unwavering focus on your customer.

Innovation, Creativity, and Immersion*

This workshop will demonstrate new, effective ways of "brainstorming." In the business world, innovative thinking is about creating new products and services, discovering new markets for existing products and services.


This course is intended to explore our individual responsibility regarding how to stop subtle discrimination, or micro-inequities.

MBTI Myers-Briggs Introduction to Type

This process will allow participants understand their management style and how this affects the individuals they work with. This understanding will provide the foundation for the subsequent curriculum.

Strengths Based Leadership*

This workshop explores what is behind the powerful Strengths-Based approach to leadership. Participants will analyze their own Strengthsfinder 2.0 results, and discuss how these talents can be understood and leveraged for leadership effectiveness and career success.

Technical Courses


This course introduces the principles and practices of Agile project management while covering the underlying values and mindset of successful Agile teams.

Prerequisite: Lean Two-Day Training

Employing the DMAIC Process*

This course introduces the DMAIC Process, which consists of learning ways to use data, understand your stakeholders, drive innovation and spark creativity in solving your “customer’s” biggest problems.

Prerequisite:  Lean Two-Day Training

Facilitating Effective Meetings

This course is designed to help you facilitate an award winning meeting each and every time you take center stage.

Go Green Lean*

The "Go Green Lean" workshop challenges participants to appreciate the value of sustainability and engages them in activities to promote creative thinking about sustainable practices. A holistic perspective is presented encompassing "people, planet and prosperity" that includes healthy living, economic responsibility, and preservation of natural resources.

Lean Quality Management*

This course will introduce the concepts and principles of quality, their tools and everyday examples with exercises to ensure traction, understanding and their application.

Prerequisite: Lean Two-Day Training

Presentation Skills

In this session, participants will learn effective presentation skills and techniques to prepare for a presentation, create an organized presentation, and deliver an impactful presentation. Participants will also gain tips for increasing confidence, controlling nervousness and connecting with the audience.


* requires a summary submitted to the Lean Initiatives office for full credit for those in the Lean Certification Program.