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  • Creating Lean Champions

    Recognizing the Benefits and Creating Buy-in Expand lean throughout the organization Committed resources within departments Timely implementation Expertise within departments Professional development opportunities for individuals

    Types of Lean Champions

    Project-based Part-time Full-time High level leaders Departmental Reporting Structure

    Identify Roles for Champions

    Provide service and training of Lean tools to departments, individuals, and locations Assist leadership to identify projects Coordinate projects: scheduling, order materials, conduct up-front meetings with staff

    to collect data and outline project scope/goals. Lead/Facilitate trainings & events Act as a liaison between departments Monitor progress and track outcomes Maintain open communications between work teams, managers, and other

    teams/departments to ensure success of lean implementation efforts

    Identify Criteria for Champions Facilitation skills Lean knowledge Problem solving skills Technology skills People skills Motivators Culture fit

    Bonnie Slykhuis & Emily Betz Des Moines Area Community College

  • Creating Lean Champions

    Training Champions Fill skill gaps

    i. Attend Lean certification programs ii. Observe area company Kaizen/Lean events

    iii. Hire/Partner with a consultant iv. Participate in consortium or networking groups v. Collaborate with others doing the same work

    Choose a curriculum that fits the culture Follow a structured program, be consistent Give opportunities to practice Give quality feedback on performance Provide regular opportunity to use skills Provide encouragement and freedom to try new things (continuous improvement!)

    Curriculum Options Purchase

    i. Vendors 1. 2. 3.

    ii. Other colleges 1. 2. LHE conference friends

    iii. Other industries Purchase & Modify Free Internet Materials & Modify

    i. ii. YouTube

    Develop in-house Hire Curriculum Developer

    Please contact us with any questions training your lean champions or beginning your lean journey. We like to help!

    Bonnie Slykhuis 515-238-3485 Emily Betz 515-229-9718

    Bonnie Slykhuis & Emily Betz Des Moines Area Community College


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