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Lean in the Office
March 1 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: This hands‐on simulation is designed to introduce the participants to lean concepts, allow them to experience changes to a process, and motivate them to desire improvements in their pre‐production processes. Office processes are composed of individual tasks. Processes are generally developed over years of time and normally contain steps that are no longer required. A lean office is an environment where each of these processes has been evaluated and streamlined for maximum efficiency. Lean is not just for the shop floor anymore. Another goal of Lean Office is to eliminate wasted movement by locating the personnel necessary to perform the task together.
Workshop Overview: A hands‐on approach is used as participants become employees of a fictional company Widget Works. The quotation process must be improved to handle the changing demands of the business. Quotations are processed by the participants and changes are introduced in each round. The quotation process is used because most office personnel have some knowledge of this process.
There are three rounds in the simulation. Each round demonstrates particular principles and allows the participants to experience the improvements of implementing Lean Office.
- Traditional Office Process
- Cellular Layout and Elimination of NonValue Added Steps