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Lean Essentials for the Supply Chain Professional (Formerly Building the Lean Supply Chain Problem Solver)

Course Description

To become a lean supply chain professional, you need to first become a lean thinker and lean problem solver. This is the first course in a 3-course series on becoming a Lean Supply Chain professional. Students will be introduced to lean thinking and critical lean concepts. In addition, students will become proficient problem solvers through gained skills of waste identification and use of fundamental problem solving tools to eliminate waste at the root cause.

This first course is a pivot point in the educational process, and this is where current mental models and business paradigms will be challenged. Participants will learn to see operations from a new vantage point. Upon arrival back to the workplace, participants will be able to "talk" the talk of lean and also have a keen eye for operational waste. However, the real test of the first course is when the participant can "walk" the lean walk and solve business problems at the root cause, completely eliminating the problem for the organization.

Special Note

This course is no longer being offered on the Georgia Tech campus, but will be offered at the Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation & Research Center, June 21-23, 2016. Please visit for more information.

Who Should Attend

Supply chain professionals, logistics professionals, material managers, production control managers, transportation managers, warehousing managers and purchasing managers

How You Will Benefit

  • Reduce total cost of ownership
  • Reduce inventory levels
  • Reduce logistics costs
  • Reduce space requirements
  • Reduce lead time
  • Increase fill rates
  • Improve supplier performance and accountability
  • Improve customer satisfaction and customer relationships
  • Reduce overall organizational and operational waste

What Is Covered

Day 1 - Lean Thinking
  • Lean Thinking - Lean Defined
  • Mental Models - What is different with Lean?
  • Process Thinking: What is a process?
  • Fundamentals of Waste
  • Why Lean - The burning platform
  • Problem Identification - River of Waste
  • House of Lean (Stability + Standardization )
  • House of Lean (QAS, Flow, Customer Focus )
Day 2 - Fundamental Problem Solving
  • "Go See" Management
  • Time and Motion
  • Value Stream Map (VSM) - Current State - Kaizen Bursts
  • Plan Do Check Act Project Requirements
  • Pareto - Critical Few
  • Cause and Effect (Fish Bone)
  • 5 Why Analysis
  • Project Selection & XY Matrix
  • Team Development & A3 Thinking
  • Data Collection Planning
Day 3 - Sustaining Improvements
  • Visual Management and 5S
  • Brainstorming
  • VSM Future State
  • Failure Modes Effects Analysis
  • Collaboration + Systems Thinking
  • Catchball Process + Progressive Dialogue
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Basic Control Charts + PDCA Process
Post Classroom Training
  • Plan : Do: Check : Act Project Completion

Course Materials

Participants receive a course notebook.

Course Prerequisite and Related Certificate Information

For those interested in earning the Lean Supply Chain Professional Certificate, this course is the first course of the three-course certificate program. To earn the certificate, participants must register and complete the following courses in below sequence within six years:

  1. LOG 4000P - Lean Essentials for the Supply Chain Professional
  2. LOG 4001P - Lean Implementation for the Supply Chain Professional
  3. LOG 4002P - Lean Leadership for the Supply Chain Professional

Course Fees

Standard: $3,000.00, Alumni/Org Discount: $2,700.00, Certificate: $2,490.00 (cost of each course when signing up for and paying for a multi-course certificate program).

First time attendees pay the listed course fee. If you are a returning student of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL) courses, you will receive a 10% discount which you will enter at the "Check Out" page. Use Coupon Code SCL-Alum.

There are also discounts available for multiple-team member registrations, to those who prepay for all the courses in a specific certificate, to active/retired military, or to members of certain organizations (click this link for a listing).

Discounts cannot be combined. To receive the coupon code for these discounts, call 404-385-8663 or send us an email prior to registration

The program fee for LIVE courses (non-online) includes continental breakfasts, lunches, breaks, parking, internet access, and all classroom materials.

If the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute must cancel a program, registrants will receive a full refund. Georgia Tech, however, cannot assume the responsibility for other costs incurred. Due to program enrollment limits, early registration is encouraged. Registrations will be acknowledged by a letter of confirmation from Professional Education.

Course Times

The on-campus program will begin at 8:00 a.m. each day, with registration at 7:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. on the first day. The program will end each day between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. with the course concluding between 3-3:30pm on the final day.

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Supply Chain & Logistics Institute
H. Milton Stewart School of
Industrial & Systems Engineering
765 Ferst Drive, NW, Suite 228
Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404.894.2343