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Lean Business Tools | ETAC Solutions


Lean Business Tools introduces Lean business into an organisation through the delivery of process improvements. This programme teaches each participant how to successfully use Lean improvement tools. The course is project-based and each attendee will deliver a practical process improvement in his/her own company. To fully benefit from this programme, it is recommended that 3 staff members from each company are enrolled.

Lean Business Tools is run over 12 weeks consisting of 5 classroom sessions and 8 on-site expert mentor visits.

Lean Business Tools


All managers, supervisors, team leaders and key staff involved in Process Improvement should attend this course.


This programme is designed for online learning and mentor sessions.  Please contact us for further details.


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  • Mentor Session 1 : Course Preparation and Project Selection
  • Day 1: The 5 Principles of Lean – Defining Customer Value, The 10 Wastes, Business Simulation
  • Day 2: 8-Step Problem-Solving – Kaizen
  • Mentor Session 2: Project Charter & Supporting Data
  • Mentor Session 3: Kaizen & Countermeasures
  • Day 3: Value Stream Mapping – 5S Workplace Organisation, Kanban and the Pull System
  • Mentor Session 4: Value Stream Mapping
  • Mentor Session 5: 5S & Kanban
  • Day 4: Changeovers and Critical Window, Standard Work, Asset Care
  • Mentor Session 6: SMED & Asset Care
  • Mentor Session 7: Project Evaluation & Standardisation
  • Mentor Session 8: Final Presentation Preparations
  • Day 5: Project Presentations

10 Course Learning Outcomes

  •  1. Assess an organisation against the 5 principles and 10 wastes
  •  2. Define project terms of reference
  •  3. How to run a Kaizen event
  •  4. The 8-step process improvement methodology
  •  5. Assess lead times in a business with Value Stream Mapping
  •  6. The 5s approach to workplace organisation
  •  7. Control of material or information with Kanban
  •  8. Reduce changeover or critical time windows with SMED
  •  9. Define standard practice with Standard Work
  •  10. Ensure better efficiency with and Asset Care programme
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N Tressou

What was the most useful part of this training for you?
All the hands-on activities helped remember the principle of Lean ex: Lego exercise, t-shirt folding exercise.
What ideas or actions will take back to your workplace?
I really liked the critical window exercise as it helped me to understand the detail of the activity & helped develop some solutions not captured as part of the Kasizen/countermeasures (December 2018)

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D Shaughnessy

The application of theory we learned during the lecture sessions was particularly useful. We will slowly implement some measures that will help my department become more efficient. (December 2018)

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D Rowan

Learning the required tool to solve a problem or prove the problem exists was the most useful part of this training course.
What ideas or actions will take back to your workplace? Lean tools to solve issues and document a problem. When production starts in full these will be invaluable. (December 2018)

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B Roe

I learnt how to solve problems using the 8 step methodology. I learnt about Kaizen events, TPM, 5S, Value Stream Mapping, Kanban systems and about the numerous forms of work. I will use the 8-step methodology and I will try to eliminate work and ensure Lean manufacturing skills are implemented. (December 2018)

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M Moyaert

The most useful part of this training course was the mentor sessions, tools & methods: 5s, Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping. Going forward I will look at processes with ‘lean’ eyes. Don’t take anything for granted. Ask questions. Ask ‘Why?’ (December 2018)

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J Mavare

I enjoyed learning how to analyse different scenarios and detect the waste. I will observe processes closely, not change anything straight away and question old ways of doing things. (December 2018)

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A Gillespie

What was the most useful part of this training for you?
Learning about Lean. Implementing my project on time & the huge positive impact it has on my role in the company.
What ideas or actions will take back to your workplace?
I will be a lot more open-minded to Lean in the company. (December 2018)