A Message from Government Operations Secretary Marybel Batjer | Secretary's Message - Plain Text (RTF)
Lean is a continuous improvement methodology based on five key principles to eliminate waste and increase value designed to improve processes and quality from the point of view of the customer.
The California Lean Academy hosts Lean training for state employees at all levels who are interested in learning how to eliminate waste and streamline processes in their units, program areas, and departments.
Are you new to Lean? Wondering what it's all about?
The Introduction to Lean eLearning course will answer your questions. This 30-minute, free course introduces you to the basic concepts of Lean, including waste vs. value, value add vs. non-value add, and the eight wastes, also known as DOWNTIME.
If you've taken Lean White Belt training, this course is also a great refresher.
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Introduction to Lean
Introduction to Lean for mobile devices
Are you ready for a deeper dive into Lean? Sign up for this one-day course and earn your Lean White Belt.
This class provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of Lean and the tools and techniques used to identify value-added activities and eliminate waste to improve customer outcomes. You will leave class with a plan to innovate and improve your work immediately!
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Course Description for Lean White Belt
The Lean White Belt Train-the-Trainer (T4T) course prepares students with the necessary training and practical experience for certification as a California Lean Academy certified instructor. The California Lean White Belt course has been developed as a one-day Lean orientation session to expose state employees to process improvement methodologies.
In order to deliver the California Lean White Belt course within your department, you must first complete the three-day California Lean White Belt T4T course. Upon completion of the training and successful delivery of a Lean White Belt class as well as related homework, trainees will be certified as a California Lean Academy instructor.
Lean White Belt training content is solely for the purpose of training and used by permission from CALHR/SPB. Since completion of this course carries with it a certification, the following requirements apply:
Successful completion of the Lean White Belt Training (pre-requisite) within 90 days prior to the Lean White Belt T4T class. In the event that the proposed instructor attended the Lean White Belt Training more than 90 days prior, they will be required to observe an offering before the scheduled Lean White Belt T4T.
After the successful completion of Lean White Belt T4T, students will be evaluated for suitability to move forward to step 3 (noted below). This evaluation will be based on instructor and coach feedback during the 3-day Lean White Belt T4T.
Successful delivery of Lean White Belt Training under the supervision of an Evaluator.
Completion and submission of the A3 project document within 30 days of completing step 3 (noted above).
A commitment to deliver at least one Lean White Belt Training session per quarter within a calendar year to their department or to another department if requested by CalHR. This commitment shall begin upon successful completion of the Lean White Belt T4T.
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Course Description for Lean T4T
Are you ready to work on improvement projects that provide great results for yourself, your team, your department, and ultimately – the State of California? Do you want to anchor the skills learned during the Lean White Belt Course by broadening your Lean knowledge and skills? You'll learn how to make groundbreaking improvements and sustain greater results, helping to set you apart as an expert and valued team member.
During this highly interactive Yellow Belt course, participants will learn advanced tools, techniques and methods of Lean and how it ties into the business processes at their organization. Participants will learn to implement Lean tools, techniques, and practices to achieve cost reduction and improve overall quality through consistent compliance to defined quality standards.
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Course Description for Lean Yellow Belt
5 Principles of Lean
Lean Essentials Reference Guide
CA Lean Timeline
Standard Work - Method to Standardize Processes
5S - Method to Standardize Workplace Flow
PDCA - Problem Solving Method
A3 Problem Solving Guide
A3 Instructions and Blank Template (11"x17")
Process Mapping - Method to Map Workflow
Value Stream - Method to Identify Customer Value
Eight Wastes Guide
Eight Wastes Poster
Spaghetti Mapping - Method to Identify Waste in Motion
Root Cause Analysis/Five Whys - Inspire Thoughtful Questioning