Monday, February 20, 2017

Treehouse Greenbelt Operations Winter 2017 kick-off!

Last week the Treehouse Operations Winter 2017 class kicked off their module 1. Scroll through to see what they have been up to!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Upcoming Fall Blackbelt & Greenbelt

We are happy to announce that our Fall Blackbelt and Greenbelt Programs have been decided in Vancouver!

Following are the dates:
Vancouver Fall 2017
Module 1: Lean Strategy and Assessment  September 11th-15th
Module 2: Lean Supply Chain  October 2nd -  6th
Module 3: Japan Benchmarking Tour October 30th - November 3rd
Module 4: Extreme Makeover December 4th - 8th
Greenbelt Service
Vancouver Fall 2017
Module 1: 5S September 18th -  22nd
Module 2: Process Time Reduction October 16th - 20th
Module 3: Value Innovation November 13th - 17th
Greenbelt Hybrid
Toronto Fall 2017
Module 1: 5S September 18th -  22nd
Module 2: Cycle Time Reduction October 16th - 20th
Module 3: Value Innovation November 13th - 17th
Greenbelt Operations
Vancouver Fall 2017
Module 1: 5S September 25th - 29th
Module 2: Cycle Time Reduction October 23rd - 27th
Module 3: Lean Office Kaizen November 27th - December 1st
Greenbelt Hybrid
Vancouver Fall 2017
Module 1: 5S October 2nd -  6th
Module 2: Cycle Time Reduction November 6th - 10th
Module 3: Value Innovation December 4th - 8th

Please contact Angelia Aizawa for more details.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blackbelt Vancouver 2017 Spring Kick Off!

The Blackbelt 2017 Spring class has started!

We have such a happy group and they are so ready for the Lean Journey coming ahead. We are very glad to see the big smiles on their faces. Thank you for your participation!

5S is Everywhere in Japan

Even the way items are organized in a grocery store in Japan has the word "5S" written all over it.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Power of Simplicity

A hallmark of Lean Thinking is simplicity.  We can address simplicity in the physical aspects of our jobs or processes.  For example, placing our tools within close reach makes it easier for us to do our job (5S).  This may mean rearranging the work area but in doing so we address one of the eight types of waste - unnecessary movement.  Sounds too simple (no pun intended)?  You'd be surprised how much easier and more efficiently a job can be completed.
Simplicity can be applied to intangible aspects of a business too, and often we see how effective the results can be.

A real world example is Ford's "One Ford" campaign, involving the integration of "its international units and simplification of its global structure.  Ford was profitable despite industry woes in the first part of 2008 and did not require government assistance."

A non-convoluted process will win your customers' loyalty too.  Making it simple for your customers shows respect for their time and makes your organization transparent.  Needless to say, this will have positive effects on the underlying relationship you have with your customers.

Harvard Business Review Blog
The Next Big Thing
In Simplicity We Trust

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekly Hansei: Quality is Everyone's Responsibility

Building a culture of catching small problems before they become big problems is crucial to success.  In this way you’re working towards success a little bit at a time every day.  Suddenly what may have seemed like a daunting task to begin with is completely manageable.

How can you empower your teammates to be co-responsible for quality?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Upcoming Lean Programs/Tours 2017 Pt2

Japan Tour Bench Marking Tour 2017
Spring Dates: April 17th - April 21st
Fall Dates: October 30th - November 3rd

The Japan Lean tour is intentionally designed to provide both educational and
cultural exposure to Japan through various plant tours and historical sites. Tours
are arranged with such big hitters as Toyota and its suppliers, but also with smaller
players that can showcase different levels of Lean implementation.

Japan Lean program members were challenged to perform a Flashmob dance in a busy tourist district in Tokyo! The purpose of doing the Flashmob is to let our program members step out of their comfort zone and be comfortable with themselves in different cultures and situations.

Here is the clip from 2015!!!

Florida Lean Benchmarking Tour 2017
Dates: November 13th - November 15th

There is no better way to understand the power of Lean than to see it in action. The Florida Lean Benchmarking Tour has been designed for those who wish to update and benchmark their knowledge in Lean.

You can check out our Jacksonville Florida Lean Benchmarking Tour - February 2015 !!

Please contact Angelia Aizawa for more information !!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Kick-off week for the Greenbelt Service Winter 2017 class!

Welcome Greenbelt Service Winter 2017 class! The first week is always the toughest as the teachers leave you overwhelmed by introducing all new lean knowledge, tools and techniques. However, by the end of the week the teams leave all smiles and with accomplished feelings because they know they are starting to get it! Looking forward to seeing you all back for module two!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Upcoming Lean Programs/Tours 2017

New year has started and we are excited to announce are upcoming Programs and Lean Tours in 2017!!

Please see below for details for each programs and tours.

Our first Service Greenbelt started January 23rd!! How exciting.

A three-module course that provides basic, intermediate and some advanced knowledge and experience in Lean....

Following are our additional upcoming Greenbelt dates!

Vancouver Winter 2017
Module 1: 5S February 27th-March 3th
Module 2: Cycle Time Reduction March 27th - 31st
Module 3: Lean Office Kaizen April 24th - 28th

Greenbelt-Hybrid  Vancouver Spring 2017 Module 1: 5S March 20th - 24th
Module 2: Cycle Time Reduction April 17th - April 21st
Module 3: Value Innovation May 15th - May 19th

Greenbelt-Hybrid  Vancouver Summer 2017 Module 1: 5S May 8th - May 12th
Module 2: Cycle Time Reduction June 5th- June 9th
Module 3: Value Innovation July 10th - 14th

Fall dates - TBA

Our popular Blackbelt for Spring is coming up shortly and have filled up right away!

The Blackbelt Takumi program offers outstanding experiences to advance one's knowledge and capability to the next level of Lean...

For those who are interested attending our Blackbelt Fall, please see below for the dates.
Vancouver Fall 2017
Module 1: Lean Strategy and Assessment  September 11th-15th
Module 2: Lean Supply Chain  October 2nd -  6th
Module 3: Japan Benchmarking Tour October 30th - November 3rd
Module 4: Extreme Makeover December 4th - 8th

Europe Benchmarking Tour
Dates: May 29th - June 2nd

While Lean Sensei is most known for its much-talked-about Japan Lean Tour program, did you know that we also conduct benchmarking trips to Germany, and Italy?  In fact, the Europe Lean Tour - which will tour Stuttgart and Munich in Germany, and Florence in Italy - is happening in May of this year.  The tour will visit some of the best lean factories in Europe, including BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Lamborghini and even the million-dollar-plus, hand-crafted Pagani factory.

It's considered to be one of the most exclusive tours that we do, because we will have an access to some of the top lean talents in the world.

The Europe Lean Tour is also a "standard module" for our Master Blackbelt Program, and therefore our newest Master Blackbelts will be travelling with us to Europe as well.

Here are some of the photos from previous year's Europe program:

Florida Lean Tour
Dates:November 13th - February 15th

Not many people know that there is a Lean City right here on our continent. This unassuming city is none other than Jacksonville, Florida. Lean Sensei has specifically chosen to showcase six organizations for the Florida Benchmarking Tour. These companies demonstrate the possibilities when companies make the investment to pursue lean. Attendees of this tour have the opportunity to see first-hand how lean is applied in a wide array of industries.

Please contact Angelia Aizawa for more details of each programs!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !!

Merry Christmas &

Happy New Year! 

This is a special time of the year when we reflect back and think about all the inspirational stories we heard throughout the programs.
We are especially thankful for your contribution, dedication, and support to transform the world through lean thinking.
We wish you a wonderful holiday season and may your life be filled with joy, peace and happiness in the new year. Thank you for your support throughout 2016, and we wish you continued success in 2017.

Best Wishes from the Staff and President of

Friday, December 16, 2016

Blackbelt Vancouver 2016 Fall - Final Presentations & Graduation

Congratulations to Blackbelt 2016 Fall class that finished very strong last week. Let us share your moments here at Lean Sensei Blog!

Bronze-Daley    Gold-Mary Ann   Silver-Danny

And some photos from the final presentations...


Friday, December 9, 2016

Greenbelt Operations 2 Graduation Day!

It is graduation day for our Greenbelt Operations 2 class! The class did a phenomenal job tackling many situations that arose during their Kaizens and managed to turn things around in their favour to produce outstanding results. Great job to each and every one of you and we hope to see you again in the future.

The Office Dead from Lean Sensei Leanbelt on Vimeo.

Remember..Embrace the Mess!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Greenbelt Operations 1 Graduation Day!

Congratulations to the Greenbelt Operations 1 Fall Class! In this class, we had many participants who had to travel to Vancouver for their Modules. We warmly welcomed them to our office and the group made everlasting memories with each other.

Greenbelt Operations 1 Final Video from Lean Sensei Leanbelt on Vimeo.

The lessons that have been imparted on them do not solely come from our coaches who teach the material, but from their classmates who come from different companies and walks of life as well. We hope that this class has been as meaningful for you as it has been for us hosting you. Sincere congratulations to all, work hard to make a difference in your workplace and life with your new insight!

Greenbelt Toronto Graduation

The Toronto Greenbelts have finally graduated! The participants worked hard through 3 modules and achieved their new Greenbelt certification. Although it was a small class, the teams managed to foster a tight-knit and fun family. Lean Sensei wishes you all the best in your future endeavors.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Greenbelt Service at Genentech- Graduation Day!

We are happy to announce that our Greenbelts at Genentech have finally graduated!

Congratulations team, now you are all ready to go and transform the world.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Vancouver Lean Benchmarking Tour 2016

We have just finished a very successful Vancouver Lean Benchmarking Tour 2016 this week.

The first stop of the tour was British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), one of BC's largest post-secondary institutions. Colin Jones, Master Blackbelt Candidate presented at the beginning of the tour and showed the group around the institution.

We ended the first day by visiting First West Credit Union. First West is the third-largest credit union in BC. Envision Financial, Valley First, Enderby & District Financial and Island Savings operate as divisions of First West.

The second day started at Ideon Packaging. Ideon Packaging is an established company based in Richmond, BC that provides a variety of packaging services.

Our last stop of the tour was Regency Fireplace Products where we witnessed that Lean was a big part of their culture during the detailed factory tour.

A huge thank you to all our gracious hosts for sharing their Lean knowledge and experience with the group. We learned so much and are looking forward bringing this information home to our respective organizations.

Please email or call us at 604-264-1000 for more information on upcoming tours.