As some of you know, our highly respected Blackbelt Certification program has been running for almost 8 years now. For the first few years, the program included a trip to San Francisco to visit Toyota/GM joint venture, NUMMI. As part of our continuous improvement initiative, we found ways to reduce cost while improving the content, and in 2006, we begin to offer Japan program as an upgrade - a major upgrade - to the Blackbelt curriculum. Since the very beginning of the Japan program, we have taken several hundred people to such places as Toyota factory, Denso plant, and Daiwa House factory - where homes are built like cars.
This comprehensive, advanced lean program is the most respected certification in North America for developing future lean leaders, and we are proud to announce the kickoff of the 2010 fall Blackbelt class!
So what did we do on the first day? Here's a glimpse of some of the unusual things we did on the kickoff day.