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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In the heat of Kaizen

This week Bob is in the province of Ontario facilitating module 2, Cycle-Time Reduction of our Greenbelt program.

Here are a couple photos from the group during their Kaizen at a manufacturing facility.

The next Greenbelt in Toronto will be as follows:
February 23-27, 2015
March 23-27, 2015
April 27-May 1, 2015

Register online, or contact us for more information.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Grocery Simulation

The Blackbelt class is tackling application of lean in the supply chain this week. Below are photos from the grocery simulation.

Now taking registration for Blackbelt Spring 2015. Blackbelt is only held twice a year so secure your spot now:

Blackbelt Takumi Spring 2015
Lean Strategy and AssessmentFebruary 2-6, 2015
Supply Chain March 9-13, 2015
Japan Benchmarking April 13-17, 2015
Extreme MakeoverMay 11-15, 2015

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Supply Chain Week for Blackbelts

More from last week's Supply Chain module!

The supply chain module is module 2 of 4 for Blackbelt but can also be taken on its own through our Executive Lean program. Below, Colin proudly receives his executive certification.

Visit our webpage for more information on our executive program.

Upcoming executive courses:
Lean Supply Chain October 20-24, 2014 Vancouver
Lean Problem Solving December 8-12, 2014 Vancouver
Lean Strategy and Assessment February 2-6, 2015 Vancouver
Florida Lean Benchmarking Tour February 24-26 2015 Jacksonville, Florida
Lean Supply Chain March 9-13, 2015 Vancouver
Japan Benchmarking  March 16-20, 2015 Japan
Japan Benchmarking April 13-17, 2015 Japan

Contact for more information
Or click to register.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Gemba Report: Blackbelt-Made Movie

Below is the movie created by Marvin, Blackbelt candidate for Fall 2014!!

BlackBelt Module 1: 2014 Fall Class from Lean Sensei Leanbelt on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Update from Edmonton Greenbelt

Last week Bob facilitated the first module of Greenbelt in Edmonton. The first kaizen was focused on 5S at a company specializing in the manufacturing of radiant panels for both heating and cooling.

The class broke up into three teams to address three areas:



A lot of transformation for the company in only 3 days. But there was still time for fun!

Contact us if you would like to host one of the modules of Greenbelt. Most of the Winter session modules have been claimed but we are still taking requests for Spring and Summer. Below are all the module topics. Contact us for dates.

Module 1 - 5S
Module 2 - Cycle/Process Time Reduction
Module 3 - Lean Office Kaizen or Value Innovation

To register as a participant of Greenbelt follow this link:

More photos on our Facebook page.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

LSI brings people to all over the world to experience the "best of best" in lean thinking. In addition to our legendary Japan Lean Tour, LSI also takes people to various places within North America, including Florida, California, and of course our headquarters location Vancouver.

Take a look at what you can see and learn from our Benchmark Tours in North America:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LSI's legendary Japan trip is coming up next month

We're just over a month away from our renowned Japan Lean Tour.  Having taken several hundred people to Japan, we've continuously improved our program over the past decade.  It has become the benchmark trip of choice for many lean champions.

Excited Blackbelts, executives and LSI staff are now getting ready for this special event, which we conduct three times a year.  We will be posting day-by-day updates starting next month.

Videos from past Japan trips can be seen on our youtube channel below:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Greenbelt Kick-Off in Toronto

We are excited to share that we have kicked-off the Greenbelt program in Toronto! Our Greenbelt program is one of the most popular training programs at Lean Sensei, as with our Blackbelt and Executive programs, provides participates with an active learning experience.

Here are some photos from the Greenbelt kick-off in Toronto:

To learn more about our Greenbelt program and our other training services, please visit or contact us  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Teamwork, friendship, and reflections

This is one of the busiest times for Lean Sensei, as numerous projects and programs are all being kicked-off simultaneously in various locations.  We have Greenbelt, Blackbelt, Executive Programs and Benchmarking Tours happening in Canada, US, and other international locations.

However, we do take the time to enjoy each other's company and friendship whenever we can.  We had an amazing time over the summer with our staff during LSI's retreat, and we frequently go out for lunch to celebrate birthdays and other special events.  The coaches - who all happen to like fishing - often go out on fishing excursions to catch salmon, ling cods, and crabs locally.

Here are some photos from a variety of social and corporate events this year that focus on building teamwork and friendship.  We are very thankful to have such an enthusiastic and passionate group of people working at LSI.