Our events : Webinars and workshops!

Date : 12.09.2023

“LEAN EXPERT, what do you have in the way of specific group training offers in lean management?”

With this article below, you’ll have everything you need to find out more!

  1. Theoretical classroom training

Discover powerful in-person training experiences across Quebec with Lean Expert!

Are you a manager looking to improve your leadership skills and drive transformative change within your organization? Look no further than our exclusive in-person training courses offered across Quebec. Designed for forward-thinking, managing professionals like you, our training programs bring together industry experts and thought leaders to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to excel in the world of Lean management.

Several dates are open for registration. Check out our social networks, or subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know!


2. Webinars

Unlock the world of Lean management from the comfort of your home with Lean Expert webinars!

Are you eager to deepen your knowledge of Lean principles and stay ahead in today’s fast-paced business world? Look no further than our highly accessible webinars led by leading experts. Designed to empower professionals like you, our webinars offer a convenient and flexible way to learn and develop your Lean management skills from anywhere in the world.

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Webinar #1 on the 14 principles: a resounding success!

Date : 12.09.2023

Webinar #1 (strategic planning and governance)

Here’s our Webinar #1 on the first of the 14 principles of operational excellence, all taken from the famous book “Toyota Way” by Jeffrey K. Liker! With nearly 40 registrations, we were very pleased with the results! Grateful people, an enthusiastic expert and, above all, a lot of knowledge passed on!

You can now access the replay of the latter (at the bottom of this news item). In the meantime, here’s a quick reminder:

On the program:

Strategic planning;
What is strategic planning? What’s it for? Is it essential? -> A comprehensive presentation by one of our experts;
Demonstration of the various solutions we offer;
Questions and answers.
Enjoy!

Next webinar: September 21, 12:00 to 13:00 on the 2nd principle (Creating an effective organization to highlight problems)

Webinar link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk6pzFeO0IU&t=17s

Press release : LEAN EXPERT now offers the “Kentucky Lean Tour”, in collaboration with none other than Mike Hoseus, co-author of the famous book “Toyota Way”!

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For immediate release
2023.08.31

Press Release | LEAN EXPERT now offers the “Kentucky Lean Tour” , being visits to Toyota, Hitachi and Hyster Yale plants, in collaboration with none other than Mike Hoseus, co-author of the famous book “Toyota Way”!

Cohorts every month will be able to fly to Kentucky with our team! 😉

LEAN EXPERT announces strategic partnership with Mike Hoseus and exclusive plant tours at Toyota, Hitachi and Hyster Yale.

Thetford, Quebec, Canada – LEAN EXPERT, a leader in lean management, is pleased to announce a major partnership with Mike Hoseus, renowned expert in quality management and continuous improvement. This partnership will enable our customers to take part in an interactive seminar led by Mike Hoseus and visit the world-renowned Toyota, Hitachi and Hyster Yale plants in Kentucky.

The Mike Hoseus seminar is a unique opportunity for participants to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of one of the industry’s leading specialists. As co-author of the best-selling book “Toyota Culture: The Heart and Soul of the Toyota Way”, Mike Hoseus is renowned for his practical and inspiring approach to quality management, based on Toyota’s fundamental principles.

During this interactive seminar, participants will have the opportunity to explore quality management principles, learn best practices and discover how to apply them in their own business. Mike Hoseus will share concrete success stories, as well as proven strategies for improving operational performance, strengthening corporate culture and increasing customer satisfaction.

In addition, participants will have the exclusive privilege of visiting Toyota, Hitachi and Hyster Yale facilities in Kentucky. These immersive visits will enable participants to see world-class manufacturing processes up close, observe best practices in quality management, and interact with experts from these industry-leading companies.

“We’re extremely excited about this partnership with Mike Hoseus and these exceptional factory tours,” says Hugo Poulin, President of LEAN EXPERT. “This is a unique opportunity for our customers to benefit from Mike Hoseus’ knowledge and see quality management principles in action at Toyota, Hitachi and Hyster Yale. We are convinced that this immersive experience will inspire them and help them improve their own operational practices.”

Mike Hoseus’ seminar and plant tours will take place every month in Kentucky. Places are limited, and interested parties are invited to head to our web page dedicated to this magnificent adventure!

Next cohort: October 10-11-12, 2023!
Click here to reserve your place or find out more

About LEAN EXPERT:

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Testimonials :
“A very enriching experience that made me grow enormously.”
Luc Berthold, Member of Parliament Mégantic L’érable

“It changed the way I look at quality and efficiency as a whole! We work on processes and with people, improving understanding and the whole process!”
Marcel Létourneau, President at Chambois

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Introducing our 100% online Lean School from Lean Expert!

Introducing Lean Expert, our 100% online Lean school! 😉 How about improving your overall efficiency, knowledge and productivity?

Lean Expert, which works to demystify Lean, and teach it in a fun way. In fact, it’s a school that offers its certified training 100% online, and it’s super easy to work with! They’re accessible from your living room. No more evening or weekend classes. Transfer your new knowledge to the workplace. Here, in three main points, is what the Lean Expert Academy is all about!

  1. HOW DOES IT WORK?

First of all, the Lean Expert Academy is a 100% online training platform. So everything goes through the platform: tools, training, contacts, etc. A bit like in karate, the belts describe the level of perfection in continuous improvement, from white belt to black belt. It’s also worth noting that a continuous improvement project is included throughout the course, which combines training and the application of a DMAIC project. No more Power Points to read!

We’re proud to be the official Canadian distributors!

Here’s a concise summary of the objectives of each belt:

White belt (2 to 3 hours) :

  • History of Lean
    -Key principles of Lean
    -Waste
    -Gemba Walk
    -5S
    -Problem solving
    -Added value

Yellow belt (approx. 15 hours) :
Knowledge :

-Indicators and dashboards
-DMAIC approach
-Six Sigma
-Spaghetti flows and layout
-Takt time and cycle time
-Value chain management (VSM)
-Lot size and WIP
-Bottleneck
-Kaizen

Skills :

  • Know how to select and implement Lean tools – Green Belt level;
  • Unite and lead a team around a Lean project;
  • Carry out a simple* improvement project in the field in DMAIC format (*as defined by the standard).

Green Belt (between 15 and 26 hours, depending on with certification or E-learning) :
Knowledge :

-Communication structure
-Customer order
-ERP queue and Kanban product mix
-SMED and EPEI (lot size calculations)
-FIFO TPM MADC

Skills :

  • Know how to select and implement Lean tools – Green belt level;
  • Unite and lead a team around a Lean project;
  • Carry out a simple* improvement project in the field in DMAIC format (*as defined in standard NFX 06 091);
  • Implement a progress plan in your company.

Black Belt (between 15 and 26 hours, depending on with certification or E-learning) :
Knowledge :

-Cycle efficiency
-Line/workstation capacity
-Equipment performance (TRG)
-Team and autonomous unit
-Kaizen Breakthrough and Kaizen Blitz
-Flow management (Heijunka)
-Milkman system, Kitting and 5S
-Quality (Andon, Poka Yoke, Jidoka)
-Strategies (Hoshin)
-Obeya room and project management

Skills :

  • Understand Lean (Operational Excellence) philosophy and performance improvement tools;
  • Know how to select and implement Lean tools – Black Belt level;
  • Carry out 4 to 5 complex continuous improvement projects in DMAIC format;
  • Produce a summary report on the projects carried out and the deployment of the Lean approach;
  • Implement a progress plan in your company and verify the sustainability of actions (gains in excess of $100,000).

OFFICE
If you want to improve your office skills, we’ve got the solution too!

We have an “Office” belt: Green Belt (approx. 26 hours) :
Knowledge :

-Lean Office waste
-VSM processes (Yamazumi)
-Just-in-time
-Kanban
-Standard
-Visual management
-Agile management
-Scrum, sprint and AIC

Skills :

  • Know how to select and implement Lean tools – Green belt level;
  • Unite and lead a team around a Lean project;
  • Carry out a simple* on-site improvement project in DMAIC format (*as defined in standard NFX 06 091);
  • Implement a progress plan in your company.

SUPPLY CHAIN
If you’d like to learn more about supply chain management, we’ve got the solution too!

We have two supply chain belts: MRP (4 to 6 hours) :
-Logistics
-Industrial and commercial planning
-ERP and forecasting
-Safety stock
-Master production plan
-Product mix and changeover
-Net requirement calculations
-Order management

DDMRP (2 to 4 hours) :

  • Strategic stock positioning (buffering);
  • Define buffer profiles and levels;
  • Understand dynamic buffer management;
  • Generate replenishment orders based on actual demand;
  • Execute and manage replenishment order priorities.

Learn how to transfer your Lean Management knowledge to your workplace!

Be a builder, and a continuous learner!
One of our Lean experts, Mr. Marois, on a Lean project!

  1. WHO TRUSTS US?

Over 500 companies have worked with us on hundreds, if not thousands, of projects. With over 15 years’ experience in the field of Lean, we can proudly say that we have become a benchmark in continuous improvement in Quebec. At the Lean Expert Academy, we’ve been supporting a number of customers for two years now through these enriching training courses. The Lean Expert Academy, associated with 7-Shapes, is now recognized around the globe for its simplicity, ease of approach and exhilarating interactivity. See for yourself what one of our customers has to say:

Feedback from a prestigious 2,500-employee company in an interview this morning.

-‘With your training, we give training we wouldn’t have given because we don’t have enough staff to train’.
-‘We standardize the internal language with your online training. At last, we understand each other.
Training can be completed anywhere, at any pace, with real-time traceability’. We often lost track of who had done what’.
-We’re saving a lot of money and we’re going to train a lot more people with this. We’ll improve our internal continuous improvement culture.
-‘Definitely, your package of unlimited training per year is a great package.
-‘The average score of our employees who have completed your fun training courses is 4.5 out of 5.

To adopt it is to move forward!

  1. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR ACADEMY AND THE OTHERS? IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

WHAT SETS US APART IS ACTIVE, NOT PASSIVE, TRAINING! 👇

  1. SEE OUR LEAN EXPERT ACADEMY COMMERCIAL! The Lean Expert Academy in 30 seconds!
  1. AT WHAT PRICE?

Certifications are among the best prices on the market, as well as being the most accessible. In fact, everything can be done from home, including the certification exams! Here’s a summary of the subjects for each of the belts, with prices with or without support.

*Accompaniment means that a Lean expert will accompany you and guide you through your journey with additional information, support and more!

  1. WHERE TO START?

With our Lean Expert demo! Completely free of charge, it will enable you to see what the Academy has to offer. You’ll be able to take part in a few activities to see the interactivity and training potential. You won’t be disappointed!

You can find the link to the demo here 👇

https://school.7-shapes.com/main.html

WE’RE THERE, at the forefront of your growth. See you soon!

How can you increase productivity when you’re short of manpower?

EVERYTHING about augmented reality😉 Following one of our newsletters, in part about augmented reality, we’ve had lots of questions, comments, appreciation and excitement. So we decided to get our hands dirty today to give you more details on the subject!



1. Augmented reality in a nutshell (definition)

This futuristic-looking technology is just around the corner. It consists in superimposing virtual and reality together, in an AR (augmented reality) headset or a telescope. We have a telescope in which we see the reality around us, adding a virtual superimposition.



2. What do our customers think? How do they feel about it? Scierie St-Michel’s experience!

Scierie St-Michel is committed to using technology to improve its performance and productivity. Augmented reality has thus become an essential tool for the company. The company has set up training courses for its employees to help them better understand and use these technologies. Inventory and operations management are essential to the business, and the St-Michel sawmill has implemented IT tools to facilitate this. Data collection and analysis are also essential to good management. The St-Michel sawmill has therefore implemented tools to ensure equipment maintenance and incident prevention. Risk management is also an essential part of the business. Human resources management is also an important element for the St-Michel sawmill, which ensures that its employees are trained in new technologies and their requirements, so augmented reality has facilitated the training of new employees. Quality management is also an important aspect of ensuring customer satisfaction. The St-Michel sawmill is committed to offering quality service and using advanced technologies to improve its performance and productivity.

Rémy Champoux,
Production Manager

3. Case study: augmented reality (Q&A) What’s your biggest irritant at your company?

Well, our biggest irritant was our high employee turnover rate and our inability to release our trainers for new employees. We found that this led to lost productivity and increased our costs due to the need to train new employees on a regular basis. This was a major challenge for our company.

What action did you take to solve your problem?

We first tried to hire more trainers to reduce the workload of our existing trainers and free up time to train new employees. However, this didn’t work, as we found that manual training was still time-consuming and required a lot of effort on the part of our trainers. Finally, we realized that a digital solution could help solve our problem, so we decided to digitize our in-house training. This enabled our new employees to follow the training at their own pace, freeing up our trainers for other important tasks. It has also significantly reduced our employee turnover rate. So augmented reality has been a great solution for us.

4. *If you missed our newsletter on this subject, here’s the part on AR (augmented reality)!

Augmented reality: a booming tool!
What is augmented reality?

This futuristic-looking technology is just around the corner. It consists in superimposing virtual and reality together, in an AR (augmented reality) headset or a telescope. We have a telescope through which we see the reality around us, adding a virtual superimposition.

What’s the difference between virtual and augmented reality?

Virtual reality doesn’t include reality. It’s only virtual (so we don’t see what’s around us), whereas with augmented reality, we see both! Both types of technology have their advantages and disadvantages. However, in a factory, AR allows you to have the headset on while walking around the factory, since reality is also present. How convenient!

Is augmented reality affordable? How many months does the return on investment represent after the purchase of a headset and a license?

Augmented reality is much more accessible and affordable than you might think. A Microsoft Hololens, for example, is an augmented reality headset that costs a few thousand dollars. That’s a far cry from the astronomical sums we were hearing about ten years ago! Then you add a license, a Microsoft account, and additional options to suit your needs. ROI (return on investment) depends on a number of factors:

How long you use the headset (is it used 2 hours a week or 35 hours?);
The actions you perform with your helmet (added value, non-added value).

Indeed, the performance of the headset will be an important factor in determining ROI. We have augmented reality projects that have achieved an ROI of 18 months. Impressive!

How can augmented reality boost your company’s productivity, while making up for the shortage of manpower?

In fact, augmented reality can be used everywhere: in particular, it will help you with your weak points. Augmented reality is very versatile. Are you experiencing any of the following difficulties within your company? :

-Taking inventory;
-Change of setup between two different types of production;
-Maintenance (preventive, corrective, predictive);
-Training;
-Integration of new employees;
-Remote plant visit;
-Remote repair (telling you what to do in the event of a problem);
-Data tracking;
-Etc.

Augmented reality can do it all! Often, the main causes of these problems are :

-Difficulty transferring/sharing knowledge;
-Ineffective communication;
-Lack of manpower;
-High turnover;
-Lack of availability.

Augmented reality is the answer to all these difficulties. Without further commitment, augmented reality makes it possible to :

1. Reduce travel time and communication inefficiencies;
2. Make remote instructions easier to understand;
3. Reduce the company’s ecological footprint;
4. Protect corporate memory through better knowledge management;
5. Improve the profitability of remote worker assistance projects;
6. Increase synergy between team members at all levels.

Train without a trainer, generate automatic daily reports without adding any extra tasks for your employees, manage stock and inventory remotely…and much more. WOW!

Do you have doubts or questions? Want to implement augmented reality in your business? Book an appointment with one of our experts!

WE’RE THERE, on the front lines of your growth. See you soon!

Customer case study: interview with one of our project managers!

Date27.06.2023

Following a large-scale project, one of our project managers spoke to us about it.

We asked Eliot to talk about the project and explain the challenges and expected results. Here’s his response:

“I was assigned to a contract at a sawmill in Lachute. The sawmill management contacted Lean with a view to improving their work practices, in particular preventive maintenance and work order organization. They also wanted to improve leadership and knowledge transfer. The first challenge was to build a CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) customized to the customer’s needs and implement it in the garage and the filing room. With this software, it is now possible to carry out analyses of equipment lifecycles, and the planning of non-production work is greatly facilitated. As the foremen had a busy schedule and didn’t want to impose the use of the software, the difficulty was to get the sawmill’s employees involved in the process. To this end, the CMMS was designed in response to their requests for simple, effective software. The filesetters are delighted to be able to keep track of the time their saws are in use, and the mechanics see their orders made easier.

The next challenge is, with the help of an equipment criticality analysis, to set up a lubrication and preventive maintenance program. At present, the sawmill is in reactive mode, resulting in breakages and lost production time. In addition to saving production time, the program will aim to reduce maintenance costs over the long term, thereby maximizing equipment life.”
Here’s a photo of a user of Lean Expert’s in-house CMMS. A customer so happy with the result makes our team proud!
2. What do our customers think? How do they feel about it?

“We’re happy with the result. The CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) helps us on a daily basis. It has become our tool for quantifying and explaining preventive and corrective maintenance. We’d like to thank Lean Expert for making such a fine tool.”

Do as they do, and contact us to take on your large-scale projects with recognized experts!

Green Belt Training- June 6, 2022

How many businesses are facing labour shortages? Far too many

Green Belt training offers you a strategy to address this significant labour shortage.????

Aimed primarily at supervisors and continuous improvement coordinators, the Green Belt online training offers rich content:

  • Communication structure
  • Customer order
  • ERP
  • Kanban
  • Product mix
  • SMED

And even more!

Listen to this presentation hosted by Hugo Poulin, the President of Lean Expert, get an overview of this training content and universe. ✅

Have a great time listening!

Discover Lean Expert – May 30

“Great leaders find ways to connect with their employees and help them reach their potential”

Behind every successful company is a competent team trained by a leader. 

Do you know who they are at Lean Expert?

Find out more about President Hugo Poulin and the company he founded in 2007.

You’ll see that Lean Expert is not a consulting firm like the others. When you do business with Lean Expert, the company is always committed to going one step further for its customer.

Discover all about Lean Management and become fans like Hugo and his team of experts.

Have a great time listening!

MRP Training – June 13 2022

Demystify MRP training in just a few minutes!

M: Manufacturing

R: Ressources

P: Planning

Do you regularly ask yourself these questions?

  • How much raw material do I need?
  • How many units do I need to produce?
  • When do I need my parts?

These are only few of the questions that the MRP system answers!

This audio sample will allow you to learn more about the objectives of MRP training, its important implications and the major role it can play in your company.

Listening to this chronicle and implementing its content means taking concrete steps to bring your business to new heights.

You can find the MRP training in the Training section of the website!

Have a great time listening!

The Lean approach – free eBook

Have you ever wondered how you could improve your business? With Lean Management, you make sure you have everything you need to succeed! But beginning your journey with Lean isn’t so easy. That’s why we offer you this eBook for free !

The mos recent eBook from Lean Expert

Here is a brief overview of what you will learn in this eBook.

Where to start?

It’s important to ask yourself a series of questions:

  • What are the problems?
  • What are the objectives of your Lean approach?
  • What resources are available?
  • Do you have time?

Voici un petit aperçu de ce que vous apprendrez dans ce eBook.

The 14 Principles of Operational Excellence

Here at Lean Expert, we guide our customers on the path to continuous improvement through 4 fundamental axes that include 14 principles in order to achieve operational excellence. Learn more in the eBook!

Principles :

  1. Strategic planning for a long-term philosophy.
  2. Create continuous process flows to highlight issues.
  3. Use pull flow systems to avoid overproduction
  4. Distribute workloads and level production
  5. Build a culture of stops in the production chain to solve problems and get quality right away
  6. Standardize working methods
  7. Use visual controls
  8. Rely on reliable and proven technologies
  9. Train and develop leaders who understand work, bring the company’s philosophy to life and pass it on to others.
  10. Develop and develop exceptional teams and employees
  11. Maintain trusting relationships with customers, suppliers and partners to ensure the reliability of the entire company’s network.
  12. Observe to understand
  13. Slow decision-making by consensus and rapid implementation
  14. Becoming an organization that learns.

The Lean Expert Academy

This eBook will answer the folling questions :

What are you waiting for ? This eBook is available for free : here

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  • vous éclairera sur les problématiques à régler et les questions à vous poser
  • vous expliquera comment créer une culture d’amélioration continue en 14 principes
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Ce eBook gratuit :
  • vous éclairera sur les problématiques à régler et les questions à vous poser
  • vous expliquera comment créer une culture d’amélioration continue en 14 principes
  • vous présentera les options de formations adaptées
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Have you ever wondered how you could improve your business? But beginning your journey down the the Lean path isn't so easy.
This free eBook:
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  • will explain how to create a continuous improvement culture through 14 key principles
  • will introduce you to the appropriate training options
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