SCL Course: Lean Implementation for the Supply Chain Professional

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Course Description

One of the most misunderstood elements of Lean thinking is that Lean is primarily about effective supply chain management. Therefore, we need to be able to answer the question "How does Lean apply to the supply chain?" Connecting Lean to supply chain management is the core purpose of Module 2. Students will build upon their knowledge in module one and learn how to apply Lean principles and problem solving to supply chain functions.

The overarching theme for module 2 is "systems thinking," where we understand how "pull and one piece flow" will lead to reductions to "total cost" of the supply chain. Students will once again be challenged to questions mental models such as economies of scale and replace them with mental models such as economies of time. Having completed module 2, students will not only be Lean problem solvers, they will understand how to connect lean and waste reduction to supply chain functions.

Who Should Attend

Supply chain professionals, logistics professionals, material managers, production control managers, transportation managers, warehousing managers and purchasing managers

How You Will Benefit

  • Reduce total cost of ownership
  • Reduce inventory levels
  • Reduce logistics costs
  • Reduce space requirements
  • Reduce lead time
  • Increase fill rates
  • Improve supplier performance and accountability
  • Improve customer satisfaction and customer relationships
  • Reduce overall organizational and operational waste

What Is Covered

Day 1 - Setting the Corporate Stage
  • Getting Organized
  • Lean Chain Guiding Principles
  • Value Steam Mapping - Supply Chain Current State
  • Lean Logistics Network Design
  • Moving from Push to Pull
Day 2- Tactical Implementation
  • Customer Focus - Takt Time and SKU Stability
  • Lean Outbound Logistics
  • Supermarket - Push Pull Kanban
  • Shipping - Receiving - Yard Management
  • Material and Parts Ordering
  • Lean Inbound Logistics
  • Lean Supplier Management & Collaboration
Day 3 - Learning from Case Studies
  • Case Study - Lean Transportation
  • Case Study - Lean Distribution
  • Case Study - Lean Supplier Management


  • Workflow Status:Published
  • Created By:Andy Haleblian
  • Created:02/22/2016
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:04/13/2017