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Lean Principles

Complete in Just 8 Weeks!

Credits/Units     3.5 CEUs

The Purdue University online Lean Principles course focuses on the 14 management principles practiced in Lean systems for achieving operational excellence. It is the second course in a three-course series, the online Lean Six Sigma program offered through the Partnership for Competitive Advantage at Purdue University. Lean Principles is a system working together in harmony which will provide you with a set of tools, quality improvement methods and a business philosophy based on a deep understanding of people and human motivation. The objective of this course is to help you understand this system, and how to make it work. The discussions and assignments reach far beyond the manufacturing world and into many types of industries and transactional settings.

Key topics include:

  • Understanding the Toyota Way Philosophy and the Toyota Production System
  • Understanding The Toyota 4 P Model: Philosophy, Process, People/Partners, and Problem Solving
  • Developing a complete understanding the 14 Principles of the Toyota Way – the foundation of the Toyota Production System practiced at Toyota manufacturing plants around the world
  • Developing a complete understanding of the “Toyota Production System House” and each of the rooms in this model

Certificate Information
This 8-week certificate course will instill lean process techniques and lean methodologies applicable for any industry to ultimately benefit your customer and help you transform your operations to an overall lean enterprise. It is recommended that you plan on studying about 3.5 to 4 hours per week. With this certificate course, you can do your work at a time and place that is most convenient for you. This is an instructor-led course with weekly assignments, assessment, and discussion board posting deadlines.

It is best if you take all of the Purdue online Lean Six Sigma courses in sequence, as all of these tools do work together as a system. However, this is a stand-alone course, and you complete it without taking the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. This course requires no prior knowledge in Lean. This course is one of the two prerequisite courses for the online Lean Six Sigma Black Belt offered by Purdue University, Partnership for Competitive Advantage.


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