What is Lean? Is it the same thing as Six Sigma, 5S, continuous improvement, or operational excellence? What’s the difference or is there a difference? If you’re interested in improving the systems within your organization, then you may know a little bit about Lean already and want to know more about its ins and outs. 

Our Lean experts will guide you through the fundamental principles of Lean thinking and an overview of Lean tools and methods in order to get a more developed understanding of all that Lean has to offer you and your organization. Course content will examine Lean as a philosophy and a system as well as identify the benefits and challenges of creating a continuous improvement culture. You will explore ways to get started and to establish new behaviors and capabilities.


This class is suitable for employees at any level and no prior exposure to Lean is required.
Learning outcomes:

  1. Examine the definition of Lean and understand the core concepts.
  2. Review the history of Lean and its origin.
  3. Identify Lean principles and examples of waste.
  4. Understand the tools and methods of Lean improvement: 5S, Standard Work, Pull, Cells.
  5. Participate in a simulation.
  6. Assess the qualities of a continuous improvement culture.
  7. Determine ways to get started on the Lean journey

Time: 1 full-day


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Section Title
Lean Foundations
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Sep 25, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virginia Tech - Roanoke Center
567261 Registration non-credit $249.00
Section Notes

VT Roanoke Center                
108 N Jefferson St Ste 701    
Roanoke, VA  24016               
(540) 767-6100      

Directions:The Roanoke Higher Education Center (RHEC) is housed in the renovated Norfolk & Western Railroad building at 108 North Jefferson Street, next to the Hotel Roanoke. The main entrance closest to parking is on the west side of the building, facing Jordan Alley.

From 581 heading south, take Exit 5. Turn right onto Wells Avenue. Proceed past the Hotel Roanoke and cross Jefferson Street. Take the next left onto Jordan Alley to Parking Lot (1) (see numbered circle on map above).

From 220/581 heading North, take Exit 4E. Immediately turn right onto Williamson Road. Proceed south to Wells Avenue, and turn right onto Wells Avenue. Cross Jefferson Street and take the next left onto Jordan Alley to Parking Lot (1) (see numbered circle on map above).

Virginia Tech is on the 7th floor of the RHEC.

Parking: Parking information for the Roanoke Higher Education Center can be found here: https://www.education.edu/directions-and-parking/                 

Schedule: Class begins promptly at 9:00 am and ends at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, September 25th. Meals and refreshments will be provided. All course materials will be provided.

Refund and Cancellation Policy: Refund requests must be received 14 calendar days prior to the program start date. A $50.00 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. Requests should be sent by email or by initiating a drop request through the student portal in our online registration system. As an alternative to a refund, you may send a substitute at no additional cost. Please contact us at 540-231-5182 or e-mail cpeinfo@vt.edu to request a substitution. Please note: refunds will not be issued for no-shows or for cancellations received on or after the program start date. 

In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

For more information:
Virginia Tech Roanoke Center website- www.vtrc.vt.edu 
Roanoke Higher Education Center website- www.education.edu 
Lean Academy website- http://www.cpe.vt.edu/leanacademy/ 
For weather or disaster related information, please call (540)231-9489
Should you have any questions concerning your registration, please contact Conference Registration at 540-231-5182 or cpeinfo@vt.edu.

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