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The LEAN Process: A DIY Approach

COURSE NO: B10-001
The LEAN Process: A DIY Approach
Note: New JerseyNew York, Ohio and Pennsylvania Professional Engineers: This course does not qualify for PDH credit by your State Licensing Board. For complete information, please visit the websites of the NJNYOH and PA State Licensing Boards.
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will provide a practical understanding with easy-to-apply examples of these broad subjects:

  • Measuring individual performance and productivity

    How do we know if we’re getting the most out of our workforce?

  • Capacity planning

    How much can we produce?

  • Strategic maintenance management

    How do we keep the means of production available?

  • Supply chain management

    What is involved in keeping raw materials flowing in to maximize production?

  • Data analysis and forecasting

    What are the most appropriate methods of forecasting based on historic data analysis?


There are many volumes of literature available today to present the topic of the LEAN Process from every possible angle telling readers the WHAT and WHY of LEAN practices. Unfortunately, there are not as many telling you HOW.


This course is an attempt to fill that gap in a non-technical, basic examination of several of the concepts within LEAN from a practical application standpoint asking the question, “How do I translate that flowery rhetoric into real-time use in my situation?”


We answer that question in analyzing such favorite LEAN-Speak terms as:

  • Make processes more efficient

    How do we do that? How can we measure the efficiency of a process? Unless we can measure that efficiency, how can we tell if we’re improving anything?  This course will show you HOW.

  • Increasing productivity

    Can we tell the difference between “busy” and “productive”? If we aren’t sure of the difference, are we being as efficient as we can be?  This course will show you HOW.

  • Eliminate non value-added work such as waiting for parts, sorting, reviewing, etc.

    Is there a simple way to understand supply-chain management? This course will show you HOW.

  • Eliminate unbalanced production workloads

    How do we determine whether a production line is balanced? What can we do about it? This course will show you HOW.

  • Reduce your unleveled scheduling

    How can we forecast more accurately so we can reduce the highs and lows in production? This course will show you HOW.


This 10 PDH online course is intended for professionals in operations management capacity or someone similar with the influence and authority to implement the techniques and practices described herein. It is assumed that such professionals do not have a background in Industrial Engineering or broad experience in the Quality Movement.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Compare and contrast productivity with just being busy
  • Clarify their expectations with elements of quality, quantity, and time
  • Explain why much workplace stress stems from poorly defined expectations
  • Reduce much of their workplace stress by asking leaders for clarification of expectations
  • Explain what SMART goals are and why they are important
  • Write their own measurable performance goals and help others with theirs
  • Identify the critical elements necessary for productivity
  • Define and construct "feedback loops" for their work setting
  • Analyze floor plans for optimal work flow
  • Analyze work flows to determine their current efficiency
  • Explain and apply the principles of 'line balancing'
  • Determine work process flow adequacy
  • Revise workflows to improve efficiency
  • Explain the concept of 'flow time'
  • Create optimal production cycle timing
  • Apply three capacity planning strategies effectively
  • Apply the skills learned to practice exercises within the course
  • Integrate your maintenance program into the business plans of the company
  • Identify the four broad generational stages of the evolution of maintenance
  • Develop the talent required to maintain the equipment and machinery of your business
  • Identify four reasons why people are one of the major changes in business
  • Identify two reasons why processes are one of the major changes in business
  • Identify three reasons why plants are one of the major changes in business
  • List four reasons for the "WHAT" of strategic maintenance management (SMM)
  • List six reasons for the "WHY" of strategic maintenance management
  • List four reasons for the "HOW" of strategic maintenance management
  • Ask several relevant questions about talent development issues
  • Ask several relevant questions about talent deployment issues
  • Analyze the cost/risk relationship graph beyond the generic responses
  • Identify at least 12 miscellaneous planning issues to consider regarding SMM
  • Construct a three step model for building a strategic maintenance plan
  • Describe the general flow of a supply chain and list the typical components within it
  • Explain how supply chains of manufacturers and service providers differ and are alike
  • Use appropriately the various terms associated with supply chain management
  • Learn to use key performance indicators
  • Identify typical uncertainties in a supply chain and suggest ways to protect against them
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document titled “The LEAN Process: A DIY Approach”.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
The LEAN Process: A DIY Approach (6.9 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of sixty (60) questions to earn 10 PDH credit. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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