Lean boot camp and yellow belt certification (2-half days)

March 30, 2023 | 4:00 pm to March 31, 2023 | 8:00 pm
Eastern Time
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 | events@ame.org
Member Fee: $550
Non-Member Fee: $650


Virtual Event

Culture is contagious if deployed correctly and this workshop will explore examples of how you can eliminate waste throughout your value stream. The focus of manufacturing today is continuous improvement of safety, quality, productivity, delivery, morale, cost, and inventory. The session will show different ways of addressing these focal points by using lean tools and creative employee thinking. Several case studies will be demonstrated with incredible results. Rejuvenate your operation by applying lean principles in a fun and engaging way that has produced proven results. This workshop highlights the critical elements and "must know" concepts for driving effective, positive change in your organization.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the language of lean that anyone can understand
  • Learn critical thinking elements that all leaders should know in order to successfully lead people and manage processes
  • Create systems thinking and understanding of how cost is related to decisions
  • Learn tools that you can immediately implement at your company to engage your workforce and instantly uncover waste
  • Develop customer and supplier measurement systems and accountability processes
  • Break down cross functional barriers for effective collaboration
  • Learn how to implement pull systems to drive material replenishment and accountability

Mark Preston President/CEO of Lean Applications www.leanappl.com, and author of “Southern Sensei”, has been driving change for over 30 years using continuous improvement and lean.  During his years with TDK Electronics, he studied Kaizen manufacturing techniques in Japan in Executive Sensei training. He later led the TDK Georgia Plant lean initiatives, which drove significant productivity gains. After TDK, Mark served in progressive executive roles at Respironics Inc. (Phillips Healthcare).  In 2006, Mark became the Director of Acuity Business System at Acuity Brands Lighting, leading the deployment of lean in the Acuity supply chain for 16 plants, 5 distribution centers and 14 supplier development programs. He continued his personal training with Shinjujitsu in Japan and was promoted to Vice President of Supplier Development and Operations Excellence.  Mark is the creator of the AME Lean Sensei assessment, standard work mapping, rattlesnake hunts (5S on steroids)  and quality stream mapping systems. Mark serves as the acting Director of the AME Champions Club.


Day 1:

Thursday, March 30
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Lean boot camp/yellow belt certification

Day 2:

Friday, March 31
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Lean boot camp/yellow belt certification 


Participants will learn lean tools and best practices that you can apply directly with meaningful results.

  • Understanding critical components and systems for improvement
  • Kaizen closed loop processes
  • Strategic alignment of objectives and goals
  • Windshield vs. rear view mirror metrics
  • Applying action to the big picture
  • Value stream mapping
  • Rattlesnake hunt:
  • Eight waste elimination
  • Standard work: Simulation and training
  • Visual management: Lego layout recipe
  • Problem solving techniques: Affinity process, 5 whys, fishbone
  • A3 system: Overview of lean applications throughout the enterprise
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Engineers
  • Supervisors
  • Team Leaders
  • Anyone that wants to drive their company to Excellence

We strive to host events that are inclusive and accessible to everyone to fully participate and engage. Please email events@ame.org if you have any questions.

If you are not already a member of AME, we invite you to join at this time. Membership benefits include complimentary and discounted event registrations throughout the entire year. To learn more about membership benefits, please visit here.

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Cancelation Policy: This event may be canceled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. For paid events, registration fee less a $20 administration fee will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the event.