Pilot is now complete.  We are assessing feedback to see if this is another series we will offer in 2017. Thanks to all who participated!

What Is the Lean Method?

Lean is a client-centric methodology used to continuously improve any process through the elimination of waste in everything you do; it is based on the ideas of “Continuous Incremental Improvement” and “Respect for People.”

Simply put, Lean means:  Creating more value for clients, with fewer resources. That is something all non-profits need, so, of course KCNE wants to help Kitsap non-profits use the Lean principles to better serve their clients.  How Can Lean Work For Non-Profits? This video is a great example of how LEAN principles helped them better serve clients.

A popular misconception is that lean is suited only for manufacturing. Not true. Lean applies in every type of organization and every process. It is not a tactic or a cost reduction program, but a way of thinking and acting for an entire organization. A lean organization understands client needs and focuses its key processes to continuously increase their ability to meet those needs. The ultimate goal is to provide perfect value to the client through a perfect value creation process that has zero waste. Organizations are able to respond to changing client needs with high variety, high quality, low cost, and with very fast throughput times. Also, information management becomes much simpler and more accurate.

What Will This Lean Training Give My Nonprofit?

This training is designed to give you two things: 1. The Lean core principles and 2. The knowledge of how to start using them.

You will come away from this training with the following:

  • Understand WHAT Lean is
  • Learn WHY we are embracing Lean
  • Share HOW we are implementing Lean
  • Expose you to some Lean tools
  • Understand WHO makes it happen
  • Understand 4 basic Lean Tools and how and when to use them
  • Develop your skills with these tools
  • Learn how to make your own Kanban (visual sign) board
  • Work on your listed goals