Introduction to Lean for Government

Part of the Certificate in Lean for the Public Sector and the Advanced Certificate in Lean for the Public Sector. We developed and have been teaching the Certificate in Lean for the Public Sector since 2015.

This 1-day training workshop provides an overview of Lean, a collaborative scientific approach for continuous improvement, as it applies to government. Through engaging simulations participants learn about and experience the Lean values, the four scientific components of Lean as the science of work and some improvement tools. This introduction is a prerequisite for all other training workshops.

Workshop Themes
-Definitions and history
-Systems thinking, innovation and creativity
-Lean values and scientific components (principles)
-Scientific methods such as experimentation (Plan-Do-Study-Adjust (PDSA) cycle) and observation
-Definition, identification, measurement and optimization of the flow of value to clients
-Lean tools such as visual management, error proofing and mapping

Register to one of the following dates:

April 21, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm [FULL]
May 8, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm [FULL]
May 12, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm [FULL]
June 6, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm [for a team (up to 8 people) – staff OR management training at the Chateau]
July 11, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm [FULL – management team of 8 at the Chateau]
August 14, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (can be part of a condensed Certificate in Lean for the Public Sector)
October 23, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
November 15, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
December 5, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (can be part of a condensed Certificate in Lean for the Public Sector)

Download the 2-page flyer on 1-day workshops dates.

Who should attend: From front line workers to senior management, this workshop is designed for all public sector employees.


Classroom Workshop Cost and Location

Cost for each 1-day in-class workshop is $395.00 (+HST)* per person, payable at registration by credit card (or Departmental Acquisition Card). All 1-day in-class workshops are offered at the historic Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Suite 700 (7th Floor). Workshops are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Includes all workshop learning materials, coffee, tea and snacks.

Team cost, up to 8 people, for a 1-day in-class workshop is $2,500.00 (+HST)* for the whole team on June 6th and July 11th. Payable at registration by credit card (or Departmental Acquisition Card). Offered at the historic Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Suite 700 (7th Floor). Workshops are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Includes all workshop learning materials, coffee, tea and snacks.

More VALUE: In-class participants receive a free copy of Lean: Manage work as a flow system, France Bergeron and Joanne Gaudet, 2017, Alpen Path Solutions Inc. Printed in Canada, 28 pages, colour cover, colour printing, ISBN: 978-0-9947810-1-7.


In-your-workplace Workshop Cost (for up to 14 participants)

Cost for each 1-day in-your-workplace Lean workshop, $2,500.00 (+HST) for up to 14 participants in your workplace (below $5,000 and can be paid by credit card). Book four 1-day in-your-workplace workshops at the same time and up to 14 people can obtain the Certificate in Lean for the Public Sector for only $8,840.00 (+HST), when booked at the same time. Contact us to book. Cost includes all learning materials.

Above costs are for the National Capital Region and we also happy to offer all our courses in the regions. Contact us to get your quote for your needs.


Become a Lean for Government Licensed Training Organisation

Build internal capacity by becoming a Lean for Government Licensed Training Organisation. We include coaching for your staff to deliver the 4 Core Lean Workshops (Introduction, Lean is Science, Lean Champion, iLean). Get an excellent return on investment to train ALL your staff in-house. Buy licensing for 1 or several core Lean workshops and become a Lifetime Lean for Government Licensed Training Organization (for internal training only). Contact us for details.


Join the some 2,000+ public servants across Canada who have attended Lean workshops offered by Alpen Path Solutions since March 2015 🙂 Alpen Path Solutions created the Certificate in Lean for the Public Sector in late summer 2015 with 4 of the core Lean courses above, taught since March 2015.

France Bergeron (BTh, MSc), Lean coach at Alpen Path Solutions Inc., brings 21 years of public sector experience and years of Lean leadership within a line department to help you live Lean in your government organisation. Joanne Gaudet (BSc, BA, MA), Lean coach at Alpen Path Solutions Inc., brings her expertise in science studies to the successful deployment of Lean as an applied collaborative science. Enlist empirical science in your work every day.


Why we don’t use a Lean belt system

Like many Lean management coaches (sensei) and practitioners worldwide, we offer a training program that is not designed around a Lean belt system (white, yellow, green, black). Our training helps all employees build and expand their Lean knowledge and experience. Exhaustive analysis of Lean for Government approaches that promote pockets of so-called ‘Lean’ experts supports that belt-type or expert-focused ‘Lean’ deployment is not sustainable. Short-term efficiency gains are not sustainable without embedding continuous improvement in everyday work.

The Lean belt approach was borrowed from the fundamentally different Six Sigma prescriptive methodology that involves experts with varying levels of mastering statistical and mathematical tools. In Six Sigma, you need the outside statistical expert who has special skills/knowledge to manage work. On the other hand, Lean is an overarching management approach that involves everyone as experts in their own job to solve problems and deliver value to clients. In essence, in a Lean organization everyone engages in collaborative science – co-defining problems, co-defining potential countermeasures and collaborating in implementation and measurement of countermeasures to problems, every single day. Unfortunately, a Lean belt approach also tends to promote the idea of gradation where lower level belts may not be able to contribute as much to improvements as would higher level belts.

Lean is the science of work: see work (by using visual tools/management to see flow and what disrupts flow of value to clients such as maps or ‘kanban’, because in science you can’t measure what you can’t see), measure work (the simplest and most widely used measures are time and quality) and improve work every day (by collaboratively optimizing the flow of value to clients to make flow faster, easier and cheaper).


Lean Facilitator Training Program
This course is also part of our Lean Facilitator Training Program. A Lean facilitator guides teams in defining problems and finding countermeasures to be implemented based on the Lean approach. Our training will provide you with a solid Lean foundation on which you can build. Contact us to find out more about Lean Facilitator training**.

Download the the overview of our Lean Facilitator Training Program, in PDF pdficon_large.

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Finding the Lean way together!


Lean is the science of work: see work (by using visual tools/management to see flow and what disrupts flow of value to clients such as maps or ‘kanban’, because in science you can’t measure what you can’t see), measure work (the simplest and most widely used measures are time and quality) and improve work every day (by collaboratively optimizing the flow of value to clients to make flow faster, easier and cheaper).

*Please note that non-attendance for training workshops managed by Alpen Path Solutions Inc. does not entitle the participant to a refund. Cancellation with less than 13 days advance notice forfeits a refund; however, an alternate from the same organization may attend instead, please advise us as soon as possible. Refunds, minus a 15% service charge, are provided upon written notification of cancellation received at least 13 days prior to a training workshop date. No refunds are issued following this date. Schedule and location are subject to change without notice. Only courses facilitated by Alpen Path Solutions Inc. are recognized towards the Certificate in Lean for the Public Sector and the Advanced Certificate in Lean for the Public Sector.

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