Lean for Executives Workshops

1-day Introduction to Lean for Government for Management

This 1-day training workshop is designed for Senior and Mid-management and 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. Participants also gain an overview of Lean for Executives with key Lean leadership principles and roles and responsibilities with new daily practices for management in a Lean organization. This 1-day introduction is a prerequisite for all other training workshops. When striving to become a Lean organization, management must embrace a paradigm shift where work and improvement are one and the same – to engage in work is to engage in improvement with a goal to flow more and more value to clients every single day.

Workshop Themes
-Definitions and history
-Organizational focus and alignment
-Lean leadership principles
-Basics of a Lean transformation striving toward a Lean organization
-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
-Lean Management practices including Gemba walks, coaching and Leaders Standard Work

Note to leaders – Lean and continuous improvement cannot be delegated – leadership is key to sustain continuously delivering more and more value to your clients! Help your organization become a learning organization with Lean.

Workshop Costs and Locations

Your Team In-Your-Workplace

In-Your-Workplace group workshop 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). Contact us to book. Cost includes all learning materials.

In-Your-Workplace group workshop costs are for the National Capital Region and we also offer all our courses in the regions. Contact us to get your quote for your needs.

Your Team at the Chateau Laurier

Team option cost, up to 8 people at the Chateau Laurier, for a 1-day in-class workshop is $3,250.00 (+HST)* for the whole team. Payable at registration by credit 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. Contact us to book your staff or management training day.

Participants receive a free copy of the condensed book ‘Lean: Manage work as a flow system‘ (2017) by France Bergeron and Joanne Gaudet, which is described as “a great introduction to lean” by Daniel T. Jones (world-renowned Lean thinker and co-author of the world’s first books on Lean, “The Machine that Changed the World” and “Lean Thinking”).

This 1-day workshop meets the prerequisite requirement if you wish to continue your Lean learning with other 1-day workshops or with the Certificate in Lean for the Public Sector or the Advanced Certificate in Lean for the Public Sector.


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).

Scientists of work - Lean as collaborative science

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