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Specialty Short Courses

Principles of Lean Operations

This is a 2-day short course designed to provide practical skills in applying Lean Principles and Practices to your operations. The sessions include an explanation of each concept and practice exercises. The class capstone event is the planning of a lean event for your workplace.

Setting Up a Five S Program

The principles Five S, Sort, Simplify, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain are easy to convey to a team and is often a very effective first step in workplace improvement. Five S programs have been shown to make a workplace safer, more productive, and improve team morale and pride.  This course is conducted over 2 days and provides your team with the concepts and practical knowledge to organize and conduct their own Five S program.  The course final exercise is the design and planning of your own Five S event.

Introduction to Project Management for Operations Professionals

Operating professionals often have to mix projects in with their day-to-day activities. Organizing and managing the project effectively is key to balancing the demands of the project with the demands of every day’s operating challenges.  This one day course is a fast-paced introduction to project management principles and common practices with practical examples of using work breakdown structures, critical path, and resource loading techniques. The principles of good communications, scope management, and change control are also reviewed.

Supply Chain Risk Management

Interruption of a supply chain can be one of the most devastating events in a company’s existence. Late or missed customer orders, costs of customer relations and expediting can drain your profits and alienate your customer base.  An effective Supply Chain Risk Management program can help any company reduce the effects of a disruptive event and help it recover faster.  The Supply Chain Risk Management short course is based on ISO 31000 standards. The course includes a review of risk identification, assessment, and mitigation strategies. The course also includes techniques in establishing and maintaining an effective risk event response mechanisms and tips on how to maintain your risk program over time.

Principles of ERP and ERP Implementation

This course is intended for the firm considering their first ERP program.  It reviews the benefits of ERP and some of the potential pitfalls of embarking on an ERP program.  ERP basics are discussed including basic accounting, AP & AR, purchasing, inventory management, manufacturing, warehousing & distribution, customer relationship management.  How to organize for your ERP implementation, what to expect, and how to avoid some of the common mistakes will be discussed. The course is conducted over 2 days and includes sample cases and implementation plans.