Thinking Lean | CSU Pro Dev


Thinking Lean

Course Description

Improve your capacity to get things done within the roll of a dice. You can get more done, save more money and improve the quality of your products without spending a dime!

This simulation is designed to give each participant an experiential understanding of the effects of changes in the workplace. Participants test which changes work best: increased inventory, overtime, pull vs. push system, large and small batches, balanced workloads and more. It positions the participants to manage their own work in such a way as to create more capacity, reduce cost and improve the quality of their product. The course is highly interactive and designed to be applied to real world issues at its completion.

Course Objectives

  • Introduce 10 lean tools that can be applied to any business situation.
  • Define business problems so that use of an organization's internal problem-solving process is easy and clear.
  • Learn the key steps of lean methodology
  • Learn the benefits of using visual management in the workplace
  • Discover efficiency gains associated with an organized workplace
  • Use of measurement in the improvement process
  • Implement improvements through a teamwork approach
  • Find the best combination of variables that enable the team to meet:
        • The number of completed projects/service calls/report/products/installations customer will pay for
        • The target cost per unit of work
        • The target lead time for new projects


This course experience is highly interactive for each participant using a combination of simulation data, small and large group classroom discussions and action planning to examine the impact of various tools during the course of the simulation and apply those tools to his/her own work.


August 16, 2017
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: CSU's West Center, 26202 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145 (map)

April 13, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: CSU's Monte Ahuja College of Business, 1860 E. 18th St., Cleveland, OH 44115 (map)

October 9, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: CSU's Monte Ahuja College of Business, 1860 E. 18th St., Cleveland, OH 44115 (map)

CEUs: 0.7

Fee: $350

To receive the EARLY BIRD RATE, you must register at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the course. Corporate, CSU Student, Alumni and Organization membership discounts available!

Course Benefits

Competency-Based Professional Development: Our programs increase learner retention through application, which results in a more productive workforce.  Students demonstrate their competence by successfully completing a course assessment.

All Inclusive: Each course delivered at CSU includes materials, pre-test and post-test, coffee, snacks, lunch and convenient, on-site parking.

Educated and Experienced Instructors: Our instructors bring years of real-world, classroom and CPA, CFA, SHRM, PhD and MBA experience. Many hold leadership positions in northeast Ohio organizations and have taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Cost-Effective: The course is designed to minimize travel expenses and time away from work.

Convenient: Flexible schedules are not only an attractive option, but a necessary for busy professionals.

Networking Opportunities: Learn from instructors and colleagues who have a variety of industry experiences to share.

Audit option: Students have the option to audit a course they have already attended at no charge within one academic year. Interested students must notify the ProDev office requesting to audit a course a minimum of 10 business days prior to the course start date to ensure there is enough seating. Audit students are responsible for their own parking and lunches. New materials will not be provided.

Corporate, Custom Availability: Can be custom-tailored to the needs of your organization to provide skills your workforce can apply immediately as a corporate training if requested.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued if notification is not received seven business days prior to the first day of class. Registrants who cancel will receive a refund, less a $50 processing fee, if we receive written notification a minimum of seven business days prior to the first day of class.