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What is Lean?

Lean is the continuous quest to maximimse value creation and eliminate waste in supply chains and business processes. Read more

What is Action Learning?

Action Learning is learning by doing. A small team works intensively to tackle a problem of real importance to the organisation. Read more

Who should participate?

Lean Action Learning is relevant to all levels of the organisation from Senior Management to front line staff, and to all industry sectors including manufacturing, transport and logistics, health care and government services; any sector that aims to deliver value to end customers.

The Lean Action Learning Program

This innovative training program promotes the application of lean principles across the entire supply chain, from raw material supply to end consumer.

The program was initiated by the Government of South Australia in response to a need identified by the SA Warehouse Best Practice Group.

For eligible companies, projects in the initial round are fully subsidised.

A OneSteel Team storyboarding improvement options

Participants learn by tackling real projects. Each project is hosted by a company with a pressing need to improve some aspect of supply chain performance. A small team is formed with one or two people from the host company plus participants from external companies to provide fresh eyes to the problem.

The team works intensively together for one day a week over five weeks, understanding and analysing the present situation and applying lean thinking to develop improvement options. On the afternoon of the fifth day the team present their findings and recommendations to the host company senior management.

For the host company the benefits are practical, costed recommendations which can be implemented to improve supply chain performance. They also get to evaluate the ongoing potential that Lean offers to their business.

Steve Godson of Carl Zeiss Vision
presenting a new warehouse layout

For the external companies the program affords the opportunity to broaden the experience of key employees by giving them exposure to other industries and other ways of doing things. Once their eyes are opened, these participants find that the lean principles they have learnt can be readily applied back in their own workplaces.

For both the host and external companies, the action learning format is ideal for assessing the promotion potential of key people in the organisation; people who might be bored with conventional training programs. In this program, such people have the opportunity to really shine.

Each project has its own particular focus. Video case studies are used to disseminate the learnings. Collectively the case studies demonstrate how lean principles can be applied right across the supply chain. They make excellent "selling tools" for those wishing to promote Lean Thinking within their organisations.