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Applying Lean Sigma Practices to HR Functions

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Develop the mindset of Lean Operational Excellence, an advanced problem solving approach that facilitates continuous improvement within the organization through the identification and elimination of waste. Lean principles can also be used to streamline processes in the human resource functions such as recruiting, hiring, training, compensating and managing performance. Find out about Lean concepts, tools, and methods with which you can benchmark and assess problems, and lead continuous improvement efforts to resolve them. After taking this course you will have an expanded capacity to facilitate small groups and teams using Lean Process Improvement principles and methodologies to create change within your organization.


Unit 1
Overview of LEAN Principles and Applications
An overview of lean history and philosophy
Understanding the universal application of lean to Human Resource functions regardless of industry
Toyota Practical Problem Solving and A3 Tools
A3 problem solving reporting processes

Unit 2
LEAN Tools for Lean Human Resources
Visual management, 5S, standardized work
Other lean tools for HR functions
Introduction to value stream mapping (VSM) processes
A value stream mapping exercise to apply what you have learned

Unit 3
Creating an Effective Business Case for LEAN Initiatives within Your Organization
Creating the A3 report or storyboard
Using the A3 report as a way to present a logical business case for proposed changes, decisions, and improvements within your organization
Developing an A3 report to share with other class members
Receiving feedback from peers and instructor

Unit 4
Lean Leadership for Human Resources
Lean leadership and culture change strategies
Successfully implementing lean tools and concepts in your organization
Planning to prepare for taking the next step
Moving forward with Lean Leadership for HR


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