Onsite Training Programs

What do your people know about lean?

How are they applying their lean knowledge to reach your organization’s goals?

Need to get everyone on the same ‘lean page’ for improvement programs?

Do your current lean leaders want to advance as Lean Six Sigma Yellow, Green and Black Belts?

DPA’s on-site lean training programs are held at your company or facility on your schedule.

Call us at 860.232.8577 or email info@danielpenn.com to discuss your specific lean training goals.

One-Day Lean Leadership Training Program for Management

Want to help current leaders across your organization learn what lean is, how it’s used and how they can apply it to their departments and divisions? Can both emerging managers and leaders benefit from a nuts-and-bolts orientation to help them balance work, seek efficiencies and reduce stress?

Our one-day lean leadership training program, conducted by master trainer Ken Allen, is designed to inform a diverse audience – from front-line operators to supervisors, middle managers, VPs and C-Suite executives.

DPA’s one-day lean leadership training programs have led participating companies to engage in a range of discussions on the kind of improvement efforts that could be made, either across the enterprise or within individual departments.

For some companies, the one day training has been a first step in planning specific Kaizen events to improve a situation that emerged as a result of the training.

Course Topics

  • Lean Overview
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Simulation
  • 5S
  • Mistake Proofing
  • Visual Controls
  • Standard Work
  • Kaizen Event
  • Lean Roadmap
  • Change Management

Instructor: Ken Allen
Ken Allen is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt with 30+ years’ experience in process management and improvement. Ken assisted in establishing the present Lean Six Sigma system utilized by the US Army, developed a highly successful Self‐Directed Work System in a DuPont manufacturing facility. He developed and instructed Six Sigma training and implementation at GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE). Ken has served as a faculty member with several large Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma training efforts, including GE Energy. He has a Masters degree in Industrial Education from Fitchberg State University.

Duration: 1 full day training program
Participants Per Session: Maximum of 24
Instructor: DPA Senior Consultant Ken Allen

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Lean Leadership Onsite Workshop

Your organization is undergoing a lean transformation. Your teams are problem solving, defining and documenting standard work and implementing 5s. Fantastic! However, without alignment and buy-in on all levels, the best transformation projects can easily backslide.

DPA’s Lean Leadership On-site Workshop will show your teams how to sustain improvements.

This workshop will help your teams create, roll out, and stick to your organization’s strategic plan. We’ll teach leadership thinking and behaviors that encourage all employees to find waste, solve problems and continually improve.

Participants will consider each topic as it relates to their own organization. They will learn techniques for teaching lean thinking to others. They’ll develop a management plan to impart and sustain lean practices. And they’ll brainstorm new ideas for building a lean culture.

  • Helps leaders understand the organizational thinking that is necessary for a successful lean transformation.
  • Demonstrates a process for sustaining improvements made in their organizations so that they don’t creep backward over time.
  • Teaches a management system that will expose the problems in their organizations, so that they can be prioritized and solved.
  • Instructs participants how to use the process of strategic deployment to align and coordinate the efforts and creativity of the whole organization toward breakthrough goals.
Who should participate in Lean Leadership workshops?
  • Lean leaders responsible for guiding their organization’s transformation
  • Managers responsible for engaging employees in achieving business results
  • Executive leaders responsible for instilling values and for achieving breakthrough goals in the organization
Lean Leadership Workshop Topics
  • Lean Overview
  • Lean Pillars: Continuous Improvement and Respect
  • Lean Mindsets
  • Lean Management System: Visual Management, Daily Accountability Process, Leader Standard Work
  • Scientific Problem Solving
  • Strategy Deployment
  • Lean Culture

Duration: 1 full day workshop

Participants Per Session: Maximum of 16

Instructor: DPA Senior Consultant Rosemary Bergeron

Contact Daniel Penn Associates to schedule your next Lean Leadership Training Workshop.

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Six Sigma Onsite Training Programs

Daniel Penn Associates offers a comprehensive menu of Lean Six Sigma training programs: Yellow Belt, Green Belt and Black Belt. Each training program is conducted at the client’s site.

Yellow Belt training provides an overall insight to the techniques of Lean Six Sigma, its metrics, and basic improvement methodologies. A Yellow Belt must know how to integrate Lean Six Sigma methodologies for the improvement of production and transactional systems to better meet customer expectations and bottom-line objectives of the organization. A Yellow Belt typically has a basic knowledge of Lean Six Sigma, but does not lead projects without support from a Green or Black Belt. Yellow Belts participate as core team members on improvement project teams. Yellow Belt training can help employees better understand and more effectively support Lean Six Sigma concepts and practices in their day-to-day workplace activities.

Yellow Belts could receive a certificate of attendance or could be formally certified. Certification would be dependent on attendance at the training, successfully passing an exam, and participation on a project team.

Who should participate in Yellow Belt training?
Individuals who will actively participate on Lean Six Sigma improvement project teams should participate in Yellow Belt training. Other individuals who might apply the tools to improve their daily jobs could also participate.

The Yellow Belt training schedule
Yellow Belt training is 32 hours, taught in full-day sessions. It can be offered as a block of 4 days in one week or as part of employees’ progression from a Yellow Belt to a Green Belt program.

Software requirements
Yellow Belt exercises can be done by hand or using Microsoft Excel. This can be at the discretion of the trainee’s employer.

Participants per Yellow Belt training program: 20

Instructor: DPA Senior Consultant Robert (Bob) Meisel

Contact Daniel Penn Associates to schedule your next Lean Leadership Training Workshop.

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Lean Six Sigma Green Belts are change agents who lead and support efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of an organization. They facilitate teams to identify and implement changes in the operation aimed at reducing waste, cost, time, and variation while increasing customer and client satisfaction. Lean Six Sigma Green Belts apply the tools they learn through their daily work and initiate improvement projects. Green Belt training prepares individuals for these responsibilities.

Certification as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt requires 100% attendance at training, passing an exam, and successful completion of an implementation project.

Who should participate in Green Belt training?
Green Belt training is for people who are expected to lead Lean Six Sigma improvement projects in the organization, typically within the Green Belt’s department.

The Green Belt training schedule
Green Belt training is 80 hours. It is typically offered in two one-week blocks separated by about four weeks. This allows time for the Green Belts to apply the first week of learning to their projects.

Software Requirements
Computers are required for Green Belt training exercises. Microsoft Excel can be used for all exercises. For Lean Six Sigma tools that cannot be done directly in Excel, DPA consultants provide templates (macros) for the students, enabling them to use the tools easily. The material can also incorporate standard statistical software packages, specifically Minitab.

Participants per Green Belt training program: 24

Instructor: DPA Senior Consultant Robert (Bob) Meisel

Contact Daniel Penn Associates to schedule your next Lean Leadership Training Workshop.

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Lean Six Sigma Black Belts are change agents who lead and support efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of an organization. They facilitate teams to identify and implement changes in the operation aimed at reducing waste, cost, time, and variation while increasing customer and client satisfaction. Lean Six Sigma Black Belts apply the tools they learn through their daily work and through the improvement projects they lead. Black Belt training prepares individuals for this responsibility. Black Belts are able to apply more advanced statistical techniques on their projects and in their work.

Certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt requires 100% attendance at training, passing an exam, and successful completion of an implementation project.

Who should participate in Black Belt training?
Black Belt training is for people who are expected to lead Lean Six Sigma improvement projects in the organization. The projects can be within the Black Belt’s department or cross-functional in nature. Black Belt candidates should have an aptitude (and need) for design of experiments and modeling.

The Black Belt training schedule
Black Belt training is 160 hours. The first two weeks are identical to Green Belt training. The remaining two weeks are typically offered as two 1-week blocks separated by about 4 weeks. This allows time for the Black Belts to apply the learning to their projects.

Software Requirements
Computers are required for Black Belt training exercises, and statistical software must be used. Minitab is a commonly used software package.

Participants per Black Belt training program: 24

Instructor: DPA Senior Consultant Robert (Bob) Meisel

Contact Daniel Penn Associates to schedule your next Lean Leadership Training Workshop


Project Coaching
Project completion and success is a requirement for Green Belt and Black Belt certification. Students are expected to enter the training with a defined project. The project should result in substantial improvement in the company’s processes. The project provides the opportunity to apply the tools to a real-life situation, reinforcing the learning from the training.

For most Belt candidates, this is the first time they are applying Lean Six Sigma tools to a significant project. Coaching is necessary to steer them to successful completion. Coaching can take the form of face-to-face meetings, scheduled conference calls, and ad hoc questions answered by telephone or e-mail. It is estimated that approximately10 hours of coaching will be utilized for each project. This allows for one hour in each phase of the Six Sigma process (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control), one hour at the end of the phase, and one hour of ad hoc consulting.

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