Lecture Notes

Special software is required to use some of the files in this section: .xls.

All lectures are courtesy of the individuals listed on the title pages, and are used with permission. Session 1-3 contains materials from two offerings of this course.

LEGO® Simulation

Sessions 2-1, 2-3, and 2-5 comprise a Lego® enterprise simulation. In-class materials are not available on MIT OpenCourseWare, but the following paper and presentation describe the simulation and student reactions.

McManus, Hugh, Eric Rebentisch, Earll Murman, and Alexis Stanke. "Teaching Lean Thinking Principles Through Hands-On Simulations." Presented at the 3rd International CDIO Conference, MIT, June 11-14, 2007.

Paper (PDF)

Presentation (PDF)

Topics by Session

Day 1
1-1 Why am I here? (PDF)

Virtual assessment of Lean user experience (VALUE): a guide to assessing your level of Lean enterprise knowledge (PDF)

This assessment can be taken before or after taking the Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods course.

1-2 The start of your Lean journey (PDF - 1.2 MB)

Enterprise leaders' talk

Leading improvement across a complex aerospace enterprise: guest lecture by Dick Lewis, Rolls-Royce (PDF - 1 MB)

Clay Jones biography

1-4 Lean thinking (PDF) S & A Hot Dogs: drawing a process map (PDF)

Lean office or home video

Lean office processes (PDF)

Lean home building (PDF)

1-6 Value stream mapping fundamentals (PDF)
1-7 New Balance® plant tour (PDF) Plant tour notes (PDF)
Day 2
2-1 Lean enterprise simulation, segment I
2-2 Lean supply chain basics (PDF)
2-3 Lean enterprise simulation, segment II

Lean engineering basics (PDF)

2-5 Lean enterprise simulation, segment III
2-6 Accounts payable I (PDF)

Case study: accounts payable at Rockwell Collins (PDF)

Questions (PDF)

Current state value stream map (PDF)

(These three documents are courtesy of Phil Jones, Sylvia and Clement T. Hanson Professor of Manufacturing Productivity, Tippie School of Management, University of Iowa, and are used with permission.)

Day 3
3-1 Accounts payable II: value stream analysis (PDF)
3-2 Variability simulation (PDF)

Variability simulation spreadsheet (XLS)

Instructions (PDF)


Quality tools and topics (PDF)

Guest talk on Lean engineering or office application

Ida Gall biography (PDF)

3-5 People: the heart of Lean (PDF - 1.1 MB) Individual values exercise (PDF)

Implementing Lean (PDF)

Transition to Lean roadmap (PDF)