Lean White Belt

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Organisation profile

Crystal Lean Solutions (CLS) is a leading Lean service provider supporting customers in Ireland, UK, and Europe within the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Engineering, Electronics, Construction and Software sectors. Our aim is “to develop peoples' capability in Lean Thinking to systematically deliver results by making your job easier". We believe in delivering nothing short of the highest level of professionalism in all our relationships with customers, employees, associates and our environment. 

Training aim

The aim of the Lean White Belt programme is to introduce construction personnel to the fundamental principles and philosophy of Lean.

Learning objectives

At the end of this half-day course, participants will be able to: 

- State the benefits of Lean, specific to Construction 

- List the 5 Principles of Lean

- Find the ‘8 Wastes’ in a process

- Analyse a process to identify and remove waste activities

- Understand the 5S methodology of Workplace Organisation

Course outline

The Lean White Belt programme covers the following areas:

- Introduction to Lean Thinking including the benefits of Lean in Construction

- Introduction to the Principles of Lean, Customer Value and the 8 Types of Waste

- Introduction to Direct Observation (workshop)

- 5S Methodology (workshop)

- Identify Lean Resources/Further Reading available in the public domain

Trainer's profile

Maria Ryan has nearly 30 Years-Experience in Design, Manufacture and Consultancy and brings a tremendous energy to Lean and Six Sigma training and deployment. Maria has presented at conferences across Ireland including topic round “Change Management", “Hoshin Planning", “Human Error", “Lean in Construction” and "Problem Solving". Maria has co-authored two papers on the “Last Planner System” and presented at the IGLC conference in 2019. She has led two project teams on behalf of the LCi, including project leader for the LCi Lean Pass program. Maria has supported LeanStart, LeanPlus and LeanTransform programs.

Chris Dawkins has over 30 years- experience in various roles in industry, including Process Excellence Manager in ABB Pumps and Quality Manager in Cartamundi. Chris has a passion for continuous improvement and supporting the team to learn and develop. Aligned with his general Lean experience, Chris core competencies include management of projects using SCRUM methodology and Human Error prevention. Chris has presented at conferences with topics including Human Error Prevention and Lean in Manufacturing and led workshops for the WIT MSE while working in Cartamundi Ireland Ltd. Chris was also a project team member for the development of the LCi Lean Pass program.

With nearly 30 years’ experience, Christy Murphy has in-depth knowledge of Lean and Six Sigma deployment within multinational organisations. Christy has direct hands-on experience of Lean deployment managing both LeanPlus and LeanTransform programs for clients, resulting in the transformation of business at the bottom line. Christy is a leading consultant in construction and has published and presented paper “Integrated Testing System for UHP Gas Valve Manufacture” at the International Conference for Production Research and co-authored two papers on the “Last Planner System". He has also managed workshops for both the South West Lean Forum and South East Lean Forum and has presented on other Lead topics including Human Error.

Brigid McNamara is a Six Sigma Blackbelt and Lean Operational Excellence Expert, with over 25 years' experience deploying Lean and Six Sigma methodologies within various industries. Examples include: Pharmaceutical, High Volume Manufacturing and Aerospace sectors, performing roles in Manufacturing & Production Engineering, Six Sigma Blackbelt, Production Management, Project Management, and Continuous Improvement and Operational Excellence Management. Brigid passionately believes that the key to success is all about sharing our knowledge, learning from our mistakes, and creating an open learning environment where people feel empowered to take ownership of their own processes and improvement ideas. 

Course duration

0.5 day (classroom or online delivery)

Assessment & certification

On completion of the course, learners are awarded a certification of completion by CLS. The programme award is the 'Lean White Belt'

Who should attend

The White Belt programme is suitable for anyone looking to understand what is Lean and how to apply Lean tools in Construction.