Lean in Construction Yellow 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 in Construction Yellow Belt programme is to provide the learner with problem solving capabilities to improve project performance and foundational knowledge on the application of the Last Planner® System.

Learning objectives

At the end of the Yellow Belt programme, you will be able to:

- Describe the 5 Lean Principles for Construction

- Describe the key Lean Tools including the 8 Wastes, Housekeeping Methodology 5S

- Understand Lean Project Delivery versus Traditional Project Delivery

- Complete Direct Observation on-site

- Apply Last Planner System to a project

- Apply a Problem-Solving Tool to an improvement project

Course outline

The Lean in Construction Yellow Belt programme has been specifically designed with construction personnel in mind, and introduces learners to problem solving capability and Last Planner System capability.

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

2 days (classroom based)

Assessment & certification

Upon completion of the course, Learner projects are assessed by a CLS Green Belt. The programme award is the 'Lean in Construction Yellow Belt'

Who should attend

The Lean in Construction Yellow Belt programme is designed as an introduction to Lean and is suitable for all levels, including: 

- Forepersons

- Process Operators and Technicians

- Project Managers

- Contracts Managers

- Engineers

- Quality, Manufacturing, Lean, Maintenance personnel

- Managers / Value Stream Managers

- HR, Finance, IT, Supply Chain