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    Lean Manager Certification Spring
    Manufacturing industry Public Educational Events

    Lean Manager Certification - Spring 2023 - Columbus, OH

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    The Lean Manager Certification program develops the knowledge, capabilities, and confidence to improve your organization through the application of Lean techniques. This fully-accredited certification is jointly offered by Productivity Inc. and The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, educating Lean managers and Lean leaders since 2001.

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    Your safety is our priority! We are following evolving best practices and CDC guidelines for physical gatherings including: meeting in larger rooms, limiting attendance to each event, setting physical distance in all meeting rooms, providing contactless food service, cleaning meeting facilities throughout the day, and following all facility protocols. We will update as necessary to ensure the safety of all. These will be outlined in your registration confirmation packet.


    Become a Certified Lean Manager with our Lean Manager Certification program and drive your organization toward operational excellence.

    Designed for those who want to develop the skills needed to drive Lean transformation, this highly interactive, fully accredited program teaches Lean principles and tools in a carefully arranged sequence. Lean practitioners combine classroom learning with simulations, group exercises, targeted discussion sessions, and shop floor application exercises to transform theory into practice.

    Over four non-consecutive weeks, attendees participate in a series of learning modules focused on the four phases of Lean implementation: Plan, Pilot, Deploy, and Integrate. Between session weeks on campus, participants must implement Lean projects at their own companies and present results during the next session week.

    Designed for leaders and managers seeking the knowledge and confidence necessary to drive Lean principles throughout their organizations.


    Lean Manager Certification (LMAC) graduates will gain overall knowledge of how to lead a Lean transformation, strategically and tactically. They will be able to:

    • Perform an organizational assessment and establish baseline metrics.
    • Create a detailed deployment plan based on analysis of the current state.
    • Act as a principal change agent.
    • Lead and direct site teams to deploy Lean methodologies across their facility.
    • Mentor and coach project leaders, area managers, and supervisors on tools and methods.
    • Coach and mentor suppliers’ change agents on addressing critical quality and delivery problems.

    A fully accredited certification for managers and leaders.  A unique educational experience offered jointly by Productivity Inc. and The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business since 2001. 

    What is a Lean manager?

    A Lean manager is an individual or individuals responsible for:

    • The systemic application of the principles and techniques of process improvement.
    • Establishing “bottom-up” and “top-down” improvement routines.
    • Ensuring all improvement initiatives are tied to organizational strategic objectives.
    • Developing an employee community of problems-solvers armed with the tools needed to solve the day’s problems.


    Most investments are inherently risky… but investing in the Lean Manager Certification Program is virtually risk free. You will most likely realize benefits in excess of the registration fee just from the implementation of the homework. In fact, this has been the case for most all past attendees! Imagine a return on your investment in only four months and the skills you need to establish a Lean program in your facility.

    For more than 40 years, we’ve been fortunate to have worked with many organizations in a wide variety of sectors. During this time, we’ve been asked: How do I…?

    • tie my efforts to organizational goals?
    • sustain the gains?
    • develop a CI culture?
    • ensure improvement happens absent a ‘kaizen’ event?
    • get leadership involved

    The answer is in creating a systemic approach to the implementation of Lean by developing the confidence, knowledge and skills of a Lean Manager. For 17 years, Productivity Inc. and the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University have been assisting individuals in their transformations to Lean Managers through our Lean Manager Certification Program, and we are proud to say that since 2001 we’ve had graduates from companies large and small from a wide array of industries.


    The Lean Manager Certification (LMAC) curriculum is divided into four, 1-week sessions geared to systematic implementation of Lean in phases.

    These week-long sessions are spaced over approximately 4 months. During the intervening weeks between each session week on the campus of The Ohio State University, participants apply learning according to a prescribed format in their own organizations and present results at the following session.

    Week 1 – PLAN

    Lean transformations start with developing a strategic framework for tactical initiatives and setting improvement priorities. Lean Manager Certification (LMAC) Week 1 teaches a system for creating strategic objectives, connecting them to tactical initiatives, and establishing baseline metrics.

    Modules include: The DNA of Lean; Strategic Thinking; Value Stream Management and Analysis; Strategy Development & Deployment; Project Management; CEDAC; Six Sigma; Project Chartering.

    Week 2 – PILOT

    During Lean Manager Certification (LMAC) Week 2 participants learn foundational techniques to enable a Lean transformation. These techniques will be implemented throughout the value stream during deployment, but they are often started as small-group pilot projects in target areas identified from the value stream map created during the previous week.

    Modules include: Visual Workplace; Quick Changeover; Mistake Proofing; Total Productive Maintenance (TPM); a local company Plant Application Exercise; Project Roundtable.

    Week 3 – DEPLOY

    Building on Week 2, Lean Manager Certification (LMAC) Week 3 provides more sophisticated techniques that allow the implementation to evolve into a true operating system. Participants focus on enhancing capabilities for predictable performance, and cementing innovation and continuous improvement as integral elements of the Lean transformation.

    Modules include: Kanban and Pull Production; Continuous Flow; Plant Application Exercise; 3P (Pre-Production Planning); Green in the Workplace; Lean Measurables.

    Week 4 – INTEGRATE

    Lean Manager Certification (LMAC) Week 4 elevates the Lean system implementation to encompass business model opportunities for improvement. Participants focus on looking beyond the local level to the complete value chain. The project work from Weeks 1 through 3 is connected to the financial impact on the business.

    Modules include: Lean Logistics and Supply Chain; Lean Finance; Lean Leadership; Project review; Course exam and participant certification.

    Full curriculum is available in the event brochure.*


    “LMAC has been tough, but probably the most rewarding class I have ever taken. It has/continues to open my eyes to the world of CI and to the endless opportunities it presents.”
    Pat Blondell – Environmental & Security Mgr. – The Coca-Cola Company

    “Outstanding program—will leave with a wealth of knowledge to go out and “do good” in our world of manufacturing. Special thanks to Paul McGrath for hosting us, teaching us and mentoring us through the entire program… well done Paul.”
    Bryan Gran – Asst. Production Manager, CLM – Clopay Plastic Products

    “Blown away with both the content and the instructor. The most value-added manufacturing lesson I’ve ever received.”
    Brad Schreiber – Quality System Specialist – Kaiser Aluminum

    “It is a great experience. The facilitators provide a perfect balance of theory, real-life experience and hands-on exercises.”
    Luis A. Correa – Lean Manager – Thermo King


    To qualify, all participants must have a management sponsor, who will attest to the results achieved in on-the-job assignments. Participants must be affiliated with a manufacturing or service organization actively pursuing process improvement techniques, and should have a fundamental understanding of TPM and Lean techniques. Consultants and university faculty may not be eligible to attend.

    Payment Options: Payment must be received BEFORE the event. This event fills up quickly therefore we cannot confirm reservations until payment is received. Payment installments available. (This option includes a $150 processing fee.)

    Participants who successfully complete the four-week training and mentoring program, pass the certification exam, and demonstrate successful implementation in their own facility are certified by Productivity Inc. and the Fisher College of Business as Lean Managers and earn 16 CEUs.



    Productivity Inc. is a leading consulting and training firm that helps organizations build new capabilities, save money, and grow. We focus on three progressive strategies: Operational Excellence, Innovation Systems and Leadership Development.

    Working together, these strategies provide the means to continually refresh a company’s value proposition while making the organizational changes needed for daily improvement and sustainable growth.

    We pioneered the implementation of Lean and TPM methodologies in manufacturing in the late 1970s. Since then, we have extended these methodologies across a wide range of industries, including healthcare, finance, and other service industries.

    Today, our time-tested management system, motion™ provides organizations with:

    • a uniquely comprehensive approach to implementing Lean across an entire enterprise, incorporating assessment, leadership, and business renewal.
    • a robust process for innovation to develop an organization-wide capability to create new forms of value – reliably, predictably, repeatedly.

    More than simply a Lean consulting firm, Productivity Inc. can provide you with a variety of methodologies to keep your enterprise in motion™.



    Since 1916 The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business has produced exceptional leaders who meet the challenges of a changing global business environment. Fisher’s reputation continues to rise and is reflected in rankings which place the college among the top 15 Business Schools in the nation at the undergraduate and graduate levels of public universities.

    Today, Fisher College of Business Executive Education continues to provide growth opportunities to business professionals seeking to increase their knowledge, insights and intuition. Their executive-level degree programs are comprehensive, integrative and examine today’s issues from every angle to give you a total business perspective.



    A block of rooms is being held for Productivity Inc. LMAC attendees at The Blackwell Hotel on The Ohio State University campus. Address: 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, Ohio 43210.

    Productivity Inc. attendees receive a reduced rate of $145.00 per night, single or double occupancy. Rate includes hot buffet breakfast. Please call 614.247.4000 or toll-free 866.247.4003 for reservations, and identify yourself as a Productivity Inc. LMAC program attendee. The special rate will be available until four weeks prior to the event; after this date the hotel cannot guarantee availability.

    For more information on The Blackwell Hotel, please visit The hotel is approximately 8 miles from the Columbus International Airport.


    Qualification Requirements: To qualify, all participants must have a management sponsor, who will attest to the results achieved in the assignments completed back in their own facilities. Participants must be affiliated with a manufacturing or service organization actively pursuing process improvement techniques. All registrant applications will be evaluated for acceptance into the program. Consultants and university faculty may not be eligible to attend.

    Payment Options: Payment must be received BEFORE the event. This event fills up quickly therefore we cannot confirm reservations until payment is received. Payment installments available. (This option includes a $150 processing fee.)

    Cancellation Policy: Prior to the start of the session, registrations may be transferred to a colleague without charge. To be considered for a refund, we must receive notification of cancellation in writing no later than 30 business days prior to the event. Cancellations received within 30 business days of the start of a program are subject to the full registration fee / this money will be held on account for up to one year for use at a future workshop or conference. Cancellations received within 10 business days of the start of a program will be assessed a fee equal to 20% of the registration fee / the remainder of the fee will be held on account for up to one year for use at a future workshop or conference. If no notification of cancellation is provided, registration fees will be forfeited. There is a $200 processing fee for all cancellations. No refunds or credits will be issued once a session is underway. On rare occasions, circumstances may make it necessary to cancel or postpone an event. We encourage attendees to book refundable/reusable airline tickets. We will not be responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants.

    Any individual attending this program hereby acknowledges and agrees that any photographs or videos taken during the event may be used in marketing efforts (web/print) including, but not limited to news and promotion without compensation to the participant.