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Online Lean Practitioner and Lean Guide

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What is Lean Practitioner and Lean Guide?

Understanding the Lean principles helps one identify what is of value to the customer. This identification feeds into removing all the “waste” and keeping only what is meaningful for the customer. You can create increasingly efficient processes with reduced costs and production time. One could say that Lean is a systematic approach to minimizing waste.


Waste Elimination in a company leads to enhanced business results. Used rigorously by Toyota as TPS (Toyota Production System) and later known as Lean Manufacturing and Lean Management, this is one program that has the highest potential for transforming a company. We have conducted this course for 20 MBB Batches in the past.


To engage participants in seeing waste, understanding reasons for wastes and elimination of wastes. To provide hands-on practice on all the common lean tools and practices.

Why Benchmark Six Sigma is suited to deliver this program?

Benchmark Six Sigma is number 1 for Lean Practitioner and Lean Guide in many ways.

  • In 2001, Benchmark initiated the first business excellence certification program in India. The only other provider in India at that time was Motorola University from the USA. The program has been evolving and is reviewed and revised every year. Lean Practitioner Competencies were a part of our Green Belt and Black Belt programs
  • The Lean Practitioner and Lean Guide programs were initiated in 2006
  • We train the largest number of business excellence professionals in Public and Corporate programs (1500+ every year)
  • The large network of business excellence professionals has now crossed 40000. You can find a Benchmark Six Sigma certified professional in every large company in India
  • We moderate the largest Lean Six Sigma learning community (among the top three in the world).
  • Here are 15 key elements that differentiate us from others.

Offered as

a. Public Training – Calendar Program
b. Corporate Program – Standard or Customized, Continuous or Phase wise

Who Can Benefit

  • Professionals who want to learn and apply the highly popular and successful Lean Principles and Practices
  • Continuous Improvement Professionals
  • Process Owners and Operation Managers
  • Any progressive management professional who wants to bring change for the better.
  • Anyone who wants to build competence that is domain independent

Forthcoming Lean Practitioner and Lean Guide Programs

Online Lean Practitioner & Lean Guide Certification - 11 September to 12 September 2021

Date: 11 September to 12 September 2021

Time: 9:00AM to 4:PM

More Info

Salient Features 

  • Facilitated by Multi-Industry Expert
  • 16 Hrs of Instructor-led Online Training
  • 16 PDUs for PMI credential
  • Globally Recognized Benchmark Six Sigma Certificate
  • Membership of largest Business Improvement Community

Training Package 

  • Course Material Kit for Lean Practitioner and Lean Guide
  • Data, Templates and Case Study for Analysis
  • 16 hours of Instructor-led Online Training Content
  • Lean Practitioner and Lean Guide Examination
  • Globally Recognized Certificate with lifetime validity

Content Outline


Lean Basics

  1.     Lean Thinking, the origin of Lean Manufacturing, the focus on continuous flow.
  2.     The journey – Batch processing, single piece flow and pure continuous flow.
  3.     Understanding and visualizing wastes – TIMWOOD
  4.     The meaning of Value Add and Non-Value-Add in a practical sense.
  5.     5S as an improvement tool.
  6.     PDCA cycles for continuous improvement.
  7.     Kaizens and Kaikakus
  8.     Identifying opportunities with As-Is Value Stream Map

Defining a mini project

  1.  Selecting a Lean Practitioner Project.
  2.  High-level mapping of the process – SIPOC diagram.
  3.  Creating a mini charter.

Assessing current performance

  1.  Lean Metrics – Cycle time, Takt time, Lead time, Throughput.
  2.  Relationship of these metrics with each other and impact on productivity.
  3.  Calculating process cycle efficiency.
  4.  Working with set up and change-over times, The concept of SMED.
  5.  Detailed mapping of a process with a swim lane map or a VA-NVA mapping
  6.  Assessing OEE

Finding the root cause of a problem

  1.  Gemba and Genchi Genbutsu
  2.  Listing potential causes using an Ishikawa diagram. Using a mind mapping tool for the Cause-Effect diagram.
  3.  Validating root causes with Why- Why analysis and Pareto’s analysis
  4.  Using huddles and Kanban boards for team engagement during the project.

Finding alternative solutions and implementing the best solution

  1.  Using lean principles to question the As-Is Value Stream Map
  2.  Understanding and considering visual controls, supermarkets, Kanbans, Pull systems for the future Value Stream Map.
  3.  Heijunka, Takt, Pitch and Runner systems.
  4.  Visual control, Andon boards, and Kanban Boards

Ensuring Sustenance of the solution and CI after implementation

  1.  Doing Risk Analysis
  2.  Making use of Poka Yoke
  3.  Using Kanban, Andon, and VSM as tools for continuous improvement.


  1.     Implementing Lean with DMAIC framework.
  2.     The psychology behind errors and mistake proofing
  3.     Lean Principles
  4.     Handling resistance
  5.     Simulation Exercise
  6.     VSM in Service Exercise


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Lean Practitioner and Lean Guide classroom programs with unmatched advantages

What everyone offers


Some / Industry Acceptance

Some Project Practice

Some Training Experience

Benchmark offers More

We started our programs in 2001 and most accreditations started later. We provide Exemplar Global accredited globally valid certificate.

We guide participants through cases from different industry sectors which come from real experience in those organizations.

What no one else offers

The facilitator is an International Expert on Business Excellence.

Training methodology that has matured with modifications since 2007

We integrated Lean and Six Sigma in our programs more than a decade ago.

Training is the beginning. We engage members with 2 questions every week to facilitate ongoing learning.

We provide additional coaching to our participants when they implement projects at their workplace.

The facilitator has significant training experience in manufacturing as well as services.

Use of multi-sensory approaches is our forte.

We explain the linkages of Lean with Six Sigma

A cross-industry platform for discussions available for a lifetime which has 53000+ members

Well integrated program with Business Excellence MBB

The facilitator has conducted hundreds of Lean Six Sigma programs.

The training is rated as excellent by thousands of participants.

You can expect the most engaging training experience ever.

Free Excel based templates for all our participants.

Access to online Calculators (Little’s Law, Takt Time, Process Cycle Efficiency and many others) that can be used anytime anywhere


Most frequent questions and answers

Q1: What is Lean?

Lean is a customer-centric process improvement methodology with the focus of improving work processes through the elimination of waste and retaining only value adding activities.

Q2: What is the duration of Lean Guide and Lean Practitioner Course?

16 Hrs of instructor-led online training

Q3: What does a Lean Practitioner do?

A certified lean expert is aware of the various lean concepts, philosophies,tools and plays a pivotal role in process improvement in a company.

Q4: How does lean help in improving productivity?

By eliminating the sources of inefficiency, focussing on value adding activities, mobilizing cross functional teams around common objectives, Lean makes it possible to increase production and thereby improve productivity.

Q5: What are Kaizen events?

Kaizen events are short-term brainstorming and implementation sessions intended to improve an existing process. They aid breakthrough improvements in as little as a few days, while creating a continual improvement culture. “Kaizen” refers to a Japanese word which means “improvement” or “change for the better”.

Q6: Is lean applicable to only a production process?

This is a misconception. While Lean process improvement approaches were developed originally for manufacturing processes, there has been steady progress towards adapting these approaches for use on service and administrative processes. In fact, many exciting breakthroughs are taking place in areas such as software development, financial services, healthcare, etc. Every core lean principle applies just as strongly to other business processes as it does to manufacturing and supply chain processes.

Participants' Feedback

Very Practical Lean concepts

Rated 5 out of 5
July 29, 2021

This Training is very useful and I learned various Lean concepts which can be applied practically in the Manufacturing and Service sectors.

Chidhambaram Shanmugasundaram, Technical Manager, HCL Technologies

Good Learning Experience

Rated 5 out of 5
July 29, 2021

Learning had good VSM examples for both the Manufacturing and Services. All lean concepts were clearly explained in detailed. This will help me to apply them in my projects.

Beena Ramachandran, Manager - Operational Excellence, Sourcepoint Mortgage

Detailed and practical learning

Rated 5 out of 5
July 29, 2021

All the tools and methods are covered in detail, with lots of practical examples. It is a great lean training session, which will definitely help to drive value to add a project.

Sandhya Singh, Manager- Operational Excellence, Bank of America

Insightful and practical

Rated 5 out of 5
July 29, 2021

The methodology is straightforward. Very good insight of the course. Great examples of throughout the course for real-life scenarios

Oosman Nunhuck

Excellent LG LP training session

Rated 5 out of 5
July 29, 2021

Good content and through discussion of the concept.Excellent

Narendra Chaudhari, Architecture, TCS

An effective refresher with new insights

Rated 5 out of 5
July 29, 2021

The session helped refresh the lean principles & tools and helped understanding practical implementation in a manufacturing and service industry set-up. Classroom exercises and simulations helped harness theoretical learning and built confidence in putting them to use. Time and efforts well spent. Thank you.

Vinod Azir, Senior Process Improvement Analyst, Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill Company

Insightful Training

Rated 4 out of 5
July 29, 2021

It is a very insightful training with great content and Delivery. Practical examples made this course more useful.

Ram, AGM, Grand Polycoats

Resourceful and Succinct

Rated 5 out of 5
July 29, 2021

The content of the course is relevant and thought-provoking. Myriad examples used to explain the concept in simple terms. Instructor has been extremely knowledgeable, patient and helpful throughout the session. A great course to get acquainted to the Lean Methodologies!

Mary Verona Fernando, Team Manager, JP Morgan Chase

Insightful session on Lean Principles and concepts

Rated 5 out of 5
July 29, 2021

It’s really an interesting topic and insightful 2 day session on Lean principles and learnt many Japanese terms and lean concepts. This course gives insights and how to further utilize the knowledge and concepts of Lean and Six Sigma.

Vignesh Pathanjali, Assistant Manager - Claims, Global Benefits Group

Good practical case studies

Rated 4 out of 5
July 29, 2021

Interesting session very well delivered by VK. It has good practice case studies.

Vikrant Saini, Executive Manager, Pepsico