Courses and Registration

Lean Fundamentals Classroom Photo August 2016The Denver Health Lean Academy provides numerous Lean tools and systems courses to support you. More courses are scheduled to be added over time, so please come back often to stay up-to-date on their launch and new course dates. Below are course descriptions, dates and fees.

Full Immersion (includes Lean Foundations, Lean Management Systems and Lean Coaching for Continuous Improvement)

2019:  January 14-18, February 18-22, March 18-22, April 15-19, May 13-17, June 17-21| 5 days, $3500

During this 5-day interactive simulation you will journey through all levels of a lean management system from the frontline to the board room. You will learn fundamental lean principles and tools and then put them into practice! Starting at the frontline you will develop your daily management techniques while simultaneously incorporating improvement work. Next you will step into a lean leader role and start to connect daily work with organizational strategy. Finally, you will learn to coach and grow your teams to be lean thinkers who strive for operational excellence.

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Lean Foundations and Lean Management Systems (Bundle A)

2019:  January 14-16, February 18-20, March 18-20, April 15-17, May 13-15, June 17-19 3 days, $2,250

In this three day interactive simulation, you will learn fundamental lean principles and tools and then put them into practice! Starting at the frontline you will develop your daily management techniques while simultaneously incorporating improvement work. Next you will step into a lean leader role and start to connect daily work with organizational strategy.

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Lean Management Systems and Lean Coaching for Continuous Improvement (Bundle B)

2019:  January 16-18, February 20-22, March 20-22, April 17-19, May 15-17, June 19-21 | 3 day, $2,250

In this three day interactive simulation, you will learn and apply fundamental lean principles by leading a team through improvement work while supporting daily operations. Learn to how to effectively connect daily work with organizational strategy, make improvements and hold the gains. You will learn to coach and grow your teams to be lean thinkers who strive for operational excellence.

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Lean Foundations (Independent Session A)

2019: January 14-15, February 18-19, March 18-19, April 15-16, May 13-14, June 17-18 | 2 day, $1,500 

Lean Foundations is the first step in your lean education. The course focuses on core Lean principles and tools.  Through active learning and simulation, you will learn to put your customer first, and systematically problem solve to make your processes more efficient and effective. Your Lean foundation will empower you to improve quality, safety, and efficiency in your scope of work. 

Key Concepts: Lean Waste, Continuous Improvement, Daily Management, Value Stream and Process Mapping, A3 Problem Solving, Standard Work, Visual Management

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Lean Management Systems (Independent Session B)

2019:  January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19 1 day, $750

Lean Management Systems (LMS) challenges leaders to engage in the behaviors that pave the way to performance excellence.  Enhance your knowledge of foundational lean principles and learn to lead a team through improvement work, support daily operations, and connect daily work with organizational strategy. Through interactive simulation and role playing, you will build a team of problem solvers who make improvements and hold the gains. 

Key Concepts: Daily Management, Lean Leader Behaviors, Leading/Lagging Metrics, Gemba Walk, Leader Standard Work, Visual Management

Participant Tip: We recommended participants take the 2-day Lean Foundations course prior to, or in combination with, LMS.  LMS builds on the principles, tools, and simulation in the 2-day Lean Foundations course. Register for 2019

Lean Coaching for Continuous Improvement (Independent Session C)

2019: January 17-18, February 21-22, March 21-22, April 18-19, May 16-17, June 20-21 2 days, $1,500

This course orients participants to foundational theory and engages learners to standard coaching approaches.  Understand your personal behavioral preferences and maximize your strengths to be more effective in coaching your diverse team.  The skills acquired in this class will set you up for success to drive and sustain continuous improvement.

Key Concept: Coaching 5-Step Process, Questioning, Active Listening, Controlling your Mental Responses, Giving Feedback, Dealing with Difficult Behaviors, Coaching Lean Improvement

Participant Tip: It is helpful to have taken Lean Foundations and Lean Management Systems prior to taking Lean Coaching

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Lean Analytics

2019:  January 22-23, March 26-27, May 21-22 | 2 days, $1,500

Lean Analytics is an interactive course intended to help you understand process improvement, how to use data visuals to effectively tell your story, and which tools to use in a lean management system. 

Key Concepts: Value Diamond, Visual Data Tools, Basic Statistics and Process Control, Data Analytics, Special and Common Cause Variation, Correlation and Causation, Systematic Sampling, Block Sampling, Stratification, Data Collection, Box Plots, Graphs/ChartsRegister for 2019

Lean Executive/Senior Leader Site Visit

2019:  February 12, April 9, June 11 | 1 day, $950

Designed for executives and senior leaders to experience the lean journey and culture at Denver Health, your site visit can be customized to include field trips to operational areas where you can observe lean in action.  Come with questions and gain valuable insights through interactive sessions with lean practitioners at the executive, management and front line level.  

Sample Agenda: Gemba Walks to Operational Area, Lean Leader Panels, Q & A with Executives, Overview of the Lean Journey at Denver Health

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Lean Management Systems for Senior Leaders

2019:  February 13, April 10, June 12 | 1/2 day, $750

This half-day workshop is facilitated by Denver Health executives. You will inspired and challenged as you learn about lean leadership and the importance of your role in your own self-development. This course has a pre-workshop assignment provided to you upon registration that will enhance your learning.

Key Concepts: Lean Transformation Framework, Lean Leader Behaviors, Leader Standard Work, Coaching and Mentoring, Integration of Improvement into Daily Operations, Alignment of Business to Strategy and Mission.  Register for 2019

Lean Executive/Senior Leader Site Visit and Lean Management Systems for Senior Leader Combination

2019:  February 12-13, April 9-10, June 11-12 | 1.5 days

Executives and leaders that join us for a customized Site Visit combined with the Senior Lean Leader Workshop will get the ultimate Lean learning experience.  Spend a day and a half with our leaders and executives and accelerate your organization’s Lean journey through an interactive experience where you get insight into Denver Health's lean culture at all levels of the organization. 

Sample Agenda: Gemba Walks to Operational Area, Lean Leader Panels, Q&A with Executives, Lean Journey at Denver Health Overview

Key Concepts: Lean Transformation Framework, Lean Leader Behaviors, Leader Standard Work, Coaching and Mentoring, Integration of Improvement into Daily Operations, Alignment of Business to Strategy and Mission. Register for 2019