Agile Project Management Lean Manufacturing

“The glass is half empty.” Pessimistic

“The glass is half full.” Optimistic          

“Why is the glass twice as big as it should be” Lean Thinker

Lean management is a long term process improvement system for businesses, while Agile management is used for quick decision making in individual projects. Lean Manufacturing Tools states that a product or service is only valued for just 5% of the time. In Lean Manufacturing Tools’ article, “The rest of the time we spend in wasteful pursuits; we are writing, reworking, transporting, moving and a host of other wasteful things that the customer does not consider to be something that they pay for.”

Lean thinkers map value streams to analyze delays, inefficiencies, and production limitations as well as value-creating steps; any steps that don’t have value should be eliminated.

Agile development methodology represents the opposite of traditional waterfall projects, where you make a detailed plan and implement the plan. The process of making a detailed plan is an effective way to approach project management when it is clear the desired end product. Alternatively, Agile methodology has the advantage over traditional project management due to the fact there will be changes and these observations serve as a directive to the next course of action within the living plan.  This concept can be traced back to 1957, in 2001 a group of methodology and software experts, who used these methodologies, came together and created a unified Agile Manifesto.

Lean manufacturing is a series of applied processes and tools that eliminate waste from production. Improved efficiency, effectiveness, and even profitability are all byproducts of lean manufacturing. 5 Key Lean Manufacturing Principles 1. Specify value what do your customers value? Value goes hand-in-hand with what customers are willing to pay for a product. When thinking lean, identify what drives value for your specific customers. Questions to assess value include: What problems does my product offering solve? What specific product features are my customers looking to pay for? Always be sure to determine value from the customer perspective (not yours!) and by product family. Lean Manufacturing Tools states that a product or service is only valued for just 5 percent of time. In Lean Manufacturing Tools’ article on lean thinking, the author continues: “The rest of the time we spend in wasteful pursuits; we are waiting, reworking, transporting, moving and a host of other wasteful things that the customer does not consider to be something that they should pay for.” 2. Identify the Value Stream Any processes and materials necessary to deliver a product to customers make up value streams. Lean thinkers map value streams to analyze delays, inefficiencies, and production limitations as well as value-creating steps. Any steps that don’t create value should be eliminated. Flagged process steps that create no value due to technology or manufacturing limitations become opportunities for improvement. 3. Establish Flow Once value-creating steps have been identified, they should occur in sequence. Flow ensures smooth progression from production’s start to the finished product delivered to the customer. This lean manufacturing principle ensures the product will flow smoothly to your customers. The goal in creating value stream flow is having continuous, synchronized production. 4. Pull Value Lean manufacturing principles are core to eliminating excess waste. Establishing pull is no different. Once flow is introduced, customers will begin to pull value from the next upstream activity. Pull creates a just-in-time or on-demand model. Ideally, production does not begin until customer orders are received. Pull eliminates work-in-progress inventory and waste from incorrect production forecasts. 5. Strive for Perfection. The final lean manufacturing principle is seeking perfection. Lean thinkers look for opportunities of improvement in each part of the value stream. Identify and remove root causes of issues from your production processes to target perfection. This principle is a group effort and requires everyone to drive it – from the production to top levels of the company. The Agile Management Professional program provides students a deeper understanding of the Agile charter, project management methodologies, estimating and planning, project execution, release and sprint planning. Topics include Risk Management, Value-driven delivery, task and Kanban boards, time boxing, user stories and agile personas, project management versatility, tools and techniques. Subjects include Agile Project Communications, Agile Estimation, Overview of Soft Skills Negotiation and Agile Knowledge and Skills. And how is applied in manufacturing.

Ideal for

This module is designed for Lean Manufacturing and Agile Management Professionals who want to assume a leadership role. It is also helpful for all aspiring leaders who want to advance their career.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Explain comprehensive Agile management concepts from a business perspective.

2. Describe the role of market competition.

3. Develop an understanding of the elements of the Agile management process, and provide an overview of business management concepts

4. Gain an appreciation for the decision-making process required to build strategy in businesses.

5. Analyze a company’s business to obtain a viable job.

Session 1

Introduction and Seminar Objectives

  • Finding out what you want to achieve with this seminar

Types of Agile Project Management Lean Manufacturing

  • Agile Manifesto Management
  • Agile Leadership/ Project Management Lean Manufacturing
  • Agile Marketing Management Lean Manufacturing
  • Agile Management Lean Manufacturing Stakeholders Engagement Team
  • Agile Operations Management Lean Manufacturing
  • Procurement Management
  • Human Resources Management Lean Manufacturing
  • Information Technology Management
  • Program and Project Management
  • Risk Management

Session 2

Influencing Others

  • Pygmalion Effect
  • Communicating Expectations

Session 3

Visioning yourself as an Agile Project Manager Lean Manufacturing

  • What type of Agile Manager Lean Manufacturing are you?
  • Types of Management: choosing how to use  professional management power
  • Evaluating personal leadership style; how to develop style flexibility
  • Servant Leadership and Emergent Leadership

Session 4

Setting Goals

  • Identifying Your Values and Principles
  • Setting SMART Goals
  • Understanding Milestones
  • Overcoming Obstacles

Session 5

Agile Project Management Lean Manufacturing in Leadership

  • The project environment and the impact of leadership skills
  • The characteristics of high performance project teams and their leaders

Session 6

Leadership skills for Agile Project Managers Lean Manufacturing

  • The 3 dimensions of project leadership: inwards, outwards, and upwards
  • The vital role of communication skills and how to develop them
  • Developing a “project vision”: strategic thinking skills
  • Understanding others; emotional intelligence skills
  • Being a visible leader; behavioral and influencing skills
  • Building effective relationships; the importance of trust and respect

Session 7

Leading the Agile Project Lean Manufacturing Team

  • The role of project leadership in developing team performance
  • Understanding individuals strengths; recognizing team role preferences
  • Managing conflict and promotion positive team dynamics
  • Setting standards, maintaining discipline and rewarding performance
  • Harnessing team potential: building motivation within the team
  • Promoting team learning; the team leader as coach/mentor

Session 8

Negotiation skills for Agile Project Lean Manufacturing Managers

  • Characteristics of effective negotiators
  • Classic problem behaviors  and mind-sets to avoid
  • Getting to win-win: building partnership and trust

Session 9

Agile Project Management Lean Manufacturing through the organization

  • Gaining the support of others; developing effective influencing skills
  • Getting empowerment from key stakeholders
  • Knowing when and how to take the initiative and lead
  • Building and maintaining rapport with key partners
  • Becoming an effective team player in leadership teams
  • Becoming a business leader; leading colleagues and co-workers

Session 10

Leading more Senior Stakeholders

  • The challenges and skills of leading and managing upwards
  • Communicating with more senior stakeholders; building credibility
  • Negotiating upwards: knowing when and how
  • The role of networking skills; building and maintaining rapport
  • Handling disagreements; the art of diplomacy
  • Handling personality and style conflicts with more senior people

Case Study: Agile Project Management Lean Manufacturing in action

  • Review of the role of management in a contemporary project
  • Feedback and plenary discussion: effective project management

Team Exercise 1: Leadership skills of the Agile Project Manager Lean Manufacturing

  • Teams compete in performing a project simulation
  • Project review and feedback
  • Discussion of the outcome: role and skills of the project leader

Team Exercise 2: Agile Project Management  Lean Manufacturingin Leadership and negotiation

  • Teams engage in a negotiation exercise
  • Exercise review and feedback
  • Discussion of the outcome: negotiation skills of the project manager

Deliver of Content

The above content can be delivered in various ways, depending of the depth and scope the customer wants. The training could be done at flexible hours or during the week-end. It can be modified according to the needs of the customer and we can emphasize on specific content or focus on more aspects. This is an initial proposal that can be tailored to your specific needs. The key concepts to be discussed and the detail in which we will deliver the seminar is up to you to decide.

Mission Statement: American Heritage College shall strive to provide the best training to individuals looking for an alternative to the traditional educational system; acquire the necessary skills to obtain employment in their chosen field or achieve their educational goals and realize their hopes and aspirations for a rewarding future.

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