Test Lean Essentials

About this Course

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The Lean Essentials development team is proud to welcome you to Lean Essentials, the first course offering from the Houle Lean Academy!

This self-paced course is divided into four sections. Each section contain topics with reading material, images, videos, and interactive activities and review questions.

Course Goal

The overall goal of this course is to provide you with a basic understanding of Lean concepts and how they can be applied at Houle.

Who Should Take this Course



Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:


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Time Required

TBD? Approximately 2 hours.

Some Great Features of this Online Course

You can:

Recognition of Your Accomplishment

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Upon completion of the course you will receive:

NOTE: The course completion certificate will be added to your Houle qualifications in HRIS. 


A New Way of Thinking

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What is Lean?


Lean is a workplace philosophy that fosters a culture of teamwork and continuous improvement. The purpose of Lean is to maximize value and minimize waste.

Other Ways of Describing Lean

You can also think of Lean as an approach that seeks to deliver:

  • What the customer wants

  • When they want it

  • At maximum value

  • With minimum waste

Notice that the concepts of value and waste are an important part of Lean. We’ll be looking at these concepts, and a few other key Lean concepts, later in the course.

Lean can also be described as a set of tools and methods such as:

  • Value stream mapping

  • Spaghetti diagrams

  • Kanban
  • 5S

At the end of this section you’ll see a short video that showcases how we’ve successfully used these Lean tools at Houle.

What Lean Isn’t

Keep in mind, Lean isn’t a ‘quick fix’ or ‘spring cleaning’. And it doesn’t just apply to manufacturing processes. Lean is an ongoing, inclusive culture of teamwork and continuous improvement. We encourage you, and all Houle employees at every level of the organization, to adopt this new way of thinking!

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Review Questions

Lean is a workplace philosophy or  that fosters a culture of teamwork and continuous improvement.

The purpose of Lean is to maximize   and minimize

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Where Did Lean Come From?

Who Uses Lean?

Why Should You Learn About Lean?

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In this xxx minute video you'll hear Brian Aasman, our own Lean Black Belt,  explain why Lean is important at Houle. Then you'll meet four Lean Champions and learn how they used the following Lean tools to maximize value to the customer and minimize waste.

  • Spaghetti Diagrams
  • 5S
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Kanban

Video: Lean in Action

This is a test of Lean in Action.


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1. Continuous Improvement

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2. Value

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3. Waste

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4. Flow

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5. Take Action

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Single Choice

  • a set of tools and methods (e.g., value stream mapping, spaghetti diagrams, kanban, 5S).
  • an annual project to sort, set in order, shine and standardize a department or division.
Lean can be described as...

Multiple Choice

  • Value stream mapping
  • Spaghetti diagrams
  • Kanban
  • 10S
Which of the following are Lean tools or methods used at Houle to maximize value to the customer and minimize waste?

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Who was one of the original founders of the Lean workplace philosophy?

Text Matching

Drag and drop the descriptions (on the right) to match the Lean tool (on the left).
  • Kanban
    A visual signal that's used to trigger an action.
  • 5S
    Steps to improve workplace organization (includes sort, straighten, shine, standardize, sustain).
  • Spaghetti diagrams
    A line-based representation of the continuous flow of some entity (e.g., a person, a product or a piece of information) as it goes through some process.
  • Value stream mapping
    A method for analyzing the current state and designing a future state for the series of events that take a product or service from its beginning through to the customer.

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True or False Statement

  • A Lean organization maximizes value and minimizes waste through a culture of teamwork and continuous improvement.
  • A Lean organization focuses solely on minimization of waste.
Indicate whether each statement below is true or false.

Hotspot (Identify Situation(s) on an Image)

Indicate where the bottlenecks are on this value stream map by clicking in each bottleneck.

Open-ended Question

Describe why Lean is important at Houle.

Ranking Text

  • Lean Essentials
  • Lean 101
  • Lean 201
  • Lean Belt Program
Provide the correct order for taking courses in the Houle Lean Academy. 


Daily Huddles

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