Lean Academy

Expand your Lean knowledge and skills at the Denver Health Lean Academy

What is Lean?

Lean is a growing, universal approach to eliminating waste and improving performance across many industries. It challenges organizations to proactively illuminate problems (waste) and performance issues from the perspective of the customer, identify the underlying processes impacting performance, and commit to continually improving those processes. Lean’s core tenant of “Respect for People” implores organizations to ensure every employee contributes and commits to continuously improve the processes they work to deliver.

Denver Health was one of the first healthcare delivery organizations to successfully adopt Lean as an improvement methodology with quantified success.  Through Denver Health's Lean Academy, Denver Health shares years of accumulated learning and invites novice to expert participants from any industry to continue their Lean journey and advance their knowledge and practice Lean methods.

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Attention Academy attendees:


For the immediate future, the Denver Health Lean Academy has adapted our Lean Foundations and Lean Management System offerings to fit into a combined 2 day offering in response to the need for social distancing measures and to reduce exposure risk. With the exception of some hands on simulation learning, the content of Lean Foundations and Lean Management Systems can now be accessed by signing up today! Register for Lean Foundations and you will receive both courses combined.

Lean Full Immersion | 5 day training

Includes Lean Foundations, Lean Management Systems & Lean Coaching for Continuous Improvement

During this 5-day interactive simulation you will journey through all levels of a lean management system from the frontline tools and practices to leadership commitments and behaviors that support a highly functioning lean management system The immersion will provide you a strong foundation in lean principles and prepare you to advance a lean culture through leadership and coaching practices rooted in respect for people and a commitment to continuous improvement. 

Course offering dates: Sep 14-18, Oct 19-23, Nov 16-20

Course cost: $3500

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Lean Foundations and Lean Management Systems (Bundle A) | 3 day training

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 knowledge of foundational tools and practices and then hone your skills to develop daily management systems to support an healthy improvement culture. Next you will step into a lean leader role and focus on leader expectations and behaviors that are at the core of a highly functioning lean management system.

Course offering dates: Sep 14-16, Oct 19-21, Nov 16-18

Course cost: $2250

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Lean Management Systems and Lean Coaching for Continuous Improvement (Bundle B) | 3 day training

In this three day interactive simulation, you will hone your skills to develop daily management systems to support an healthy improvement culture. Next you will step into a lean leader role and focus on leader expectations and behaviors that are at the core of a highly functioning lean management system. The 5-step improvement coaching cycle will round out this course to prepare you to coach and grow your teams to be lean thinkers who strive for operational excellence.

Course offering dates: Sep 16-18, Oct 21-23, Nov 18-20

Course cost: $2250

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Lean Foundations (Independent Session A) | 2 day training

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

Course offering dates: Sep 14-15, Oct 19-20, Nov 16-17

Course cost: $1500

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Lean Management Systems (Independent Session B) | 1 day training

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.

Course offering dates: Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18

Course cost: $750

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Lean Coaching for Continuous Improvement (Independent Session C) | 2 day training

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 provide you with an array of coaching skills across a 5-step coaching model and 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

 

Course offering dates: Sep 17-18, Oct 22-23, Nov 19-20

Course costs: $1500

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Lean Analytics | 2 day training

Lean Analytics is an interactive course that focuses on the key element of data and metrics in continuous improvement. You will gain knowledge and skills that help you leverage data,  use data visuals to effectively tell your story, and select the appropriate data 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/Charts

Course offering dates: Sep 22-23, Nov 10-11

Course cost: $1500

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Virtual Lean Academy Workshops

Lean A3 Problem Solving Virtual Workshop | 2 hours


The A3 is a foundational Lean tool providing an effective approach to problem solving. This two-hour interactive and hands-on virtual workshop will guide participants through the structure and methodology of the A3 and allow an opportunity to practice using a situation relevant to your work environment.

 

Key Concepts: A3 use & application, critical problem solving, sustainable solutions

Workshop dates: Aug 12, Sep 16 | 10:00am-12:00pm Mountain Daylight Time | Workshop cost: $100 

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Lean Process Mapping Virtual Workshop | 2 hours  

Process mapping is a powerful tool that illustrates how work is or can be done, enabling teams to improve communication, develop shared understanding, and identify opportunities for process improvement. This two-hour virtual workshop will enable you to develop process maps effectively to support process improvement work.

 

Key Concepts: Process maps, basic and swim-lane formats, level of detail or altitude, improvement work support

Workshop dates: Sep 10 11:00am-1:00pm Mountain Daylight Time | Workshop cost: $100 

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Lean Daily Management Virtual Workshop | 2 hours

Daily management creates a system that enables participants to deliver customer value through proper support and leadership to those who are closest to the process (frontline staff, process owners, customers). This two-hour workshop will acquaint participants with the power of daily management through a virtual business environment and role play.

 

Key Concepts: Daily Management Boards aka Visual Management Boards (VMB), Huddles, Leader Standard Work (LSW), Balanced Key Performance Indicators

Workshop dates: Aug 27 1:00pm-3:00pm, Sep 22 9:00am-11:00am Mountain Daylight Times | Workshop cost: $100    

 

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Offerings for Executives and Senior Leaders

Lean Site Visit for Executive/Senior Leaders | 1 day

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

 

Course offering dates: Oct 13, Dec 8 

Course cost: $950

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Lean Management Systems for Senior Leaders | 1/2 day

This half-day workshop is facilitated by Denver Health executives. You will be 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. 

 

Course offering dates: Oct 14, Dec 9

Course cost: $750

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

 

Course offering dates: Oct 13-14, Dec 8-9

Course cost: $1500

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Coronavirus update

COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted in many areas and the Denver Health Lean Academy team is excited to share that some of our Lean courses have resumed with appropriate safety and social distancing modifications. We are following the State and Public Health guidelines to provide an as safe as possible learning environment for courses being offered in-person. In addition, we are able to offer remote Lean coaching and facilitation. To find out more about which courses are now taking registrations and for more information about the cost and availability of the Lean Academy Faculty to facilitate and coach remotely, please contact us. Phone: 855-888-5326  Email: leanacademy@dhha.org.  

 

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