Lean Manufacturing


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

Three learning objectives:
  1. Understand the distinction between mass and lean production and to be able to assess the difference in a manufacturing environment
  2. Be able to construct a Value Stream Analysis for a manufacturing facility
  3. An individual deep-dive survey of a specific interest selected by each student, combined with a group matrix exercise to synthesize and present elements of individual surveys clustered by topical areas


Lean Manufacturing is about creating value. The Lean process starts with creating value for the ultimate customer which requires providing the right product at the right time for the specified price. While all manufacturing attempts to do this, what makes Lean Manufacturing distinct is the relentless pursuit and elimination of waste. Students will learn the concepts and tools of Lean which include types of waste, visual management, value stream analysis, flow, Just in Time, pull, and Kaizen.
Spring 2021 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

Identification of Waste, A3 Reports, Visual (Daily) Management, Kaizen, Standardized Work, Continuous Flow, Just in Time


It is recommended that students be at least in their junior year, although this is only a recommendation. The key prerequisite is a commitment to stay current with the assigned reading.

Applied / Theory:

80 / 20

Web Address:


Web Content:

Syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, solutions, blog, and WIki.


A mix of individual homework and group case studies.


The project is an individual deep-dive literature survey of a specific interest that is relevant to Lean Manufacturing, and is selected by each student. Students are grouped by clustering of their interest areas; each group is required to produce a webinar covering the clustered content of its members


One midterm and one final exam


Official textbook information is now listed in Schedule of Classes. Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production-- Toyota's Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry, James P. Womack, Free Press ISBN:9780743299794; Reprint
Required: The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer, Jeffrey K. Liker, McGraw-Hill Education, ISBN:9780071392310; 1st Edition

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements.

ProEd Minimum Requirements: