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Policy Deployment (Hoshin Kanri) and Lean Implementation Planning Overview

  • April 28, 2011
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • YMCA of Hagerstown, 1100 Eastern Blvd. N., Hagerstown, MD 21742
  • 10


  • Employee of MWCC Member Company
  • Non MWCC Member

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Is your company's lean deployment generating the results you need?

Do you have a problem sustaining the gains of your improvement activities?

Are improvement events in your business logically linked together, or are they seemingly random, disjointed events?

These and other common business improvement problems are solved through Policy Deployment.  Policy Deployment, also known as Hoshin Planning, or hoshin kanri, is a critical element of lean deployment. It helps to align the organization around a common business strategy.  It helps to ensure that all activities in a business are aligned to produce desired results.  When Policy Deployment is properly used, everyone in the business understands what they are doing, why, and how their work supports organizational goals.

Lean business leaders understand that, to get the most leverage out of their lean deployments, everyone in the business must participate.  But how does a leader create autonomy and self-direction while still making sure that people are working on the right things?  The answer is Policy Deployment.

Unfortunately, Policy Deployment can be a complicated and labor-intensive activity.  The instructor for this workshop, Larry Rubrich of WCM Associates, has recently developed a simple, robust approach, as described in his recent book with co-author, Vince Fayad, Policy Deployment & Lean Implementation Planning: 10 Step Roadmap to Successful Policy Deployment Using Lean as a System.

This workshop will investigate the details of the 10-Step approach.  Participants will understand the background of Policy Deployment, elements of the 10-Step method, along with keys to success and common pitfalls.

Topics to Cover Include

  • Why are we here? How are we doing with our Lean implementations?
  • The “Four Components of Lean”
  • How does an organization get started?
  • The 10 Step Policy Deployment and Lean Implementation process:
  1. Establish Mission & Guiding Principles
  2. Develop/Reiterate Organization’s Business Goals
  3. Brainstorm for Opportunities to Achieve Goals
  4. Define Parameters to Value Brainstormed Opportunities to Achieve Goals
  5. Establish Weighting Requirements, Rate Opportunities, and Prioritize
  6. Conduct a Reality Check of Goals vs. Opportunities
  7. Develop Lean Implementation Plan
  8. Develop Bowling Chart
  9. Countermeasures
  10. Conduct Monthly Business Reviews

Participants should ideally be supervisors, functional managers, mid-level or senior executives.  Anyone dissatisfied with their Lean implementation results will benefit from this workshop.   A sound understanding of lean tools and concepts is a prerequisite.


Date and Time: April 28, 2011, 8:30am-4:30pm

Location:  YMCA of Hagerstown

                1100 Eastern Boulevard N.

                Hagerstown, MD 21742

The facility is located approximately 1/4-mile east of the intersection of Eastern Boulevard and Potomac Street in Hagerstown.

Cost: $195 for consortia members, $450 for non-members

Policy Deployment is the most powerful Lean activity any organization can accomplish. This session is designed to give participants an understanding of how this 10 Step Policy Deployment process, which links an organization’s goals with their Lean activities, can put their organization on the road to becoming World Class.

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