Lean Innovation and Management


As an advanced-level Six Sigma course, Lean Innovation & Management addresses the impact Lean can have in driving innovation to the next level. The simplicity and quick wins of Lean can be a limitation as much as an advantage if it is not led properly. That’s why this eight-week course shows you how to apply Lean tools, as well as manage and lead Lean initiatives that can result in bold, new approaches for your organization.

50 Professional Development Units | 5 Continuing Education Units

Military Clock Hours: 135.2

Who Should Register?

This eight-week advanced Six Sigma course has been developed to show how Lean principles can strengthen innovation strategies – making it ideal for Six Sigma users who are looking to be the Six Sigma leaders in their organization. As such, Lean Innovation & Management exposes professionals to topics imperative to helping a group of Six Sigma team members.


What You’ll Study

  • Drucker’s “Inside” and “Outside” Opportunities for Innovation
  • Gary Pisano’s Steps for Innovation Strategy
  • Introduction to the Practice of Innovation
  • Four Types of Innovation
  • Improvement vs. Innovation
  • Creativity vs. Innovation
  • Traditional Lean Practices vs. Innovation
  • Economics and Innovation
  • Organizing for Innovation in a Lean Environment
  • Womack and Jones “Principles” of Lean Management
  • The Role of Experimentation
  • Change Management and Organizational Culture
  • Experimentation and “Rapid Failure”
  • The Application of Lean Tools to Drive Innovation
  • “Sustaining” Innovation vs. “Disruptive” Innovations
  • Innovation and Technological Change
  • The Role of Creativity
  • Models of Creativity
  • Examples of Creative Thinking in Business
  • Creative Thinking as a Precursor to Innovation
  • Managing Lean for Breakthrough Performance
  • Change Management and Organizational Culture
  • Leading Lean Towards Innovation vs. Budget Reduction
  • “Building Blocks” of an Innovative Culture
  • Overcoming Resistance to Change
  • What is Experimentation?
  • The Power of Designed Experiments
  • Incorporating Small Experiments Into the Innovation Process
  • Understanding Risk
  • Some Reasons Innovations Fail
  • Innovation and Organizational Learning
  • Resolving Conflicts
  • Monitoring Performance
  • Implementing the Results

Payment Options

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Flexible payment options available


8 Week Course

What is Innovation
  • Definitions of Innovation, process, and strategy
  • Early history of Innovation
  • Modern Innovation
  • Pisano’s classification
  • Creativity
Innovation Process
  • In-depth discussion of Porter’s forces and Innovation
  • Selecting a style of Innovation
  • A five-stage model of Innovation
  • Closed and collaborative Innovation approaches
Creating a Lean Culture
  • Definitions and the origin of Lean
  • Creating a Lean culture
  • The value stream, improvement, and strategy level applications
  • Lean principles and waste
  • Flow and pull
  • Lean accounting
Innovative Lean
  • Defining Lean Innovation
  • Capturing, processing, and feedback on ideas
  • Lean Startup approaches
Alternative Approaches
  • Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA)
  • Re-engineering
  • Design of Experiments
  • Waterfall and Agile
  • Benchmarking
  • Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma
Managing for Innovation
  • Innovating management
  • Innovation and performance excellence
  • Project management when Innovation is the goal
  • Conflict and Innovation
  • Risk and Innovation
Leadership and the Economics of Innovation
  • Taking responsibility
  • Characteristics of leaders who pursue Innovation
  • Change management
  • Goal setting
  • Measurement
  • Risks of failure
  • Economics of profitability and value
  • The cost of Innovation
  • Lean costs
Innovative Organizations
  • Innovation in manufacturing
  • Innovation in service
  • Innovation in health care
  • Innovation in a Lean environment
  • Supporting Innovation with people
  • Supporting Innovation with culture
  • Your Innovation plan

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