How to Get Involved

Lean Community of Practice

A Community of Practice is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.  COPs are important to connect people, stimulate learning, improve skills, share knowledge, and generate new knowledge and much more. 

Lean, at its core, is about practicing respect for people and continuous improvement every day, with everyone, and in every situation. 

Kent State's Lean Community of Practice - What a perfect fusion!

Become a part of the Community

2021 Changes:

  • Meeting are now only 1 hour in length and are held every other month

Upcoming Meetings:

All sessions are conducted as Virtual Teams Meetings held the third Tuesday of every other month from 2:00 - 3:00 pm 

  • February 16, 2021
  • April 20, 2021 Updated: April 27, 2021
  • June 15, 2021
  • August 17, 2021
  • October 19, 2021

Lean Practitioner Certification

In Lean Practitioner Certificate, participants will gain the skills necessary to make significant process improvements. You will learn to identify waste in your processes, as well as utilize the tools and techniques needed to eliminate it. This intensive program uses a combination of practical examples and hands-on simulations to ensure that you not only learn, but also master the concepts needed to make a Lean transformation.

Topics include:

  • DMAIC process improvement
  • Fundamental Concepts of Lean Kaizen
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Root Cause Analysis and Problem Solving
  • 5S+/Visual Workplace
  • Mistake Proofing
  • Continuous Improvement in Daily Work

How to Apply for this Program

The Lean Practitioner Certification Program includes five full days** of training delivered over two to three weeks. **Currently, the program is offered online and consists of 8 days (10-3) spread over 3 weeks. 

This certification is completed in teams of 4-5 people and includes a project requirement which is expected to be completed within 120 days after the training.

You will also be expected to report out to the Lean Steering Committee at 30, 60, 90 and 120 days to show your progress and project completion.

You are encouraged to have a team and project identified, but if you do not, you can still apply for the program. Your division’s Lean Liaison will be able to work with you to determine a team or project.

Apply to be a Lean Practitioner

Lean Leader Certification

Our partner, The Center for Corporate and Professional Development, provides the training and certification.

In Lean Leader Certification, participants will gain the knowledge of theories of change management, skills to lead and manage a project, capacity to plan and facilitate effective team meetings, the competency to plan and prepare cross-functional Kaizen events, and the understanding of your team members’ interaction styles and the ability to flex your style for effective communication.

For the full Lean Leader certification, you will be tasked with the challenge of leading one unit- or department-level process improvement project using the tools and presentation template provided in your Lean Practitioner training, and the leadership skills you will attain in this training. In addition, you will co-facilitate a three-day cross-functional Kaizen event.

The Lean Leader training consists of the following six programs:

  • Facilitating the Value Stream Mapping Kaizen Event
  • Working Together to Achieve Results
  • Managing Transition and Embracing Change
  • Managing Accountability and Reducing Conflict in High-Performing Teams
  • Essential Skills for Managing Projects
  • Team Facilitation

Prerequisite: Lean Practitioner Certification

If you are interested in becoming a Lean Leader, please contact