With grant funding from Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a team of two Lean professionals have been selected to provide Lean training on campus:
- Mike Taubitz is a retired General Motors manager. He has over 40 years of experience implementing Lean practice and culture. Mike currently serves as the Michigan Lean Consortium Secretary and is the principal of Lean Journey, LLC.
- Larry Osentoski is a Michigan Tech alumnus from Electrical Engineering. He is the owner of DRIVE Developments, Inc. and uses Lean concepts to shape his business practices.
The goal of this training and grant project is to build labor and management relations and communication using a Lean culture building model and approach to continuous improvement. Two groups of employees will be trained:
- Lean Facilitators – facilitate Lean improvement events
- Lean Implementation Leaders – lead a Lean transformation in their unit
There will also be opportunities for Lean learning available to all staff and faculty during consultant visits. Mike and Larry will be on campus about 2 days per month from May – November 2012. Please watch this blog and Tech Today for Lean training announcements!