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Lean Diversification

Oakland University Lean Diversification Program


Current Offerings

There are no current course offerings with the OU Lean Diversification Program. Please contact Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or for inquiries and information.



The OU Lean Diversification Program educates key personnel about Lean principles to make organizations ready for diversification. The program stresses a mindset of continuous improvement through perspectives, tools and Lean thinking, with respect for the roles of people throughout an organization.

Led by industry experts, learn the techniques necessary to make strategic decisions about diversification and, most importantly, develop employees to be key contributors and analytical thinkers in growth strategies. This training program can help leadership and staff learn to improve and align processes through problem solving techniques while effectively using resources.

Why Lean?

The Lean philosophy focuses on developing excellence and innovation by identifying what is of highest value to stakeholders and customers, and then allocating resources to achieve these goals while eliminating waste. Lean learning guides organizations toward a new way of thinking, including:

  • Streamlining processes
  • Eliminating waste
  • Maximizing success
  • Developing employees
  • Impacting financial measures
  • Improving customer satisfaction and value

Certificate Options

Black Belt is beneficial for leaders at any level of an organization who would be leading a culture change. Upon completion, participants are able to work independently on Lean projects and analyze and resolve a wide array of business concerns within their organization.

Green Belt is the perfect level of knowledge for a senior leader to have, granting him or her the ability to speak the language and recommend ideas for culture change. Plan to be able to apply Lean principles to focused areas of the business and to tackle targeted concerns within a company's value stream or operations.

Startup Lean is designed to help startups get off on the right foot by learning how to use valuable Lean principles to be as efficient, creative and successful as possible from day one to full business maturity.


Green Belt and Black Belt Requirements

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In the Welcome Packet, participants will receive the following items to be reviewed and/or completed before the first day of class:

  1. The Class Schedule
  2. The Module Summary
  3. Pre-Reading Assignment
  4. Planning Questionnaire
  5. Confidence Level Matrix

Classroom and Online Training

Participants will complete the following modules during classroom and online experiences (53 hours for Green Belt/75 hours for Black Belt). Quizzes and homework are required:

  • Introduction to Lean
  • Foundations of a Lean Transformation
  • The Lean Journey Begins
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Workplace Organization/Visual Management
  • The Kaizen Philosophy
  • Kanban
  • Hoshin Kanri (Policy Deployment)
  • Team Problem Solving
  • Meeting Management
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Data Collection & Analysis
  • Lean Assessments
  • Project Planning & Implementation
  • Total Productive Maintenance
  • Quick Changeover
  • Poke Yoke (Error Proofing)
  • Team Building
  • Rewards & Recognition
  • Leading Through Change
  • Meeting Management

Lean Assessments

Green Belt participants will experience one benchmarking visit to a local company where they will perform a mini-Lean assessment. Black Belt participants will experience two benchmarking visits. These visits include:

  • Walking the facilities
  • Talking to front line employees
  • Interviewing the senior management of the host company
  • Completing the Lean assessment tool
  • Writing recommendations
  • Presenting consolidated findings to the senior management of the host organization


Green and Black Belt participants are required to complete an approved project in their own organization. The project criteria are discussed in the classroom with final approval given by instructors.

They will be given seven to nine weeks to complete the project and reconvene for a formal presentation to the class. They will be evaluated by the instructor(s) and by fellow students. Feedback and improvement ideas are discussed in class and "next steps" are shared. Also part of the project is a feedback form from each project team member and the candidate's manager.

Graduation and Certificate

Participants who satisfactorily complete all classroom and outside assignments in accordance with the requirements, and complete a certificate request form, will be provided a Lean Green/Black Belt Certificate of Achievement by Oakland University.