Pawley Lean Institute
Pawley Hall, Room 460K
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-4542

Learning Enrichment Activities

Learning Enrichment Activities

These activities are resources for educators to reinforce Lean and related concepts learned in a classroom setting. Each category offers a lesson on a concept including its definition, an example and a structured activity.

5 Whys
The 5 Whys Problem Solving technique is a simple process to follow to solve any problem by repeatedly asking the question “Why" to peel away the layers of symptoms that can lead to the root cause of a problem.
The 5S visual management system is designed to create a visual workplace – a work environment that is self-explaining, self-ordering, self-improving. A good 5S condition is a clean, well-ordered workplace that is the foundation of improvement.
Dialogue Sessions
Dialogue is deeply intuitive; sensing self and sensing the group. It raises the bar for innovative communication. How? Check in with yourself; listen for the “music.”

Hoshin Kanri
The Hoshin planning process provides focus by being rationally developed, well defined, clearly communicated, monitored and modified based on continual feedback. The Hoshin process is systematic and standardized.


Leadership is the ability of an individual(s) to influence, motivate and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organizations of which they are members.

Lean Terminology

Provides meanings and explanations of many common Lean terms.

One-Piece Flow

The concept of moving one work piece at a time between operations within a work cell – uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance or extent.

Team Building

The process of establishing and developing a greater sense of collaboration and trust between team members. A group itself does not necessarily constitute a team.

Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a tool that helps you see and understand the flow of material and information as a product or service makes its way through the value stream from “door to door.”