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Training Options

*  The Popular Lego Tower Game
*  LEAN and MRP Participative Exercises
*  Lean Six Sigma .ppt Training Modules (8)
*  Push (MRP) vs. Pull (LEAN) Video
*  Train-the-Trainer Manual
*  Guaranteed to Meet Expectations

Why Most Lean Transformations Fail to Meet Expectations

A primary reason for a lean transformation failure is lack of effective training. It's not an "add water and stir" business process. You can't just decide one day to become lean and think it will happen overnight. You need to determine what constraints are imped-ing your ability to increase speed, improve quality, and eliminate non-value-added activities. And, then you need to develop and implement lean concepts and tools for identifying and eliminating their root causes.

Why Most Lean Training Fail to Meet Expectations

The first challenge of a training program is how to rally company-wide support of the subject change initiative. To achieve that, your lean manufacturing training program must first and foremost communicate the need for the change, the involvement required, and the need for a company-wide commitment for a successful transformation. Simulation exercises of the "before and after" are an excellent solution to this challenge.

Action-Learning Featuring: MRP and LEAN simulation exercises

     What I hear... I forget, 
                               What I see... I remember,
                                                     What I do ... I understand

The lean manufacturing simulation game" adds pizzazz and effectiveness to a company's training program and gains company-wide commitment and support of their lean manufacturing transformation.

Detailed instructions that describe how each exercise is set up and carried out. Also instructions on what non-participants should be watching and recording for the "after game forum."

What Six Sigma Leaders and
Their Teams Need to Understand and Master

*  How to convert a "push" into a "pull" manufacturing systems
*  How to eliminate shop floor chaos and workplace stress
*  How to introduce and apply demand flow technology
*  The power of sequential production and point-of-use logistics
*  How to move from "firefighting" to proactive problem solving
*  How to implement a sustainable, lean manufacturing initiative
*  How to reduce scrap, rework and work-in-process inventory
*  How to think-outside-the-box... creative thinking at its best.


Your Lean Six Sigma Training Program is initiated by hands-on participation by teams that will setup MRP and lean  production factory simulations for comparing the effectiveness of two distinct production methods:

Game Process Synopsis 

Active participation for 6 to 12 people with sideline observation note taking by up to 20 observers.

Teams build 20 Lego Towers in two configurations from 320 multi-colored LEGO Bricks. A timer records the cycle times and observers record pros and cons of the two methodology (MRP and LEAN).

MRP (Push) simulation includes stockroom, shop order picking and subassembly production. Time to complete: 25-45 minutes depending on team skill level.

LEAN (Pull) manufacturing simulation sets up a "one- piece" flow production line using JIT and kanbans. Time to complete: 15-25 minutes depending on team skill level.

A  most important 30 to 60 minute, post-forum initiates a discussion of the pros and cons of each methodology. This is where the learning process takes hold.


The Lean Six Sigma Simulation Game will clearly demonstrate the complexity of shop floor control under a standard MRP (Push) production system. The opening of shop orders, picking of parts, building of assemblies and the final product production process are carried out in real-time.

The Lean Six Sigma Simulation Game is a demonstration of how sequential production and point-of-use logistics can turn a marginally successful product line into a huge winners.

Cycle Time Management is demonstrated and recorded, pros and cons of each methodology recorded and a post exercise forum drive home the lean manufacturing paradigm. 

Simulation Exercises are easy to set up and facilitate. Detailed instructions for each are included for each of the exercises. And, the creator, Bill Gaw, is only an email away should you have any questions.

Most Lean Six Sigma Training Programs fail to meet
expectations... we guarantee that our program
will exceed your expectation or
you'll get a full refund.

A customer saying it even better than we can:


Thank you for your permission.  We have already purchas-ed and used the lean Six Sigma Simulation Game and have found it of great value in demonstrating lean concepts.

John Bursill, Manager Six Sigma Services, INNOVEN

Lean Six Sigma Training Program

The Six Sigma Simulation Game with  Lean Six Sigma, PowerPoint-Plus, Training Modules, and Push vs. Pull Video

To help you realize the full benefits of your lean manufacturing training program, it  includes the below training materials:

1. Lean Six Sigma Simulation Game

2. CD - Strategic Planning T-Module Strategic planning is a business process that many companies employ to identify their strategic objectives and critical success targets Establishing Lean Six Sigma as a strategic planning objective is a major step toward reaching a company's full growth and earning potentials.

3. CD - Value Stream Mapping T-Module -  Maps and flowcharts help make work visible. Increased visibility improves communication and understanding, and provides a common frame of reference for those involved with improving business and work process. Value Stream Mapping and Gap Analysis should be the first step to the implementation of Lean Six Sigma.

4. CD - Performance Six Sigma T-Module - Financial numbers may tell us who's winning the war, but it takes a motivational measurement system to win all the battles along the way.  Remember, "without data you're just another opinion."

5. CD - Sales & Operations Planning T-Module - How to improve the integration of sales forecasts with day-to-day schedules to improve product quality and on time delivery.

6. CD - Kaizen Six Sigma T-Module -  If your business team can handle only one strategic initiative at a time, then let it be the implementation of a “quick-hitting” continuous improvement  program. There just isn’t any other more important program in our pursuit of profits.

7. CD - Supply Chain Six Sigma T-Module -  Material handling and storage are two of business’s high cost, non-value added activities. The elimination of the stock room, as it is known today, should be a critical success target of all businesses. It’s time to realize that there is much more to supply chain manufacturing than simply placing purchase orders with the lowest price bidder.

8. CD - Lean Six Sigma T-Module - If your company needs to increase speed, improve quality while reducing non-value added costs this training module has the road map. Many of the manufacturing concepts, principles and techniques presented are applicable to all industries.  

9. CD - Quality System Toolbox - Provides an interactive ISO 9001 checklist and quality manual and procedures to jump-start or re-ignite a company's quality manufacturing initiative. Provides a quality manufacturing roadmap to optimize prior quality efforts and maintain a focus on improving quality.

10. CD - Train the Trainer Manual - Should you decide to use your training modules for team training we include a copy of an effective training method-ology, a vital train-the-trainer resource

To review a sample of training module content, click here

Another customer saying it
even better than we can:

"Your manufacturing training materials are the easiest and fastest way to understand the practicalities of manufacturing success that I have seen in many years of management consulting activity. I intend to use them in my practice, if you
are agreeable, since I am now extending into new consulting areas."
       Luis Nascimento, DMA Consultores, Porto, Portugal


What Does It Cost?

Much less than you would imagine. In fact, we make the  "Lean Six Sigma Training Program" affordable so that it can fit easily within your company's training budget. We want you and your company to have the best lean manufacturing training program available and the best way to do that is to make it affordable.

1. LEAN-MRP Six Sigma Simulation Game (Price $496.00)

2.  CD, Strategic Planning Training Module (Price: $67.00)

3.  CD, Value Stream mapping (Price: $67.00)

4.  CD, Performance Management (Price: $67.00)

5.  CD, Sales and operations Planning (Price: $67.00)

6  CD, Kaizen Management (Price: $67.00)

7.  CD, Supply Chain Management (Price: $67.00)

8.  CD, Lean Six Sigma Training Module (Price: $67.00)

9.  CD, Quality System Toolbox (Price: $67.00)

10 CD, Train the Trainer Manual (Price: $28.00)

A $1060.00 value...  discounted $464.00 for
Special Price of only: $596.00

Special Discount Price for Website Visitors


Order your Lean Six Sigma Training Program today at a special price of only $596.00.  That's a 44% savings and thousands of dollars less than the price of attending a relevant workshop. With Mr. Gaw's game instructions and training module expert commentary and "lessons learned" it's like having a Lean Six Sigma Champion,  guide you personally through his Lean Six Sigma methodology. And, you'll have all the training materials for future reference; not just a memory of the last seminar/Webinar.

Interested in only the
Manufacturing Simulation Game
the Training Module Download Files

If you wish to order only the game, or training modules scroll down the page to: "Three Ways to Order:"

Lean Six Sigma Training Program

This Six Sigma Simulation Game with PowerPoint-Plus Training Modules has helped individuals and companies:

*  Better understand how to integrate lean manufacturing with MRP
*  Discover the power of sequential production and point-of-use logistics
*  Transform manufacturing training and learning from drudgery to fun
*  Identify and master the basics of "flow technology"
*  Develop a proactive, self-empowered manufacturing team
*  Create a highly productive and fun working environment
*  Increase speed, improve quality and reduce costs
*  How to move from "firefighting" to proactive problem solving
*  Eliminate the root cause of shop floor chaos and workplace stress

For more than 14 years, Our Customers have looked to Business Basics as a trusted developer of manufacturing training materials, seminars, and workshops. Training options that help improve the spirit and performance of individuals, teams, and organizations.

Another customer saying it
even better than we can:

"Bill Gaw's lean manufacturing training program is focused on the "how to." Unlike other training materials that tell you only what you need to do... Bill presents what you need to do and then shows you how to do it."
                                T.J. Imholte,
VP Integrated Systems
Advance Storage Products  

Do you want to:

*  Become a better team member/leader/manager/executive?
*  Focus your energy on the significant issues?
*  Transform your work environment from drudgery to fun?
*  Minimize your day-to-day stress level?
*  Master the basics of lean manufacturing process?
*  Exceed your goals and expectations?
*  Gain recognition, promotions, and salary increases?

Does your company want to:

*  Optimize MRP/ERP and manufacturing processes?
*  Increase speed, improve quality, and non-value-added costs?
*  Eliminate the high cost of overtime, scrap, and rework?
*  Improve customer on-time delivery of high quality products?
*  Gain control of inventories and optimize their turnover?
*  Increase team contribution to the company's "bottom line?"

Our Guarantee Says it all

We are so sure that your Lean Six Sigma Training Program will have the impact you desire that you can order entirely at our risk. The Lean Six Sigma Training Program comes with a No Risk, 100% Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee. This is a Lifetime 100% Money- Back Guarantee!  


Believe this, we will never consider your purchase binding until you have used  the Lean Six Sigma Training Program and put it into practice. We know that you, like our other customers, will be thrilled with the results. In fact, we are so convinced that your Lean Six Sigma Training Program will work for you that if you aren't completely satisfied for any reason at any time, simply return only the LEGO game for an immediate refund of your purchase price. (You can keep the training modules.) You simply can't lose.

Remember, if you continue to work the same way, you're going to get the same results. The next move is up to you. I've shown you that our training tool is as risk free as an offer can come. You and I know that if you've read this far, you're seriously interested in improving your manufacturing training program and helping yourself and your company achieve their full growth and earnings potential.



Push vs. Pull Video: If you order during this special September offer, we will include a classic, humorous lean manufacturing video. This is the famous "Oldie but Goodie" HP video that demonstrates: Push vs. Pull systems, one-piece-flow,  stockless production, and cycle time management. It helps transform MRP supporters into lean manufacturing advocates and champions.




Free Shipping and Handling... If you order during this special offer,  shipping and handling are free. We'll send confirmation by return email and ship your order via USPS priority mail and you'll have it in your hands in 3-4 days, (domestic shipments).

Three Ways To Order

To order by credit card: If you place your order via our secure order form, shipping and handling are free. We'll ship your Lean Six Sigma Training Program via USPS priority mail. We'll send confirmation by email and you'll have your training program in your hands in 3-4 days (domestic shipments). (Training modules are sent same day via email download.) To place your order, simply click on the blue bar below the credit card icons: 


The Complete Lean Six Sigma Training Program:


Only the Lean Six Sigma Simulation Game
(Includes Push vs. Pull Video)


 Only the Lean Six Sigma Training Modules
(Includes Train-the-Trainer Manual)
(Same day e-mail download )


To order by phone: call us at 760-945-5596.

To order by purchase order: simply email us your purchase order number and shipping instruction. We'll send confirmation by return email. 

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