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MTa KanDo Lean

  • Bring lean to life

  • Introduce lean step by step

  • "Participants see the benefits and get excited about lean."

An engaging lean simulation to help your participants learn about reducing waste, continuous improvement, flow, 5S and more...

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MTa KanDo Lean is a competitive, engaging and energetic lean game that introduces the principles of lean processing. It's perfect for:

  • Introducing the fundamental concepts behind lean processing
  • Generating excitement and enthusiasm about lean processing
  • Getting to 'buy in' to lean programmes
  • Bringing lean theory to life
  • Demonstrating how lean can improve job and customer satisfaction, and business performance
  • Encouraging participants to identify how lean processing could improve their workplaces

KanDo Lean includes 5 phases each of increasing complexity, but for many participants the 1st, 2nd and 3rd phases cover the required learning outcomes.

MTa KanDo Lean is supplied in a sturdy holdall complete with:

  • a comprehensive facilitator' guide which includes full facilitator instructions
  • detailed notes on how to develop learning from the activity
  • 16 participant workbooks that are both reference documents and personal records of participants' learning
  • 3 trays of over 300 durable plastic components for use as factory materials
  • supporting material, including:-
  •    kanbans
  •    work station trays
  •    stop watch

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MTa KanDo Lean review
...Shows the advantages of visual systems
Arthur Pemberton, Training consultant - Muller Uk Ltd

Shows the advantages of visual systems and continuous improvement

Arthur Pemberton, Training consultant - Muller Uk Ltd
...simple to facilitate and effective to debrief...
Nick Hursthouse, A F Blakemore & Son Ltd

Well written briefs make the exercises simple to facilitate and effective to debrief as well as leaving delegates facing tasks which challenge them to depths that they had not expected.

Nick Hursthouse, A F Blakemore & Son Ltd
Wendy Garner, Senior Lecturer - School of Engineering

An excellent, stimulating and fun environment in which to learn

Wendy Garner, Senior Lecturer - School of Engineering

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MTa KanDo Lean

MTa KanDo Lean


1 x set of MTa KanDo Lean components, plus:

  • Comprehensive Facilitators' guide
  • 16 x Participant workbooks
  • Access to the MTa Learning App

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The 5 Phases of MTa's Lean Game

Phase 1: Chaos60 minutes to 90 minutes 3 - 15

Description: Phase 1 is an energetic and through provoking introduction to the 7 wastes of lean. Expect a chaotic and noisy production run, untidy workplaces, badly organised workflow, a poor understanding of the customers’ requirements and plenty of identifiable waste! An example question from the phase 1 review sheet: Would it have helped if you had discussed business or order processing issues with the customer? If so, what would you want to achieve from these discussions?
Discussion topics:

Efficient layouts
Understanding product specifications
Definition of product quality
Dealing with surplus materials
Understanding product specifications
MTa Kando Lean components

Phase 2: Batch60 minutes to 90 minutes 3 - 15

Description: Familiarity with the product, improved workflow and better workplace organisation will improve productivity but there's a huge temptation to increase the levels of work in progress (WIP). What would a finance director think? An example question from the phase 2 review sheet: There is likely to have been a lot of waste during phase 2. What was wasted or caused the waste?
Discussion topics:

Effective location and storage of components
Problems with batch production and high WIP
Communicating with the customer
Internal communications
Understanding priorities
Participants learn about production
Participants learn about communication

Phase 3: Pull 60 minutes to 90 minutes 3 - 15

Description: Kanbans (visual triggers to control production) are introduced in phase 3. Participants should see WIP levels reduce dramatically, communications becoming streamline and a 50% improvement in takt time (time to produce). An example question from the phase 3 review sheet: Compare the work load in different areas. How well was it balanced? Were there any bottle necks or slack?
Discussion topics:

Use of visual displays and pull systems
Benefits of shorter lead times
Process design for market requirements
Overall capacity planning
Work distribution and balance
Team members distribute work
Team members use visual displays

Phase 4: Flow 60 minutes to 90 minutes 3 - 15

Description: Participants are given a forecast by the customer so will they maintain their commitment to pull? Watch WIP levels very carefully! Dealing with variation is a key theme in this phase. If your customer demand quadrupled what are the advantages and disadvantages of: adding more people to existing work stations (and sub-dividing the work) or having several work stations working in parallel?
Discussion topics:

Alternative forms of Kanbans
One-piece flow and appropriate documentation systems
Coping with variable customer demand
Teamwork and flexibility
Clear definition of responsibilities
Participants cope with demand
Participants define responsibilities

Phase 5: Supply Chain 60 minutes to 90 minutes 3 - 15

Description: Production is re-organised across 3 locations simulating a dispersed supply chain. How well will participants apply their newly learnt lean knowledge? An example question from the phase 5 review sheet: How do you think the following could benefit by the effective implementation of the principles introduced in through KanDo lean: Customers Companies Workers Suppliers
Discussion topics:

Customer/supplier relationships
Dealing with remote businesses
Avoiding component shortages
Simplifying the supply of components
Supply chain information flow and constraints
Avoiding component shortages
Dealing with remote businesses

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