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Lean Academy - Virginia Tech
Lean Academy - Virginia Tech

Lean Foundations: Executive Overview

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand and demonstrate essential principles and qualities necessary for effective leadership of a Lean organization.
  2. Propagate and model Lean principles, values, and philosophies through action and dialogue.
  3. Design Lean planning and deployment mechanisms for strategy, plans, and messaging necessary to activate and to align continuous improvement actions.
  4. Establish the vision and direction for creating a Lean culture.
  5. Integrate learning and coaching into the organization.
  6. Guide the development of people, including education, training, and coaching.
  7. Integrate Lean methods of motivation, empowerment, and involvement into the organization’s culture.
  8. Understand how to guide and to support the assessment and training of people necessary to build the skills required of a Lean culture.
  9. Understand how to guide and support the development of continuous process improvement systems and the appropriate use of continuous improvement tools within an organization.
  10. Understand how to integrate improvement systems with work systems.
  11. Understand and guide the application of systematic PDCA problem-solving thinking through work habits and other methods, such as A3s.
  12. Guide the design of measurement systems that drive the right behaviors toward continuous improvement culture.


Registration includes breakfast and lunch both days, instruction, and, materials. It does not include lodging.

Lodging is not included in the price of the program. To ensure a room at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, please reserve early. Please make your reservations by calling the hotel directly at (540) 985-5900 or toll free at (866)594-4722. Be sure to mention Lean Foundations when making your reservations.


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Refund and Cancellation Policy: Refund requests must be received 14 calendar days prior to the program start date. A $75 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. Requests should be sent by email or by initiating a drop request through the student portal in our online registration system. As an alternative to a refund, you may send a substitute at no additional cost. Please contact us at 540-231-5182 or e-mail to request a substitution. Please note: refunds will not be issued for no-shows or for cancellations received on or after the program start date.

In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

For weather or disaster-related program cancellation or postponement information, please call (540) 231-9489.

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Virginia Tech Continuing and Professional Education at (540) 231-5182.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dave Conners at (540) 767-6145 or email or TDD 1-800-828-1120 during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to an event.​

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