LEAN for Micro Programme 2021

What is Lean and the Lean for Micro Program?

Lean is the belief that wast exists in all processes and the aim of any lean project is to support a business to eliminate that waste and only have steps that add value to your clients.  Put simply, Lean is about taking what you do for you business and finding ways to to is Quicker, Cheaper, Better, and Together as a team.

Lean for Micro is about more than cash savings to small business owners though. For many it is about building a stable, secure, and sustainable business that is agile enough to face economic challenges. For many it is about liberating themselves from Non-Value adding activities through questioning and re-designing their processes, allowing them to focus on business growth and Value-Adding activities. For many, Lean has given them the ability to get home on time, work less at the weekends, while still getting the work done. All of these businesses achieved these outcomes by focusing on the elimination of waste from their processes, creating standards, implementing visual management, applying 6S-Workplace organisation to their workplace, and by accepting that what has taken us this far in the business, may not take us where we want to go.

Who is it for?

Business Owners, Managers and employees looking for ways to do things Better, Smarter, Cheaper & Together, improving profits, customer service and employee engagement

What can I expect?

This isn’t a lecture, this is a hands on facilitated workshop from the award winning Lean team in Jigsaw Better Business.  You will gain an understanding of what Lean Thinking is, how this approach can be applied to your business, Lean Wastes, and most importantly Eyes for Waste.

You will be introduced to some core Lean tools like 6S, Standard Work, and Flow, take part in practical Lean exercises including looking at your business, its processes and how you work with fresh eyes.  Identify opportunities to improve and how you can access supports to Grow Lean.

Lean is about practical but not always obvious ways of looking at problems and opportunities.    

How do I get started / What is a Lean Project?

This is a great question and the biggest challenge most businesses (big and small) face, how do I get started and what is a lean project?

What is the stone is your shoe?  What is stopping you from being the best version of yourself?  What are the thankless, mundane tasks that you complete, and frequently say to yourself “there has to be a better way”.  This is where we start, how can we use Lean to eliminate or minimise the effort to complete these tasks.

Core Deliverables

  •       Learn the Tools & Thinking on which Lean & Efficient Businesses are built: Standardization, Visual Management, & 6S
  •       How Lean Thinking links in with Strategic management frameworks.
  •       Use Lean Workplace Organisation to improve productivity, increase flow, shorten processes and even implement Social Distancing
  •       Use Lean Problem Solving to navigate & solve operations challenges in you business
  •       Get the support of an Expert that will be focused on supporting you, your business, and the challenges within it.


  •       2 * 3 hour group training workshops.  These sessions will be delivered online / remotely. 
  •       5 x ½ days or equivalent, individual in company sessions.  These sessions will be delivered online / remotely.  If, and when safe to do so, these sessions can take place on your premises in line with the current HSE guidelines.

These individual sessions are focused on your business challenges and supporting you to bring lean thinking to your team.  They can include all members of your team.

Who is delivering the program?

The program will be led by Stuart Nelson, an award-winning Lean Mentor, Business Coach, and Director of Jigsaw Better Business.  Stuart has extensive experience in consulting, training, retail, and operations management.  With Black Belts in Lean & Six Sigma and 3rd level qualifications in Psychology, Innovation, and Coaching, he has a unique skillset and is well placed to guide the person and the process through change.  The Jigsaw Lean team are people-people and always seek out and support the people behind the process.

Jigsaw Better Business are Irelands leading provider of lean training and mentoring to the Micro and Small business sector.  Our aim is to help make businesses better through creative problem solving, people development & process innovation. 

Important Dates

  • Dates for the Workshops are Wednesday 24th March and Wednesday 31st March – 9.30-12.30 remotely
  • Cut off dates for applications Wednesday 17th March 2021

Programme Cost

The programme is heavily subsidised and the total business contribution is €150 

Application Process

  • Closing date for applications is Wednesday 17th March 2021 at 6pm
  • Applications to be submitted online through the following link: https://submit.link/l3X7Y
  • Places are very limited. All applications will be assessed by the LEAN consultants to determine suitability.