LEAN Best Practices Workshop

Online using Zoom Video Conferencing
5th December 2023
9.30am - 1pm
Management Development

Owners and managers of small businesses are invited to an Information Briefing on the LEAN for Micro Programme on Tuesday 5th Dec 2023. This highly successful programme will be of interest to any small business looking for ways to improve profits, efficiency, customer service and employee engagement by employing principles of LEAN - doing things quicker, better, cheaper, and with a strong focus on teamwork to eliminate wasteful processes and ineffective procedures. PLEASE NOTE - By booking you agree to share your details with the facilitator who is running this programme on our behalf


LEAN Best Practices... an effective and tested method of reducing operating costs and removing waste from operations.

Since it began in 2015, the LEAN for Micro Programme run by the Local Enterprises (LEOs) has had over 2,000 businesses benefitting from its expertise and principles.

Allyson English and Stuart Nelson of Jigsaw Better Business are delivering this half day workshop - providing an introduction to the principles of LEAN and will illustrate how the one-to-one mentoring you will received in the LEAN for Micro Programme can transform how you run your business for the better!

Based on recent survey of 22 small businesses (supported by LEOs) who participated in the LEAN for Micro Programme, the businesses stated that the following were the reasons they undertook the programme:

In order of importance ...

  • Increase competitiveness
  • Improve delivery times
  • Work faster
  • Improve productivity
  • Understand the reduce waste
  • Improve data and admin processes
  • Layout improvement
  • Process and efficiency improvement
  • Reduce congestion
  • Streamline process
  • COVID-19
  • Brexit 

Who is the LEAN for Micro Programme for?

Business owners, managers, employees looking for ways to do things Better, Smarter and Cheaper ....thereby improving profits, customer service and employee engagement as well as ensuring agility in the face of constant change.

What can I expect?

  • This is not 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, and have the opportunity to discuss your business challenges with Jigsaw Better Business LEAN Experts.

Workshop content

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Our business challenges
  3. Introduction to LEAN Thinking: Principles, Tools, Eyes for Waste, the LEAN Mindset
  4. Understanding Process
  5. The LEAN Wastes and how to identify them
  6. The LEAN House Foundations:  introductions to 5S, Visual Management and Standard Work
  7. Activity: Applying 5S in the workplace
  8. Digital Transformation
  9. Introduction to DMAIC, developing a problem statement
  10. LEAN Tools, Flow, SOPs, Cells, and the Kata Coaching Process
  11. The Coaching Process, defining a Business Model, Selecting a Project

What will I gain?

Gain a fresh perspective on your business, its processes and how you work.  Identify a process improvement project to implement with the help of a LEAN Expert and reap the rewards.  In 2022, businesses that engaged with Jigsaw Better Business through LEO programmes made an average saving of €35,086 as a result of their project.