Lean Essentials for the Supply Chain Professional

Course Description

Learning the fundamentals is the first step in advancing your supply chain. In this first course, explore the principles and tools of lean thinking and see your operations from a new vantage point. From concepts like standardization and process thinking, to tools like value stream maps and dashboards, you will gain the skills and problem solving tools necessary to identify and eliminate waste at the root cause.

This first module is a pivot point in the educational process and this is where current mental models and business paradigms will be challenged. Students will learn and train to see operations from a new vantage point. Upon arrival back to the workplace, students will be able to “talk” the talk of Lean and also have a keen eye for operational waste. However, the real test of this course is when the student can “walk” the lean walk and solve business problems at the root cause, completely eliminating the problem for the organization.

For those interested in earning the Lean Supply Chain Professional Certificate, this course is the first course of the three-course certificate program. To earn the certificate, participants must register and complete the following courses within six years: Lean Essentials for the Supply Chain Professional, Lean Implementation for the Supply Chain Professional, and Lean Leadership for the Supply Chain Professional.

(this course was formerly titled "Building the Lean Supply Chain Problem Solver")

Available Classroom Sections

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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
14257 Sep 16, 2014 Sep 18, 2014 Classroom Atlanta, GA $3,000
15110 Mar 10, 2015 Mar 12, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $3,000
15111 Sep 15, 2015 Sep 17, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $3,000
16360 Mar 8, 2016 Mar 10, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, GA $3,000

Special Discounts

There are discounts available for this course. Please use one of the coupon codes below at checkout. Note: Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart.

Alumni:  If you are a returning student of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL) courses or you are an alumni of the GT EMIL or MSSCE programs, you can receive 10% off of any LOG course – Use coupon code SCL-Alum

Member Organization: Members of certain organizations can receive 10% off of any LOG course (for information on member organizations visit: www.scl.gatech.edu/orgdiscount) – Use coupon code SCL-Org

Certificate Participants: To receive a certificate course price of 17% off per course, you must enroll and pay for all courses required to earn a certificate – Use coupon code SCL-Cert

Who Should Attend

Supply chain professionals, logistics professionals, material managers, production control managers, transportation managers, warehousing managers and purchasing managers

How You Will Benefit

  • Reduce total cost of ownership.

  • Reduce inventory levels.

  • Reduce logistics costs.

  • Reduce space requirements.

  • Reduce lead time.

  • Increase fill rates.

  • Improve supplier performance and accountability.

  • Improve customer satisfaction and customer relationships.

  • Reduce overall organizational and operational waste.


  • Lean thinking

  • Lean problem solving

  • Inventory

  • Logistics

  • Space requirements

  • Lead time

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Tim Brown