Value Stream Design for Operational Excellence

A three-and-a-half day training event for manufacturing & continuous improvement professionals

Bellagio Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas
April 16-19, 2019

companies who trust us with their teams
Harris Corporation

Value Stream Design for Operational Excellence is a three-and-a-half day course that teaches the systematic process to overcome complex barriers including varied customer demand, high product mix, shared processes and create autonomous flow that is essential to drive measurable results. Attendees learn a proven methodology to design flow that goes beyond the basics of value stream mapping and dives into the technical details of:

  • product families
  • takt time
  • multiple FIFO systems
  • EPEI
  • pitch
  • the pacemaker

This in-depth training, divided into five advanced sessions, is packed with tested, proven, and actionable approaches developed by our expert instructors and advisors who each have more than 20+ years of experience transforming companies. In an academic environment attendees learn with practical, hands-on exercises, case studies, and instructor's real-world examples. Participants leave prepared for implementation at their own firm with the knowledge on how to:

  • Keep up with customer demand
  • Fix broken or choppy flow
  • Reduce lead times

Session 1

Achieving Operational Excellence for Real Business Results

Opening remarks that set the framework for organization-wide transformation

  • 1 ½ hours

Session 2

End-to-End Value Stream Design

A quick recap of value stream mapping, focusing on the eight principles of flow (instead of Kaizen events) to develop an accurate future state map

  • 3 hours

Session 3

Creating Mixed Model Value Streams

The method for creating flow in factories that have a high complexity of products and varying demand

  • 10 ½ hours

Session 4

Creating Flow Through Shared Resources

The process for dealing with shared resources, or processes that produce components for many different product families, as well as monument equipment

  • 9 ½ hours

Session 5

Implementing Operational Excellence

Strategies for overcoming major barriers including lack of company-wide alignment, resistance to change, and the inability to gain momentum with improvements

  • 4 hours

Our Promise

You will walk away with a design process that can be applied to your own unique manufacturing environment, as well as proven methodologies to ditch the “tried it, doesn’t work” mentality and gain cultural momentum to make sure your improvement efforts stick.

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Master Complex Factory Flow

Value Stream Design for OpEx Las Vegas 2019 Event Agenda

Designed for experienced improvement professionals, this event teaches essential skills for creating accurate future state designs in the most difficult environments. See why you need to attend the most advanced technical training available for continuous improvement professionals.

what others say 


I read Kevin Duggan’s book prior to coming. But as good as the book is, the class surpassed it! The [course] is not a hodgepodge of activities. It is very focused with a clear purpose: to design and instill a production system based on flow that is easy to manage, straightforward, and always accessible to floor personnel. The exercises make the material practical.

David Harris

Consultant, Mortech Manufacturing

Value Stream Design presented by the Institute for Operational Excellence is the most applicable training for high-mix, low-volume manufacturing I have seen. The concepts presented are transformational and will give any company the head start it needs toward healthy value stream flow. I would highly recommend this workshop.

Ryan Willis

Lean Manufacturing Engineer, RAM Company

As a long-term advocate of value stream mapping, this class really took the concept to a new level. I learned a lot of valuable skills and gained insight from the instructor’s examples from the field. I would recommend this training to any lean practitioner.

Michael Loomer

Manager – Lean Production Systems,
Harley-Davidson Motor Company



We already utilize continuous improvement. Will this training benefit us?

Absolutely! Most attendees participate in an improvement program at their company. In fact, we created this event for experienced improvement professionals who were looking for the next level of training on how to create flow in complex factories. 

In addition, numerous industry surveys cite education as a critical investment to achieve OpEx and transform any business. Training on the proper process for future state value stream design can help companies break through the improvement plateau and realize rapid results.

Why train with the Institute for Operational Excellence?

While other companies offer lean training, our options are for organizations who want to go a step further. That’s why we don’t teach how to facilitate brainstorming. Instead, we provide actionable, field-tested processes to achieve Operational Excellence featured in award-winning and bestselling books.

Join your peers from around the world at this event and experience why it’s different here, and why so many businesses continue to send employees to our classes for company-wide alignment and transformation.

Who is this training for?

Ideal for any lean, continuous improvement or Operational Excellence professionals looking for advanced education on value stream design in factories, attendees with all levels of experience are welcome.

However, while we provide a recap of value stream mapping for anyone new to lean, the core of this event is comprised of our two comprehensive sessions, Creating Mixed Model Value Streams and Creating Flow Through Shared Resources, which make up 19 of the 28 hours of training. Because of their complexity, these two advanced sessions attract veteran professionals.




Las Vegas
April 16-19, 2019

Escape to the European-inspired Bellagio hotel in the heart of Las Vegas. Home of the iconic dancing fountains, this AAA Five Diamond resort delivers luxury in every experience, from art galleries, entertainment, to spas and award-winning restaurants.

Unmatched Luxury, Business-Friendly Rates

Bellagio Hotel & Casino
3600 South Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV USA 89109
Website: Bellagio Hotel & Casino
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Opening Reception

Join us at the Harvest Restaurant at the Bellagio for drinks and appetizers during our networking reception held immediately following the first day's training session. Mingle with other participants and the Institute for OpEx's trainers while enjoying fresh, creative, and full-of-flavor small bites inspired by Executive Chef Roy Ellamar in this casual environment.

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All of our courses are led by the industry’s most experienced faculty, who are regularly published and invited to speak at top conferences globally. You’ll have direct access to these seasoned instructors with decades of experience, and hear firsthand how they’ve helped organizations successfully implement the concepts taught – even in some of the most difficult operations.

Kevin J. Duggan

Founder, author, renowned opex expert

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Includes 28 hours of training in five different sessions, all training materials, books, and workbooks, daily breakfast and lunch*, casual networking reception following day one, and certificate of completion.

*Breakfast x 4 days and lunch x 3 days.


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For optimal results, send your entire team for training. Teams of three to five, save 10% off single registration with promotion code SMALLTEAM and teams of six or more save 15% with code BIGTEAM.

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Value Stream Design for Operational Excellence - Las Vegas 2019
April 16-19, 2019 | Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

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About the Institute for Operational Excellence

The Institute for Operational Excellence is a recognized leader and expert resource for organizations and individuals who want to design their enterprise to achieve Operational Excellence. Our renowned faculty has helped hundreds of global companies – from startups to Fortune 500 firms – with a wide range of offerings, including training events, online teaching, conference presentations and informational articles.

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