Value Stream Design for Operational Excellence

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

2020 Event Canceled
New 2021 Dates Coming Soon!

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Harris Corporation

Value Stream Design for Operational Excellence is a three-day course that teaches the systematic process to overcome complex barriers, including varied customer demand, high product mix, and shared processes, and create an autonomous customer delivery system. 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 four 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 OpEx and Designing a Customer Delivery System

Opening remarks that set the framework for organization-wide transformation

  • 2 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

  • 6 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

  • 8 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

  • 8 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 2020 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

This training will open your mind to a comprehensive and pragmatic methodology for the achievement of Operational Excellence in your company. You will understand why the traditional continuous improvement approach does not work and what to do about it. I highly recommend this event to anyone searching for the best way to design and implement a customer centric delivery system.

Carolina Polanco

Director, IMEx Deployment Leader




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.

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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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Bruno Daniel

lead trainer and opex advisor

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Due to COVID-19, the 2020 event has been canceled.
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Suitable for individuals driving improvement efforts


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Best for department-wide transformation

What's Included

early access add-on

Get the most out of your training hours by arriving prepared with questions for the instructor on how the advanced concepts apply to your own unique organization. By upgrading to our Early Access Add-On, you will gain access to our Creating Mixed Model Value Streams Online Course and receive two textbooks in advance by mail. In addition, you will enjoy the convenience of packing fewer course materials with you on your return trip home from the event.*

Upgrade to the Early Access Add-on for only $199 during registration. (a $349 value)

*Advance shipping is only available within the continental United States. Textbooks ship via UPS Ground within three business days of enrollment. Participant workbooks cannot be shipped in advance.

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Due to COVID-19, the 2020 event has been canceled.
New 2021 event dates coming soon!

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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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COVID-19 Event Update:

Due to the current health crisis, all live training events for 2020 have been canceled. We will be updating our website with new dates for 2021.