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Advanced Lean Masterclass

The Essence of Excellence

Starting a Lean Program with a few enthusiasts is easy. Creating a sustainable Lean Program which involves and engages all of the employees is hard. It takes strong leadership, a change in culture, willing people, and excellence across all functions and levels of the organization. Few have truly succeeded in doing this. 

The Advanced Lean Masterclass program has been designed and delivered by Professor Peter Hines to show you how to do this. It is not for beginners. In it, you will learn that the starting point is not the traditional Lean or Six Sigma tools but the identification of the culture you want and the behaviors you need to make it flourish. You will then learn how one of the very best organizations defines and implement 4 Core Operating Systems that are designed to be both technically and behaviourally excellent. Each of these will be reviewed in depth.

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The program goes beyond the normal Tools & Techniques of Lean and is designed for Senior Directors and Managers and Improvement professionals looking to create sustainable success.

Learn and explore about Advanced Lean in practice, not just in the classroom by undertaking 3 gemba-based learning experiences in a leading organisation.

Peter Hines has consistently been one of the top rated instructors at Aalto EE and is regarded as the #1 Lean expert in Europe, this course achieved a Net Promoter Score of 9.2/10 when last run.


Come to the Advanced Lean Masterclass if you aspire to create a sustainable Lean Program. Find “the missing element in Lean” and understand the conditions that enable you to take your own Lean Program from being good to being truly excellent. The training will give you the knowledge of how to do this through gemba-based learning exercises reviewing how a leading organization applies the theory in practice. You will also get a free copy of the companion guide “The Essence of Excellence”.

Explore in practice of what successful Lean development looks like in an award winning leading organization
Learn skills in understanding how to apply a sustainable Lean Program and the motivation to make it work for you
Gain the knowledge on creating an Advanced Lean Program yourself


The program is aimed at Senior Directors and Managers, Improvement Agents such as Lean Coaches from any industry who aspire to the best.

People attending the Advanced Lean Masterclass might be facing one or more of these problems: a difficulty in engaging all of the senior team, middle managers, or front line employees; issues around the sustainability of their Lean program, the fact that their existing Lean Program is not consistently delivering the results they desire.

Contents and Schedule

The three days of the program focus on the culture and behaviors that drive enterprise excellence. You will learn the 4 Core Operating Systems, each of which will be reviewed in depth. The structure of each day is Theory, Practice, and gemba-based Learning.

The program is highly participative and involves site tours, theory from Professor Hines together with 3 gemba-based learning exercises involving discussions with employees from the firm involved: Mylan, a global pharmaceutical company and the winner of Shingo Silver Medallion in 2016,  https://www.mylan.com/

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On day one you will get an Introduction to Enterprise Excellence and Core Operating Systems. The second day covers Behavioural & Strategy Deployment and Continuous Improvement System. The third day concentrates on The Leader Standard Work and The Learning & Development System.

Program Structure


The Essence of Excellence book

3-Day Program

3-day block in an award-winning Irish company

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Consolidation of your Learning Log and how you will use the Learning in your business



Peter Hines

Professor, Waterford Institute of Technology

Professor Peter Hines, is Co-Founder of the Lean Enterprise Research Centre at Cardiff Business School. LERC has grown to be the largest academic research in lean globally.

Hines is Europe’s leading authority on Lean having had 30 years experience of research, writing, consulting and training.


Hines has undertaken extensive research into Lean and written or co-written twelve books including the Shingo Prize winning books “Staying Lean”, and “Creating a Lean & Green Business System”. His most recent book “The Essence of Excellence” was published in January 2019.

Hines is the founder of S A Partners, a specialist consultancy organization that assists companies in applying Lean. He also continues his academic links and is a Visiting Professor at Waterford Institute of Technology, Senior Certified Facilitator with The Shingo Institute at Utah State University and visiting roles in universities across Europe and North America.


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