Learning Portal

Welcome to our learning portal. Below, you will be able to find our latest news, announcements and links.  Click on ‘Articles’ and ‘Newsletters’ on the main menu for publications on various subjects


ANNOUNCEMENT: As a faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) we can offer reduced rates to LEI workshops. Receive a special faculty discount when you use Promo Code Locher worth $100 for each workshop day. Click here for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The University of Michigan Integrative Systems & Design (ISD) is now offering CMA’s Lean Leadership program.  The four day public program maintains a strong element of ‘application based’ learning.  Participants will develop their own Leader Standard Work, Visual Management Systems, and initiate A3s for problem resolution back in their organizations.  Click here for more information.


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CMA has published four books on Enterprise Excellence, two of which have received a Shingo Prize for Research.  All books are published by Productivity Press, a division of Taylor and Francis.


Lean Enterprise Institute: LEI is the not-for-profit organization of James Womack co-author of “Lean Thinking”.  LEI offers monthly workshops around the U.S. on various topics.  The LEI website has articles, blogs, special interest groups, and publications.  Click here to go to the website.

University of Michigan: The Integrated System Design group within the School of Engineering has been a leader in lean education for over 15 years.  ISD offers certificate programs on; Lean Leadership, Lean Office, Kata, Healthcare, and more.  Click here to go to their website.

Thedacare Center for Healthcare Value Network: The center is at the forefront of the application of lean concepts in healthcare. The center puts on an annual conference, has several excellent publications, blogs, and public educational offerings on Lean Healthcare.  Their CEO workshop including a tour of Thedacare in Appleton WI provides an opportunity to see firsthand a mature lean management system.  Click here to go their website.

Productivity Press (a division of Taylor & Francis): Since 1984 Productivity Press has been the leading publisher in the general subject of Operational Excellence. Their ‘Shop Floor Series” is an excellent collection of easy to read books on various topics.  Click here to go to their website.

AME: AME’s mission is best described as “Share-Learn-Grow”.  Since 1985, AME has been a leader of peer-to-peer learning in Enterprise Excellence.  Their annual international conference is the best “all things lean” conference in the world.  AME offers regional events throughout the year.  Members receive the award winning Target Magazine.  Go to their website for more information.

5S Supply: The 5S Supply website offers a wide variety of items important for every lean practitioner, thereby providing ‘one stop shopping’ for all your needs.  Click here to go their website.