Kaizen Training - Kaizen Foundation Series - Shinka Management

Kaizen Foundation Series

The Kaizen Foundation Series consists of the Lean Leadership Master Class and the Lean Implementation Master Class components. These courses are run as in-house training internationally as required by our clients. These master classes are also run in major cities across Australia twice a year as open-enrollment courses.

For further information about in-house and Japan-based training see Lean Training, or to inquire about running a course at your company, contact us. Dates for open-enrollment courses across Australia can be found here, and the registration form is at the bottom of this page.

Up-coming Training Dates:

Lean Leadership – Riga, Latvia - 28-29 October 2019
Lean Leadership – New Zealand – 25-26 February 2020
New Zealand Lean Training Location: TBC
New Zealand Lean Site Visit: TBC
Lean Leadership – Brisbane, Australia - 27-28 February 2020
Brisbane Lean Training Location: Australian Industry Group, 202 Boundary Street, Spring Hill, QLD
Brisbane Lean Site Visit: TBC
Lean Leadership – Adelaide, Australia - 2-3 March 2020
Adelaide Lean Training Location: Shinka Management, Level 1, 45 Greenhill Road, Wayville, SA
Adelaide Lean Site Visit: TBC
Lean Leadership – Perth, Australia - 5-6 March 2020
Perth Lean Training Location: Quest South Perth Foreshore, 22 Harper Terrace, South Perth, WA
Perth Lean Site Visit: Sealy of Australia
Lean Leadership – New Zealand - Announcing Soon
New Zealand Lean Training Location: TBC
New Zealand Lean Site Visit: TBC
Lean Leadership – Melbourne, Australia – 31 August – 1 September 2020
Melbourne Lean Training Location: Australian Industry Group, Level 2, 441 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC
Melbourne Lean Site Visit: TBC
Lean Leadership – Sydney, Australia – 3-4 September 2020
Sydney Lean Training Location: TBC
Sydney Lean Site Visit: TBC
Lean Leadership Master Class Fee : 2 days – AU$1,295 excl. GST (Australia only)

Participants are provided with a workbook with all slides, and a certificate of completion.

Lean Leadership Master Class

The Lean Leadership component of the Kaizen Foundation Series is designed for senior managers and lean practitioners who are interested in fostering a culture of continuous improvement within their organisation. The training is led by Hyodo Sensei, a long-time leader in Toyota Production System training and former factory manager at the Toyota factory in Japan responsible for the manufacture of the HiAce vehicle. Hyodo Sensei shares his experience and teaches local companies how to implement and sustain a culture of continuous improvement. Typically run as a two-day course, the training includes a facility tour and analysis at a local company.

Topics Covered

This two-day Master Class covers fundamental topics of lean manufacturing with a focus on the philosophy and tools of the Toyota Production System as well as lean leadership and staff development to sectors outside of automotive. The course will go beyond theory to discuss how lean thinking can be implemented and sustained within a company.

Day One

- TPS principles

- Role of top management

- Developing human assets

- Facility visit and diagnosis

Day Two

- Factory visit review

- 5S and visual management

- Standardized work creation

- Continuous improvement culture

The training was great. Provides clarity and a practical approach to what can seem a very complex process.

Dale Seeto, Group Technical Manager

CSR Lightweight Systems

Lean Leadership Course

Lean Implementation Master Class

This two-day lean master class teaches the key practices required to implement lean manufacturing within your operations. The training goes beyond theory, including lean implementation case studies from companies in Japan, Australia and abroad, accompanied by many photo and video examples.

Topics Covered

This two-day master class brings together Shinka Management’s core theory and case studies relating to the Toyota Production System, 5S, Standard Work and Visual Management, together with coverage of poka-yoke, kanban and improvement suggestion schemes. Three video factory tours will also be provided of facilities in Japan to demonstrate key theory and concepts covered.

Day One

- TPS principles

- Continuous Improvement and Kaizen

- 5S

- Employee Suggestion Schemes

Day Two

- Standard Work Analysis and Charting

- Time Studies and Work Sampling

- Visual Management

- Kanban


Lean Implementation Master Class Fee : 2 days – AU$1,145 excl. GST

Participants are provided with a workbook with all slides, and a certificate of completion.

Training Locations

Training for each city is typically held at the following locations, however this is subject to change.

MelbourneAustralian Industry Group, Level 2, 441 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC

SydneyAustralian Industry Group, 51 Walker St, North Sydney, NSW

BrisbaneAustralian Industry Group, 202 Boundary Street, Spring Hill, QLD

AdelaideShinka Management, 45 Greenhill Rd, Wayville, SA

PerthQuest South Perth Foreshore, 22 Harper Terrace, South Perth, WA

To register for open enrollment kaizen training courses, complete the registration form at the bottom of this page, or contact Shinka Management. Alternatively, for information on our training courses held in Japan and globally, see lean training.

I thought the training was fantastic. It was well presented and organised, and the material was very relevant and can be applied to our organisation. Shinka Management created a comfortable environment where we could ask questions and participate in group discussions.

Aaron Mato, Melbourne Port Terminal Manager

Emerald Grain


In our experience it is hard to find good quality training. We have been very impressed with the content and presentation of the Lean courses run by Shinka. We felt we got really good value, and came away feeling inspired and that we had the skills to improve our business.

Sam Belfield, Chief Executive Officer

Bluedog Fences Australia

The Shinka Team enables an excellent learning environment for lean practitioners at all levels. They possess excellent communication skills and facilitate learning events incorporating theory, discussion and practical exercises. I would recommend to anyone interested in improving their business.

James Martin, Head of Engineering

Actron Air

The 2-day program provided our leadership team with a great opportunity to focus on our business and to reflect on opportunities for improvement.

Corrinna Politis, Group CEO

Politis Companies

Register for courses in the Kaizen Foundation Series

Please complete the registration form below. One of our team will follow up with a confirmation and an invoice for registration. For questions or initial registrations of interest, please contact us.