Thursday, August 4, 2011
Pawley Lean Institute gives Lean for Students presentation
The Oakland University Pawley Lean Institute continued its mission of spreading knowledge about Lean principles through a new presentation entitled Lean for Students.
Students participate in the 5S tool game.
The presentation took place on Tuesday, July 26 at OU, continuing this mission right at home.
The program was developed and presented by Amanda Benjamin, site administrator for the Pawley Lean Institute, as an outreach to students in the OU community, given to a group of peer mentors from OU’s Center for Multicultural Initiatives.
Benjamin, a former CMI peer mentor herself, knows the benefits that Lean can give to students, and sought to give peer mentors this Lean knowledge to share with their mentees.
The peer mentors, college students with little to no experience with Lean, agreed the presentation was helpful and provided them with good information.
“It was very helpful for the work environment and everyday life as well,” said one participant of the program.
The presentation gave students an overview of Lean, defining it and giving a brief history.
Topics also included the eight wastes of Lean, the dangers of multitasking and the 5S tool, all centered on a college lifestyle.
The presentation ended with an interactive game to illustrate the benefits of 5S and reinforce its practicality.
“I loved the activity at the end because it got us out of our seats and it applied to what we just learned,” one student said.
Presentations and programs such as these are all a part of the Pawley Lean Institute’s ongoing commitment to spread the Lean philosophy to the OU community and beyond.
For more information, visit oakland.edu/lean.