Lean Production Free Online Course by Technical University of Munich

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The Technical University of Munich is offering free online course on Lean Production. This course reviews basic calculations used in production management.

In this eight week course, applicants will learn how to apply key elements of lean manufacturing, such as 5S and Kaizen, to organizational processes to improve quality and productivity. This course will start on February 1, 2018.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 3-4 hours pw
Subject: Business & Management
Institution: Technical University of Munich and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $88
Session: Course Starts on February 1, 2018

Providers’ Details

Technical University of Munich (TUM) ranks as one of Europe’s leading universities. It placed first among German universities in the International Shanghai Ranking, in both 2011 and 2012, and is one of the few to hold the title of Excellence University.

About This Course

This course will introduce the main tenets of the Toyota Production System, which includes Just-in-Time manufacturing, quality management tools, and the critical concept of Kaizen, the Japanese practice of continuous improvement. You will also learn about key organization and managerial approaches that are used in Lean.

Why Take This Course?

You will learn how to analyze process flows in order to establish process capacity and identify the process bottleneck. You will then calculate resource utilization and cycle time to evaluate the impact of set up times, batching, defects and reworks on key process performance measures, including inventory, flow rate and flow time.

Learning Outcomes

  • The history and background of Lean production and the complementing elements of quantity and quality control.
  • How to measure production performance and how defects and waste degrade performance.
  • To improve process performance through application of lean principles, including setup time reduction, batch optimization, and defect elimination.
  • Elements of Lean production including Heijunka, Kanban, Jidoka, Poka Yoke, and Quality Circles.
  • 5S methodology for establishing and sustaining a productive work environment.


Holly Ott

Holly Ott is a professor of operations management at the Bavarian University of Applied Sciences and Management (Hochschule der Bayerischen Wirtschaft), a senior lecturer at Technische Universität München and an adjunct professor at Singapore Management University (Singapore), IE Business School (Madrid) and Syracuse University (New York).

Martin Grunow

Martin Grunow is a professor of production and supply chain management at Technische Universität München and an adjunct professor at Technical University Denmark, where he previously held a professorship in Operations Management.


This course reviews basic calculations used in production management. Therefore, basic math skills are necessary.

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