Course 1 of 3 in the Advanced JIT Enterprise Flow Certification Series

Complete JIT Enterprise Business Flow
(3.5 days)

Overview | Description | Example Agenda | Schedule

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This first of three courses in JEI's Advanced Enterprise Flow Certification Series begins at the strategic level and walks participants through complete enterprise current state mapping and future state design.

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This course moves participants through "complete" enterprise current state mapping, customer order flow and system deficiency analysis and their improvement through integration of lean principles, and culminates with just-in-time future state design and mapping of the entire business enterprise.  Business functions covered during this first course include: an enterprise’s customer interfacing activities (excluding sales), customer order administration, product customization engineering, and materials planning.  This is followed by an overview of JIT inbound supply chain management, visual production planning and management, a summary view of product manufacturing, materials and work-in-process (WIP) storage, and an overview of product distribution through outbound transportation system activities to receipt by the customer. 

An actual example manufacturing company (i.e., Wild Cat Actuators) is analyzed and improved through each coupled progressive stage of customer order flow to demonstrate how just-in-time principles can be integrated successfully at every level and stage of an enterprise’s business system.  Additional successful case studies are used to discussed and highlight the value of key just-in-time flow principles and the value gained by improving flow from receipt of a customer’s order through delivery of products.

Objectives of this 1st advanced enterprise flow certification course  are:

  • Discuss conventional manufacturing business structures and operational principles, then contrast these with the value gained through integration of just-in-time customer order flow throughout all enterprise activities.
  • Introduce and align just-in-time enterprise, business process, manufacturing, & logistics principles and methods within an actual manufacturing enterprise to demonstrate the value that JIT adds to providing customer value.
  • Discuss how complete enterprise value chain mapping can be used as an effective tool to highlight where flow is impeded and how just-in-time principles can enable seamless single-order-coupled-flow (SOCF) throughout the enterprise.
  • Discuss how visual order tracking and operations management approaches can be used to orchestrate seamless balanced just-in-time flow from receipt of an order, through acquisition of required materials, through value adding operations, through storage, shipping, and distribution to the customer.
  • Reinforce this learning through discussions covering how enterprise JIT principles have been successfully applied in several case study companies.


During this strategic view course we, from an enterprise perspective, will:

  • Discuss customer value, value streams, continuous flow, single-order-coupled-flow, operational pacing, balancing work and activities, integrating pull mechanisms, visual operations management, lean work process flow, and complete enterprise flow value stream mapping.
  • Discuss how JIT principles have been successfully applied to actual enterprise businesses to demonstrate their value in better satisfying customers' needs, shortening total system lead time, assuring quality, and reducing costs


Completion of this first strategic enterprise administration focused course prepares the participant for course two which zooms in on the inbound manufacturing supply chain and the inherent performance improvement through just-in-time.

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Day 1:  Traditional Enterprise Flow Principles & Practices

Introductions / Course # 1 Structure

Lean Enterprise Flow Fundamentals

Complete Enterprise Value Stream Mapping Process

Wild Cat Actuator's Traditional Enterprise Stages

  •   Process Stage Aggregation
  •   Wild Cat's Customer Interactions
  •   New Product Development
  •   Customer Service
  •   Materials Planning
  •   Supply Chain
  •   Production Operations
  •   Finished Goods Inventory
  •   Product Distribution

Traditional Enterprise Flow Practical Exercise / Simulation

1st Day Progress Wrap-Up

Day 2:  Creating Just-in-time Complete Enterprise Flow

Lean Enterprise Cross-walks

  •   Enterprise Flow Principles
  •   Standardizing Enterprise Activities
  •   Balancing Entrprise Work
  •   Operating to a Tempo
  •   Regulating Enterprise Flow
  •   Enhancing & Pacing Enterprise Flow
  •   Sequencing Enterprise Flow
  •   Work Cell / Team Continuous Flow
  •   Visual Enterprise Process Control
  •   Connecting Stages with Pull Systems
  •   Teaming to Enhance Flow  
  •   Value Stream Management

Traditional Customer Order Flow Practical Exercise / Simulation

2nd Day Progress Wrap-Up

Day 3: Inventing Better Enterprise Future State Flow

Cord Wire Production Control Case Study

Complete Enterprise System Future State Mapping

Wild Cat Actuator's Enterprise Future State Vision

  •   Just-in-time Customer Service
  •   Just-in-time Custome Product Engineering
  •   Just-in-time Materials Planning
  •   Just-in-time Supply Chain Flow 

Just-in-time Enterprise Flow Practical Exercise / Simulation

3rd Day Progress Wrap-Up

Day 4:  Just-in-time Enterprise Future State Transformation

Wild Cat Actuator's Enterprise Future State Vision

  • Just-in-time Production Operations
  • Just-in-time Finished Goods Inventory
  • Just-in-time Product Distribution

Enterprise Systems Transformation Planning

Course # 1 Wrap-Up & Q & A

Noon:  Departures

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