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Spring 2014 CICC Program

Continuous improvement is a business strategy focused on improving productivity by maximizing value added activities while eliminating waste. Lean allows organizations to be more efficient and customer focused – better able to face the competitive challenges of today – and into the future.

110 Connecticut companies of all sizes and from all industries have trusted CONNSTEP to develop their internal continuous improvement champions – those that sustain and drive Lean improvement initiatives forward – gaining not only bench strength for their Lean strategy, but also real-time financial impacts for their investment.

Benefits for graduate companies include increased velocity, on-time delivery and capacity and as a result, increased market share and a better competitive position.

The CONNSTEP CICC Program is unique in its learn–do approach.

Through an on-site, real life project, program participants acquire new capabilities, train fellow project team members and are able to immediately apply the learned methodologies, accelerating the results.

“It’s about doing it. Sitting in a classroom and learning from a book is not Lean, you have to get on the floor and do it.” John Stonesifer, Lean Manager, Dymax Corporation

Valuable for all industries. Valuable for all business processes.

The principles and lessons learned can be applied to any business process and the consistent mentoring provided by the CONNSTEP advisor is the catalyst for successful outcomes.

The CICC Program yields return on investment of at least five times the program tuition:
  • 47-employee medical equipment manufacturer, realized a 90% reduction in lead time and reduced their cycle time by 23%. In addition, the CICC project resulted in a 75% reduction in WIP leading to $50,000 savings.
  • 120-employee glass product manufacturer, realized a 65% reduction in lead time, allowing the company to ship the product faster, and increasing their gross sales margin by 5.4%.
  • 140-employee aerospace component manufacturer, realized a 20% reduction in cycle time, 67% reduction in work in process, and a 53% reduction in utilized floor space.
  • 50-employee electronic power distribution manufacturer, realized a 74% reduction in lead time leading to $30,000 in annual savings.

Spring 2014 Program Schedule

Each classroom session will begin at 8:00 am and end around 4:30 pm.

Classroom sessions will be held at the Connecticut Society of CPAs 716 Brook St., Ste. 100, Rocky Hill, CT

3.4.14 Session 1: Principles of Lean Manufacturing
3.11.14 Session 2: VSM: Value Stream Mapping
3.18.14 Session 3: Kaizen, Teams & Change Management
3.25.14 Session 4: The 5S System, Visual Management & Green Manufacturing
4.1.14 ———– no classroom session; mentoring week
4.8.14 Session 5: Project Review, Problem Solving & Mistake Proofing
4.15.14 Session 6: Lean Supply Chain& Kanban/Pull Systems
4.22.14 Session 7: Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) & Set-Up Reduction
4.29.14 Session 8: TWI: Training Within Industry & Standard Work
5.6.14 ———— no classroom session; mentoring week
5.13.14 Session 9: Cellular Design & Lean Office
5.20.14 Session 10: Project Presentation & Certification


$5,495.00 per participant; $4,995.00 each for 2+ participants per company.

  • A 30% deposit per participant is required to confirm registration.
  • Registration includes all course materials as well as lunch at each classroom session.
  • No refund of the 30% deposit will be given on cancellations received less than two weeks prior to the start of the program.
  • Registration is transferable; substitutions may be made up to 48 hours prior to the start of the course.

Please note: In order to successfully complete the course and earn certification, it is imperative that all participants attend all classroom sessions and complete the CICC project per specifications. Exceptions to this are subject to the discretion of the CONNSTEP CICC Program trainers.

Additionally, there is a maximum of two participants per company on a single CICC project team in order to provide each participant with the opportunity to fully engage and realize project results. Additional information will be provided on the project parameters at the first CICC classroom session. If you wish to discuss this prior to registration, please contact CONNSTEP at 800.266.6672.

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Spring 2014 CICC Program
Mar 04 to May 20, 2014

716 Brook St
Ste. 100
Rocky Hill, CT, CT
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