Lean Training Program: CICC

December 10, 2012

by Connstep Team

“If you think you’re effective now, and you think you have what it takes to really develop a product, you really don’t know anything until you have gone through this program.”
–Jim Jamra, Kaman Precision Products

The Continuous Improvement Champion Certification (CICC) Program is a twelve-week course that provides intensive exposure to the principles and practices needed to develop and sustain the Lean Enterprise.

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.

The financial impacts of investing in the CICC program can be significant, making this a course that virtually pays for itself – many times over.

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President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

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Manager, Fuel Cell Energy

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VP Manufacturing Operations, Hologic

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General Manager, Tornik LLC

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