Why are the TWI Programs the Foundation of Lean Thinking?

Presented By:

Don Dinero

Session Abstract:

Many people see the TWI programs as helpful training programs to use along their Lean journey.  In reality, these programs are much more than that because they  teach fundamental skills that everyone needs to master to be truly successful.  In learning these skills, participants gain other skills and habits that are usually difficult to attain.  “Using the TWI Programs will not make you Lean, but you can’t become Lean without them.”  If that statement is true, how are Lean and TWI linked?  Why is TWI considered a foundational aspect of Lean? Why do you need to master the TWI programs in order to be truly successful at lean?   Because there are so many aspects to both disciplines and because they are connected on different levels and in so many ways, the answer is not simple.  Furthermore, in asking this, 100 people would ask the question in 100 different ways.  If you do not know how the TWI Programs can help you become successful with Lean, come to this presentation and ask your question.  This session will include a short presentation of TWI & Lean and will be followed by answers to questions by the audience.

Learning Objectives:

“In this session you will …”

  • Have the opportunity to ask his or her own question of why TWI is relevant to their using Lean

“In this session you will learn …”

  • the answer to your question of how and why TWI is foundational to Lean

About the Facilitator:

Donald A. Dinero, PE, CPIM has over forty years of experience designing and implementing methods and processes and is the Principal of TWI Learning Partnership, located in Rochester, NY.  His BS degree in mechanical engineering is from the University of Rochester and his MBA and MS (Career and Human Resource Development) degrees are from the Rochester Institute of Technology. His consulting business is devoted solely to implementing the TWI Programs into organizations with the objective that they realize their intended benefits.  His clients include IBM, Toyoda Gosei Fluid Systems, Boston Scientific, the Irish Centre for Business Excellence, Johnson & Johnson among many others.  He believes that the Lean movement is hindered by the lack of use of the TWI Programs and thus concentrates his efforts on their correct use.  He delivers training and implementation in all three “J” Programs and in Program Development.  In keeping with the “multiplier effect” used by the Training Within Industry Service, he also offers Train the Trainer development for each of the “J” Programs, which allows an organization’s employees to independently deliver the Programs.  He continues to study the TWI Programs and believes that they are not only useful but also required in all facets of our society.  His studies and talks on TWI led to his writing the book Training Within Industry: The Foundation of Lean, published by Productivity Press, 2005.  This book won a Shingo Prize for Research in 2006.  His book TWI Case Studies – Standard Work, Continuous Improvement, Teamwork, was published in April 2011.