President and CEO
Global OEM Solutions Inc
Yes, interlocking blocks are used for the last portion of the course. The course was originally developed by Visionary Products in the early 80's, and was used by many Fortune 500 companies to educate everyone in their organizations on the Principles of Lean. This "Lean101" education is the minimum education required for companies to instill the right thinking. It is based on the tried and true of what everyone calls "Lean thinking". George Trachilis was introduced to this training in 2004, and he enjoyed it so much that he entered into a partnership with the creator of the course to put an online version together.
In 2006, George Trachilis was asked by the Government of Canada (Alberta) to educate 50 organizations using this online method. The contract was so successful that it was extended to a further 100 companies. Many of these organizations received coaching by George Trachilis over the phone, and onsite consulting to engage their entire workforce in starting their Lean journey. As of the end of December, 2012, more than 8,000 organizations have had at least one employee educated using this online course. The key is to educate the leadership team and have them adopt the basic principles and make them their own. There are less than 500 companies that have done this effectively using this online course.
This course has been done by dividing modules up into short sections of about 10 minutes, each with learning objectives and summaries and quizzes. There is animation, video, case examples, and lively discussion during a workshop that George puts on for a Retail organization. The course content is only 6 hours of viewing and represents the minimum required learning every organization should have about the Principles of Lean Thinking, and how to apply them.
Many of the Principles of Lean Thinking online course students have chosen to place their feedback on one of two YouTube videos. Click on Video1, or Video2, and review the comments. In 2011-2012 over 10,000 students have taken the OEM Lean101 online course (now known as a Liker Leadership Institute course).