Lean Supply Chain & Logistics Simulation will help your company realize its goal of becoming more Lean, more agile, and taking a lead over the competition. This is a hands-on simulation that demonstrates the effectiveness of Lean in the specialized context of the Supply Chain, Logistics, and Distribution environment.
Throughout the three rounds of the simulation the participants will learn the importance of reducing batch size and streamlining the process flow, as well as learning how to apply new concepts. Step by step, team members become familiar with Lean and take these Lean concepts and apply them directly during the simulation. By dealing with everything from orders received, working with the supplier, and finally shipping the product, the participants will gain an understanding of the importance of seeing the entire Supply Chain.
The simulation comes with a Flash presentation, including a results tracking sheet that is completed at the end of each round in order to help visualize improvement and profitability. Through a subtle change between Rounds 1 and 2, and a larger Lean transformation after Round 3, the benefits of Lean will become clearly apparent. Not only does this visualization help the participants see and experience Lean, but also how it will be advantageous to them and their own job.
Included in the Lean Supply Chain & Logistics Simulation:
- 1 - Facilitator Guide with CD Presentation
- 1 - Set of Lego pieces
- 2 - Stopwatches
- 4 - Calculators
- 1 - Red Marker
- 2 - Baskets
- 20 - Plastic Bags
- Rubber Bands
- All of the necessary paperwork for the simulation
When to Use Games For Training
Use games as a tool when you are encountering the following:
- Teaching principles that are wide and scope and broad in principle.
- Concepts are counter common sense (counter intuitive) to participant's experiences.
- Emotions about these issues are involved.
- Adapting attitudes and habits must be formed.
- A shift in thinking is needed that explaining can not foster.
- During implementation a simple, hands-on, concept review is needed.
How many people can participate?
We recommend that no more than 7 people participate (as there are a total of 7 active roles within the simulation), though it can be run with only 6 people. This is majorly to give each participant a greater chance of retention and knowledge transfer, as people learn better when they are immersed in a project rather than viewing from the outside. However you can have other observers who can participate in the discussions between rounds.
How long does the simulation take?
Overall the simulation should take anywhere from 90 – 120 minutes, depending on how in depth the discussions are regarding improvements and the tools outlined during the simulation. Each round is 10 minutes long, and there is discussion afterward about what worked and what did not work.