The Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC) is committed to transforming Michigan's organizations and economy by developing and supporting Lean systems thinkers.

The MLC believes in Respecting People, the Inclusion of All Learners at any level and with any experience, and the importance of Teaching and Learning as an experience and a tool for growth.


Share best practices on how Lean can be used to improve the delivery of Legal services.

This half-day workshop will appeal to all experience levels. Some of the organizations that will be presenting at this event include: Whirlpool Corporation, The Honigman Law firm, Butzel Long, The State of Michigan, City of Detroit and Orlans.


Blending Lean and Design Thinking!

Learn about Lean & Design Thinking.

Learn the history and the basic principles of Process Improvement

Embrace Metrics—They are your friend!

A refresh using VSM & A3 in a more simplistic manner

Look at the amazing possibilities for the future of your business! The emphasis will be on defining what a Lean Enterprise is and how it's different from traditional business organizations. Walk away with an understanding of the strategy and tools of Lean and their application within your organization, and you'll have enough hands-on, practical knowledge of the fundamental tools to begin making exciting, positive changes in your work environment right away.

What Is Lean?

Lean is a dynamic process of continuous improvement and learning by empowered associates, in a culture of mutual trust and respect, focused on eliminating waste and maximizing value for our customers.


Meet the Board!

Meet the 2018-2019 Board Of Directors.

Join a Team!

Help us in a variety of ways:

  • Plan and coordinate upcoming events
  • Get to know fellow MLC members
  • Answer membership/account questions
  • Recruit new members

Be in the Know!

Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter! View our Newsletter Archive.


BEING A MEMBER

We offer organizational and individual memberships. Join and save money on events, receive membership benefits like these:

  • Attend Learning Events facilitated by experienced practitioners
  • Participate in Tours, hands-on learning and group “Gemba Walks”
  • Admission to our Annual Healthcare Symposium and Lean Conference at a discount
  • Share Best Practices and expand Networking opportunities
  • Access to useful Lean Training material and MLC Website resources
  • Shared Membership privileges with Northern Michigan Lean Learning Consortium
  • Gain valuable Leadership Development skills and Continuous Learning opportunities
  • Connect with other members in the Membership Directory 

Lean 101—Lean Fundamentals

Look at the amazing possibilities for the future of your business! The emphasis will be on defining what a Lean Enterprise is and how it's different from traditional business organizations. Walk away with an understanding of the strategy and tools of Lean and their application within your organization, and you'll have enough hands-on, practical knowledge of the fundamental tools to begin making exciting, positive changes in your work environment right away.

Monthly Lean Coffee Chats

02/21/20 Lean Coffee Chat | Ann Arbor

What is Lean Coffee Chat?

It's an open atmosphere to discuss all things Lean, share professional challenges people are experiencing in their Lean journey, and network with like-minded peers in the Michigan area.

  • Leverage our membership knowledge base
  • Focus on implementation of Lean tools
  • Opportunity to network
  • Share best practices
  • Stay connected with other MLC members

ALL FREE for members (+ you can bring a non-member guest for FREE too!)

Lean in Legal Workshop


Share best practices on how Lean can be used to improve the delivery of Legal services.

This half-day workshop will appeal to all experience levels. Some of the organizations that will be presenting at this event include: Whirlpool Corporation, The Honigman Law firm, The State of Michigan, City of Detroit and Orlans.

Blending Lean and Design Thinking!

Learn about Lean & Design Thinking.

Learn the history and the basic principles of Process Improvement

Embrace Metrics—They are your friend!

A refresh using VSM & A3 in a more simplistic manner

Continual Quality Improvement

CQI Academy 12 Half Day Sessions | Rockford, MI

Thought Design | 10 East Bridge St NE, Rockford, MI 49341

The Sergent Results GroupĀ® is pleased to introduce a new 48-hour workshop. Dig deeper into the work of W. Edwards Deming and learn the scientific methods behind his philosophy. As Dr. Deming believed, working together is fundamental to solving and preventing problems, while providing us the ability to “do more with less.”



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