Practical Problem Solving
Practical Problem Solving (PPS) is a Lean methodology initially developed in the Toyota factory that expands on the PDCA cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act) and turns problem-solving into a systematic eight-step process. Practical Problem Solving allows organizations to establish how to define a “problem,” which then allows them to respond quickly with the appropriate set of actions. It also enables teams to avoid wasting time on debate or discussion so that they can spend more time and energy on activities that move the needle in the right direction.
Additionally, PPS prevents organizations from dealing with the same problems over and over through careful planning, root cause analysis, and documentation. Instead of spending time going over the same issues, PPS allows companies to learn from past mistakes and keep building on their knowledge.
In this Practical Problem Solving online course, we’ll explain how to implement this critical strategy to help your organization achieve high-level objectives.
What You’ll Learn in this Practical Problem Solving Online Course
In this online Practical Problem Solving course, Lean expert Ron Pereira introduces the concept of PPS and how its core principles can be applied to solve the problems your organization deals with each day, no matter their size.
Here’s a quick overview of what’s covered in this course series:
- How to define a problem and why it matters. We’ll also introduce the concept of Practical Problem Solving (PPS) and its role in Lean management.
- The PDCA cycle and its four phases.
- You’ll learn Toyota’s 8‑step practical problem solving methodology and how it’s used by Lean practitioners around the world. We’ll introduce each stage one segment at a time to reinforce key concepts.
- Different approaches for solving a problem, including Pareto charts, fishbone diagrams, dot plots, run charts, and more.
- How to evaluate the process and standardize results.
- How to use problem-solving as a learning tool that can help you get better results from your Lean management strategy.
Benefits of this Gemba Academy Online Practical Problem Solving Course
After completing this Gemba Academy Practical Problem Solving training course, you’ll have an understanding of the problem-solving concepts that support Lean principles.
You’ll learn about different methods for problem-solving and how to use different decision-making tools and techniques to identify problems, their root causes, and the best possible solutions.
In addition to the benefits offered through this online Practical Problem Solving training, all Gemba Academy subscribers receive the following:
On-demand expert-led training.
All subscribers gain full access to our on-demand Lean and Six Sigma content library, which currently boasts over 1,500 lessons that can be viewed anytime, anywhere. We’re always offering fresh content, which means the value of your subscription grows over time, at no extra charge.
Our online training courses are led by real-world practitioners who draw on their experience working with companies worldwide. Gemba Academy courses are presented in an informal teaching style and offer practical insights your team can immediately implement.
Gemba Academy’s online training courses won’t waste your time with irrelevant activities or long-winded presentations. We’ve found that adults tend to learn best in 8 – 10-minute bursts, which is why all of our video lessons are between 5 – 15 minutes long.