Center for Organizational Excellence

Lean Organization

Organizations of all types are increasingly challenged to be lean. But this is not just about efficiency of time and money, it is also about effectiveness. A Lean Organization is one that is customer focused and creates value for customers while using fewer resources, and thus is relevant to organizations of all types; from manufacturing to education to services. This course uses Lean principles to improve efficiencies and create a continuous mindset improvement in the organization. This learning experience teaches you relevant and actionable resources to guide you in making major improvements to your work environment. Learn how you can do more for your customers while using fewer resources. 

Program Information

Costs and Discounts

The standard cost of the Lean Organization course is $645 per person. See Payments, Refunds and Fees for additional information about payment types, refunds, cancellations, and fees.

Group organizational discounts are given per person for multiple registrations made concurrently:

  • 10% discount for 3-5: $580.50
  • 15% discount for 6-8: $548.25
  • 20% discount for 9-11: $516.00
  • 25% discount for 12 or more: $483.75

Contract Programs

The per person fee for the course offered on contract is $483.75 per person (25% discount). Contract courses require a minimum of 12 participants with a maximum of 30. The contract fee does not include travel and accommodations.

Non-Profit and Small Business Scholarship

Recognizing that there are many small organizations that can benefit from the portfolio of programs offered by the Center but may not have sufficient financial resources, Washburn and Go Topeka have partnered to offer financial assistance to non-profits (501c3 or 501c6) and small businesses who have participated in the Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development (EMBD) program. The support is intended for organizations of approximately twenty (20) employees or less.


The financial assistance is a shared cost between the applicant, Go Topeka, and Washburn University with each entity contributing a third of the regular course fee. For the LSS: Lean Organization course, the cost to approved applicants is $215 (the remainder of the fee is shared by Washburn and Go Topeka).

Application Process

Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance. The review committee will notify the applicant within two weeks if the scholarship is approved, at which time the applicant has two weeks to register and pay for their portion of the course, otherwise the scholarship is forfeited. In addition, scholarship recipients commit to meeting other program requirements, including full attendance and assignments.

Restrictions and Limitations

The scholarship award may not be combined with any other discounts. Awards are granted on an as space available basis. Washburn reserves the right to limit the number of scholarship awards per class. The maximum amount of scholarship that may be awarded is $2,270 per individual or $5000 per organization, regardless of the number of participants from that organization.

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Course Format and Materials

  • Two-day program
  • Class time: 8:15 am to 4:45 pm
  • Introduces key concepts and applications for a Lean Organization
  • Meals and refreshments provided
  • Professional Development Hours: 12

The following materials are provided:

  • The Lean Organization (2015) Washburn University and Crimson Corporation 
  • Handouts

**PowerPoint slides used in this program are not provided.**

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, participants will:

  • Understand lean methods and their application to everyday problems
  • Apply tools using a simulated real life product