The Office of Continuous Improvement at Michigan Tech provides a learning platform for faculty, staff, and students using Lean Principles and connects Lean practitioners across campus. We share stories, provide tools and resources, and celebrate improvements as we grow in our practices.

School of Lean from the Gemba Academy Subscription

The School of Lean subscription includes streaming video tutorials as well as relevant learning materials, such as auto-graded self-quizzes, video overviews, and Excel templates that you can use anytime to apply what you are learning.

To get started, email us at to get a username and password. Then, go to and use the "Log In" button in the top right corner of any page. You may access the training here at the university, from home, or from your mobile or tablet device.

We also have the videos in DVD format, which you may check out from our Lean Library.

Introduction to Lean Workshops for Michigan Tech Employees

The Office of Continuous Improvement is again offering Introduction to Lean workshops for Michigan Tech employees. Training dates and times can be found online.

In the Introduction to Lean workshop, you'll learn basic Lean concepts and methods you might encounter on the job. You'll also learn about Lean culture and the principles of Lean thinking, and participate in problem-solving using the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) model. You'll use the 5 Whys to discover root causes, identify waste and unsafe acts and conditions, and recommend process improvements. When you finish the workshop, you'll be ready to actively participate in a kaizen (improvement) event led by others.

Continuous Improvement Blog

From the President

Glenn Mroz

PhD, Forestry



Traditionally, “lean thinking” is a philosophy of continuous improvement often associated with manufacturing, where lean approaches are applied as a means to identify waste and non-value-added steps in the production of goods and the procurement of services. Applying lean thinking in a higher education environment may seem an unusual approach, but it’s one that makes sense considering the economic challenges colleges and universities are now facing.