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Lean Ninja Bootcamp: Launching an in vivo Operational Excellence Program.
The intern will learn concepts of Lean Management and Operational Excellence, obtain Lean Six Sigma certification at the white belt (beginner) and yellow belt (intermediate) levels. The intern will partner with the Comparative Medicine mentor and other staff to apply skills learned during the internship to a contemporary and relevant project in the vivarium operations. Lean management tools to be used will include some or all of the following: PDCA (“Plan-Do-Check-Act”, Gemba walk with A3 worksheet, DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control).
The project will culminate with a presentation to the CM department, and may include the opportunity to prepare a scientific poster presentation to an appropriate industry-specific conference, such as the National Symposium of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). The internship deliverables will aid in the launching of the operational excellence program in Comparative Medicine at Takeda.
Skills used/ challenge:
Knowledge learned in school of animal biology, computer applications, data collection/ organization and problem-solving will intersect with the addition of creativity and application of Lean tools (presented as a part of the internship) to engage in a practical project with real-world outcomes (see below).
The intern will engage in a real-world problem current within the Takeda Comparative Medicine Vivarium. Example of a typical project: The Process Mapping tool was used to understand the current state (= defective caging equipment routinely placed back into service) and make process visible to everyone. A team of subject matter experts from the cage wash area was bought together to analyze step by step all the possible ways that a faulty piece of equipment could go unnoticed. Through problem-solving it was discovered that by applying light hand pressure to the equipment you could see where the welding was damaged; subsequently, one of the major changes identified was to include a physical inspection, as well as a visual point of use tool. The continuous improvement cycle was completed through training, communication, process/ counter-measure implementation, and post-implementation checkpoints.
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Call for Action: Promoting Diversity & Inclusion in Animal Healthcare: What we ARE doing
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