On November 16, 2019, the German Institute of Business and Technology (GIBT), partnered with Academic City College for a training session on the topic, “Lean Digital Management System.” The program was held at the Academic City campus in Agbogba, Ashongman.

Although book knowledge is important, it is necessary to adequately apply this knowledge on the field. Hence our training was to; equip students with advanced practical skills for high profile jobs, highlight ways of improving efficiency in organizations and brief them on the basics of Lean & Digital project management and implementation. 

The session was facilitated by two (2) accomplished guest speakers from Germany, who are experts on the topic. They were also aided by the Chief Operating Officer of GIBT, Benjamin Schunke, and Gifty Nana Yaa Yeboah, who played the role of Master of Exercises & Quality Control.

Five sub-topics were listed on the agenda of the day, and with twenty enthusiastic students from the college, we set the ball rolling.

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Pictured are COO of GIBT & Head of Learning, Benjamin Schunke, with students from Academic City College.


Firstly, attendees were introduced to the course through an exercise.

In this exercise, dubbed “Fly Lean Run 1”, they were asked to “produce as much as they can.”
It entailed a case study, where students assumed the roles of plane manufacturers for a hypothetical company called FlyLean. 

After two rounds of production, outcomes were recorded. They were further analyzed on the grounds of planning, evaluation, and checks for improvement.

Then, Lean management was explained, followed by two more exercises

Facilitators spoke on Lean Management, highlighting its history, principles, and applications. Lean Management, thus, was defined as “a set of principles aiming for minimizing waste within manufacturing systems while simultaneously maximizing productivity.”

There is evidence of it being applied by Ford back in 1910. It was also applied by Toyota, and by sixty years, most industry-based firms had adapted it.

“The success or failure of a company primarily depends upon whether it can reduce Muda”
— Fujio Cho

The main principles underlying Lean Management include defining customer values, linking the flow of these values to customer demand, and making improvements. Attendees were also taught some methods of preventing waste during production — 5S and Poka-Yoke. 

Next, the second exercise “FlyLean Run 2” was presented. Students had to apply their newfound knowledge in a more complex use case. Their performances were similarly graded per the parameters of the first exercise.

“FlyLean Run 3”  was the third exercise of the day. In a more constrained instance, participants again had to maximize production within the 10-minute time frame. Comparisons were made — outcomes had improved greatly through the application of Lean Management.

Pictured are students or should we say, workers, busily building their planes for FlyLean


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Pictured is Miss Gifty Yeboah, making sure students were on track with the exercises given

Digital applications of Lean Management

Sooner than expected, the training session got to its fourth agenda, ‘Digital.’ 
Here, students were taught ways in which Lean Management can be utilized in today’s more digital world.

“The backbone for intelligent operations are Connectivity & Device Management, Industrial Control Systems, Digital Twin, Manufacturing Data Hub, and Smart MOM”

Again, the topic of digitalization was discussed with Ghana as the focus. Several examples of digitalization in Ghana were highlighted. Furthermore, attendees were grouped and tasked to brainstorm possible digital use cases. Students presented their ideas, according to a template provided by instructors. Then, the entire audience took turns analyzing each.

Students tried to fly their planes and we can imagine how that went 😀

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Some participants, guests, and speakers in a fun picture together

All too quickly, the session came to a close. However, everyone was highly impressed with the impact that was made. The German-IBT, who were fascinated by the engagement of the students, look forward to a strengthened partnership with the college.