The Kanban Simulation Game is one of the top simulation games and brings your team together to learn by playing a Lean Pull System Game. It uses standard building blocks, which are sold separately, as the Kanban building blocks kit.
This simulation is supported by the Kanban Presentation. We strongly recommend that they are used together during the training session, because this way your team can experience the true power of what they’ve learned.
Briefly, a Kanban system involves a method of cascading production and delivery instructions from downstream to upstream activities in which nothing is produced by the upstream supplier until the downstream customer signals a need.
A key element of Lean Pull Systems, Kanban is a Japanese word meaning display card or instruction card and it is used as a tool of improvement within the “PULL” system by signaling upstream production.
Just learning the concepts is not enough to feel a deep sense of understanding. By actively experimenting and applying what they’ve learned, in the safe environment of the classroom, yet being able to make mistakes and truly learn what works and what not, the team engages in a new way of Lean thinking that will be very beneficial at the moment when they will actually perform the workshop and put in practice, in the real workplace, what they’ve learned.
Company Name: Space Robotics Inc.
- Traditional manufacturing set-up
- Produces two types of robots, Model N (narrow waist)and Model W (wide waist)
- Has large raw material and work in process inventories
- Needs to deliver 2 robots per day, type varies
- Cannot deliver on time, therefore expediting
- Has negotiated a new contract and it must improve their operations to meet the customer requirement
How will they manage to change their way of thinking and improve their operational effectiveness?
There’s one way to discover this: Try out the Kanban Game!
The Kanban Game is designed for groups of 6-8 people. If you have more players, just buy more Mega Bloks (micro blocks) or Lego pieces and use the same instructions. The Kanban Simulation can be seen as a competition between teams.
The purpose of the game is to prove the benefits of using the Kanban technique to analyze the current constraints and to increase the efficiencies in the process.
By playing two rounds (assembling robots from Lego, according to the current process and after implementing Kanban) we will demonstrate how we can connect the operations and pull material from previous operation, decreasing the work-in-process.
- Introduction of the Kanban game
- Play Round 1
- Apply the In-Process Kanban technique (Shadow Boards, Min/Max levels)
- Play Round 2
- Apply the Withdrawal/Production Kanban technique
- Play Round 3
- Discussions based on Results
- Kanban Simulation (slides)
- Trainer Manual (footnotes that explain each slide)
- Trainee Manual (presentation slides and space for notes)
- Cell layout
- Operator Work Instructions
Please note: If you already have building blocks or intend to purchase the blocks yourself, please click here for a list of parts required.
The simulation game comes as a downloadable zip file, available upon payment. Includes uneditable PDF and PowerPoint (2007-10) versions of presentation and supporting PDF files.