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LCS Framework: 2 – The Seven Levels

Seven Levels of Competency Focus

The LCS framework has seven levels of competency covering the entire spectrum of lean knowledge and application. They are grouped into three categories 1) Fundamental, 2) Technical and 3) Strategic.

Levels Focus

Level 1a:
On the underlying principles of lean thinking, its development and antecedents

Level 1b::
On the tools and techniques required to understand and analyse the current state and solve problems.

Level 1c:
On the tools and techniques required to apply and sustain lean in the workplace.

Level 2a:
On the advanced lean knowledge and leadership competencies required for lean management. Ability to design and implement programmes, play a leading role in managing departmental or cross functional teams, with some support and guidance.

Level 2b:
On the advanced lean knowledge and leadership competencies required for lean management. Ability to design and implement programmes, play a leading role in managing inter-business, departmental or cross functional teams, with high levels of responsibility and requiring minimal support and guidance

Level 3a:
On advanced lean knowledge and the strategic and leadership competencies required for lean leadership at a senior level. Those with LCS 3a should be able to design lean strategies for an organisation (or a significant business unit) and demonstrate appropriate lean leadership qualities and practices.

Level 3b:
On advanced lean knowledge and the strategic and leadership competencies required for lean leadership at the highest level. Those with LCS 3b should be able to design and lead lean strategies for an organisation and demonstrate mature lean leadership qualities and practices.

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