Knowledge Center

Welcome to the Knowledge Center!

The Knowledge Center provides a myriad of resources to assist you in your journey toward enterprise excellence. No matter where you or your company are on the lean journey, the Knowledge Center supports your operational excellence journey. 


Compact Kata Online Course - $70 for AME Members

The Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course is a self-paced, interactive online course in 11 modules. It's produced by award-winning author, professor and lean specialist Dr. Jeffrey K. Liker. The course shows you the steps and practice routines of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata. Normally an $80 program, AME members can access the Kata course for a discounted $70. Click the link below to check it out or to get started!

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Lean Video Series of Excellence 

This series will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to lean process improvement techniques and an in-depth study of the tools necessary to identify and remove waste from a process, sustain the gains made, improve the operation and safety of your department or organization and increase customer satisfaction. Utilizing these tools will help you achieve rapid improvements in your process flow, eliminating much of the waste that can be found in most work environments.

Who will benefit?

Individuals across all industries who are interested in the concepts of continuous improvement, reducing waste and improving customer satisfaction will increase their value within their organization and develop skill sets that are employed across all industries.

Organizations can train team members to become a valuable part of their process improvement initiatives.

Manufacturing: In the Lean for Manufacturing series, participants will be prepared and energized to continuously eliminate waste from their processes resulting in improved quality with fewer defects. Further, participants will learn how to use lean techniques to reduce inventory or work in process stockpiles and perform kaizen events to handle exposed problems, all while making their work safer and more enjoyable. Click on the red icon to learn more.

Services: Think lean doesn't apply to you because your processes are services oriented rather than manufacturing based? Think again! Lean can help to reduce waste, improve workflow and increase efficiency. Value Stream Mapping will help you uncover process steps that do not add value for your customers. Unlock the full potential of your organization's performance capability with this engaging, interactive series. Click on the yellow icon to learn more.

Healthcare: Healthcare organizations are under extreme pressure to innovate and improve. Our team of lean experts, healthcare specialists and doctors have created a curriculum to address the special needs found in healthcare. This interactive series will help you improve patient outcomes and safety, improve operating margins and drive waste from the system. Click on the blue icon to learn more. 

Education: Education institutions are facing new pressures to innovate and improve. Our team of lean experts and education specialists have created a curriculum to address the unique issues found in the education industry. This interactive series will help you improve student outcomes and safety, remove waste from the process and stretch education dollars further than ever before. Click on the green icon to learn more.


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Now Available: Award-winning GBMP continuous improvement training videos and products

We are thrilled to announce the availability of award-winning GBMP* training videos and products to members and friends of AME. GBMP’s top-rated videos and training products, with their practical and fun focus on lean and continuous improvement, are just one more way that AME brings people and organizations together to share, learn and grow. 

From the #1 selling lean training video in the world, Toast Kaizen, to simple, hands-on lean simulations like the fast-paced Pegboard game and the self-contained Everybody Everyday Continuous Improvement System “Lean by Doing” workbook, GBMP’s training products are designed to bring practical thinking and methods of operational excellence to life in an entertaining, straightforward and inspiring way. 

Now they are just a click away for members and friends who visit the AME website. Please visit the GBMP Products page to learn more.


Testimonials for GBMP Products:

"I think GBMP Lean Training DVDs are some of the best material I have ever seen. The points covered are the important ones but without the usual fluff."   - Alan, O-I, Melborne, Australia

"GBMP makes excellent videos. We are now sharing them with our suppliers...."   - S.Kleckner, Applied Concepts Inc. Plano, TX

"The GBMP series of lean videos has become an integral part of our CI training program. They're a great tool for training everyone from lean champions to craft employees. As a facilitator, it makes my job easier to present the tools from a different perspective, and it's more fun for my audience."  - Jim Grabenbauer, Manager, Process Improvement, Union Pacific Railroad

*Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership
Umass College of Management, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125


A NEW KIND OF TRAINING - In-depth, educational and entertaining training to help you DO LEAN BETTER!


AME offers through 360 Performance Circle real support for the real challenges facing you and your organization every day. Their online streaming video training content gives you insight into many of the thorny problems confronting manufacturers today, with a special focus on lean and performance improvement. You will learn about 5S, Gemba walking, combining lean and quality systems for maximum efficiency, understanding the relationship between culture, principles and tools and more!

Presented by lean trainer extraordinaire Mike Mickelwright, this is expertly produced and engagingly presented training that you and your team can use time and time again to improve your lean operations.

Click here to find out more about all of the training options. SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR AME MEMBERS!


AME is partnering with Inno-Versity offering energizing and informing courses to members!   


AME is proud to partner with Inno-Versity to offer online training that is interactive, focus driven and entertaining. The central goal is to support any organization in their effort to face and overcome challenges in today's ever-changing manufacturing arena. Inno-Versity offers a range of training. These courses can be translated into any language and are currently available in english, spanish, mandarin and hungarian.

This ready-to-roll training library currently includes 18 courses on: Lean, Methods & Motions, Project Management, Quality, Safety and Sales and Time Management. Click here to learn more. 


AME Manufacturing Job Board

As an important link between job seekers and the manufacturing community, AME offers the Manufacturing Job Board which showcases positions in manufacturing and highlights talented candidates who are exclusively interested in manufacturing/technology.

Employers: The AME Manufacturing Job Board supports AME's commitment to reshaping the future of manufacturing through the development of a highly skilled workforce. The AME Manufacturing Job Board is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Begin your search for the ideal candidate by creating a company profile and posting your available jobs. Then, start searching for ideal candidates in the resume pool.

Job Seekers: Tired of sending your resume to mega job posting sites where it gets loss in the thousand of resumes? Tired of endless searches that result in nothing more than frustration? The AME Manufacturing Job Board is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Begin your search for the ideal position by searching for manufacturing related postings, creating email job alerts, or posting your resume in our anonymous database.

Opportunities to submit and/or review written technical papers, research papers and articles. These media are an important way to share information with the manufacturing community and can result in additional activities such as webinars or conference speaking. Contact Jerri Strohmeyer at