Stop Us If Any Of This Sounds Familiar

  • You know you need to create massive employee engagement with lean but the sheer amount of work required to find, develop, or create training material is giving you overwhelm.

  • You know continuous improvement is crucial to the future of your organization, but lean seems complicated and you don’t know where to start.

  • You’ve looked around long and hard for lean training options, but so much is boring, confusing, or enormously expensive.

If it does, then you already know the importance and difficulty of finding quality lean education resources.

The Lean Smarts Academy Will Help You:

  • Continuously Train all Associates

    Our 3-7 minute long bite-sized videos are perfect for continuously training—even on the shop floor! It’s now easy to deliver a standardized lean education to every employee.

  • Prepare for Kaizen Events

    Our library of topical videos contains what you need to prepare kaizen team members with fundamental lean knowledge.

  • Onboard New Hires

    The on-demand nature of the Academy makes it simple to get any new hire up to speed and fluent with lean principles and practices.

  • Save Ridiculous Amounts of Time

    Rather than spending your valuable time preparing and creating training material, use ours! By the way, it’s best you’ll find out there anyway.

  • Develop Lean Experts

    Develop Lean ExpertsEmpower management and specialists in lean methodology to help lead and direct your organization.

Empower Everyone To Do Great Things


Train everyone in time-tested kaizen practices (aka continuous improvement) inspired by the Toyota Production System and 100+ years of manufacturing best practices.



Develop In-House Experts

There's no way around it: you must develop in-house experts if you're going to have long-term success.

With our Maniac membership you can transform any manager or specialist into a lean pro!

Make them kaizen masters

  • Learn 5S, waste elimination, standardization
  • Connect improvement efforts to quality, cost, and delivery
  • Drive scientific thinking and action


Discover fundamental lean tools

  • Pull systems/kanban
  • Heijunka/leveled production
  • Takt time
  • Continuous flow
  • Problem solving
  • Jidoka
  • and more!

Enjoy training that doesn't suck!

We know (and you know) from years in industry that poor-quality training does little to inspire and motivate everyday associates.

You'll be delighted to find our videos to be simple, clear, fun, and very high quality.



How To Use The Academy

In your daily stand up meeting

Play videos on-demand in your standup meeting one or two times a week. Videos are 3-7 minutes long and perfect for bite-sized education and on-going reinforcement. Do this consistently over time and build a raging lean culture!

In scheduled training events

Add some excitement to your scheduled training events! Either pick and choose which videos to use, or adopt each course as a start-to-finish training curriculum.

In kaizen events

Prepare all participants in a kaizen event via pre-event training focused on the topics of your choosing. Many kaizen events make use of 5S, waste elimination, standardization, and kaizen best-practices, which are all included in the Academy!

For new hire training

Jumpstart every new hire's lean comprehension by educating them with my training curriculum. Help them acclimate to your lean culture quickly and effectively!

Three Membership Options

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What Makes The Academy Different

  • Actually Fun Videos

    Just like you, we hate training that sucks. So all of our videos are designed with energy, passion, and even some humor in mind.

  • Creative Simplicity

    We pride ourselves in making complex ideas simple and relatable with creative examples and illustrative visuals.

  • Affordability

    You will not find a better value training option out there (and if you’ve looked around you know this is true)!

Lean Smarts proudly trains professionals from all industries.

Customer Testimonials

Clear, concise, and ready to implement

by John Kean, Kean's Detroit Yacht Harbor

"I have enjoyed and greatly benefited from being a Lean Smarts Academy customer for the past three years. Daniel Crawford has developed an outstanding program in presenting Lean concepts clearly and concisely. He demonstrates real-world examples of continuous improvement that I can implement immediately. I strongly endorse anyone to take the LeanSmart journey with Daniel."

Masterful lean training

by John Watt, Many Caps Consulting

"It's not easy putting things across simply unless you truly understand them and Daniel has done just that. He has created a lean masterclass that everyone can follow, and everyone can learn from, beginner and experienced lean practitioner."

Simplicity at it's finest

by Ricky Scarborough, Scarborough Industries

"I have found Daniel to be able to make things quite simple that most others over complicate. Thank you so much!"

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

(No Questions Asked)

When you join the Lean Smarts Academy you are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don't feel like you've received value and you decide you want to cancel any time within the next 30 days, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund. No hassles, headaches or hoops to jump through.

We're confident that you'll find the Lean Smarts Academy useful, and we won't make you beg or invoke any silly rules or conditions - if you're not satisfied within your first 30 days then we'll refund you without any fuss.

Join the Lean Smarts Academy

Lean Starter

Everything you need to start and sustain lean practices on the frontlines of your organization.

Lean Maniac

The Starter Membership, plus additional resources for developing lean management and leveraging high-power lean principles.

Lean Enterprise

The Maniac Membership, plus embeddable videos for LMS integration.

Not Sure if the Academy is Right for You?

The Lean Smarts Academy is NOT for everyone, and truth be told we’d prefer to help you figure out if it’s not right for you BEFORE you join rather than waste your time. So, let’s cut to the chase...

Who the Academy is for:

The Academy is not for everyone, but if you identify with this list we guarantee you'll be delighted!

  • Business owners who want to realize world-class manufacturing performance while continuously growing and developing their people.

  • Business managers and leaders who believe in releasing the full potential of frontline employees to solve problems, eliminate waste, and continuously improve the organization.

  • Organizations new to lean who want to get started on the right path, with excellent training, and curriculum designed for every frontline employee.

  • Organizations already practicing lean who want to leverage the benefits of professional-grade training to accelerate education and results.

  • Engineers and specialists who want to better understand the production floor and what it takes to realize world-class performance.

  • Consultants looking for off-the-shelf training that can be use wherever they are physically present.

Who the Academy is NOT for:

You will probably be better off with a different solution or operational methodology if you identify with this list.

  • Leaders who want to delegate the responsibility of “becoming lean” to someone else. Sure, you can do that, and yes, you can use the Academy to help you, but you will never realize what lean has to offer while remaining personally uninvolved. Transformation starts with you!

  • Anyone expecting overnight results or who is not committed for the long-haul. Lean is a new way of life that requires deep commitment.

  • Anyone expecting a custom and step-by-step process for “becoming lean.” While we do offer a roadmap for starting off with lean, every organization has unique needs and challenges that can only be addressed on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions, contact us or inquire about our consulting services.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kinds of industries is the Academy suitable for?

    We focus on manufacturing applications of lean methodologies. Manufacturing industries of all kinds will find direct application. Although lean is transferable to any industry setting, we do not currently offer unique resources focused on healthcare, construction, education, or government.

  • We’re just starting our lean journey... is the Academy right for me?

    Absolutely - the Academy includes fundamental lean instruction that is essential for organizations starting out with lean. In fact, since training is so important in the early stages of implementing lean practices, Academy resources can greatly accelerate the early stages of adopting lean.

  • We have already done lean for some time. What can the Academy do for me?

    As you know, training is an ongoing activity. It never ends! The Academy makes it easy to train by providing standardized, high quality, and on-demand resources. Not only will the quality of instruction up your game, but by lifting the burden of doing all training in-house, it will also free up your time and attention to USE the things you learn and start making improvements!

  • How many user accounts does a membership come with? Can I add multiple users?

    Each membership provides only one login account to the Lean Smarts Academy that can then be shared within the organization for delivering training. If many accounts are desired we recommend the Enterprise membership and integrating training into your own LMS. If you have a unique request about adding multiple users please contact us.

  • Can I use Academy training at more than one location?

    You can share your single membership account at any location within your organization with the exception of a separate sister division or other entity of a larger corporation.

  • Can I upgrade to an annual membership later?

    Of course! At any time let us know and we’ll help you make the switch to an annual plan.

  • What if I don’t enjoy the Lean Smarts Academy?

    We know you will LOVE the Lean Smarts Academy; however, if for whatever reason you're not 100% satisfied in any way we have a 30-day money back guarantee (no questions asked). We want you to succeed, and know that if you become a member of the Lean Smarts Academy and apply what you learn, you will see amazing results!

  • What happens if I decide to cancel my membership?

    If you do decide to cancel obviously we'll be very sad, but if you're intent on leaving then you'll be able to do so with just a few clicks of a mouse.

  • How can I add Academy videos to my own LMS?

    The Enterprise membership grants you permission to embed videos in your own LMS through Vimeo links and embed code. Basically, we keep our original content hosted externally with Vimeo, and you get to stream it directly into your LMS. Most modern LMS have simple features to add external videos from Vimeo. If you have questions about compatibility with your LMS, contact us and we'll happily demonstrate compatibility inside your system prior to your purchase.

Join the Lean Smarts Academy

Lean Starter

Everything you need to start and sustain lean practices on the frontlines of your organization.

Lean Maniac

The Starter Membership, plus additional resources for developing lean management and leveraging high-power lean principles.

Lean Enterprise

The Maniac Membership, plus embeddable videos for LMS integration.