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Lean Six Sigma Foundation and Best Practices

Data Analysis & Results
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2 days
1,495 USD

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Lean Six Sigma Foundation and Best Practices

Learn the Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma for practical, real world project use.

Discover how to identify candidates and plan for Lean6σ projects in your organization to reduce cost and increase productivity.

Lean and Six Sigma methodologies (Lean6σ) have been around since the late 1980’s. Even so, many of us have littleexperience applying Lean6σ within a project management structure or within our organization. This course will provide you with an understanding of Lean6σ basics and the value they bring to the right type of projects. You will gain a vision for how to choose productive projects to apply Lean6σ. This course is designed for those considering Lean6σ projects future Lean6σ team members, managers who provide staff for or are otherwise affected by Lean6σ projects, and anyone wishing more understanding of Lean, Six Sigma, and how to apply these concepts via powerful process improvement projects.

Even well run organizations have operations and project areas where improvement is not only possible but becoming mandatory to keep up with the current high expectations of doing more with less, international competition, and flattened management levels.

Changing market conditions, reduced budgets and staff levels, long working hours, increased available metrics, high turnover, and other influences demand our continued efforts to improve our processes, projects, and results. You can use the skills gained in this course to form a plan for your personal development to guide, participate in, or even lead projects using Lean6σ techniques.

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Training Content


  • Introduction to Lean Six Sigma use on Projects
  • Exercise: Lean Six Sigma Knowledge
  • History of Business Process Improvement
  • Quality: TQM & Deming
  • Six Sigma Overview
  • Lean Thinking Overview
  • Theory of Constraints Overview
  • Incorporating into modern Lean Six Sigma

Six Sigma Program and Project Overview

  • Lean Six Sigma Programs
  • Options: Full Organization, Division or Group, Department, Proof of Concept
  • Exercise: Discuss and Present Your Program Intent
  • Lean Six Sigma Projects
  • Change Management of Lean Six Sigma Projects
  • Anticipate Potential Challenges in moving to Lean Six Sigma
  • Performance Metrics
  • Exercise: Discuss and Present Your Process Improvement Idea(s)
  • Exercise: Draft Your Lean Six Sigma Goals

DMAIC Improvement Model

  • Define
  • Measure
  • Analyze
  • Improve
  • Control
  • Exercise: Discuss and Present Your DMAIC Understanding

Good Project Characteristics

  • Project Definitions
  • Defined Intent
  • Supporting Data
  • Proper Project Scope
  • Valuing a Project
  • Exercise: List Criteria for Lean6σ Projects
  • Lean Six Sigma Program Structure
  • Programs

Lean Six Sigma Tools

  • Basic Statistics for Lean Six Sigma Overview
  • Exercise: Demonstrate Average and Spread using Histogram
  • Lean Six Sigma Desktop Tools
  • Other Lean Six Sigma Tools
  • Exercise: Survey of Tools Available to You

Example Projects

  • Service Industry
  • Financial Industry
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Government Industry
  • Sales Industry
  • Exercise: Create and Present Your Project Proposals

Lean Six Sigma Implementation Topics

  • History of Lean6σ Project Implementation
  • Business Structures
  • Staffing Models
  • How to Create Plans for Deployment
  • Lean Six Sigma Tools
  • Lean6σ Programs and Projects
  • Exercise: Lean Six Sigma Knowledge
  • Implementation Challenges
  • Next Steps Options

Close & Additional Resources and Exercises

  • Six Sigma Green Belt Program Description
  • Six Sigma Black Belt Program Description
  • Exercise: ABQ! (Adopt, Bright Spots, Quit)
  • Lean Six Sigma Reference Materials
  • Exercise: Evaluations and Networking

Course Close - Final Questions

  • Best Practices Revisited
  • References & Resources
  • Next Steps Options: Short-Term vs. Long-View Strategic Changes
  • Low Hanging Fruit and High ROI Options
  • Evaluation

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Helping organizations implement best practice processes in project management, program management, business analysis, and related areas is what Data Analysis & Results™ is all about. At DA&R™, we observe industry leaders as we assist them with their projects, project turnaround, process...

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Sr. Project Manager - State Agency
Really appreciate it, Darrel! You did a fantastic job with the class yesterday!
Sr. Project Manager - State government agency
Instead of giving instruction and sending us on our way, you helped us with starting a realistic approach that we can take back to the office and use immediately.
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