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    How important is it to understand statisitics to be a good six sigma practitioner?



    “Statistical thinking will one day be as
    necessary for efficient citizenship as the
    ability to read and write.” — H.G. WellsBest regards,



    Very Well put.



    Dear QualityColorado,
    Looks like you have been in this business for a while. I am planning to undertake the following courses to get a better understanding of SS and be able to apply what I learn before I go for my certification. I would like to know your thoughts on the course outline.
    The first is a one day foundation course:
    Program This one-day training program aims to cover the following topics:
    Foundations of business improvement methodologies
    History of business improvement and Six Sigma practices
    Key principles underlying business improvement
    Understanding variation
    Contemporary Six Sigma models for improvement projects
    Improvement planning tools
    Using an Improvement Plan and PDSA Cycle Plan
    Application of learning in a simulation improvement project
    Fundamental analysis tools and techniques
    Critical analysis of teams’ project work
    Reflections on key learnings
    Sponsoring and managing improvement projects
    Unlocking potential applications. Objectives
    Understand key principles and concepts underpinning the Six Sigma methodology
    Develop an understanding of the Six Sigma Business Improvement Models
    Develop skills in improvement planning, including the use of an Improvement Plan and a PDSA cycle plan
    Develop skills in the use of fundamental analysis techniques
    Understand the roles and responsibilities necessary for effective Business Improvement projects
    Understand the history of business improvement and contemporary Six Sigma practices. This is an intensive program commencing at 8.30am and concluding at 5.30pm.
    The second course is the actual Green Belt course:
    This intensive four-day Green Belt program consolidates the understanding and use of statistical, analytical and operational intervention tools for improvement. Specific content over the four days includes:
    Review of improvement methodologies, including DMAIC, UDTI, Learn Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma
    Fundamental concepts and principles of improvement, including Systems Thinking and Variation
    Using DMAIC and UDTI Models for Improvement
    Improvement Planning and Analytical tools
    Statistical Process Control knowledge and skills
    Facilitation skills and interventions
    Communication skills
    Specific facilitation skills for leading a team to use specific analytical tools
    Project commissioning
    The roles of management in business improvement
    The role of an Improvement Project Management Office
    Roles and responsibilities of team members. Objectives This Six Sigma Green Belt training program aims to facilitate participant skills and knowledge to:
    Reinforce and expand on understanding of the Improvement Process and associated methodologies, including the desired Framework for Improvement
    Recognise how to best utilise improvement planning tools
    Consolidate understanding of the concept of variation
    Demonstrate effective use of fundamental analytical and problem-solving tools
    Demonstrate abilities in fundamental statistical analysis
    Identify and implement the conditions that enable the success of effective improvement projects
    Distinguish between the roles and responsibilities of facilitators, team leaders and project sponsors
    Develop individuals into deploying the above roles
    Identify issues in team dynamics, team work and communication
    Implement effective strategies to enhance teamwork capabilities and cohesion.
    Please suggest if these course outlines are any good.
    Best Regards



    Amit,Thanks – one more:”Variation is life; or life is variation.” “We must understand variation.” — Dr. W. Edwards Deming
    Best regards,



    I liked the first one better


    Allthingsidiot O

    Also  all  the  important  Lean  Concepts  were  missing?


    Allthingsidiot O

    You  have  to  focus  on ANOVA ,DOE,Taguchi Rubusness/QFD,FMEA and  the DFSS
    You  have  to  redesign  the  whole  requirements?



    SO i guess there’s a lot missing



    Amit,Regarding the outlines:1. UDTI — I have to admit that I am unfamilar with the acronym “UDTI” in the context of a Six Sigma course. Do you know what that stands for? Is it a proprietary set of tools (proprietary to the group that is conducting the training) that is suppose to support DMAIC?2. One-day intro course — the topics look fine. If taught competently with good examples, this should provide a good overview of Six Sigma. I noticed that there is a simulation project — this should work well for a 1-day course.3. 4-Day Green Belt (GB) course – this one has pros and cons — PROS — I like much of the content, especially Systems Thinking and Variation and the specific inclusion of facilitation skills.CONS —
    1. There is no mention of “change management”; a good GB or BB course should include that.

    2. Additionally, there is no mention of completing a actual, real project — does the 4-day course require that? It should, and they should be providing you (the participant) with support from a BB or MBB after the course. Be sure to find out about this.3. 4 days — While the technical content of the course looks fine (with some exceptions, as noted), I find it VERY, VERY difficult to believe that they can pull this off, at the “Green Belt” level of knowledge and competence, in just 4 days. The material they have listed, if done well, should take twice that time.Have they provided you with references (people who have taken the course in the past)? If so, have you called them? Make sure that they provide references, and then call them. Ask the references whether they have actually completed any projects based on what they learned from the 4-day course.
    … hope this is helpful …Best regards,

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