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Resource Page: How to Learn Lean Six Sigma

learn lean six sigmaTraditionally, Lean Six Sigma (LSS) training has been delivered in classrooms, provided either by a company’s in-house experts or by a training or consulting firm.

In the past 20 years, however, technology has taken training out of the classroom and online. Anyone with Internet access can learn the methodologies and tools of LSS. Now, individuals have options for learning new skills in the place they prefer and in the way they prefer: in-person, online or blended (a combination of classroom and online).

Some issues to consider in selecting the appropriate training path include the following:

  • References. If training is to be provided by a consulting firm, does the firm have references that can be checked and verified?
  • Timing. How long will the training take? For in-person training, does it take place in one consecutive session or over time with a break between multiple sessions? For online training, are you able to set your own pace?
  • Project requirement. Is a project required in order to complete the training? Are there requirements around the type of project to be completed?
  • Cost. Is the training cost reflective of the depth and breadth of what will be taught? Are any “extras” included, such as software and books?
  • Mentor. Will a mentor be provided? If so, how accessible is that mentor?
  • Availability. If a blended or online program, what type of access do you have to the program?
  • Certification. Is the training inclusive of certification? If not, will the training be transferrable toward a certification elsewhere?

These are only a few of the items that someone interested in LSS should investigate before selecting their training path. To learn more about training best practices and related topics, refer to the following articles and discussions on iSixSigma.com:

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The following resources offer a means for finding a training provider and classes.

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  1. Larry Goldman

    Great list of issues. We put together a checklist on this a few years ago, and I would add a few more questions:

    ONLINE COURSES: How interactive vs. passive is the course? Is the course modular? Is there a forum or way to easily have questions answered by an instructor or other students? Is the training self-paced or does it require specific calender commitments? How long an access do you have to the materials?

    CERTIFICATION: Is the cost of the course separate from the cost of the certification process? Will this training require re-certification, and how often?

    EXAMINATION: Will there be one or multiple tests? What is the passing grade? Is the exam online or live? Is the exam open book? Do you need to take the exam on or by a specific date? If I fail the exam, can I retake it?

    PROJECT: What is the definition of a “successful” project? Will the trainer give me a template or access to an online project management tool? Do I need my manager or mentor to sign off on the project? What can I do if I have no project at my workplace or I am not currently employed? Does the project nee to be real or is it a simulated project?

    RECOGNITION: What form of certificate or professional recognition (CEUs, PDUs, etc…) will I receive upon successfully graduating?

    A professional training organization should be able to answer all of the questions on this page, and any student should make sure that he or she is getting good value for the cost of the training and/or certification.

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