If you’re a job candidate, and you search on Google or Bing for Lean Six Sigma certification, you’re likely to only see the training providers paying the most to have the highest listing on the page, or you may only be looking at the provider with the lowest advertised price.
How do you figure out if an online training course is useful and worthwhile?
We invited four Lean Six Sigma industry experts to discuss critical issues facing students evaluating training and certification options: Brent Drever of AcuityInstitute.com, Bill Hathaway of MoreSteam.com, Peter Peterka of SixSigma.us, and Tom Pyzdek of PyzdekInstitute.com. Your host is Michael Cyger, founder and publisher of iSixSigma.com.
About Brent Drever
Brent is considered a leading authority in business performance improvement strategies and has trained and coached thousands of business leaders since the late 1990s. He primarily focuses on leadership development which is accomplished through training, speaking and executive coaching. He is recognized for his extensive knowledge in Lean Six Sigma, Lean, Change Management and other Leadership Development disciplines. He has national and international business experience with all sizes of companies across a range of industries. His ability to leverage his deep expertise, outstanding partnering skills, and bias for results has yielded hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to the bottom line for his clients.
Brent’s unparalleled experience has been acquired through his involvement in numerous successful business performance improvement programs. In his early years, he was a Black Belt in General Electric’s highly successful Lean Six Sigma Quality Program. During his tenure at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Brent specialized in managing client programs focused on business performance improvement and organizational change management. It was at GE and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he established the foundation for his business leadership skills. In his current role at Acuity Institute, he continues to expand and apply his leadership development skills through actively advising leaders and organizations on business performance improvement.
Through his client advisory work he has managed and coached numerous complex business performance improvement initiatives in diverse disciplines including finance, information technology, supply chain management, manufacturing, operations, product development, marketing, sales, human resources, and legal.
About Bill Hathaway
MoreSteam.com is the brainchild of Bill Hathaway. Prior to founding MoreSteam in 2000, Bill spent 13 years in manufacturing, quality and operations management. After 10 years at Ford Motor Co., Hathaway then held executive level operations positions with Raytheon at Amana Home Appliances, and with Mansfield Plumbing Products.
Bill earned an undergraduate finance degree from the University of Notre Dame and graduate degree in business finance and operations from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
About Peter Peterka
Peter Peterka is the President of SixSigma.us and Leading Consultant on the Lean Six Sigma methodology. Peter has 20 years of experience performing as a Master Black Belt, and extensive experience in industry as an improvement specialist and engineer with an expertise in DFSS, working with numerous companies, including 3M, Dell, Dow, GE, HP, Intel, Motorola, Seagate, Xerox and many government institutions including NATA and US Army. Peter is a certified Master Black Belt and holds an MS degree in Statistics from Iowa State and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue. Peter worked for 3M over 10 years where he gained extensive experience applying Sigma Methodologies to a variety of processes. Peter has successfully developed Six Sigma deployment strategies and training for Product and Process Development, Manufacturing and Business Process Improvement. His broad experience across many technologies helped him gain insight on how to apply Six Sigma methods to Business Processes.
About Tom Pyzdek
Thomas Pyzdek holds more than 50 copyrights including The Six Sigma Handbook, The Quality Engineering Handbook, The Handbook of Quality Management and The End of Management: The birth of spontaneous enterprise. His works are used by thousands of universities and organizations around the world to teach process excellence. Pyzdek has provided training and consulting to employers and clients in all industries since 1967. He provides consulting guidance from the executive suite to “Belts” working in the trenches. He offers online training and certification in Six Sigma, Lean and Lean Six Sigma. Pyzdek is a Fellow of ASQ and recipient of the ASQ Edward’s Medal and the Simon Collier Quality Award, both for outstanding contributions to the field of quality management, and the ASQ E.L. Grant Medal for outstanding contributions to Quality Education. Pyzdek serves on numerous editorial boards, including The Quality Management Journal, Quality Engineering and International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage.
Pyzdek offers Lean and Lean Six Sigma training and certification. Go to http://www.sixsigmatraining.com for complete information.
Tom is now semi-retired and living in Arizona.
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