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Resource Page: How to Learn Lean Six Sigma

Traditionally, 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…

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What Makes a Training Program Effective?

The purpose of a training program is to impart knowledge of a system or process to someone new to that process. Individuals may have worked on something similar previously, so will have an idea, or at least a starting point, on which to build. However, most training programs must start with the basics and a…

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The Evolution of a Government Lean Six Sigma Training Program

I can still hear the words ringing in my ears: ”Congratulations on the promotion.” I was selected for a position with the Senior Executive Service, a corps tasked with leading the continuing transformation of the United States federal government. The job could wield great influence over performance improvement in the Department of Defense (DoD) –…

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Employees Writing on the Walls? Not a Problem

Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pennsylvania – One Tobyhanna organization sees the writing on the wall when it comes to cutting overhead costs and improving efficiency. Members of the Productivity Improvement and Innovation Directorate’s Process Improvement Division estimate an annual cost avoidance savings of more than $2,000 by transitioning select processes from the use of paper products…

5S as a Tool for Gaining Buy-in

During my experience as a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) practitioner, I have found that it is very important to grab the attention and the interest of participants as quickly as possible. For any Lean program to succeed, participants must immediately identify with and buy into the concepts, and learn how Lean will benefit their lives….

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New Book Applies Six Sigma Principles to College Tennis

Former Stanford Tennis Coach, UPSTA Pro, USTA Official and Six Sigma Champion Steven Falk’s groundbreaking book “The Six Sigma Tennis College Scholarship Guide,” which uses proven quality management principles to achieve athletic excellence, is now available for parents of college-bound kids to increase tennis knowledge and gain the skills to secure a tennis scholarship.

Six Sigma Green Belt Curriculum and Body of Knowledge

Education is a key component of your Six Sigma initiative. Below is a recommendation of what should be included in your training, whether conducted in-house or by a third-party consultant. If you feel that some relevant topic is missing from the curriculum or body of knowledge of any of the areas listed below, please send…

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Master Black Belt Curriculum and Body of Knowledge

Education is a key component of your Six Sigma initiative. Below is a recommendation of what should be included in your training, whether conducted in-house or by a third-party consultant. If you feel that some relevant topic is missing from the curriculum or body of knowledge of any of the areas listed below, please send…

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Creating A Training Paradigm Shift

While training traditional software services personnel it becomes imperative to give an experiential feeling in the classroom. Using case studies and sharing success stories will help develop conviction in practitioners.

Most Practical DOE Explained (with Template)

For purposes of learning, using, or teaching design of experiments (DOE), one can argue that an eight run array is the most practical and universally applicable array that can be chosen. There are several forms of and names given to the various types of these eight run arrays (e.g., 2^3 Full Factorial, Taguchi L8, 2^4-1…

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Six Sigma Training

Six Sigma training is one of the most important factors that contributes to and helps modify and shape a Six Sigma culture. This article will help identify who in your organization is required to go through six sigma training and what type of six sigma training they should receive.

Six Sigma Curriculum and Body of Knowledge

iSixSigma receives many questions regarding the Six Sigma methodology and, more specifically, what each business change agent (Champion, Master Black Belt, Black Belt, Green Belt) should know in order to be effective. To help meet this need, I have created a reference document detailing what should be contained in a Six Sigma curriculum. Below is…

Lean Lesson: Batching Is Bad…Right?

Teach people about Lean manufacturing. That is what the U.S. Air Force asked me to do. OK, but before I could teach it, I had to learn what Lean was. I grabbed some books and started putting together a basics course on Lean, which they wanted done in two weeks. I was surprised at how…

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Measuring the Training Options for Lean Six Sigma

The advantages and disadvantages of training methods necessary to implement Lean Six Sigma and related methodologies vary widely, but the choice narrows when measured against the operational and corporate needs of an enterprise. To qualify and be certified to implement these methodologies, candidates and their management should consider the following requirements: Identifying and solving business…

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The Change Game: Engaging Exercises to Teach Change

Successful initial implementation and ongoing maintenance of process improvements requires overcoming the resistance to change. Green Belts are change agents who need to recognize, understand and interpret resistance to change and develop skills to manage it effectively. Managing change resistance is often covered in training, yet a primary learning issue facing most organizations is the…

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Give Trainees DOE Experience with Simulated Experiments

Over the past 25 years, design of experiments (DOE) has enjoyed increasing application in manufacturing and service industries in the improvement of products, processes and service quality. The method is used to conduct experimental runs for identifying the best settings in multiparameter problems. Although experimentation can be a costly process, great potential is usually uncovered…

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Teaching DOE Using Formula Fuelers Toy Motorcycles

When teaching Design for Six Sigma (DFSS), one of the challenges was that some of the trainees had been through Green Belt and Black Belt DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) training. On the topic of design of experiments (DOE), they were familiar with the statapult exercise and were either bored with the contraption or…

DOE for Services: Right Training Makes It a Valuable Tool

When it comes to mastering design of experiments (DOE), many quality professionals experience a steep learning curve. DOE can be complex, and to fully understand and apply it, professionals need to learn when to use it, how to set up the experimental design and how to interpret their results.  Service quality professionals face an even…

Teaching Six Sigma Awareness/Methodology in Workplace

Teaching Six Sigma awareness and methodologies in the workplace is not that different from teaching any process improvement subject. The most important point is to let the audience members know up front that they do not need a master’s degree in statistical analysis. From there, just “keep it simple” and use common, everyday examples to…

Three Steps That Can Mean Effective Six Sigma Training

One of the keys to successful deployment of Six Sigma are Green Belts and Black Belts who are well-trained and equipped to overcome any hurdles in the execution of projects. While Master Black Belts, Champions and sponsors may decide the overall strategy of an organization’s Six Sigma initiative, it is the Green Belts and Black…