10 weeks
1 session per week
4 hours per session
40 total class hours


Yellow Belts are problem solvers. The ideal student has a desire to drive change and has a track record of producing results. They must have a basic knowledge of statistics, understand the products and processes within the organization, and be respected by others. Strong facilitation and communication skills, project management, and initiative are also desirable.


This course steps through the DMAIC process of Six Sigma, using group tools and statistics to drive and sustain improvements. The material supports the philosophy to eliminate defects and reduce variation for existing business processes. A Yellow Belt leads continuous improvement efforts within an organization by utilizing the skills and tools taught in this course

Recommended Prerequisites

Fundamentals of Lean Principles.


(This outline is intended to be a guide for the course and is subject to change without notice at the discretion of the instructor)

Background and Overview of Six Sigma

  • The Roots of Six Sigma
  • Defining and Applying Six Sigma
  • Methodologies of Improvement
  • The DMAIC Approach
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Expectations of a Green Belt

Define Phase

  • Select and Define Project
    • Problem Statement
    • Objective and Benefits
    • Scope
    • Process Owner/Stakeholder
    • Gap Analysis
    • Team Building
  • Align Project/Set Goals
    • Customer Requirements (VOC)
    • Business Driven Goals
    • Operational Definitions
    • Baseline Financial Analysis
  • Define Process and Identify Preliminary Families of Variations (FOVs)
    • Process Mapping
    • SIPOC
    • Data Collection Planning

Measure Phase

  • Validate Measurement System (MSA)
    • Accuracy/Bias
    • Linearity
    • Resolution
    • Stability
    • Audit
    • Attribute and Variable R&R
  • Establish Baseline Capability
    • Data Collection/Sampling Plan
    • Process Stability
    • Baseline Process Capability
    • Pareto
  • Value Stream Map (VSM)
    • Identify Sources of Variation and Waste
    • Cause & Effect Diagram/IPO
    • C&E Matrix
    • Failure Modes Effect Analysis (FMEA)
    • Safety and Ergonomics
    • Five Whys
    • Eight Wastes and 6S

Control Phase

  • Develop Control Strategy
    • FMEA
    • Control Plan
    • Updated Process Flow
  • Implement Process Controls
    • Xs and Y Control Charts
    • Mistake Proofing/Poka Yoke
    • Standard Operation Procedures
    • Documentation Control
  • Determine Final Process Capability
    • Capability Studies, Z Bench
    • Hypothesis Testing
    • Finalized VSM
  • Monitor Project Performance Over Time
    • Control Charts
    • Final Financial Evaluation

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