Course Description

This course introduces the more advanced tools applied in Continuous Improvement. Implementation of theory and improvements are achieved in this class through on-site projects in conjunction with classroom materials, and various simulations based on Lean Six Sigma Green Belt principles.


This course is designed for leaders from various organizational functions-operations, quality, logistics, finance, production, engineering and other staff functions. This course is intended for participants at all levels looking to pursue a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt role in their organization.


Although not required, students taking this course should have some familiarity with Lean Principles and Problem Solving Processes.

Topics and Course Content


  • Describe the Difference Between Lean and Six Sigma Methodologies
  • Determine the Voice of the Customer
  • Select Projects Based on Strategic Importance
  • Create a Project Charter
  • Prepare a SIPOC Chart (Supplier, Input, Process, Output, And Customer)
  • Identify Potential Project Metrics
  • Prepare a Measurement Plan
  • Develop a Value Stream Map

Measure/Analyze (Statistical Tools)

  • Define Types of Data Used in Descriptive Statistics
  • Describe Four Types of Measurement Scales (Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, Ratio)
  • Understand Methods of Gathering Data (Manual, Automatic, Data Coding)
  • Explain Techniques for Assuring Data Accuracy and Integrity (Random
  • Sampling, Sequential Sampling and Stratified Sampling)
  • Calculate and Interpret the Following Descriptive Statistics:
    • Measures of Central Tendency (Mean, Median, Mode)
    • Measures of Dispersion (Range, Variance, Standard Deviation)
    • Coefficient of Variation (COV)
    • Probability Density Functions
    • Cumulative Distribution Functions
  • Create and Interpret the Following Graphical Methods:
    • Box Plots
    • Run Chart
    • Scatter Diagrams
    • Correlation Coefficient (R)
    • Pattern and Trend Analysis
    • Histograms
  • Explain the Benefit of the Central Limit Theorem
  • Calculate and Interpret Variable and Attribute Statistical Process Control Charts.
    • X and R Chart
    • M X and MR Chart
    • X-MR Chart
    • X and S Chart
    • Median Charts
    • Short Run Charts
    • P Chart
    • NP Chart
    • C Chart
    • U Chart
  • Measurement Systems Analysis
  • Calculate and Interpret the Most Commonly Used Distributions.
    • Binominal
    • Poisson
    • Normal
    • Student’s T
  • Calculate And Interpret Short-Term And Long-Term Process Capabilities.
    • Cp and Cpk
    • Pp and Ppk

Measure/Analyze/Improve/Control (Lean Tools)

  • Criteria for Identifying a Value-Added Step
  • Value Stream Map Analysis
  • Waste Identification
  • The Effect of Inventory on Cycle Time
  • 5 S
  • One-Piece Flow
  • Set-Up Time Reduction
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Standard Work
  • Visual Controls
  • Poke Yoke
  • Creating a Pull System
  • Techniques for Smoothing Process Flow (Kanbans, Inventory Buffers)
  • Explain Kaizen Organization and Deployment
  • Identify Quick Wins


  • Project Management Tools
    • Stakeholder Analysis
    • Communication Plan
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Gantt Chart
    • Risk Planning
  • Training Techniques
  • Documentation Techniques
  • Standard Work
  • Process Auditing

Learning Goals and Results

At the conclusion of the course the participants will be able to:

  • Work as a knowledgeable member of a Lean Six Sigma project team
  • Lead process improvement projects
  • Collect data and develop value stream maps
  • Develop statistical hypotheses using simple statistical tools
  • Design simple experiments and action plans that help analyze improvement options
  • Apply problem solving methodologies to improvement projects
  • Eliminate waste and defects by applying lean six-sigma tools
  • Collect, analyze, and quantify data that enable process improvements
  • Learn how to apply the problem-solving methodology.
  • Work with process owners to ensure process gains are sustained

Time Investment

This class is 60 hours of classroom time taken in 4-hour sessions over the course of 15
consecutive weeks.

Please Note: Course content and time investment can also be customized to an individual company’s needs.