About Lean Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma is a business and data-driven, disciplined approach to reducing waste and minimizing defects in any type of process (be it manufacturing or services). Lean Six Sigma focuses on reduction of waste, increased profitability, and customer satisfaction. It is a method of integrated management used by organizations to more effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their customers and other interested parties.
This course covers the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma for both manufacturing and service businesses. Students are provided an overview of Lean, Six Sigma and the DMAIC problem solving methodology. Included are both statistical and non-statistical techniques used for continuous process improvement such as process definition, process flow diagrams, data collection techniques, measurement techniques, causes of process variation, pareto diagrams, histograms, cause and effect diagrams, control charts and process capability analysis. Courses are offered on and off campus in Tacoma (UW Tacoma), Everett, Olympia/Lacey and Tukwila. The interactive classroom experience emphasizes strategic thinking, flexibility, teamwork and communication skills. Each student will create specific plans for their organizations using these Lean Six Sigma concepts. Students should plan on working in teams on projects outside of class. Participants should plan on spending 4-5 hours a week outside of scheduled class time for reading, homework and team project work where they apply Lean Six Sigma concepts and tools to improve a real business process.
Who should attend?
This course has no prerequisites. This course is designed for those who need to learn the comprehensive elements of Lean Six Sigma in order to lead others in their workplace in the Lean Six Sigma process and help facilitate team efforts. They collect data, make initial interpretations and begin to formulate and make recommendations Black Belts or sponsoring managers. Green Belts typically facilitate 1-2 projects a year while maintaining their regular work duties.
Note for WA State Employees: Washington State DES has reviewed the UW Tacoma LSS Green Belt course to determine if it meets the criteria to be used to fulfill the requirement for the DES course titled: WA-State: Problem Solving the Washington Way. The Comparison report found that "After comparing the course material against the criteria, the agency course is equivalent to the essential elements of the DES course."
Recent Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt Graduate Starts a Second Career
"I recently graduated from the KeyBank Professional Development Center Lean Six Sigma Black/Green program. I am confident when I say the certificates are extremely prestigious and serve as phenomenal foundations for a graduate to obtain a professional position in the Lean Six Sigma profession.Today, I was offered an opportunity to work as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with the City of Dallas, Texas Center for Performance Excellence. Jon Kime, UW Tacoma Black Belt instructor, has prepared me and will continue to be a mentor as I start my second profession. I have already recommended the course to a current student, Laura R., who is working on her Green Belt with Gabi McNabb, my Green Belt instructor. I am extremely pleased to be an alumni of UW Tacoma and will continue to provide recommendations for people to attend and receive the same phenomenal instruction that has allowed me; to land my new opportunity.
- Develop a basic understanding of Lean Six Sigma methodology, principles and practices.
- Understand basic Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques.
- Identify wasteful activities and understand why they should be eliminated.
- Increase the student’s ability to drive Lean Six Sigma improvement projects.
- Understand the roles and approaches for Lean Six Sigma implementation in a wide range of business, organizational and government settings.
- Understand how to apply Lean Six Sigma to achieve higher quality and greater speed in organizational processes.
- Increase the student’s ability to function effectively as a Lean Six Sigma Coach.
- Apply the Lean Six Sigma methodology to various case studies.
- Apply practical applications of Lean Six Sigma to real-world problems.
- Demonstrate through example how to present and display Lean Six Sigma through a “gallery walk.”
- Develop and present a recommendation or initiative that builds a business case by performing an analysis using Lean Six Sigma methods.
Earning the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate
To earn a completion certificate and certification as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, participants must meet the minimum standard of 80% for participation and completion of coursework. All participants are required to contribute to the development and presentation of the final team project and gallery walk.
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