Lean and Six Sigma Training at University of Portland and in Portland Oregon Metro Area

Interested in FREE learning on Lean and Six Sigma in bite-size, 3-hour sessions?

These classes will give you a solid understanding of Lean and Six Sigma concepts, which are the most popular and effective approaches to implementing process improvements within an organization.

Lean concepts developed out of Henry Ford, and made it’s way to Japan after World War II. Toyota and other Japanese manufacturers took these techniques and mastered them. The Toyota Production System became known as “Lean Manufacturing,” but it applies beyond the factory.

Six Sigma concepts were developed from Western Electric and Bell Labs, and evolved from many quality techniques, including quality circles and total quality management. Motorola developed the Six Sigma framework modeled after the martial arts belt system, and General Electric (GE) took it to another level.

Lean and Six Sigma can be applied in your home, and in most industries such as: healthcare, software, TV/film, government agencies, nonprofits, banking, entrepreneurship, and more!

BPI has continued to move Lean and Six Sigma to the next level, by helping businesses and organizations apply these approaches to sustainability, which is the balance of people, planet and profits.

Why are these workshops FREE? We want to offer this knowledge to everyone who is interested, and cost can be a barrier to learning for many. It also gives us the opportunity to meet new people who have an interest in these topics, find out what struggles they have in their organization, and determine what more detailed workshops or support we can provide to meet those challenges. We also enjoy teaching and sharing our knowledge, in gratitude to those who have taught and mentored us! If you are a lifelong learner, and want to refresh your skills, or are open to learning new and exciting ways to make improvements at work at in your life, check out the offerings below.

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Group 1

Date 9AM-Noon 1PM-4PM
 FRI 7/21/17 Intro to Lean and Six Sigma Lean and Green Workshop
 SAT 7/22/17 5S Workplace Organization Personal Lean
 FRI 8/4/17  Statistical Process Control (SPC) Capability Analysis (Cpk/Ppk)
SAT 8/5/17 Variable and Attribute Gage R&R Regression and ANOVA
FRI 8/11/17 Design of Experiments Advanced SPC

Group 2 (repeat of classes in Group 1)

Date 9AM-Noon (PST) 1PM-4PM (PST)
SAT 8/12/17 Intro to Lean and Six Sigma Lean and Green Workshop
 SAT 8/19/17   Statistical Process Control (SPC) Capability Analysis (Cpk/Ppk)
 FRI 8/25/17 Variable and Attribute Gage R&R Regression and ANOVA
SAT 8/26/17  Design of Experiments  Advanced SPC
FRI 10/13/17  5S Workplace Organization  Personal Lean

More Classes

Date 9AM-Noon (PST) 1PM-4PM (PST)
FRI 9/8/17 Value Stream Mapping (VSM) Advanced Standard Work
FRI 9/15/17 Intro to Lean and Six Sigma
Lean and Green Workshop
FRI 9/22/17 Value Stream Mapping (VSM) Advanced Standard Work
FRI 10/13/17 5S Workplace Organization Personal Lean
FRI 10/20/17 Kaizen Events Lean Startup

Cost per class = FREE

To sign up for an individual class(es), click the name of the class, add to cart, and check out when you’re done adding all the classes you want to take.

Interested in taking all 10 classes? You will be receiving an equivalent of a Green Belt training program!

Don’t see a topic you want? Contact us and let us know!

Paid Workshops

Date 9AM-4PM (PST)
FRI 03/30/18
SAT 03/31/18
FRI 04/27/18
SAT 04/28/18
FRI 06/01/18
FRI 06/02/18
Six Sigma and Minitab (Coming Soon!)

Cost per class = $199 *
* Discounts available for nonprofits, military and UP students/faculty/staff


Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland Westside Campus
15220 NW Laidlaw Rd #230
Portland, OR 97229



In partnership with vanZoen LLC and Lean Portland, we have also setup the popular “Lean Primer” workshop at Hatch Innovation Labs (FREE!). We will also be offering paid workshops that deep dive into specific topics and concepts.

Date/Time Cost Details
THU 3/1/18
3:30-5:30 PM PST
FREE Behavior Change
THU 3/8/18
3:30-6:00 PM PST
FREE Lean Primer
THU 3/21/18
3:00-5:00 PM PST
FREE Culture of Collaboration
THU 4/26/18
3:30-6:00 PM PST
FREE Six Sigma

In partnership with 6sigma.US, we teach courses here in the Pacific Northwest on Lean and Six Sigma. You can save 5% when you used code “BPI” at checkout!


Dates Class Location
8/14/17 – 8/18/17 Green Belt Seattle
1/16/18 (Tues) – 1/19/18
2/12/18 – 2/15/18
Green Belt Portland
10/15/18 – 10/19/18
11/13/18 – 11/16/18
Green Belt Portland

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