Lean Six Sigma Project Course

Are you interested in learning and applying Lean and Six Sigma process improvement techniques to your job?

We are launching a hands-on training and mentoring project course to help you:

  • Identify an important project at your work
  • Scope the project and find key supporters
  • Learn and follow a structured methodology
  • Apply the correct Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques to the problem
  • Improve and quantify benefits from the project

Course Expectations

  • Complete instructor and online training
    • Instructor-Led Topics: Lean thinking, 8 forms of waste, Six Sigma overview, DMAIC roadmap, Project Charters, A3, and other topics based on specific project needs (FMEA, SIPOC, Team Building, Change Management, Design for Six Sigma, etc)
    • Online Topics: Online Lean and Six Sigma training that covers most Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge certification programs (Green Belt certification not included in training)
      • Lean: 3P, 5S, A3 Problem Solving, Barriers to Lean, Hoshin Kanri, Introduction to Lean, Kaizen (Coordination, Management and Workshops), Kanban, Lean Layout, Lean Office, Lean Supply Chain, Lean Wastes, SMED Quick Changeover, Standard Work, Time and Motion Study, Total Productive Maintenance, Value Stream Mapping (VSM), and Visual Controls and Management
      • Six Sigma: Data types, Charts and Graphs, Minitab Statistical Software, Basic Statistics (mean, median, standard deviation), Distribution Fitting, Normal Distributions, Random Sampling, Hypothesis Tests and Confidence Intervals (Type I and Type II Errors, Power, 1-Sample t-Test, 2 Variance Test, 2-Sample t-Test, Paired t-Test, 1 Proportion Test, 2 Proportion Test, Chi-Square Test), Control Charts (Statistical Process Control (SPC), Run Rules, X-bar and R Chart, I-MR Chart, NP and P Charts, C and U Charts), Process Capability (Cp, Cpk, Pp, Ppk, Sigma level, Box-Cox Transformation, Johnson Transformation, Nonnormal distributions), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) (One-Way, Two-Way, F-statisics, p-values), Correlation and Regression (Residual Plots, R2, correlation coefficient), Measurement Systems Analysis (Variable Gage R&R, Attribute Agreement Analysis, Accuracy, Precision, Linearity, Bias), Design of Experiments (Factorial, Fractional, Response Surface, Blocking, Center Points)
      • Content supplements the project work and mentoring, with access that is available for one year after the training begins.
  • Attend all online and on-site classes (location below)
  • Be open to learn and take constructive feedback
  • Complete improvement project

This course has no pre-requisite. Ideal for both experienced and inexperienced Lean or Six Sigma practitioners. Useful for individual workers, managers, leaders and executives, but it is expected that you will do all the work (not delegate to others). All industries and businesses can benefit from these skills and project work, such as: Manufacturing, Software, Healthcare, Nonprofit, Office/Transactional, Human Resources, Environmental, Government Agencies, Sales/Marketing and many more. If you have problems that you want to resolve using a proven methodology used by successful companies, than this course is applicable for you. Contact us if you have questions or concerns about the class being a good fit for you or your organization.


What is the agenda for the 16-week course?

Sign Up

  • Oct 10: Registration opens
  • Nov 24: Early-bird pricing ends
  • Jan 7: Registration ends when the class is full or start of class

Training and Project Work

  • Week 1 (Jan 8): 2-hour online webinar
    • Overview of Project Training and Deliverables
    • Lean Six Sigma Overview
    • Project Charter Workshop
  • Week 2 (During week of Jan 11): One-on-one mentoring session #1 (1 hour)
    • Mentoring sessions will be coordinated with your mentor and your schedule availability via phone or webinar
  • Week 3 (During week of Jan 18): One-on-one mentoring session #2 (1 hour)
  • Week 4 (Jan 29): On-site mentoring session #1 (8:00 – 5:00 PM)
  • Week 6 (During week of Feb 8): One-on-one mentoring session #3 (1 hour)
  • Week 8 (During week of Feb 22): One-on-one mentoring session #4 (1 hour)
  • Week 10 (Mar 11): On-site mentoring session #2 (8:00 – 5:00 PM)
  • Week 12 (During week of Mar 21): One-on-one mentoring session #5 (1 hour)
  • Week 14 (During week of Apr 4): One-on-one mentoring session #6 (1 hour)
  • Week 16 (Apr 22): On-site mentoring session #3 (8:00 – 5:00 PM)

On-site classes

  • On-site training is required, and will be held on Jan 29th, Mar 11th, Apr 22nd in Portland, Oregon. The class will be held at:The Gathering Place (inside The Herbal Apothecary)
    2714 NE Alberta Street
    Portland OR 97211   Map
  • For those who live near Portland, there is off-street parking nearby that is available (on Alberta St or on side streets). The Max bus lines 17 and 72 stop right across the street. There is also lots of bike parking on Alberta St.
  • If you are traveling into Portland, the closest hotels are the Caravan Tiny House Hotel and McMenamins Kennedy School. There are also AirBNB locations for rent nearby. You can save $25 on your rental by using this link: AirBNB $25 credit. You can also stay in a eco-friendly hotel downtown and drive, bike or take a taxi (many hybrids and electric cars available), or get an Uber ride to class.

Post Training

  • Throughout the 16 weeks, you will be expected to complete the online training homework and progress through your project.
  • 2 additional one-on-one mentoring sessions #7 and #8 (1 hour each) will be available to attendees (can support current project or future project)

What is included in your payment?

The cost for the 16-week long course is $5500 per project team (1-3 people). Early bird pricing can save up to $1000 off the cost.

Here is what you get for your money:

  • Subscription to Lean online courses for one year (12 months from start of training)
  • 2-hour Lean Six Sigma overview webinar
  • Over 40 hours of online Lean and Six Sigma training classes
  • On-site sessions, online webinars and mentoring sessions can be attended by 1-2 of your project team members at no additional cost. However, there will be only one person assigned as the project owner (usually the person who makes the payment).
  • 3 full-day on-site working, networking and training sessions in Portland
    • A typical on-site session consists of:
      • 15 minute project review from each person, presented to the entire group with feedback
      • 3 hours of specialized training, online training reviews, working session
      • 1 hour lunch break and networking
      • 1 hour group problem solving or general questions
      • 1 hour project commitments and actions to complete before next session
  • Unlimited access to mentors and instructors during 16-week session (outside of formal mentoring sessions)
  • 8 one-hour mentoring sessions (over the 16 week period, can include your project team)
  • Networking and assisting with others going through their improvement projects (both give and receive feedback)
  • Lifetime access to online DMAIC project management tool
  • One completed project with quantifiable benefit to your company, agency or organization
  • Knowledge and experience to apply for Green Belt certification
  • Access to supplemental training Powerpoint courses, Excel templates, recommended books and podcasts, case studies and reference guides
  • Lifetime email access to mentor and instructor (for short questions and advice)

What is NOT included in your payment?

  • Travel cost to Portland, Oregon (transportation, hotel and food costs)
    • Cost will depend on your proximity to Portland and travel preferences, along with how many people attend from your team (up to 3 allowed)
  • Minitab Statistical Software
    • $1500 for stand-alone license (if you don’t have access to software for at least 4 months. Free trial only lasts 30 days.)
  • Access to Minitab Quality Trainer online Six Sigma training for 4 months
    • $30 per month (or $25 per month for 12 months). Cost will range from $120-300.

 

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