Lean Six Sigma

Leaner, faster and better
processes with Lean Six Sigma –
The Lean Six Sigma training.

Lean Six Sigma is a globally used method based on collaboration in a team in order to improve performance by systematically eliminating wastefulness and reducing deviations. KEY VALUES applies this method in consulting projects and also offers Lean Six Sigma trainings to become a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Lean Six Sigma combines Lean Manufacturing, Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma to eliminate following eight types of wastefulness:

Overproduction, large stocks, waiting and idle periods, unnecessary movement, transportation, incorrect procedures and processes, rejects and rework, unexploited talent

DMAIC process

Systematic procedure in Lean Six Sigma projects 

DMAIC steht für Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve und Control

DEFINE phase:
A common understanding of the project, its demarcation and central requirements

Exemplary elements: project order / project organisation / demarcation / multi-generation plan / change management / project risk analysis / process depiction (SIPOC) / customer reqierements (VoC: Voice of Customer, CTQ: Critical to Quality) / House of Quality (QFD1) / prioritisation tools etc.

MEASURE phase:
A common understanding of the process performance

Exemplary elements: definition of output measured values / operational definition / data types / position and dispersion / data collection basics / samples / measurement system analysis (MSA) / types of variation / presenting variations graphically / statistical process control (SPC) / process capability / quality indicators etc.

ANALYSE phase:
A common understanding of central causes

Exemplary elements: compile potential causes (Ishikawa, FMEA) / process analysis / value stream diagrams / Makigami / value analyses / bottleneck analysis / process efficiency / pattern detection in data / basics of statistical tests and methods of analysis / basics of correlation and regression / statistical hypothesis tests / ANOVA procedures / insight into statistical design of experiments (DoE) / derivation of root causes etc.

IMPROVE phase:
A common understanding of relevant solutions

Exemplary elements: develop alternative solutions / derive basis concepts / assess basic concepts / lean criteria for process optimisation /selection and implementation of a solution / target processes / pilot testing / process simulation basics / process management development etc.

CONTROL phase:
A common understanding of mechanisms for sustainable implementation

Exemplary elements: target processes / procedure instructions (SOPs) /  / statistical process control (SPC) / finalisation of process management diagrams / reaction plans etc.

Lean Six Sigma training (Green Belt)

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The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt as project leader is navigator and driver for change in his direct corporate environment. Changes result from systematic processing of optimisation projects according to Lean Six Sigma and the DMAIC method. The DMAIC method provides orientation for the Green Belt throughout the optimisation project and ensures that the essential elements of a requirement-driven process optimisation are being considered and one sided local suboptimisations are avoided.

Supported by the systematic procedure the Green Belt gains new perspectives on problem solving in both the producing and the administrative environment and sharpens his awareness for a common understanding of all parties involved. A common understanding of the necessity of optimisation projects, of the exact demarcation, the relevant customer requirements, the respective process performances and central causes that need to be dealt with sustainably. For this purpose not only the technical know-how will be considered and imparted in the training but also the necessary cultural levers to win over, motivate and involve participants for necessary changes for the process optimisation.

Our 9-day training (8+1 concept, meaning 8 training days + 1 transfer day) for the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt provides you with the necessary balance of method, structure and pragmatism and follows our principle that the methodological procedure must follow underlying problems.

Our training also provides an insight into Design for Six Sigma (DfSS) – a systematic navigation aid for innovation and development projects that ensures the path from the idea to the concrete and marketable innovation (new products, processes, services). This insight shows the Green Belt differences as well as possibly necessary method combinations to achieve an optimal benefit for a project.

Lean Six Sigma training (Black Belt)

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The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt builds upon and thus requires the Green Belt certificate. The Black Belt is a central navigator and driver for change. He/She takes on extensive optimisation projects and methodically and systematically leads interdisciplinary teams to the achievements of the respective project goals. Furthermore, he/she takes on a central role in mentoring and advancing Green Belts and thus represents an important multiplier for Lean Six Sigma and a continuous focus on improvement in the company. An in-depth look at Lean Six Sigma (DMAIC method) provides a methodological orientation through the optimisation project and ensures that the essential elements of a requirement-driven process optimisation are being considered and one sided local suboptimisations are avoided. In addition to the technical know-how above all the cultural levers and organisational drivers and barriers are relevant and important to the Black Belt in order to be able to convince and create acceptance on the project as well as the organisational level.

Supported by the systematic procedure in Lean Six Sigma the Black Belt gains new perspectives on problem solving in both the producing and the administrative environment and sharpens his awareness for a common understanding of all parties involved. A common understanding of the necessity of optimisation projects, of the exact demarcation, the relevant customer requirements, the respective process performances and central causes that need to be dealt with sustainably. Relevant software tools for the process and data analysis are being deployed as well and form the necessary equipment for the future work as Black Belt.

Our 9-day training (8+1 concept, meaning 8 training days + 1 transfer day) for the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt provides you with the necessary balance of method, structure and pragmatism and follows our principle that the methodological procedure must follow underlying problems. Prerequisite for the participation in the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training is the prior achievement of a Lean Six Sigma/ Six Sigma Green Belt certificate. If necessary, we will view training content completed beforehand and review missing elements with the prospective client in advance.

Our training also provides an insight into Design for Six Sigma (DfSS) – a systematic navigation aid for innovation and development projects that ensures the path from the idea to the concrete and marketable innovation (new products, processes, services). This insight shows the Black Belt differences as well as possibly necessary method combinations to achieve an optimal benefit for a project.

Completion and recognised certification

After completing the Green Belt (or Black Belt? <- Im deutschen Text ist hier nur vom green Belt die Rede) training and passing the final exam at the end of the training the participant receives a certificate for the successful completion of the training (theoretical part). The final exam will be taken in form of a written multiple-choice test at the end of the training.

If a participant wishes to receive a full “Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate” or “Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate” that confirms the successfully completed training and above all a successful project work (theory and practice) an additional acceptance of an optimisation project according to the DMAIC procedure will take place in direct agreement with the participant. This certification is based on the standard for “Certified Six Sigma Green Belt” (CSSGB) (was ist mit Black Belt?) of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is carried out in a cooperation of the KEY VALUES GmbH and the REFA (Association for Work System Optimisation, Operations Organisation and Business Development). This recognised certificate will be awarded after the theoretical and the project work are successfully passed.

If required, a project support overarching the training in order to obtain a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt/Black Belt Certificate can be offered in form of a project coaching by KEY VALUES. Also, our complimentary transfer days following the training provide a good basis for aligning a project work accordingly.

 

We are happy to talk to you about Lean Six Sigma trainings, upcoming dates and projects.