Lean Six Sigma is a management approach to business performance improvement that has blended the two individual specialisms of Lean and Six Sigma.  Whilst the Lean ideology aims to achieve continuous flow by tightening the linkages between process steps, the Six Sigma method focuses on reducing waste and process variation, thereby enabling a tightening of those linkages. We are delighted to be working with qualified Lean Six Sigma instructors to offer training in Lean Six Sigma methodology through the IOM3 Training Academy.

Lean Six Sigma training will allow you to enhance management approaches, remove waste and ensure quality delivery, and improve processes whilst decreasing costs.  You will also become familiar with the DMAIC and DMADV methods and build upon the 5S Lean technique.

Why should I undertake Lean Six Sigma training?

There are many reasons why you should engage in Lean Six Sigma training, some of which are listed below:
-  Manage excess waste and increase productivity by building on Lean Six Sigma techniques
-  Lean Six Sigma techniques can be applied to any industry
-  Lean Six Sigma helps increase salary perks
-  Lean Six Sigma uses the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control) method.

What are the benefits of Lean Six Sigma training?

Some of the benefits of Lean Six Sigma include:
-  With the implementation of Lean Six Sigma and streamlining processes, an organisation’s profits can increase
-  The implementation of Lean Six Sigma leads to increased efficiency, as the organisation can deliver better products or services to its customers
-  With Lean Six Sigma processes in implementation, employees can actively participate in team matters to build a good team
-  Processes of Lean Six Sigma help to build trust as the organisation has transparency in all its processes

How is Lean Six Sigma training structured?

Our Lean Six Sigma course allows you to progress through the stages or 'belts' of training to ultimately become a back belt.  Along the way you will also learn about the DMAIC and DMADV models. 

Yellow Belt

The first level in the Lean Six Sigma series is the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt This is an introductory, two-day course that teaches delegates the basics of Lean Six Sigma.  It covers:

1.  An overview of Lean
-  Analysis of Lean procedure
-  Describing customer values, mapping values streams and flow
-  Defining pull and seek perfections

2.  The summary of Six Sigma
-  Introducing Six Sigma
-  Process of Six Sigma (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control)

3.  An introduction to Lean Six Sigma
-  The study of Lean Six Sigma
-  Differentiate between Lean and Six Sigma
-  The necessity of Lean Six Sigma concept
-  The management idea of Lean Six Sigma
-  The roles and steps of Lean Six Sigma
-  The procedures of Six Sigma
-  The idea of active teams

4.  Study of Phases
-  What are problem statements?
-  Learning objectives
-  Analysis of Voice of the Customer (VOC)
-  Identifying Kano
-  Working on Lean Six Sigma Projects
-  Evaluating critical to quality
-  The various kinds of phases

5.  Measure Phase
-  The summary of Measure Phase
-  Estimating challenges
-  Strategies for process performance
-  Study of process mapping
-  Planning of value stream

6.  Analyse Phase
-  Exploration of exploratory data
-  An overview of cost analysis
-  Types of waste
-  The 5 Why’s of Root Cause Analysis and the Ishikawa diagrams

7. Improve Phase
-  Choice of improvement solutions
-  Study of Ease and Effect matrix
-  An overview of risk management

8.  Control Phase
-  Development maintenance
-  The ongoing cycle of measuring
-  An Introduction to Statistical Process Control

9.  Conclusions and examples of Yellow Belt improvement


Green Belt

The second stage is the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified professional is capable of handling a team of Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belts.
A Green Belt is supposed to be familiar with the concepts of the Yellow Belt, however, these are re-explored within it's course content. Our Green Belt training is a three-day course that covers:

1.  Six Sigma and Organisational Goals
-  An Introduction to Six Sigma and Organisational Goals
-  Lean Principles
-  Design for Six Sigma Methodologies

2.  Define Phase
-  An Introduction to Project Identification
-  Voice of Customer
-  Basics of Project Management
-  Management and Planning Tools
-  Business Results for Projects
-  Team Dynamics and Performance

3.  Measure Phase
-  Introduction to Measure Phase
-  Process Analysis and Documentation (Create)
-  Probability and Statistics
-  Collecting and Summarizing Data
-  Statistical Distributions
-  Measurement System Analysis
-  Process and Performance Capability

4.  Analyse Phase
-  Introducing the Analyse Phase
-  Hypothesis Testing
-  Exploratory Data Analysis

5.  Improve Phase
-  Introduction to the Improve Phase
-  Design of Experiments
-  Root Cause Analysis
-  Lean Tools
-  Selecting a Solution

6.  Control Phase
-  Introducing the Control Phase
-  Statistical Process Control
-  Control Plan
-  Lean Tools for Process Control

7.  Tips and Tricks
-  Exam Tips
-  ASQ Exams
-  IASSC Exam

Black Belt

The third phase is the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and once qualified a Black Belt holder should be capable of handling at least 10 Green Belt projects.  To qualify for this stage, you must already be a Green Belt holder and our five-day Black Belt upgrade course covers:

Section 1
-  Quick review of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
-  Project Charters or Workshop
-  Jobs to be Done
-  Expectations on results
-  What is Minitab?
-  Basic Statistics 2
-  Project Report Outs
-  Daily Tech backs
-  Define Change Management
-  Exercise based on Value Stream Mapping
-  Project Management
-  Measurement System Analysis (attribute agreement analysis and continuous data)
-  Capability Analysis (attribute data, continuous normal data, continuous non-normal data)

Section 2
-  Reviews of Project
-  Review of Assumption Testing
-  Methods and Techniques of Minitab Graphical
-  Flow Review
-  Central Limit Theorem
-  Confidence Intervals
-  Pull Review
-  Mean & Variance Tests
-  Proportions Testing
-  Contingency Tables GOF
-  Sample Size Selection
-  Correlation/Linear Regression
-  One Way ANOVA
-  Improving Phase Roadmap
-  Getting Familiar With Design of Experiments (DOE)
-  Full Factorial Designs
-  2K Factorial Designs
-  Attribute DOE
-  Project Reviews

Section 3
-  2K Fractional DOE Designs
-  Simulation Exercise DMAIC / DOE
-  Logistic Regression – An Introduction
-  Advanced Regression
-  Introduction to Control Charts
-  Variable SPC Techniques
-  Attribute SPC Techniques
-  Control Methods
-  Introducing  Surveys

DMAIC method

DMAIC is a cycle that depicts what happens following changes to a process. It stands for:
    Define - the process and problem
    Measure - the process' current performance
    Analyse - the process for issues and root cause
    Improve - determine and apply improvements
    Control - sustain the improvements


DMADV method
DMADV is the method used for development of existing products. DMADV refers to:    
    Define - the project purpose and problems, and customer requirements to outline project objectives
    Measure - the requirements and scope of the project
    Analyse - define performance goals and the impact of processes
    Design - come up with specifics and achieve design authentication
    Verify - test the design and come to a conclusion
5S technique
The 5S Lean technique is used to keep the production workspace in order and the workforce committed. It includes the 5 steps described below:
    Sort – remove unnecessary waste
    Straighten – everything is in place
    Shine – keep the workplace clean
    Standardise – conform to the guidelines
    Sustain – maintain steps 1-4


How much does the course cost?

We have a number of options available to you and the costs depends upon your choice.

If you wish to study the full programme of yellow, green and black belt the course fee is £3860, plus VAT at 20% making a total course fee of £4632.

If you wish to study only the yellow and green belt modules the course fee is £1995, plus VAT at 20% making a total course fee of £2394.

If you already hold yellow and green belt certification and only want to study the black belt module the course fee is £1995, plus VAT at 20% making a total course fee of £2394.

A discount of 15% is available on the course fee for members of IOM3.