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Professional Certificate in Lean Six Sigma

Professional Certificate in Lean Six Sigma

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Basic Statistics for Lean Six Sigma

The primary function of Lean Six Sigma is to reduce and remove waste in processes and systems.  A critical aspect of waste reduction is the use of statistical methods and tools to identify key areas where waste reduction is required. This course provides students with the ability to develop ideas for making decisions based on data versus opinions. It simplifies and explains the basic Lean Six Sigma statistical methods and tools needed to develop and navigate in a Lean Six Sigma environment. No statistical software is required.  All calculations are made with Excel.

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3 units

Project Management Essentials

This course provides students with an examination of project management techniques, tools and strategies. Through lectures, team-based exercises and simulations, students gain exposure to proven methodology used to manage projects from inception to implementation to monitoring and evaluation. Topics include: root cause analysis, project definition, lifecycles, planning, risk management, control and reporting. This course provides participants with valuable insights to more effectively and efficiently manage small to mid-sized projects.

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3 units

Project Leadership, Communication and Team Building

Delivering effective projects requires organizational planning, team building, communication and human resources management. Participants examine how to assess, plan, implement, manage and monitor a project's human resource requirements, communications and leadership roles and responsibilities. Topics include identifying and managing project staffing requirements, leadership roles and responsibilities, personnel reporting and dynamics with two or more managers/supervisors, teamwork and team development, outsourcing, information dissemination, performance reporting, project information storage and retrieval, confidentiality and ethics and professional accountability/responsibility.

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3 units

Lean Principles and Practice

This course provides an in-depth examination of the basic principles for Lean Six Sigma projects and programs within an organization. Students will be provided the opportunity to use and practice these concepts which may be implemented into the workplace to reduce waste, improve performance, and cut costs. The course will address Lean Six Sigma in manufacturing, service industry, non-profit companies, education, and government organizations. Lean principles were originally designed for manufacturing processes; the lessons presented in this class will show how to achieve integration of Lean Principles and Practice into other areas within a company or organization; i.e. human resources, customer service, administration, supply chain etc.

Students study the history and principles of Lean Six Sigma, and will learn how to use metrics and measures for the implementation of a Lean Six Sigma environment.  Areas of focus are process flow, value stream mapping, the visual workplace, 5-S improvement, set-up reduction, and Kaizen events and rapid improvement methods.  You will be introduced to how Lean Six Sigma techniques are used to stabilize processes, reduce variation, mistake proofing, risk assessment, and failure modes effect (FMEA) analysis. This course is appropriate for any team or individual responsible for operations and process flow improvement.  It is designed for managers, line supervisors, functional leaders, business analysts, key suppliers, business consultants, and sales representatives.

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3 units

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Six Sigma incorporates the latest project and process management skills to help professionals improve performance, reduce costs and streamline processes. This program is ideal for key managers in operations, engineering, information technology and manufacturing. The Green Belt program provides a comprehensive overview of the Six Sigma methodology and prepares individuals to take stock of key projects or processes within their organization. The program focuses on five key elements -- Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC). Topics include: project definition, team identification, measurement system analysis, basic tools necessary to measure performance, effects analysis, probability, process mapping, variance, control planning, mistake proofing and project planning. Throughout the program students have the opportunity to apply Six Sigma within the safety of the classroom using work projects. This program allows participants to develop a skill set that is immediately applicable within the work environment.

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3 units

Lean Six Sigma Capstone

Black Belts lead facility problem solving, train and coach project teams and work with organizational leaders to achieve major performance milestones. This course completes the Six Sigma process development lifecycle with use of statistical processes and strategies designed to fully implement a Six Sigma project. Participants learn how to manage and analyze all aspects of a project including human resources, technology including Minitab statistical software and other outside factors in order to control quality and performance throughout the process. Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to administer complex projects, analyze organizational processes using Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) methodology and apply advanced process mapping, statistical tools to improve operational performance.

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3 units

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