Lean Sigma Black Belt Certificate and Certification

The Lean Sigma training provides a solid foundation in Six Sigma methodologies along with Lean tools. Candidates wishing to train to the Black Belt level must have completed Green Belt training.

Lean Sigma Black Belts have a deeper set of skills than Green Belts and are given a larger tool kit. Black Belts often act as change agents for the organization, leading larger scoped, more complex projects, which cross functional boundaries, including both Operational and Administrative processes. Lean Sigma is the integration of the Lean and Six Sigma process improvement methodologies. Attendees learn the roadmaps and Black Belt tools to improve any process dramatically, including both Operational and Administrative processes. A Black Belt’s tool set allows him/her to solve complex, cross-functional problems.

Training is action-oriented, using the model of Plan, Train, Apply and Review throughout the event and project work. Simulation exercises, experiential training, team projects and case studies give students a hands-on learning experience.

Participants are required to bring a laptop to training.

Course Content – Black Belt Level

  • Define: Identifying Needs, Project Chartering, Team Formation, Project Management, Change Management, Meeting Management, Communication Planning
  • Measure: Mapping Tools, Understanding Demand, Understanding Current State, Risk Assessment, Metrics & Measures, Basic Statistics, Minitab & Data, Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA), Passive Data Study Preparation
  • Analyze: Statistical Hypotheses, Making Comparisons (to a standard, one-one, multiple), Testing Relationships, Understanding Sources of Variation, Statistical Confidence
  • Improve & Control: Process Design, 5s, Setup Reduction, Visual Management, Work Area Design, Interactions With Suppliers (& Customers), Control Methods, SPC, Validating Results

Outcomes – Black Belt Level

  • Understanding of the process and Lean Sigma Black Belt tools
  • Ability to deliver project results within / across processes
  • Scoped and defined project
  • Ability to lead Performance Improvement teams

Registration Information

Please register early! A minimum number of registrants is required to conduct the training. This decision will be based on the number of registrations received two weeks prior to the first day of class.

About the Instructor

Jeff S. “Mac” MacMillan is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, training as an Industrial Engineer at Purdue University with a Masters degree in Business/Operations at Marquette University. He is a licensed Manufacturing Engineer (PE) with extensive training and practical experience in the Toyota Production System, Lean and Six Sigma for process improvement, and Supply Chain methodologies. MacMillan has trained over 500 Green Belts and Black Belts and has conducted over 200 Kaizen events. He has assisted scores of organizations on project management, plant layout and flow, value stream mapping, supply chain management, order processing and fulfillment, distribution, customer relationships, and shop floor controls. Jeff gained first hand experience with operational turn-arounds while serving as a plant manager with a US/Japanese joint venture company producing rubber and plastic automotive OEM parts.

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