Intro to Lean Six Sigma

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Kick off your Lean Six Sigma education with this tutorial on Lean Six Sigma basics.

Lean Six Sigma is today’s pre-eminent quality improvement methodology. But it hasn’t always been that way. In this tutorial, Ray Sheen will take you through the history of Lean and Six Sigma, and will show you some of the Lean Six Sigma fundamentals that will be important to your success in process improvement.

This introduction to Lean Six Sigma offers a starting point for you to start building foundational knowledge about this continuous improvement framework. By the end of this tutorial you will be ready to dive deeper into the Lean Six Sigma curriculum and start working towards your Lean Six Sigma certifications.

This tutorial includes:

  • Six easy to digest Lean Six Sigma lesson videos
  • Downloadable exercise files and reference guides
  • Unlimited quiz and test attempts
  • Certificate of completion

Over the course of six lessons, you will learn:

  • The history and evolution of quality improvement programs
  • The guiding principles of both Six Sigma and Lean manufacturing
  • How Lean and Six Sigma are combined to complement each other
  • The five phases of a Lean Six Sigma project
  • What occurs in each project phase and the deliverables that are created

Want to learn more? We offer Lean Six Sigma courses in three tiers to suit your needs. Try taking our Yellow Belt course, Green Belt course series, and Black Belt course series.

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Certificate: Yes
Lessons: 7
Pre-requisites: None
Video duration: 35m
Estimated study time: 3h for all materials




Here's a quick rundown of what we'll cover in each lesson within our course, Introduction to Lean Six Sigma.


History of Continuous Improvement

Lean Six Sigma is a proven business process improvement methodology that builds on the best practices and experiences of earlier approaches. It combines best practices around customer focus, empowered teams, process definition, and data analysis.


Six Sigma Principles

The Six Sigma methodology seeks to reduce and ultimately eliminate variation within a process. It applies a five-phase project management approach and uses the standard deviation (sigma) as the controlling attribute for the process.


Lean Principles

The Lean methodology seeks to reduce and ultimately eliminate waste within a process. It applies a five part approach and uses flow control as the optimizing principle for the process.


Lean and Six Sigma

Lean and Six Sigma are easily blended. They have many similarities in methodology – process focused, team based, and project management. The differences, analyzing quality data versus flow data, are complementary and together provide a balanced view of the process.


Project Phases

The Lean Six Sigma methodology relies on a five-phased project management methodology. The phases Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control provide structure to the project.


Project Deliverables

The Lean Six Sigma methodology has defined a set of deliverables that should be prepared during each of the five project phases. These deliverables will guide a project team through the improvement process in an orderly and logical manner.

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