Lean Six Sigma Training

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Yellow Belt Course Overview

Lean Six Sigma is a business management system that allows organizations of all types to
drastically improve their bottom line by creating, measuring, and monitoring everyday
business activities that in turn leads to reduced waste, fewer mistakes, and increased
customer satisfaction. Lean Six Sigma helps you focus on proactive solutions that will keep
problems from happening in the first place. While Lean Six Sigma is designed to improve
processes and increase customer value, the reason it is so successful is that it provides
immediate and measurable results to your company’s bottom line. The power of Lean Six
Sigma is that it is not just a high level philosophy, but also includes a structured set of
tools to help you ask the tough questions, get to the root causes, and find permanent
solutions to any problem or opportunity. You will benefit from Lean Six Sigma if you:

– Need to reduce costs and improve margins
– Want to move from constant firefighting to doing it right the first time
– Want to get your entire organization involved in reducing errors, improving
processes, and focused on the customer
–  Want a program that will develop new skills and competencies across the entire
– Need to improve processes that are keeping you from growing
– Want a common language and set of tools that will enable a culture of continuous
– Need a consistent and repeatable problem solving methodology

This two-day introductory Yellow Belt course is the foundation program of Lean Six Sigma
and its methodologies. The main goal of the Yellow Belt course is to provide an
introduction to Lean Six Sigma and how it can be used by individuals and teams to
improve customer satisfaction, reduce errors, increase efficiencies, and work more
effectively with teams to solve problems. With this foundation of knowledge and skills,
participants can progress to more advanced levels of LSS.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will:
– Understand the history and background of Lean Six Sigma

– Know how to participate in Lean Six Sigma projects that deliver meaningful
– Be able to use several key Lean Six Sigma Tools
– Understand the DMAIC problems solving methodology
– Understand the Crimson Corporation Process Improvement Roadmap ®
– Be able to make process improvements in your work area
– Understand the importance of “soft skills” in a LSS project


The course is generally taught in two consecutive days in a classroom setting. It is
designed to be extremely interactive and has a mix of learning methods including
lecture, simulations, individual and team exercises, and videos.


A Yellow Belt workbook created by Crimson Corporation will be provided and will
be the main instructional document used during the course. There are additional
books and reference material used in the class and will be provided. All
instructional material is the Intellectual property of Crimson Corporation.

Key Terms

Students will gain confidence understanding these terms and Lean Six Sigma concepts:

– DMAIC process improvement methodology
– Project charter
– Voice of the customer
– Swim lane process map
– Fishbone root cause analysis tool
– 5 Why root cause analysis tool
– Pareto charts
– Graphical analysis tools
– Measurement systems analysis (MSA)
– Measurement plan development
– Hypothesis testing
– Control Charts
– Lean principles
– 7 Wastes
– 5S
– Kanban
– Kaizen events
– Continuous flow processes
– Value stream maps

Course Outline

Day 1
Section 1: Lean Six Sigma Overview
– History of quality
– History of Lean and Six Sigma
– Goals of Lean Six Sigma
– Process improvement overview
– Process variation overview
– Operational enemies of Lean
– Design for Six Sigma
– Soft skills for Lean Six Sigma
– Implementing Lean Six Sigma
– Organizational change management
– Lean Six Sigma belt levels (White, Yellow, Green, Black)
Section 2: Define the problem/opportunity
– Understand how to identify improvement opportunities
– Collect Voice of the Customer data
– Develop a Project Charter
– Create high level “As Is” process maps

– Plan the project
Section 3: Measure the problem/opportunity
– Understand the current process
– Create a measurement plan
– Perform a Lean Assessment
– Execute the measurement plan
– Validate measurement systems

Day 2
Section 4: Analyze the problem/opportunity
– Analyze the data
– Analyze the process
– Identify variances between current state and goal
– Perform root cause analysis
– Perform hypothesis testing
Section 5: Improve
– Determine potential solutions
– Test/pilot solutions
– Update process maps and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
– Create a rollout plan
– Implement the final solution
Section 6: Control
– Develop and implement a control plan
– Validate achievement of goals
– On-going tracking and reporting
– Institutionalize the improvements
– Rewards and recognition
Section 7: Lean
– Lean background
– Introduction to Lean tools
– 7 Wastes
– Value stream mapping
– 5S
– Kaizen
– Pull systems