Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course Curriculum

The Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course will cover the topics noted below.

The taught IEE Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) process improvement structure follows the roadmap:


Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course Curriculum roadmap


During instruction, class attendees will use and be taught from the book Integrated Enterprise Excellence Volume III, Improvement Project Execution: A Management and Black Belt Guide for Going Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard, which provides implementation details for each step of this DMAIC roadmap.

The course content below is in alignment to the phases of this DMAIC roadmap.

Define Phase

  • Improvement project selection
  • How project will benefit the business
  • Problem statement and project charter
  • Project schedule and team creation

Measure Phase

  • Metric(s) that will be used to quantify the process-output-response that the project is to improve.
  • Baseline for the project’s metric that provides both a process stability assessment and capability statement in one chart.
  • Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) and/or Cost of Doing Nothing Differently (CODND)
  • Creation of a project SIPOC (supplier, inputs, process, outputs, customers)
  • Obtaining customer needs, wants and desires (Kano Model)
  • Lean Six Sigma Metrics
  • Project Management: Three Pillars, Flexibility Matrix, Gantt Charts
  • Histogram
  • Sample and descriptive statistics
  • Degrees of freedom
  • Probability plotting
  • Attribute and continuous responses
  • Pareto Chart
  • Defect vs defective responses
  • Variation and process performance
  • Rational Subgrouping
  • Distributions
  • Lean thinking and principles
  • Lean enterprise: Value, waste, flow, value stream
  • Value added, non-value added, and waste
  • Key lean metrics, takt time, Little’s law
  • Standardized work chart (Spaghetti Diagram)
  • Combination work table
  • Logic flow map
  • Value stream mapping
  • Measurement System Analysis (MSA)
  • Process flow charting
  • Brainstorming
  • Nominal group technique (NGT)
  • Cause-and-effect diagram
  • Force field analysis
  • Why-why diagram
  • Tree diagram
  • Affinity Diagram
  • Benchmarking
  • Cause and Effect Matrix
  • Analytic Hierarchy process
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

Analyze Phase

  • Data collection, types, and sources
  • Check sheets
  • Automated systems
  • Sources of error in sampling
  • Sample size trade-offs
  • Visualization of data
  • Box plot
  • Dot plot
  • Multi-Vari Charts
  • Basic statistics (t, z, F…. testing)
  • Regression
  • Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
  • Analysis of Means (ANOM)

Improve Phase

  • Design of Experiments (DOE); Full and fractional designs
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA)
  • Standard Work and Operating Procedures
  • Lean Improvement Tools
  • Future State Value Stream Map
  • 5S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain)
  • Mistake Proofing (Poka-Yoke)
  • One piece flow vs batch flow & Kanban
  • Cellular Flow
  • Visual Process Management
  • Demand Management
  • Changeover Reduction
  • Managing and Balancing Process Flow
  • Managing the Process Flow
  • One Piece versus Batch Flow
  • Single Piece Flow Exercise
  • Cellular Flow
  • Visual Management
  • Visual Controls
  • Creating a Visual Office
  • Kanban Management
  • Material Management
  • Product flow Management
  • Changeover
  • Future State VSM
  • Kaizen principles
  • Pugh Matrix
  • Pilot testing
  • Demonstrating and Quantifying Improvements

Control Phase

  • Control plan development
  • Reaction plans
  • Continuous performance assessment methods
  • FMEA usage
  • Leveraging gains across organization