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Six Sigma and Lean Foundations and Principles

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Six Sigma is used by practitioners for improvement projects in their organizations where both the DMAIC methodology and tools that reduce variation and product defects are applied. Lean is a continuous improvement initiative that aims to reduce waste and increase performance by streamlining processes. Lean tools are specifically useful for the Improve and Control stages of the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology. This course examines the complementary nature of Lean and Six Sigma. In this course, you'll learn about Six Sigma and its methodology, and then explore Lean and some key tools and how they integrate with Six Sigma. This course is aligned to the ASQ Body of Knowledge and is designed to assist Yellow Belt candidates toward achieving their certifications and becoming productive members of their Six Sigma project teams.

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Candidates seeking Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification, and any other individuals involved in quality and process improvement at the organizational or departmental level |

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Six Sigma and Lean Foundations and Principles

  • recognize the purpose of Six Sigma and its potential value to an organization
  • identify key characteristics of Six Sigma
  • sequence key developments in the evolution of Six Sigma
  • recognize fundamental Six Sigma concepts
  • recognize core concepts of the Six Sigma methodology
  • identify considerations when assessing an organization's readiness to use Six Sigma for a project
  • identify ways in which Six Sigma can benefit an organization
  • demonstrate your understanding of how an organization can assess its readiness for Six Sigma and how it will benefit from adopting the methodology
  • recognize foundational Lean concepts
  • match Lean concepts to their descriptions
  • classify examples of value- and nonvalue-added activities and waste
  • demonstrate your understanding of Lean and its core concepts
  • recognize examples of the just-in-time method
  • recognize examples of poka-yoke
  • recognize examples of kanban-pull
  • identify the types of information revealed by value stream mapping
  • recognize examples in which companies are correctly implementing Lean tools
  • recognize differences and similarities between Six Sigma and Lean
  • recognize criteria you must take into consideration before integrating Lean and Six Sigma
  • recognize activities involved in Lean deployment
  • demonstrate your understanding of the Lean Six Sigma methodology and its deployment
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