Six Sigma Black Belt Training Course
Duration84 hours (usually 12 days including breaks)
Six Sigma is a data driven approach that tackles variation to improve the performance of products, services and processes, combining practical problem solving and the best scientific approaches found in experimentation and optimisation of systems. The approach has been widely and successfully applied in industry, notably by Motorola, AlliedSignal & General Electric.
Black Belt is a qualification for improvement managers in a Six Sigma organisation. You will learn the tools and techniques to take an improvement project through the Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control phases (DMAIC). These techniques include Process Mapping, Measurement System Evaluation, Regression Analysis, Design of Experiments, Statistical Tolerancing, Monte Carlo Simulation and Lean Thinking.
The content of the course takes the participants through the DMAIC phases as well as introducing subjects such as Lean Thinking, Design for Six Sigma and discussing important leadership issues and experiences in deploying a Six Sigma programme.
Week 1 Foundation: covers the fundamentals of the Lean Six Sigma Define Measure Analyse Improve Control (DMAIC) approach enabling participants to take part and lead waste and defect reduction projects and initiatives.
Week 2 Practitioner: provides additional data analysis and lean tools for participants to lead well scoped process improvement projects related to their regular job function.
Week 3 Expert: provides regression, design of experiment and data analysis techniques to enable participants to tackle complex problem solving projects that require understanding of the relationships between multiple variables.
The trainer has 16 years experience with Six Sigma and as well as leading the deployment of Six Sigma at a number of businesses he has trained and coached over 300 Black Belts. Here are a few comments from previous participants:
- “Probably the most valuable course I will ever pass”
- “The content was very well delivered. The examples very relevant. Thank you”
- “The course was excellent and I am able to use part of it to coach my lean teams here” (Company supervisor who attended with KTP associate)
- Introduction to Six Sigma
- Project Chartering & VOC
- Process Mapping
- Stakeholder analysis
- Team Start Up
- Prioritisation Matrix
- Lean Thinking
- Value Stream Mapping
- Data Collection
- Minitab and Graphical Analysis
- Descriptive Statistics
- Measurement System Evaluation
- Process Capability Cp, CpK
- Six Sigma Metrics
- 5 Why
- Review of Block 1
- Inferential Statistics
- Intro to Hypothesis Testing
- 2 sample t-tests
- F tests
- Hypothesis Testing – Chi Sq
- Hypothesis Testing - Anova
- Correlation and Regression
- Multiple Regression
- Introduction to Design Of Experiments
- Mistake Proofing
- Control Plans
- Control Charts
- Review of Block 2
- 2K Factorial Experiments
- Box Cox Transformations
- Hypothesis Testing – Non Parametric
- 2K Factorial Experiments
- Fractional Factorial Experiments
- Noise Blocking Robustness
- Centre Points
- General Full Factorial Experiments
- Response Surface Experiments
- Implementing Improvements
- Creative Solutions
- Intro to Design for Six Sigma
- Statistical Tolerancing
- Monte Carlo Simulation
Six Sigma is a practical qualification, to demonstrate knowledge of what has been learnt on the course you will need to undertake 2 coursework projects. There is no report to produce but you will be required to present a PowerPoint presentation to the trainer and examiner showing results and method. The projects can cover work you would complete in your normal work, however you will need to show use of the DMAIC problem solving approach and application of Six Sigma and Lean tools. This provides a good balance between the practical approach and more rigorous analysis which together lead to robust solutions. You will be able to contact the trainer for discussions of how Six Sigma tools could benefit you in your project. Examples of projects from previous participants include:
- Formulating cream texture for seasonality in dairy feeds.
- Housing Association complaints reduction
- Multi-variable (cost, efficiency, size) optimisation of a fuel cell
- Job Scheduling improvement in a factory
- Ambulance waiting time reduction
- Reduction in resin thickness variation in glass manufacture
NobleProg & Redlands provide Black Belt certification. For delegates that require independent accreditation, NobleProg & Redlands have partnered with the British Quality Foundation (BQF) to provide Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. Certification requires passing an exam at the end of the course and completing and presenting two improvement projects that demonstrate understanding and application of the Six Sigma approach and techniques.
An additional charge of £600 plus VAT is levied for BQF independent accreditation.
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