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Lean Six Sigma Foundation and Best Practices

Professional Training Summary

Learn the Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma for practical, real world project use. Discover how to identify candidates and plan for Lean6σ projects in your organization to reduce cost and increase productivity.Lean and Six Sigma methodologies (Lean6σ) have been around since the late 1980’s. Even so, many of us have little experience applying Lean6σ within a project management structure or within our organization. This course will provide you with an understanding of Lean6σ basics and the value they bring to the right type of projects. You will gain a vision for how to choose productive projects to apply Lean6σ. This course is designed for those considering Lean6σ projects future Lean6σ team members, managers who provide staff for or are otherwise affected by Lean6σ projects, and anyone wishing more understanding of Lean, Six Sigma, and how to apply these concepts via powerful process improvement projects.

Even well run organizations have operations and project areas where improvement is not only possible but becoming mandatory to keep up with the current high expectations of doing more with less, international competition, and flattened management levels. Changing market conditions, reduced budgets and staff levels, long working hours, increased available metrics, high turnover, and other influences demand our continued efforts to improve our processes, projects, and results. You can use the skills gained in this course to form a plan for your personal development to guide, participate in, or even lead projects using Lean6σ techniques.

Training Duration & Format

2-days Instructor Led at our Site, your Site(s), or Virtual Remote. This course and all DA&R courses can be delivered Virtually in any time zone for consistency for your world-wide Learners.

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Are you looking for ways to improve your firm, nonprofit, or government agency? DA&R can help your organization excel with this course or a blend for a customized training program including Agile, Project Management, Business Analysis, and Leadership Learning. We offer flexible and tailored solutions. See our world-wide client list! 

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Valuable For The Following Professionals  

Anyone involved in operations, project management, business analysis, or management would benefit from this class. This training course is perfect for:

  • Business Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, CBAP, CCBA
  • Systems and other Analysts
  • Business customers, users, support staff
  • Project Manager, Team Leader, PMP, CAPM
  • IT Lead, Manager, Director, VP
  • Finance Analyst, Manager, Director, VP,
  • Operations Analyst, Supervisor, Manager, Director, VP
  • Fast track managers in all areas
  • External and Internal Consultants
  • Risk Managers, Operations Risk Professionals
  • Process Improvement, Compliance, Audit, and Staff, Thought Leaders, Transformation Champions
  • Executives exploring cost reduction and process improvement options
  • Vendor of consulting firm staff seeking to adapt their offerings to Lean6σ projects
  • Anyone wanting to enhance their process, measurement, and operations improvement skills

Helpful Experience

College degree, or 1+ years of professional experience in commercial, government, or nonprofit organizations, or our Project Management Foundation course or similar.

Professional Education Benefits

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to

  • Discover Lean6σ techniques to process improvement, integration, and new product projects.
  • Learn the common language and terms of Lean6σ learning areas, projects, and professionals.
  • Learn the basics of DMAIC Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control methodology.
  • Assess if Six Sigma and Lean processes are a fit for your organization.
  • Understand the various Lean, 6σ, and Lean6σ designations such as ‘Green Belt’, ‘Black Belt’.
  • Refresh your basic statistics and process improvement skills without the full effort of certification.
  • Understand where Lean6σ may yield increased revenue or decrease product and service expenses.
  • Learn how to work with Lean6σ staff, consultants, and vendors and key Lean6σ roles.
  • Find if Lean6σ Green Belt or Black Belt training is right for you or your organization.
  • Be awarded PMI® Approved PDUs, IIBA® Approved CDUs, and other continuing education credits.

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Why Data Analysis & Results (DA&R)?

We share in your success! Our courses are consistently rated excellent, as are our very experienced Consultant Instructors, who average 20+ years of performing on projects, operations, and as many types of leaders. For organizations, we can support your projects and change efforts via ConsultingSpeaking, and Staffing. For individuals, we provide advice and some job placement help if you are seeking employment. Here is a summary of some of our services, testimonials, and upcoming open enrollment professional education training courses. We train and consult in 25+ countries.

Certification Exams Formal Education Hours & Continuing Education Credit

  • Qualifies for 14 PDU®s for Project Management Institute® PMI® Project Management Professional® PMP® and PMI® accreditations
  • Qualifies for 14 CDU®s for International Institute of Business Analysis® IIBA® Certified Business Analysis Professional® CBAP® and CCBA® accreditations

Course Agenda


  • Introduction to Lean Six Sigma use on Projects
  • Exercise: Lean Six Sigma Knowledge
  • History of Business Process Improvement
  • Quality: TQM & Deming
  • Six Sigma Overview
  • Lean Thinking Overview
  • Theory of Constraints Overview
  • Incorporating into modern Lean Six Sigma

Six Sigma Program and Project Overview

  • Lean Six Sigma Programs
  • Options: Full Organization, Division or Group, Department, Proof of Concept
  • Exercise: Discuss and Present Your Program Intent
  • Lean Six Sigma Projects
  • Change Management of Lean Six Sigma Projects
  • Anticipate Potential Challenges in moving to Lean Six Sigma
  • Performance Metrics
  • Exercise: Discuss and Present Your Process Improvement Idea(s)
  • Exercise: Draft Your Lean Six Sigma Goals

DMAIC Improvement Model

  • Define
  • Measure
  • Analyze
  • Improve
  • Control
  • Exercise: Discuss and Present Your DMAIC Understanding

Good Project Characteristics

  • Project Definitions
  • Defined Intent
  • Supporting Data
  • Proper Project Scope
  • Valuing a Project
  • Exercise: List Criteria for Lean6σ Projects
  • Lean Six Sigma Program Structure
  • Programs

Lean Six Sigma Tools

  • Basic Statistics for Lean Six Sigma Overview
  • Exercise: Demonstrate Average and Spread using Histogram
  • Lean Six Sigma Desktop Tools
  • Other Lean Six Sigma Tools
  • Exercise: Survey of Tools Available to You

Example Projects

  • Service Industry
  • Financial Industry
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Government Industry
  • Sales Industry
  • Exercise: Create and Present Your Project Proposals

Lean Six Sigma Implementation Topics

  • History of Lean6σ Project Implementation
  • Business Structures
  • Staffing Models
  • How to Create Plans for Deployment
  • Lean Six Sigma Tools
  • Lean6σ Programs and Projects
  • Exercise: Lean Six Sigma Knowledge
  • Implementation Challenges
  • Next Steps Options

Close & Additional Resources and Exercises

  • Six Sigma Green Belt Program Description
  • Six Sigma Black Belt Program Description
  • Exercise: ABQ! (Adopt, Bright Spots, Quit)
  • Lean Six Sigma Reference Materials
  • Exercise: Evaluations and Networking

Course Close - Final Questions

  • Best Practices Revisited
  • References & Resources
  • Next Steps Options: Short-Term vs. Long-View Strategic Changes
  • Low Hanging Fruit and High ROI Options
  • Evaluation

The Fine Print

Our consultants don’t just communicate information. They include best practices to encourage learners to assess a situation, use data analysis, collaborate, take the right actions, and make appropriate decisions to drive real results.

Here’s just a bit of what our alumni have to say:

“Instead of giving instruction and sending us on our way, you helped us with starting a realistic approach that we can take back to the office and use immediately.”
 - Sr. Project Manager, with over $275m of construction and software projects, large State of Texas government agency

“We realized the first day that we were our own worst enemy. Come ready to change and you will benefit greatly from this business analysis training. We will bring Darrel and his team in-house prior to our next big project.”
- Sr. Director, leading Non-Profit Software Vendor

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