1. Six Sigma
for Green Belts
Successful Six Sigma initiatives deploy a cadre of specially-trained "Green Belts" in the on-going work of
performance improvement. Green Belts typically lead small-scale improvement project teams and
perform various project tasks for Black Belts, such as collecting process data. This two-week course
enables the participants to fill the Green Belt role, providing them with a solid background in the
improvement model and core methods of Six Sigma. And, more than just a series of intense training
sessions, this program is on-the-job performance improvement for the Green Belt candidate.
Prior to enrollment in the class each Green Belt candidate is assigned an improvement project by his or
her management. A typical Green Belt project should aim at a work-related issue with an annual return of
$50,000 to $250,000, if not more. Between each week-long training session, the participant returns to the
workplace to apply the methodology to project tasks. The course instructor provides each Green Belt
student with regular on-site coaching in application of the Six Sigma methodology, as needed. Project
closure is expected within eight weeks of completion of Green Belt training.
Overview of the Six Sigma Methodology, The DMAIC Roadmap
The Define Phase: Project Definition & Planning
The Project Charter, Cost of Poor Quality, Process Metrics (X's and Y's)
The Measure Phase: Documenting the Current Process
Process Mapping, Cause & Effect Analysis, Measurement Assurance
Establishing the Process Baseline: Process Capability
Assessing Process Risk: Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA)
Planning for Analyze: The Process Performance Study
The Analyze Phase: The Diagnostic Journey
Analysis of Performance Studies: Graphical & Statistical Methods
The Improve Phase: The Improvement Cycle
Designing Basic Experiments, Statistical Comparisons
The Control Phase: Holding the Gains
Control Plans: Methods for Process Monitoring & Control
Process Documentation, Project Closure, Transfer of Benefits
By completing this course the Green Belt candidates will:
Deliver a financial return to the sending organization through completion of a Six Sigma process
Apply the core concepts and tools of Six Sigma to project tasks.
Learn from the experiences of other Green Belts as they work through their projects.
Be prepared to successfully participate in and lead future Six Sigma projects.
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2. Who Should Attend & Prerequisites
Potential attendees include line managers, supervisors, engineers, quality analysts, program managers,
project leaders, and others responsible for leading and completing performance improvement projects.
Green Belt candidates should possess inter-personal skills for work in a team environment, with
demonstrated capabilities in general analytical problem-solving activities and competence to handle basic
algebraic functions. Green Belts should work in an environment where technical and project support is
available from a Black Belt or Master Black Belt.
There are no prerequisites for Green Belt training, except an understanding of basic algebraic functions
and experience operating a PC. No background in statistical methods is required.
All course materials, Six Sigma reference texts, handouts, and project templates.
Training of project Champion in "Leading Six Sigma" class.
On-site assistance from the course instructor with:
• project identification and selection prior to Green Belt training.
• application of Six Sigma methods to project during and after the training period.
• preparation for Green Belt certification.
Course Leader: Donald K. Lewis, Ph.D.
Don Lewis is Principal, Lewis Consulting, whose mission is to enable clients to
improve their competitive performance through effective application of proven
quantitative decision-making methodologies. Since establishing his consulting
practice in 1986 Don has trained and assisted over five thousand technical
professionals to apply these methods in their project work. In the role of a Master
Black Belt, he has trained numerous “waves” of Six Sigma Black and Green Belts,
and consulted on hundreds of manufacturing and service/transactional Six Sigma
performance improvement projects. Currently, Don is an Instructor in Motorola's new
Digital Six Sigma Black Belt training program and is an Adjunct Professor in the
Management of Science & Technology Department of the OGI School of Science &
Engineering in Portland, Oregon as well as the Atkinson Graduate School of
Management at Willamette University. He is also an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black
Belt. Don received his B.A. in mathematics from Claremont McKenna College and
Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This program can be provided on-site or through cooperative arrangements between groups of
companies. Public enrollment sessions are offered periodically. For additional information about
"Six Sigma Green Belt" training or other Six Sigma training programs, please contact us.
Phone: (503) 244-4223
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