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Six Sigma Green Belt


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12 weeks





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Program Description:

Six Sigma has been in use for decades and its impact can be far-reaching with significant financial gains as evidenced by companies such as General Electric and Xerox. While the origins and initial use of these methodologies and tools are in manufacturing and date back to the post WWII industrial boom, they have gained a strong foothold across all industry sectors in recent years as well as increased usage across all functional areas within those companies adopting a continuous improvement culture.

The ASU Six Sigma Green Certificate program is 100% ONLINE. It examines the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) methodology; a customer-focused, fact and data-driven methodology that guides continuous improvement and operations excellence. This DMAIC methodology provides a series of tools, primarily statistical in nature, which form a disciplined roadmap for developing solutions to existing problems, processes and products. The statistical tools useful in DMAIC are reviewed and their integration into the problem-solving process is illustrated.

Program Topics:

The Six Sigma Green Belt program is a combination of online coursework and an applied project, covering the topics below:

  1. Choosing and managing six sigma projects
  2. Process mapping
  3. Choosing metrics, establishing a measurement systems, and collecting data
  4. Analytical, graphical, and numerical tools
  5. Normal distribution, process capability analysis, and measurement systems analysis
  6. Relationships between variables, correlation, and regression analysis for two variables
  7. Inferential statistics
  8. Basic Design of Experiments and Design for Six Sigma
  9. Lean essentials
  10. Six Sigma in transactional and service organizations

Learning Outcomes:

A Six Sigma Green Belt fulfills a variety of roles that contribute towards an organization’s continuous improvement objectives as well as meeting overall strategic goals. In most cases the Green Belt improves processes within their specific work area or as a part-time member of a team contributing to a larger scale Black Belt or Master Black Belt project.

For example, Green Belts should be able to quantify the current state of a process, identify and remove waste, assess the capability of a measurement system, perform data analysis, and stratify output variables into potential sources of variation. Some examples of outcomes could include reduction of variation in processes, reduction of defects or errors to increase demand and customer satisfaction, and data analysis driving service quality and reliability.

In completing this course participants will gain:

  1. A deep understanding of the history and the contributing developers of Six Sigma
  2. Working knowledge of the strategic objectives of Six Sigma
  3. A solid understanding of, and ability to implement the “DMAIC” Six Sigma methodology
  4. Working knowledge and experience using Six Sigma tools and methods
  5. A fundamental understanding of Lean and the use of common Lean tools
  6. A deep understanding of the standard Six Sigma metrics and the analytical skills enabling their use
  7. A completed Six Sigma Green Belt project

Earning a Certificate:

To earn the Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate participants are required to complete the online quizzes and receive a cumulative score of at least 70%, and execute an applied Six Sigma project. A project report template is provided as well as personalized coaching by an experienced course facilitator. The course is structured according to the Six Sigma “DMAIC” methodology and project status updates, or Tollgates, are scheduled throughout to assist in proper execution of the project. The final project report is due 60 days after the end of instruction.

Note:It is recommended that the project be based on your workplace, however if unemployed or unable to identify a workplace-based project alternatives exist such as completing a project on a non-profit organization or other association you are/would like to be affiliated with. Additionally many have found success in offering a target company, such as one you hope to be employed by in the future, the opportunity to have a Six Sigma project completed. Please feel free to contact us for further ideas and support if needed.

Meet the instructors

Dr. Cathy Lawson

Cathy Lawson is a Master Black Belt at Medtronic. Cathy joined Medtronic five years ago. She has taught Lean Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, and Statistical Applications; coached and mentored several Black and Green belt candidates; and, lead several continuous improvement projects during her tenure. Prior to joining Medtronic, Cathy worked for General Dynamics, formerly Motorola Government Electronics Group for over 22 years. She was one of the first Six Sigma Black Belts at Motorola and had work assignments in Manufacturing, Test, Program Management and Quality. Cathy served as Quality Director for two business units for over 5 years before leaving GD to start her own business. She worked with small to mid-size businesses on topics including Six Sigma deployment, leadership development, strategic planning, team building and career development. Cathy has a BSE in BioMedical Engineering and a Masters and PhD in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University.

Dr. Lisa Custer

Lisa Custer, has over 25 years of working experience in all aspects of process management and continuous improvement. Her work spans Six Sigma, Lean, Design, Total Productive Maintenance and Total Quality Management. Prior titles include Principal with Accenture, Director with George Group Consulting, and Director of Quality in the semiconductor industry. She holds a Ph.D. and MSE in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University and a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She was recently published as a contributing author in the book “Innovating Lean Six Sigma” A Strategic Guide to Deploying the World's Most Effective Business Improvement Process (McGraw Hill, 2016.)