Intense domestic and global competition requires organizations to make improvements and efficiencies to stay ahead of the pack. Lean Six Sigma Black Belts are those leaders within an organization educated and able to spearhead the performance improvements and cost reduction activities necessary to remain competitive.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belts:
- Align their organization’s operations (manufacturing and/or office) to the organization’s vision
- Lead enterprise-wide deployment
- Act as change agents to spearhead transformation
- Coach and train others
- Mentor the implementation of Lean and Six Sigma techniques
Upon completion of this program, participants will know how to lead the Operational Excellence journey of their organization. Black Belts discover and identify opportunities for improvement and are advocates of the Lean Six Sigma methodology throughout their organization. To meet the expectations placed on Black Belts, this program is designed to expand upon the content covered in the Extended Studies Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program and to meet the following objectives:
- Learning how to identify, evaluate and justify projects, and their outcomes
- Creating a Lean Culture
- Leading a Lean Transformation
- Designing flow in manufacturing and transactional (office) processes, and balancing it
- Studying data collection, data analysis and statistical techniques
The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Program consists of classroom instruction, company tour(s), homework, certification exam, one-on-one mentoring and one independent project.
To earn the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, students must attend at least six of the seven scheduled sessions, participate each day, satisfactorily complete all homework assignments, earn at least 70% on the open-note certification exam and complete one independent project. Students must submit their project work by June 30, 2020.
Classroom Sessions: There will be seven class meetings during the program. Six of these days will be classroom instruction, including lecture, case studies, simulations and class participation. Real-world applications will be discussed, and students will be encouraged to talk about examples from their professional lives. Active student participation in class is a key component of the learning experience, and students should expect significant homework assignments in between course meetings.
Company Tour(s): Students will tour at least one company during the program to view how Lean and Six Sigma principles have been applied, and to discuss challenges the company may have faced while initiating and continuing an operational excellence culture. One of the seven scheduled days will include a company tour. The company and tour date will be announced at the start of the program.
Certification Exam: The program includes an open-note certification exam on the final day.
Independent Project: To earn a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, students must complete one independent project by June 30, 2020. This project will be identified and chosen by the student, and approved by the instructor before the last day of class.
Participants can choose to do either a Lean Project or a Six Sigma Project.
- Lean Project: The student will conduct a Kaizen event, using the methodology discussed in class, with a focus on waste elimination.
- Six Sigma Project: The student will follow the DMAIC methodology and make improvements resulting in a projected savings of a minimum of $100,000 over a time period acceptable to the organization where the student is employed.
Before the final project is submitted for certification, the participant’s supervisor and/or the company’s finance department must sign off on the project, signifying completion and that necessary steps have been taken to ensure the savings have been, or will be, achieved as stated in project documentation.
Mentoring: To assist students with the independent project, the following mentoring is included in the program:
- One three-hour, one-on-one meeting with instructor on-site at the student’s organization to discuss the project, fine tune the scope and answer any questions. *If student’s organization is not within a reasonable driving distance from Reno, a conference call may be arranged.
- Up to three one-hour, one-on-one conference calls with instructor between March 16 and June 30, 2020, to assist with project questions and implementation.
Prerequisite: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification through Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Students who have received a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate from another university or certifying body may be able to register for the Black Belt Certification with prior instructor approval. Please email Amy Ginder at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Daily Overview
Coursework will combine key Lean and Six Sigma methodologies and techniques.
- Project discussion
- Project evaluations (Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, Payback Period)
- VSM (Value Stream Mapping)
- Case Study: The Lean Service Machine; student presentations
- Calculating the Sigma value for a process
- Repeatability and reproducibility studies
- Balancing flow and level loading
- Measure of central tendency
- Techniques for creating a Lean Culture
- Calculating the Correlation Coefficient
- Process capability
- Components of a Lean Transformation
- Probability concepts for probability density functions
*Extended Studies reserves the right to reschedule the tour(s) to one of the other session days, depending on availability of company hosting the tour(s).