What to Look for in a Lean Six Sigma Certification Course
As the competitive environment changes the way we do business, companies are embracing lean and six sigma initiatives to support cost reductions and quality improvements. Although lean and six sigma programs were separate initiatives in most organizations initially, today's firms see that lean and six sigma do not compete against but rather complement each other.
For the individual, a lean six sigma certification provides the comprehensive professional development needed to build upon skill sets and advance one's career in production, service, transactional, and healthcare-based environments. For the organization, a lean six sigma certification provides a dovetailing of continuous improvement activities necessary to achieve operational excellence and competitive advantage, yielding significant return on investment.
Here are some things to look for when choosing a lean six sigma certification program.
A lean six sigma certification course should be designed to develop the participant into a problem solving expert. Lean six sigma principles teach to eliminate waste and focus only on those things that result in customer value—ultimately building business cultures that focus on problem solving. Once every team member is empowered to solve problems every day, the results are extraordinary for the organization.
A major result of a lean six sigma certification is the reduction of process defects. This is key as employees are taught to focus on getting things right first time to eliminate both the waste of materials and time. Other results include increased customer satisfaction, improved service and product reliability, and enhanced financial performance.
If the lean six sigma certification is being facilitated externally from the organization of employment, a blended learning format can overcome the challenges of the busy workplace. In a blended learning format, participants first learn the thinking and tools behind lean six sigma through online modules where they can work at their own pace and on their own time. They then have an opportunity for instructor engagement through a virtual conference or on-site workshop. Lastly, a blended learning format typically includes a project to apply learning and achieve ROI (discussed below).
To get the most return on your lean six sigma certification investment, an application project in the workplace can drive immediate, measurable results. A lean six sigma certification project starts as a practical problem that adversely impacts the business and ends as a practical solution that improves business performance.
- Utilize structured problem-solving and project management tools and techniques
- Perform data collection and analysis
- Identify waste and define a solution for process improvement and cost reduction
Throughout the project, one-on-0ne coaching by the facilitator is beneficial to help meet project tollgates and conduct adjustments.
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Results-oriented, the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Greenbelt certification course is designed for organizations that want to develop employees to be problem solving experts in production-based, service based, transactional, and healthcare environments. The participants learn the thinking and tools behind Lean Six Sigma through online modules and an in-class workshop, then apply those concepts through completion of a project at their workplace.
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