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Lean Six Sigma Certification for business students and local professionals

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a methodology that provides the strategy, tools and techniques to significantly improve the performance of an organization relative to processes, services, employees, customer satisfaction and the business bottom line. It combines the concept of Lean, which focuses on the elimination of waste and non-value added activities, with the structured, data-driven analytical tools of Six Sigma. Lean Six Sigma has become the standard of excellence as companies strive to be competitive and successful. Leading companies understand that the key to this success is performance excellence and continual improvement, both of which can be achieved through the Lean Six Sigma implementation.

In today’s global economy, Lean Six Sigma has become the standard of excellence as companies strive to be  competitive and successful.  Leading companies understand that the key to this success is performance  excellence and continual improvement, both of which can be achieved through the successful  implementation of Lean Six Sigma.  Today, 84 percent of Fortune companies and 34 percent of small  businesses utilize LSS or its tools (Source: Department of Commerce per RIT).

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The key principles behind Lean Six Sigma include:

  • Continual Improvement in Processes, People and Results
  • Customer Focus and Satisfaction
  • Identify, Improve and Control the Process Flow
  • Remove Non‐Value Added Steps and Waste
  • Manage by Fact and Reduce Variation
  • Teamwork – Involve and Equip the People
  • Undertake Improvement Activity in a Systematic Way 

The different levels of training in Lean Six Sigma are often referred to in terms of the colored belts acquired in  martial arts.  The Lean Six Sigma knowledge hierarchy consists of: 

Yellow Belt

  • Introductory level with focus on the awareness of the LSS techniques and tools.
  • Appropriate for team members   

Green Belt Certification

  • Intermediate-level certification
  • Trained to resolve the majority of process problems
  • Serve as project team leaders
  • Train and coach team members to apply LSS strategies and tools
  • Identifies new opportunities for improvement projects
  • Prerequisite to Black Belt Certification

Black Belt Certification

  • Expert-level certification
  • Highly trained in the complete set of LSS techniques and tools
  • Serve as internal consultants for LSS strategy implementation and training
  • Serve as coaches and mentors in LSS techniques and tools (typically up to 10 Green Belts)
  • Serve as team leader for complex projects or projects that require advanced analytical skills
  • Identifies new opportunities for improvement projects

Lean Six Sigma Program Information

IU Northwest School of Business and Economics offers training at both the Green Belt and Black Belt levels.  Contact us at (219) 980‐6910 for more information. 

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