Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course

Are you ready to become a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt?

The Black Belt is an expert team leader, statistical analyst, and project manager - all rolled into one. As a Black Belt in training, you will learn how to master this diverse set of "soft" and "hard" skills so that, when you complete the course, you can quickly lead critical projects to successful completion.

NOTE: This course requires you to use statistical software. EngineRoom is MoreSteam.com's preferred program and comes free for 365 days with the purchase of this course.

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  • Course Overview +

    • This instructor-supported course is 145 hours long, and you have access to the materials for 365 days.

      Relevance is critical to understanding the materials! When you enroll in the course, you select the version of statistical software you plan to use, and you also have other industry options to choose from (see Course Options section below).

      Learning Objectives

      The objective of this course is to develop a comprehensive set of skills that will allow you to function effectively as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

      You will learn the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt body of knowledge, practice techniques for both quantitative and non-quantitative analysis, and gain the team leadership skills necessary to get projects across the goal line.

      After completing this course, you should be able to:

      • Communicate using Lean Six Sigma concepts.
      • Think about your organization as a collection of processes, with inputs that determine the output.
      • Relate Lean Six Sigma concepts to the overall business mission and objectives.
      • Use the concept of a Sigma Level to evaluate the capability of a process or organization.
      • Understand and apply the five step DMAIC model as a framework to organize process improvement activity.
      • Employ a wide range of process improvement techniques, including Design of Experiments, within the DMAIC model.
      • Recognize the organizational factors that are necessary groundwork for a successful Lean Six Sigma effort.
      • Employ your Six Sigma skills to lead a successful process improvement project delivering meaningful results to the organization.

      To successfully complete this course, you must review all of the lessons and complete all of the quiz modules. MoreSteam will provide you with a Certificate of Training Completion. By completing this course, you will earn CEUs or PDUs of credit.

      Course Structure

      This course consists of twelve sessions, each of which is a collection of related lessons.

      Individual lessons also include simulations, toolsets and interactive practice exercises. Each session ends with an interactive quiz to test your knowledge.

      The course is presented in a logical sequence to follow the Six Sigma DMAIC improvement process. We believe that you will learn most efficiently by following the sequence presented.

      In particular, the first session presents an overview of Six Sigma, which will be helpful to put the remaining sessions in proper context.

      On every page, you have access to a variety of helpful learning tools, from an online encyclopedia to a notes tab to support links. You can use the course navigation map to move through the course in a linear fashion or you can skip around and explore topics as you see fit.

      Want to see what the course looks like? Then take our brief course tour.

      Efficient, Informative and Accessible

      • All course content is presented online, in an on-demand format. To begin, you simply log onto the MoreSteam University learning portal.
      • You will learn the DMAIC methodology through numerous case studies and examples drawn from Service, Business Process, and Manufacturing applications.
      • Coursework includes Lean enterprise topics such as value stream mapping, continuous flow, line balancing, and others.
      • With a heavy practice orientation, as much as 1/2 of your time will be spent working through interactive practice exercises and online assessments.
      • Green Belt is NOT a prerequisite.
      • You have 365 days to complete this course.
  • Is This Right For You? +

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      The Black Belt is the heart of the Lean Six Sigma operation. As a Black Belt, you can lead any team across the organization in executing process improvement projects. You may also conduct Lean Six Sigma training and act as coaches and mentors to other Belts-in-training.

      If your personal and career goal is to master this skill set and improve your value as an employee and organizational leader, then you should earn your Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

  • Benefits +

      Online training through MoreSteam is:

    • Flexible: This course is presented in a logical, DMAIC format, but the sessions are modular, so you can explore the material as, how, and when you like.
    • Accessible: Online training is available to you wherever you have an Internet connection and a browser.
    • Responsive: The quizzes provide immediate feedback. The practice-based interactive exercise will engage your interest and help you to remember the material.
    • Affordable: e-Learning has a far lower cost than classroom training. You have no travel expenses and don't miss valuable days at work.
    • Meaningful: As proof of your expertise, you will receive a certificate of completion and CEUs or PDUs of credit.
  • What the Alumni Say +

    • Selected recent quotes from our alums:
    • "I have taken many type of online training. This one ranks up there with the best. Especially the ability to stop the training and be able to pick right back up when you start again."
    • - Ernest E., Schneider Electric
    • "I heartily recommend the MoreSteam Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course to those interested in a vigorous and interesting endeavor. I found the course to be both challenging and entertaining."
    • - Julius M., Valero Renewable Fuels
    • "The course was even better than I expected. The different types of material, technical, quality, managerial, and mathematical were all handled and integrated very well. It was enjoyable to study and learn."
    • - Richard P., General Dynamics
    • "The online training was extremely well researched, resourced and easy to follow. The different practice exercises were also very good and gave the required practice equivalent to doing live class exercises. I'll highly recommend the course to anyone!"
    • - Mthokozisi N., Johannesburg Water
    • "A very cost effective way to get the training I needed. The high travel and tuition costs associated with other programs were a barrier for me and my manager."
    • - Kay D., GENCO Pharmaceutical Services
    • "I highly recommend the course! MoreSteam is top of its class!!"
    • - Tim Y., Polypipe Incorporated
    • "The course has provided me with priceless knowledge to execute successfully Lean Six Sigma Improvement projects. All improvement team in my company have decided to take online training with Moresteam University. Excellent Course and support from Moresteam team."
    • - Ali A., RasGas
  • Course Outline +

      Session 1: Introduction To Lean Six Sigma
      Higher Standards for Higher Performance
      Input Determines Output
      Lean Six Sigma Defined
      What's In a Name?
      The 5 Lean Principles
      The 8 Forms of Waste
      Success Stories
      The Sigma Level
      The 99.9% Problem
      DNA of a Champion
      Lean Six Sigma Framework
      DMAIC - The Improvement Process
      Lean and DMAIC
      Thought Process Mapping - Toolset
      Organizing for Success
      Working Relationships
      Critical Success Factors
      Introduction to EngineRoom®
      Skill Check
      Session 2: Define I - Starting A Project and Leading Teams
      Getting Started - Project Initiation
      Balanced Scorecard Toolset
      Project Selection Toolset
      Project Charter Toolset
      Project Planning & Tracking Toolset
      Leadership Thinking
      Robot Leadership
      Fueling The Improvement Engine
      Leadership Characteristics
      Practice, Study and Reflection - Learning by Modeling
      Leading Teams
      Developing an Effective Team
      Improving Team Development
      4 Conversations Toolset
      Leading Change
      Leading Change - Continued
      Success Factors For Effective Change Management
      Leader Standard Work Toolset
      Stakeholder Analysis - RACI Matrix
      Leadership Reflection
      Exercises and Quiz
      Session 3: Define II - Voice of the Customer
      Voice of The Customer
      Focus on The Customer
      Understanding Customer Requirements
      Where to Go For Customer Requirements
      Conducting Surveys
      Survey Considerations
      Surveys - Sampling Frame
      Structuring Survey Questions
      The Degree of Uncertainty in Sampling
      Guideline for Margin of Error
      Affinity Diagram Toolset
      CTQC Tree Diagram Toolset
      Operational Definition Toolset
      Voice Of The Customer As Specifications
      QFD Toolset
      Exercises and Quiz
      Session 4: Define III - Mapping the Process
      Drawing a Process Picture
      Process Thinking
      The Source of Value
      The Source of Value: Gemba
      Process Mapping - Overview
      Process Mapping (SIPOC) Toolset
      Flow Charts
      Value-Added Flow Charts
      Spaghetti Charts
      Takt Time
      Value Stream Mapping Toolset
      Define Tollgate - Progress Review
      Exercises and Quiz
      Session 5: Measure I - Measurements and Basic Statistics
      Measurements and Basic Statistics
      Business Problem Solving
      Basic Statistical Terms
      Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
      Discrete vs. Continuous Measurements
      Measurement Subjects
      Graphical Summaries
      Pareto Chart Toolset
      Histogram Toolset
      Understanding Variation
      Measuring Central Tendency
      Quantifying Process Variability
      The Normal Distribution
      Exercises and Quiz
      Session 6: Measure II - Measurement System Analysis
      Measurement System Analysis - Introduction
      Measurement as a Process
      Cause & Effect Matrix Toolset
      The Analysis of Measurement Systems
      The Requirements of Measurement Systems
      Variable MSA - Gauge R & R
      Attribute Measurement System Analysis
      Calibration of Measurement Systems
      Collecting Data
      Developing a Sampling Plan
      Baseline Performance
      Derivative Performance Metrics - Throughput Yield
      Derivative Performance Metrics - Rolled Throughput Yield
      Calculating the Sigma Level - Toolset
      Exercises and Quiz
      Session 7: Measure III - Charting Process Behavior
      Introduction - Charting Process Behavior
      Trend Chart (Run Chart) Toolset
      SPC - Introduction and Background
      SPC - Introduction to Control Charts
      SPC - Control Chart Limits
      SPC - More On Control Limits
      Implementing SPC
      SPC Chart Selection
      Rational Subgrouping Toolset
      X and Moving Range Charts - Toolset
      Transformation for Control Charts
      Attribute Control Chart Toolset
      X-bar and R Chart Toolset
      SPC Using Stage Variables
      Control Chart Case Study
      Process Capability Toolset
      The Sigma Level Revisited
      Measure Tollgate - Progress Review
      Exercises and Quiz
      Session 8: Analyze I - Identifying Potential Root Causes
      ANALYZE I - Introduction
      Finding The Root Cause
      Cause & Effect Diagram Toolset
      Alternative To The Cause & Effect Diagram
      5-Why, 1-How
      A Combination of 5-Why, Pareto, and Trend Charts
      Box Plots Toolset
      Scatter Plot Toolset
      Correlation and Regression Analysis
      Multiple Regression Toolset
      Binary Logistic Regression Toolset
      Factors In Determining Sample Size
      Estimating Population Mean
      Exercises and Quiz
      Session 9: Analyze II - Hypothesis Testing
      ANALYZE II - Introduction
      Introduction to Hypothesis Testing
      The Process On Trial
      The Hypothesis - Accept or Reject?
      Types of Error
      Power Analysis
      Power Analysis - Factors
      Hypothesis Testing
      Confidence Intervals
      Treatment Comparisons - Control Charts
      Comparing One Proportion to a Standard
      Comparing Two Proportions Toolset
      Comparing Multiple Proportions - Chi-Square
      Comparing One Mean to a Standard - t-test
      Comparing Two Means - t-test Toolset
      Comparing Multiple Means - ANOVA /F-test Toolset
      Comparing One Variance to a Std. - Chi-Square
      Comparing Two Variances - F-test Toolset
      Parametric vs. Non Parametric Tests
      Non Parametric Toolset
      Hypothesis Testing Learning Lab
      Exercises and Quiz
      Session 10: Analyze III - Design of Experiments
      Design of Experiments - Introduction
      Design of Experiments - History
      Design of Experiments - Components
      Design of Experiments - Principles
      Design of Experiments - Purpose
      Design of Experiments - Process
      Design of Experiments - Guidelines
      Selecting the Right Design
      Blocking and Tackling
      Faster Deliveries Through Experimentation
      Beyond One-Factor Experiments
      Two Level Full Factorial Toolset
      Two Level Fractional Factorial Toolset
      General Factorial Toolset
      DOE Power and Sample Size
      Designing An Experiment To Save The Kingdom
      Better Pizza Through Design of Experiments
      Designing Experiments to Sell More Coffee
      Additional Subjects
      Analyze Tollgate - Progress Review
      Design of Experiments Exercises and Quiz
      Session 11: Improve
      Design for Lean Six Sigma (DFSS)
      Narrowing Down The List of Ideas
      FMEA Toolset
      Prioritizing and Selecting a Solution
      The A3 One-Page Report
      Continuous Flow Toolset
      Quick Changeover Toolset
      Cellular Processing Toolset
      Leveling Production (Heijunka)
      The Theory of Constraints (TOC) Toolset
      Pull System Overview
      Pull Scheduling
      Core Process Pull Toolset
      Replenishment Pull Overview
      Kaizen Toolset
      Corrective Action Matrix
      Piloting a Solution
      System Dynamics Toolset
      Improve Tollgate - Progress Review
      Exercises and Quiz
      Session 12: Control
      Control Charts Revisited
      The Process Control Plan
      More On FMEA
      Visual Management
      5-S Approach
      CHECK Process
      Total Productive Maintenance
      TPM Objectives & Benefits
      TPM Metrics
      TPM Core Elements
      TPM Maintenance Activities
      Best Practices and Lessons Learned
      Standardized Work - Documenting Process Changes
      Ending the Project
      Control Tollgate - Progress Review
      Exercises and Quiz
      Course Completion
      The Lean Six Sigma Journey
  • Course Options +

      Industry Options

      This course is available in several "industry flavors": Manufacturing (default), Healthcare, Financial Services, and Services.

      Each version features customized case studies, examples and exercises. You can select your version when you purchase the course.

      Software Options

      This course is offered for different versions of statistical software: EngineRoom®, EngineRoom® for Excel, Minitab® (version 17+), and JMP® (version 11). We have customized the datasets and instructions for each tool version.

      When you enroll in the EngineRoom version, you receive 365 days of access to EngineRoom, MoreSteam's web-based data analysis tool to use along with the course and tutorials.

      If you select the Minitab or JMP version of the course, you will need to purchase and provide your own license of the software.

      Language Options

      We offer a 90-hour version of this course in languages other than English:

      Chinese - Black Belt Training Outline
      Spanish (Latin American) - Black Belt Training Outline

  • Certification +

      At MoreSteam, we adhere to a high standard, where certification requires you to complete this training course, a comprehensive exam, and two approved projects.

      Black Belt Certification is a separate process, and you must purchase certification separately from any online training course. For more information, visit the Black Belt certification page.

  • Materials +

      Material Provided by MoreSteam.com

      The course content includes a host of reference materials, video tutorials, practice data sets (provided as Microsoft Excel files) for engaging in statistical analysis, and an easily printed workbook for both note taking and additional exercises.

      This course includes one year of access to the web-based version of MoreSteam's EngineRoom data analysis and process improvement tool. Additional access time is available for purchase.

      Material Provided by Student

      MoreSteam eLearning is provided entirely online; all you need to access and make use of the course content is an internet connection, a modern browser and spreadsheet software. Please review the system requirements below.

  • Support +

      When in your training course, you can use the on-screen Help features (e.g., glossary of terms and site search) for information. You can contact the Course Instructor by email during regular business hours to request assistance.

      For general technical support, you can visit our MoreSteam University support section, where you can search through our online knowledge base or send us a support request.

  • System Requirements +

    • The following are system requirements for MoreSteam eLearning:

      No additional requirements are necessary for EngineRoom Web.

Common Questions

When can I begin the course?

With e-Learning, you can start at any time after purchase. You do not have to wait for other students to fill a class or have to attend an instructor-led "kickoff" event. All the materials and instructions are online, and you can complete the course at your own pace.

Are there pre-requisites to this course?

This course has no pre-requisites. Unlike other online providers, we do not require you to take any prerequisite course, Green Belt or other, prior to your Black Belt training. Our Black Belt course includes - as a subset - all of the material you would learn for a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. If you have already taken MoreSteam's Green Belt course, contact us to request an upgrade to Black Belt.

How long does Black Belt training take?

You have 365 days to complete the course, which represents about 140 hours of training materials, not including any external project work you may include.

Do I need a project to complete the training?

No, you do not necessarily need a Black Belt project, but we strongly suggest that you do accompany the coursework with a meaningful project.

A real-world project will significantly enhance the learning experience because you can use it to directly practice the concepts and tools as you complete the course. Successful project work is also required for any certification process.

Do you offer pricing discounts for groups of trainees and deployments?

Of course! Many of our larger customers send tens to hundreds of employees through Black Belt training. Please contact us directly to discuss your specific needs.