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Lean Six Sigma Foundations

$ 990.00


04 September


On Campus (Sydney)


1 day


8 hrs

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Alan Skinner

Alan Skinner
Director, Lean Six Sigma Excellence Institute

As a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Alan has over twenty years of experience in all facets of organisational improvement in both private and public sector organisations.

Alan has extensive experience as a conference speaker on business improvement and Six Sigma methodologies.

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Daniel Ionita

Daniel Ionita
Director, Lean Six Sigma Excellence Institute

As a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Daniel has led, mentored and facilitated key improvement projects in various industries including banking & finance, IT & telecommunications, food manufacturing, health and education.

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Lean Six Sigma is a progressive process improvement philosophy with a focus on increasing organisational efficiencies. Explore the core principles and practices of this globally recognised methodology with this UTS Open short course.

About this course

Take your first step into the world of Lean Six Sigma with this Foundation (White Belt) short course. This introductory module is the first in a six-step, progressive program of learning that will prepare you to deliver continuous improvement initiatives within your organisation.

Guided by expert facilitators from the award-winning UTS Business School, you’ll explore the fundamentals of the Lean Six Sigma process improvement methodology, including its historical origins and its potential to achieve measurable improvements within organisations. You’ll then work in a small group with your fellow participants to apply your learning to a series of interactive hypothetical scenarios, equipping you with firsthand experience of Lean Six Sigma in action.

Key benefits of this course

This short course has been designed to give participants:

  • A unique hands-on approach with personalised guidance for real business problems
  • Confidence that you are receiving world class training backed by the renowned UTS Business School
  • Skilful guidance from experts with broad and deep experience in improvement projects across many industries.

Digital badge and certificate

A digital badge and certificate will be awarded following the successful completion of any necessary tasks or assessments to demonstrate acquired learning of the short course or for meeting attendance and/or participation requirements.

Learn more about UTS Open digital badges.

Lean Six Sigma program structure

A UTS short course certificate will be awarded to successful participants. Lean Six Sigma Foundations is the first step in a progressive program of six sigma training, and each program must be completed before progressing onto the next as follows:


Full price: $990 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Payment on invoice requests must be paid in full and reconciled by our Finance team before you can access your online course materials. Please make sure your invoice payments reference the UTS Open invoice number. You can also forward remittance advice to

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

The following content will be covered during the course:

1.   History of improvement methodologies

2.   Definitions, history  and benefits

  • What is six sigma?
  • What is lean?
  • Why develop a culture of improvement?
  • Lean six sigma roles and development roadmap.

3.   Improvement framework concepts

  • Change as improvement and prediction
  • Elements of the framework for improvement
  • Foundational principles
  • Phases in the improvement process (DMAIC)
  • The learning cycle - PDSA
  • Tools and techniques
  • Improvement roadmap
  • Scale of formality of approach
  • Summary of improvement framework
  • Agile principles and practices foundational to lean six sigma.

4.   Case study

  • Workshop project - simulation overview
  • A3 version of improvement plan and visual project storyboard - rapid improvement work.

5.   Define phase 

  • The PDSA / learning cycles
  • The PDSA cycle plan – hints on completion
  • Cycle 1 - set up project
  • The improvement plan overview and hints
  • Outside in thinking - CTQ analysis
  • Systems thinking – high level process analysis.

6.   Measure phase - overview

  • Two causes of variation
  • Cycle 2 - understanding baseline performance.

7.   Analyse phase 

  • Techniques
  • Cycle 3 - analyse root causes.

8.   Improve - develop phase 

  • Lean solution techniques
  • Cycle 4 - develop solutions.

9.   Improve - pilot phase 

  • Cycle 5 - pilot - small scale trial of solutions.

10.   Improve - implement & control phase 

  • Overall reflections
  • Overview of leadership for business improvement model

11. Planning your next steps.

Course learning objectives

Successful completion of this course should allow you to:

  • Identify the key principles and concepts underpinning the lean six sigma methodology
  • Recognise the roles and responsibilities necessary for effective business improvement projects
  • Understand the history of business improvement and contemporary lean six sigma practices
  • Develop a working knowledge of the lean six sigma business improvement models
  • Develop skills in improvement planning, including the use of an improvement plan and a PDSA cycle plan
  • Harness and enhance fundamental analysis techniques.



  • Laptops are optional for this short course.

You will be provided with the Lean Six Sigma Foundations workbook, notepad and pen upon your arrival

Venue information


  • As part of your enrolment, we will provide you with morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. If you have particular dietary requirements, please ensure you confirm these with our staff by emailing prior to attending your course, so that we can arrange for our caterers to provide you with delicious alternatives. 


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • 10% discount for UTS staff
  • 10% discount for UTS alumni/students 
  • 15% discount for group enrolments of 3 or more from the same organisation.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

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Who is this course for?

This introductory Lean Six Sigma module has been designed for professionals seeking to build their business process improvement experience, including:

  • Executives
  • Senior managers
  • Project managers
  • Improvement project facilitators or coaches
  • Business improvement teams.


Course content is relevant to professionals across a wide range of sectors, from construction and finance to education and hospitality.

Book a session

Wed 04 Sep 2024-
Wed 04 Sep 2024
Expert: Alan Skinner, Daniel Ionita
  • UTS City Campus. Click on the underlined sessions and hours total link below to reveal specific session details.
  • On Campus (Sydney)
  • 1 session, 8 hours total

Enrolments close Monday, 26 August 2024 AEST or when all places have been filled, whichever occurs first. If you anticipate a late enrolment, please email Note that invoices must be paid in full and reconciled by our Finance team before you can access your online course materials.

Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.