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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Our Black Belt program provides participants with the skills and support to lead highly complex improvement projects. Our seasoned experts deliver excellent value by not only bolstering your understanding of Lean Six Sigma, but also through providing personalised guidance on the specific business problems you have. At the end of this course, you will have an actionable plan as well as the skills and tools to execute it.

About this course

Building upon the skills and knowledge covered in green belt (or black belt stage 1), the black belt program equips project managers with the skills and tools needed to carry out highly complex improvement projects, spanning across areas of a business or organisation.

Delivered over two, separate, five-day intensives (stage 2 and stage 3), this black belt program enables project managers to draw on sophisticated business analysis tools, creative solution development techniques and business improvement governance models.  

Lean Six Sigma program structure

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt is the fourth step in a progressive program of six sigma training, and each program must be completed before progressing onto the next as follows:

Price

Full price: $9,990 (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.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

The first 5-day block (stage 2) sees participants re-conceptualise their existing understanding of those skills, tools, and concepts learnt during green belt, in the context of ‘whole-of-organisation’ improvement strategy and the different role played by black belt project managers as facilitators and leaders within their organisations. This involves exploring more advanced concepts and tools that arise during the measurement phase.

The second 5-day block (stage 3) explores more advanced concepts, tools, and skills related to the analysis, implementation and control phases. This involves exploring techniques for creative solution development, statistical process control, experiment design and change management for more complex solutions.

The following content will be covered during the course over the two, five-day blocks:

Block 1 (5 days)

1.   Grounding the black belt program

  • Introduction to black belt program & course expectations
  • Lean six sigma history, context & basic concepts
  • Lean six sigma strategic view
  • Reframing organisational improvement - lean six sigma & organisational excellence
  • Lean six sigma roles & development roadmap
  • Emergence of business excellence
  • Strategic analyses
  • Complexity of black belt projects
  • Black belt tools.

2.   Developing black belt facilitation skills

  • Lean six sigma & organisational improvement
  • Black belt role
  • Review of personality in facilitation
  • Teamwork -team chemistry & performance model
  • Self-assessment of black belt team leader capabilities
  • Team facilitation & communication - skills, models & tips
  • Decision-making
  • Consensus building worksheet
  • Decision grids
  • Power & identity
  • Facilitating conflict.

3.   Issues in starting a project

  • Review of the define phase, engagement & communication
  • Audience
  • Key expectations & concerns
  • Communication actions
  • Review of improvement plan
  • Modelling your project
  • Coaching hints on improvement plan
  • Review measuring financial benefits
  • Review PDSA – learning cycles & cycle plans
  • Coaching hints on learning cycles
  • Black belt role as a coach
  • Facilitating coaching sessions
  • Helping with project selection
  • Case study for project selection
  • Engaging key stakeholders
  • Review other tools for the define phase
  • Explore quality companion for define phase.

4.   Variations in approaches

  • Overview of project types, durations & teams
  • Reasons for rapid improvement approaches
  • Rapid improvement approaches: A3 & kaizen
  • Collaborative approaches to accelerate change.

5.   Measurement & sampling

  • Review of measurement concepts & data collection
  • Data analysis in microsoft excel
  • Descriptive statistical analysis in minitab
  • Introduction to measurement at black belt level
  • What is statistical significance?
  • Power
  • Measurement validity types
  • Construct validity exercise
  • Reliability & validity
  • Levels of measurement & measurement error
  • Gage r & r (repeatability & reproducibility)
  • Sampling & sampling error.

6.   Control charts

  • Review of run charts & control charts
  • Control chart types & planning
  • X (i-mr) charts (individuals)
  • Continuous vs variable data
  • X-bar, r charts & s charts
  • X-bar & s charts
  • Attribute control charts
  • Np & p control charts
  • C & u control charts.

7.   Capability analyses

  • Review of capability analysis concepts: histograms & process sigma
  • Using minitab to help with histograms
  • Capability indices - short (c) & long term (p)
  • Capability analysis using minitab.

Block 2 (5 days)

1.   Analysis

  • Review of key analysis concepts
  • Process mapping techniques & quality companion
  • Value stream mapping techniques & quality companion
  • Cause & effect diagrams & quality companion
  • Pareto charts & minitab
  • Scatter plots & simple correlation & minitab
  • Regression concepts
  • Simple & multiple linear regression.

2.   Language & structure of experimental design

  • Foundational ideas
  • Tools & properties of a good experiment
  • Types of planned experiments - enumerative & analytic
  • Principles for designing analytic studies
  • Tools for experimentation.

3.   Experiments with one factor

  • General approach
  • Simple one factor design
  • Blocking - paired comparison experiments
  • ‘t’ tests & minitab
  • Testing assumptions for t tests
  • Null or alternative hypotheses - two tail & one tail tests
  • Other models or types of t tests
  • Anova concepts & one-way anova.

4.   Experiments with more than one factor

  • Basic concepts
  • Minitab & full factorial designs.

5.   Advanced concepts & fractional factorial designs

  • Additional advanced concepts & processes with minitab
  • Fractional factorial experiments - reducing size
  • Minitab case - 1/4 - fraction design
  • Fractional practice case in minitab.

6.   Creative solution development

  • Review of creative solution development concepts
  • Introduction to creative ideas generation
  • Lateral thinking
  • Tools for creative ideas generation
  • Concept formation
  • Parallel thinking
  • Summary & other tools - reverse brainstorming.

7.   Change management

  • Review of measurement concepts
  • Extending the adkar model for change
  • Adkar profiles - diagnostic application
  • Understanding reactions to change
  • Managing the change curve.

8.   Design for Six Sigma

  • Review of design concepts
  • Quality function deployment or house of quality
  • Failure mode effects analysis
  • Overview of customer experience design.

Course learning objectives

  • Understanding the strategic context of business improvement
  • Statistical analysis techniques and measurement
  • Six sigma methodology (technical)
  • Creative development and innovation including De Bono and TRIZ
  • Six sigma and business process management
  • Team leadership, team dynamics, communication
  • Customer analysis
  • Key elements of planning for improvement, leadership and governance.

Requirements

Mandatory

  • Applicants considering undertaking their Lean Six Sigma Black Belt qualification must have completed the UTS Lean Six Sigma Green Belt short course or equivalent third party program. Additionally, applicants must already be in a role within an organisation where they have responsibility for the execution of an improvement program.
  • Please submit evidence of completion of a Green Belt program to business.practice@uts.edu.au.

Other

  • You will be provided with writing materials and the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt workbook upon your arrival. Laptops are optional.

Discounts

Discounts are available for the following:

  • 10% discount for UTS staff, students and alumni
  • 15% discount for 3 or more enrolments from the same company

If you are eligible for any of the discounts above, you will need to obtain a discount code BEFORE you sign up for this course.

Please email support@open.uts.edu.au with your UTS staff or student number, or provide details of your group enrolment. Once verified, you will be supplied with a voucher code to apply to your cart.

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. 

Catering

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 business.practice@uts.edu.au prior to attending your course, so that we can arrange for our caterers to provide you with delicious alternatives.  

Who is this course for?

This course is particularly useful for those involved in improvement initiatives, including:

     -  Organisations undertaking company improvement programs

     -  Organisations seeking to build sustainable internal capabilities

     -  Individuals handling complex improvement projects

     -  Individuals leading business improvement programs.

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