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Lean Six Sigma Foundations

Our one-day Lean Six Sigma Foundations course introduces you to the core principles and practices of lean six sigma improvement methodology. It is an ideal introduction for those new to this methodology, or for those keen to consolidate their training and knowledge in this area.

About this course

The first step in the lean six sigma learning journey, Lean Six Sigma Foundations introduces participants to the concept of organisational and process improvement and the role that the lean six sigma methodology and its practitioners play in this. Companies equipped with lean six sigma methodologies pursue excellence, consistency, customer responsiveness, speed and lower cost.

By exploring its historical origins and through de-bunking misconceptions about the methodology, participants will begin to understand where and how lean six sigma can be applied in order to achieve measurable improvements within organisations.

The remainder of the course has participants test and reflect on their understanding of these core theoretical principles by having participants apply their learning to a highly interactive, hypothetical improvement activity throughout the day. By approaching the hypothetical improvement activity in small groups, participants are introduced and prompted to practice those skills required to conduct and manage actual business improvement programs in the workplace.

Course structure

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.

Learning outcomes 

  • 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.

Lean Six Sigma program structure

A certificate of attendance will be awarded to all 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:



You will be provided with the Lean Six Sigma Foundations workbook, notepad and pen upon your arrival. Laptops are optional for this short course.


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. 


Discount codes 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 to this course.

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

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Who is this course for?

Lean Six Sigma Foundations is a training program particularly useful for those who are currently or looking to be involved in improvement projects or improvement initiatives, including:

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


11 October




1 day

Meet the experts

Alan Skinner

Alan Skinner
Director, Lean Six Sigma Excellence Institute

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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Book a session

Mon 11 Oct 2021 -
Mon 11 Oct 2021
Expert: Alan Skinner, Daniel Ionita
  • UTS – Venue TBC
  • On-campus
  • 1 session, 9 hours total

Catering is provided for this course. If you have any dietary requirements, please email

Mon 08 Nov 2021 -
Mon 08 Nov 2021
Expert: Alan Skinner, Daniel Ionita
  • UTS – Venue TBC
  • On-campus
  • 1 session, 9 hours total

Catering is provided for this course. If you have any dietary requirements, please email

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