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Cycle Time Reduction and Kaizen in Six Sigma

During the Improve stage of a project, the Six Sigma team uses tools to address the causes of problems in the process. Cycle time reduction and continuous improvement tools are popular choices to address many of these problems. Reducing cycle time brings products to the market faster and improves delivery time and overall customer satisfaction. A timely and productive application of kaizen - or continuous improvement - allows an organization to eliminate waste, streamline processes, reduce costs, and create a Lean culture in the organization. This course looks at some of the common lean tools for cycle time reduction and continuous improvement, including continuous flow, setup reduction, kaizen, and kaizen blitz. This course is aligned to the ASQ Body of Knowledge and is designed to assist Green Belt candidates toward their certification and to become productive members on their Six Sigma project teams.

Target Audience
Candidates seeking Six Sigma Green Belt certification; also quality professionals, engineers, production managers, and frontline supervisors; process owners and champions charged with the responsibility of improving quality and processes at the organizational or departmental level

Expected Duration (hours)

Lesson Objectives

Cycle Time Reduction and Kaizen in Six Sigma

  • calculate cycle time and takt time, given a scenario
  • recognize the benefits of cycle time reduction
  • demonstrate your understanding of cycle time reduction concepts
  • identify characteristics of the continuous flow approach to cycle time reduction
  • recognize the characteristics of the single-minute exchange of dies (SMED) method
  • sequence the core steps of the single-minute exchange of dies (SMED) method
  • demonstrate your understanding of cycle time reduction concepts
  • determine the appropriate type of kaizen event for a given project
  • recognize examples of activities typically performed during each day of a kaizen blitz
  • recognize activities a team carries out while implementing kaizen in an organization
  • use the kaizen process to implement a kaizen event



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