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Lean Principles and Six Sigma Projects

Lean is a continuous improvement initiative that streamlines processes and improves overall performance by reducing waste and cycle time. On improvement projects, Six Sigma can provide the underlying DMAIC methodology and tools to reduce variation and defects, whereas Lean tools and techniques can be specifically useful at the Improve and Control stages of DMAIC. This course introduces key Lean concepts and principles used on improvement projects in both service and manufacturing organizations. The course first examines the relationship between Lean and Six Sigma and introduces a few common Lean tools and techniques. This course is aligned to the ASQ Body of Knowledge and is designed to assist Green Belt candidates toward achieving their certifications and becoming productive members of their Six Sigma project teams.

Target Audience
Candidates seeking Six Sigma Green Belt certification; 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

Lean Principles and Six Sigma Projects

  • identify the stages of the Lean deployment methodology
  • identify differences and similarities between the Lean and Six Sigma methodologies
  • match Lean tools with the Six Sigma stages they can be generally applied to
  • recognize how Lean and Six Sigma concepts fit together
  • match Lean laws to their descriptions
  • match Lean concepts to their descriptions
  • recognize the steps in the Lean process
  • recognize concepts foundational to the Lean methodology
  • match Lean tools to their descriptions
  • identify characteristics unique to service organizations
  • recognize examples of organizational objectives, improvement goals, and tools appropriate for Lean Six Sigma projects in a manufacturing environment
  • recognize how Lean tools are used in manufacturing and service organizations
  • recognize key concepts associated with the theory of constraints
  • match various measures of a system in TOC to their descriptions and formulas
  • recognize how productivity is measured in Lean Six Sigma
  • determine whether a given activity should be considered value-added, nonvalue-added, or necessary nonvalue-added
  • recognize examples of different types of waste in an organization
  • identify examples of waste
  • identify the types of information revealed by a value stream map
  • match icons used in current state map to their descriptions
  • recognize icons used in creating the future state map
  • interpret a given value stream map




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