Program features

Fourteen learning modules with instructor support and cheerleading! Students do not need a Green Belt to qualify for the Black Belt program.

  • Green Belt not required

  • Weekly live office hours with instructor

  • Instructional videos

  • Graded assignments with instructor feedback

  • Module quizzes

  • LinkedIn group

  • Course textbooks and slide books available separately

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Heart of the course

Daniel Leeds

I think this section covers the real nuts and bolts of the Black Belt role, leading your project team to success. Your team working together is what is going...

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I think this section covers the real nuts and bolts of the Black Belt role, leading your project team to success. Your team working together is what is going to make the project a success, but without proper leadership that will not happen. This course teaches you how to put together the right team and guide them through the process, working with each other, not against each other. Great stuff!

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Office Hours

    • Office Hours - READ ME FIRST!

    • Dr. MMV's Office Hour Wed 6:30-7:30 ET

    • Links to Office Hour recordings

    • New! Community Page

  • 2

    Module 1 Getting Started

    • Congratulations on beginning your Black Belt journey

    • Welcome to the program!

    • About the course author/ instructor

    • Course design

    • How to use this course

    • What you will learn in this course

    • Study planner

    • What's in it for me?

    • Before we begin...

  • 3

    Module 2 Reviewing Lean Six Sigma

    • Module details

    • Lean Six Sigma part 1

    • Lean Six Sigma part 2

    • The DMAIC roadmap

    • Activity: Six Sigma defect comparison

    • Mirasol case study introduction

    • Activity: Cases study response and SWOT analysis

    • Module 2 Quiz

  • 4

    Module 3 Launching Projects

    • Module details

    • Project selection

    • The project charter

    • Activity: Project brainstorming & selection

    • Activity: Project charter

    • Module 3 Quiz

  • 5

    Module 4 Capturing the Voice of the Customer

    • Module details

    • The voice of the customer

    • Sampling methods

    • Survey design & analysis

    • Survey question pitfalls

    • Survey question types & analysis

    • Kano analysis

    • Using Kano survey results

    • Intro to Survey Monkey

    • Activity: Design a survey

    • Module 4 Quiz

  • 6

    Module 5 Choosing Metrics

    • Module details

    • Levels of measurement

    • Choosing metrics

    • Quality costs

    • Financial calculations

    • Financial calculations using Excel

    • Financial calculations for textbook examples in Excel

    • Activity: Choosing metrics

    • Activity: Financial calculations

    • Module 5 Quiz

  • 7

    Module 6 Leading Teams

    • Module details

    • Stakeholder analysis

    • Using the stakeholder template

    • Six Sigma teams

    • Team dynamics

    • Activity: Stakeholder analysis

    • Activity: Team dynamics

    • Boy Scout Survival Team Exercise Scenario

    • Activity: Survival team exercise

    • Download only after you've completed the survival team exercise

    • Module 6 Quiz

  • 8

    Module 7 Managing Projects

    • Module details

    • The PERT chart

    • More PERT chart examples

    • Activity: PERT chart

    • Module 7 Quiz

  • 9

    It's NINJA time!

    • Whew! You're halfway there!

    • Who's a ninja?

  • 10

    Module 8 Mapping & Graphing Data

    • Module details

    • Process maps

    • Graphical analysis

    • More graphical analysis

    • Pareto charts in Excel

    • Run charts in Excel

    • Scatter plot patterns

    • Scatter plots in Excel

    • Activity: Graphical analysis

    • Module 8 Quiz

  • 11

    Module 9 Finding Root Causes

    • Module details

    • Finding root causes

    • More root cause tools

    • Activity: Mind map

    • Activity: Fishbone diagram

    • Activity: Is - Is Not matrix

    • Module 9 Quiz

  • 12

    Module 10 Implementing Lean

    • Module details

    • Lean principles

    • Lean summarized

    • Lean tools

    • Eight wastes & SMED

    • Kaizen event planning

    • Value stream mapping

    • Module 10 Quiz

  • 13

    Module 11 Calculating Lean Metrics

    • Module details

    • Changes to the textbook!

    • Lean metrics

    • Yield calculations

    • Activity: Calculating lean metrics

  • 14

    Module 12 Training Employees

    • Module details

    • Training methods

    • Activity: Training reflection

    • Activity: Training presentation

  • 15

    Module 13 Designing for Six Sigma

    • Module details

    • Affinity diagrams

    • Failure mode & effects analysis

    • Module 13 Quiz

  • 16

    Module 14 Closing the Project

    • Module details

    • Control plans

    • Validating the gains

    • Lessons learned

    • Recognition & celebration

    • Project reports - Jim Sutton

    • Project reports - Eli Guzman

    • Activity: WiiFM reflection

    • Module 14 Quiz

  • 17

    Taking the next steps

    • Resources and further reading

    • Before you go...