Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt – Project Based

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Lean Six Sigma is the combination of the two most effective business improvement initiatives of the past two decades. Lean, pioneered by Toyota, seeks to minimise waste and optimise the speed of a process. Six Sigma, pioneered by Motorola, seeks to m... Read More

Lean Six Sigma is the combination of the two most effective business improvement initiatives of the past two decades. Lean, pioneered by Toyota, seeks to minimise waste and optimise the speed of a process. Six Sigma, pioneered by Motorola, seeks to minimise defects and maximise process capability. The marriage of Lean and Six Sigma has combined the best of both into a powerful weapon against waste and variation, enabling significant process improvements across all industries.

This three day Yellow Belt programme uses a targeted and supported team based approach to project based problem solving. The recommended approach is to set-up a number of teams (with 3-4 members on each team), each team will apply the DMAIC methodology (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control) to a well-defined process improvement opportunity. The programme structure is as follows:

  • Day 1 focuses on the Define and Measure phases
  • Following Day 1 the Team will have an action plan to characterise and investigate the process opportunity
  • Day 2 focuses on the Analyse, Improve and Control phases
  • Following Day 2 the Team will work to develop and implement an appropriate solution and verify its resultant impact on the process
  • Day 3 is used to review the Project Team deliverables, mentor and advise the Teams and ultimately deliver on the Projects’ objectives in conjunction with the Company Program Manager or Representative.

The course has little or no statistical content and will focus on identifying waste, using team tools, connecting knowledge based tools and identifying data collection requirements to improve process learning. The ideal spacing between Day 1 and 2 is three weeks with the same gap to the Day 3 mentoring Day.


What's covered?

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Day 1


  • Lean concepts – such as Valued Add and Non-Value Add and the 7 Traditional Wastes
  • Six Sigma concepts - - such as the Process Transformation Y=f(x), principles of variation and ‘critical to’ requirements

Core Tools for Define and Measure (‘As Is’ Process)

  • DMAIC Methodology (Define Measure Analyse Improve Control)
  • Project planning (Problem statement, goals, business case, scoping, milestones)
  • Stakeholder Analysis and basic Communication Planning (4 Ups)
  • Basic graphical analysis – Pareto, Histogram, Run Chart (Time Series), Bar and Pie Chart Analysis
  • Voice of the Customer (VOC)
  • Process Mapping techniques (SIPOC in Define Phase and detailed flow charts in the measure phase)
  • Data collection planning
  • Brainstorming and cause screening

Day 2

Core Tools for Analyse, Improve and Control (‘To Be’ Process)

  • Root cause analysis (5 Whys)
  • Creative thinking (Anti-Solutions)
  • Error Proofing
  • Solution Screening (PICK Charts)
  • Force Field Analysis
  • Standardisation and Visual Management
  • Project close-out and Control Plan

Day 3

On-site Project Reviews and Mentoring

  • Review of project progress based on agreed deliverables from days 1 and 2
  • Mentoring as required to assist with the development and/or implementation planning
  • Assistance with data analysis as appropriate
  • Direction on tool usage based on project reviews
  • Overall project advice to ensure a clear roadmap is agreed for ultimate project delivery and team certification
  • Review of assessment requirements

Who should attend?

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This course is intended for small project teams seeking to improve the process in which they are working. Likewise, anyone in the organisation intending to participate on Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt or Green Belt projects would benefit from this course.

Prospective projects and teams need to be agreed with the Company Representative in advance of the course.

What will I learn?

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Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • An understanding and knowledge of the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma and their application to process improvement.
  • Practical competency in the application of the DMAIC methodology to a specific company project
  • Delivery on a real-life project as part of a team based effort using the tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma
  • Confidence to undertake future Yellow Belt projects and to act as Green Belt team members

Who are the tutors?

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How will I be assessed?

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The Project must be submitted on Moodle (SQT’s secure virtual learning environment) within a timeframe as agreed with the Course Organizer (typically 10-16 weeks) using templates supplied.  The following should be submitted:

Project Charter
Project Status Updates (4-Ups)
Executive Summary
The documentation submitted will be assessed by the Tutor on a pass/fail basis.

On successful completion of this programme (as determined by both the Tutor and the Company Representative), each team member will receive SQT Yellow Belt certification

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3 training days
Course Times
9.00am - 5.00pm
Delivery Mode
This programme is available In-House

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt – Project Based

Duration: 3 days