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LSS Black Belt


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Leading the Improvement Process

This four week course provides Lean Six Sigma Black Belts with a solid understanding of Lean Six Sigma principles, the DMAIC project roadmap, DFSS, advanced tools, program level knowledge, knowledge of risks and challenges, project management skills, and cultural change skills. The class is delivered in four five day segments.  Each five day segment is typically delivered two to three weeks after completion of the prior segment.  This time period allows the candidate time to obtain internal approval for the improvement project and to begin initial data collection and measurement, and to use the tools taught in each phase.  Our training approach emphasizes real world use of the techniques on real projects, so that certified Black Belts can truly say they have achieved success with Lean Six Sigma and can confidently use the methods after training. This approach gives the student the benefit of a more JIT training approach and the ability to work with the instructor and share ideas with the class.  Students capable of making all tollgate reviews will be given a Black Belt certification during the final week.  Students requiring additional time will submit their materials electronically after completion of the program.

The MSI approach to Black Belt Training encourages a balance between “Kaizen” or continuous improvement methods and Lean Six Sigma Projects.  We teach Black Belts that their most important deliverable is often and continuous improvement framework even if initial improvements from the project are not possible or not recognized.  This is especially true in transactional Six Sigma.  The Black Belts will mentor and enable Green Belts in their large numbers throughout the organization to affect the cultural change. 

This knowledge will enable the candidates to serve as active leaders on Six Sigma projects, to conduct analysis on their production processes, to mentor and coach Green Belts, and to track and manage continuous improvement of organizational processes.


§  Educate attendees on the fundamental value and use of Lean Six Sigma

§  Prepare attendees to become leaders of Lean Six Sigma engineering efforts

§  Provide Black Belts with the skills to analyze, improve, and control the organizations business processes

§  Teach Black Belts to institutionalize a culture of excellence

§  Teach Black Belts to deal with project roadblocks and pitfalls

§  Enable attendees to conduct extensive data collection and  advanced analysis techniques

§  Provide training and skills in the assessment of process outputs

§  Give attendees depth of knowledge in the quantitative methods of Lean Six Sigma

§  Teach attendees the value of proactive management, techniques, and the importance of a Kaizen end state system

§  Give attendees the ability to control and improve processes using simple scientific methods and qualitative techniques

§  Provide attendees with an understanding of how to manage a Lean Six Sigma deployment and infrastructure – best practices


1.     Competency in Algebra level mathematics

2.     Bachelors of science degree or equivalent technical experience

3.     Competency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Visio

4.     Ability to bring an improvement project to the second week of training. This project should be limited in scope and well within the control of the candidate.