Lean Six Sigma combines the Toyota Production System (Lean Production) and Motorola’s Six Sigma process-improvement methodologies. Becoming Lean Six Sigma certified equips participants with tools, knowledge and experience to optimize business processes and contribute to breakthrough results. Upon program completion, you will receive a Lean Six Sigma Certification, and will have strengthened your leadership toolkit.
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt – Class Photo, January 2020
Upcoming Courses and Community Meetings
We developed our Lean Practice in 2004, and have helped thousands of managers improve performance at service and manufacturing companies around the world.
Get to know and build relationships with emerging and established leaders as you work through realistic, hands on projects in the program. We also host monthly community meetings where Black Belt projects are presented, and speakers address leading edge topics in process improvement.
Our instructors are Master Black Belts, hold doctorates, and have years of top-level industry experience.
Both Six Sigma and Lean offer sets of tools that are dedicated to meeting customer requirements. A major component of this program is the DMAIC process.
- Define: Focus on the big picture, understanding customer requirements, project prioritization, chartering a project, scheduling, listening to the “voices” of the customers, the processes and the employees.
- Measure: Focus on gaining a competitive advantage through business analytics; Identifying inputs and outputs, types of measures, setting targets, data collection, root cause analysis and introduction to Minitab software.
- Analysis: Focus on diagnosis first, then action. Qualitative and quantitative analysis, process analysis, hypothesis testing, descriptive statistics, forecasting models, process flowchart techniques and benchmarking.
- Improve: Focus on process improvement as an engine for organizational growth by performing Kaizen events, developing potential solutions, creating the future state, optimizing solutions, evaluating risk, implementing new processes and doing service recovery.
- Control: Focus on implementing controls and developing standards. Evaluating financial benefits, monitoring process changes, understanding process capability, developing response plans and effective project closure.
- Effectively apply Lean Six Sigma methods and tools.
- Clearly articulate the DMAIC Lean Six Sigma stages and objectives.
- Integrate business performance management with Lean Six Sigma methodologies.
- Drive performance improvements in existing and new initiatives
- Become more effective team members for key cross-functional projects.
- Bring measurable improvements in customer satisfaction, product quality, and profitability.
- Lead mission-critical transformational change initiatives that create sustainable corporate value.
Who Should Attend?
- Individuals interested in developing an understanding of Lean Six Sigma and business analytics.
- Individuals who are responsible for planning and leading continuous improvement projects.
- Individuals who want to advance or change their careers by obtaining a Lean Six Sigma certification.
- Teams who want to work together to effectuate plans and implement high-priority projects.
- Proficiency in intermediate algebra and Microsoft Excel. We cover the Excel needed for LSS in class in the Green Belt, as well as an overview of basic statistics.
- We do not award Black Belt certificates until the student completes a Green Belt first.
- Students may complete their Green Belt certification at another company/institution, but approval is required in advance of our Black Belt program registration. Email a copy of your Green Belt certification to email@example.com for approval.
- Green Belt Certification – Online
Virtual classroom instruction and self-paced online lessons/assignments
Live instruction Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s from 6-8pm.
- Black Belt Certification
- $3,950 (prerequisite: Green Belt Certification)
Use code BLACK20 to save 20%!
One weeklong course per certification
Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM each day.
To Pay by Check/Discounts
To pay by check or to confirm discount eligibility and obtain the appropriate code, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Executive Education Center at 404-413-7300. Please note: Discount and promotion codes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, and must be entered at the time of registration. Discounts cannot be applied retroactively.
Fee covers: tuition, books and materials, certificate in Lean Six Sigma, breakfast and lunch, coffee and beverages, wireless Internet access, on-site IT support, and parking in the Tower Place 200 parking structure. Participants are asked to download a free 30-day demo of Minitab 18 software for use in class.
If you are out of work or under-employed, you may apply for funds from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. For more information, contact our WIOA liaison, Durinda Dickson, at email@example.com or 404-413-7301.
Green Belt Certification
- Introduction to Six Sigma, Lean, and performance management
- Introduction to Minitab and Excel for LSS
- Descriptive statistics
- DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analysis-Improve-Control)
- Effective teams and meeting management
**Earn your Green Belt Certification by completing required team assignments. Be prepared to meet with your assigned team from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on two or three days during the week of class. No project is required for Green Belt.
Black Belt Certification
- Black Belt project overview
- Multi-criteria decision making
- Estimation, hypothesis testing, and design of experiments
- Regression analysis
- Business intelligence/dashboards
- Lean implementation
- TRIZ (structured brainstorming)
- Control charts
- Change management
**A pre-approved improvement project must be completed and presented within one year after the completion of the Black Belt workshop.
What is Lean Six Sigma?
LSS is a process improvement methodology for organizations desiring to do their work more efficiently and effectively. It is the blending together of The Toyota Production System (Lean Production) and Motorola’s Six Sigma methodologies. It is used in virtually every type of organization. The DMAIC improvement methodology (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) is the focus of the program.
Are the GSU LSS certifications accredited?
Motorola retains the ownership of the Six Sigma methodology and Toyota owns the Toyota Production System. However, they do not protect this intellectual property, as they both realized very early on that they could only be successful if their suppliers adopted the same approach. Then, in turn, their suppliers realized that they could not be successful unless the suppliers’ suppliers did so as well! This has been cascading backwards through the supply chain for many years. Today, many universities and consulting firms provide certification training. Most of these programs follow the American Society for Quality (ASQ) guidelines for Black Belt content/competencies.
What benefits should I expect from LSS certification?
Most of our graduates use their LSS certifications to pursue promotions, change of career focus, or to find new jobs. So many jobs today advertise that LSS certification is “desired”, and those with LSS certifications are valued more highly in the hiring process. Many organizations today are looking for people with analytics capabilities, as well as those who are good problem solvers. LSS certification is a desired credential for both of these opportunities.
How do I receive my certification?
Earn your Green Belt Certification by successfully completing the required group project work and assignments by course end. To earn a Black Belt Certification, a pre-approved improvement project must be completed and presented within one year after the completion of the Black Belt program.
Is Financial Aid available?
If you are out of work or under-employed, you may qualify for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding. Contact the Department of Labor to identify your local contact.
Isabelle Monlouis is a General Electric Certified Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Master Black Belt and the Associate Director of the H.J. Russell Center for Entrepreneurship at Georgia State University. She has a demonstrated track record of training and coaching DMAIC, DMADV (DFSS), Work-Out, and Change Acceleration Process (Change Management) industry teams through project completion and enterprise implementation. Her research on continuous process improvement teams identifies leadership strategies for organizational learning. She has received several awards for teaching excellence and for LSS leadership excellence but she is most proud of the corporate innovation and leadership awards won by the teams she coaches.
Satish V. Nargundkar
Professor Nargundkar is a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma (LSS) and a founding instructor in the LSS program offered by the Robinson College of Business (RCB). He also currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Professional and Flex MBA programs at RCB. His research interests are multidisciplinary, with emphasis on analytics and supply chain management, and the improvement of teaching methods. He has published papers in journals such as the European Journal of Operations Research, Journal of Global Strategies and the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. He has received multiple awards for excellence in teaching effectiveness and innovation, as well as for his research.
“GSU’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program equipped me with a better understanding of the best practices necessary to be successful with process improvement projects.” – Vanessa, AllTech Industrial
“I learned so much that I can immediately apply in my work and bring demonstrable value to my employer.” – Elizabeth, CareSource
“Satish and Isabelle equipped us with the tools to complete a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt project, and I’m more confident in my ability to conduct a project for my organization.” – Ashley, City of Chamblee
“If you want a program that will provide you with a hands-on experience that will walk you through the Green Belt process with instructors who not only care but are truly passionate about the subject matter, look no further.” – Andres