Professional Academic Outreach

Green Belt

The Lean Six Sigma: Green Belt course delves into the DMAIC process through in-depth information, analysis, and application of Six Sigma and Lean concepts that can be immediately applied to projects as well as leading and managing process improvement teams. The course is designed to certify participants as competent in the fundamentals of the Lean Six Sigma: Green Belt body of knowledge as defined by Washburn University. A Certificate of Completion: Green Belt is awarded upon successful completion of all program requirements. See Certificate of Completion for more information.

Prior participation in the Washburn University Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt course or prior Lean Six Sigma experience is strongly encouraged.

Program Information

Agenda

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Session 1

Day 1

8:15 - 9:45

Program Introduction and Overview

Participants are introduced to the program through review of LSS: Green Belt competencies, program materials and resources (including the online learning platform), and each other. The certificate of completion process will also be discussed.

10:00 - 12:00

Overview of Lean Six Sigma

This session provides a refresher overview of Lean Six Sigma with focus on how to implement LSS in an organization.

12:00 - 12:45

Lunch

12:45 - 2:45

Define

The Define phase of the process in this session will focus on project selection and gathering the Voice of the Customer (VOC).

3:00 - 4:30

Break

1:45 - 3:15

Developing a High Capacity Team

Successful Lean Six Sigma projects require collaboration and team work. This session explores elements of a high functioning teams, the skills necessary to facilitate, and stages of team development.

4:30 - 4:45

Wrap-Up

Session 1

Day 2

8:15 - 8:30

Announcements and Review

8:30 - 9:15

Catapult

Participants are introduced to the Catapult with an exercise to gain familiarity.

9:15 - 11:00

Define (continued)

Focus is on creating a project charter and developing high level process maps.

11:00 - 12:00

Introduction to Statistics

Key terms, concepts, and applications are reviewed.

12:00 - 12:45

Lunch

1:45 - 3:15

Plan the Project

Successful Lean Six Sigma projects require project management skills. This session reviews the essentials of project management. Participants will also be introduced to KPI Fire software as a LSS project management tool.

2:45 - 4:30

Catapult

The Measure phase is started with use of Catapult for case study.

4:30 - 4:45

Wrap-Up

Session 1

Day 3

8:15 - 8:30

Announcements and Review

8:30 - 10:45

Measure

Focus on understanding the process through identifying the X’s, process mapping, and FMEA.

9:15 - 11:00

Define (continued)

Focus is on creating a project charter and developing high level process maps.

11:00 - 12:00

Introduction to Minitab

Hands-on application to gain familiarity of the Minitab statistical software.

12:00 - 12:45

Lunch

12:45 - 1:45

Introduction to Minitab (continued)

2:00 - 3:00

Making Effective Presentations

Successful LSS projects require an ability to present information to groups of colleagues and stakeholders. This session explores the essentials of

3:00 - 4:30

Catapult

Use of the Catapult continues for Measure phase with focus on understand the process.

4:30 - 4:45

Wrap-Up

Session 2

Day 4

8:15 - 8:30

Announcements and Review

8:45 - 9:45

Project Review / Presentations

Brief report outs on LSS project.

10:00 - 12:00

Measure

Basic Six Sigma metrics, assessment of process capability, and assessment of Six level.

12:00 - 1:30

Lunch/Catapult

Working lunch with catapult application to calculate process capability and six sigma level.

1:30 - 3:00

Measure

Sample size, developing measurement plans, lean assessment, and measurement system analysis.

3:00 - 4:00

Catapult

This exercise will combine the elements of Measure to identify all the critical X’s, develop a measurement plan, and validate the Measurement Systems.

4:00 - 4:15

Review: Developing High Capacity Teams

4:15 - 4:30

Case Review

Presentation and discussion of an actual example.

4:30 - 4:45

Wrap-Up

Session 2

Day 5

8:15 - 8:30

Announcements and Review

8:30 - 9:30

Lean Overview

Introduction to Lean and the lean process map

9:45 - 10:45

Lean Simulation (first round)

The class will participate in a simulation to represent the key elements of Lean. The first round will be completed in the morning and a second round will be completed after a discussion of lean tools and principles.

10:45 - 12:00

Lean Tools

Various Lean tools and methods will be discussed and then used to improve the Lean Simulation exercise throughout the day. This will be a fast paced, highly interactive session to make improvements to the Lean Simulation results from round one.

12:00 - 12:45

Lunch / “The Goal”

The movie version of The Goal will be viewed during lunch. A discussion of the movie and “Theory of Constraints” will be discussed.

12:45 - 3:00

Lean Tools (continued)

3:30 - 4:30

Lean Simulation (second round)

Lean tools and methods are discussed throughout the day to complete the second round of the simulation. The goal of the second round is to see if the simulation results can be improved from round one.

4:30 - 4:45

Wrap-Up

Session 3

Day 6

8:15 - 8:30

Announcements and Review

8:30 - 9:30

Project Review / Presentations

Brief report outs on LSS project.

9:30 - 10:00

Review: Making Effective Presentations

10:00 - 11:30

Analyze

The key components of the Analyze phase of the DMAIC process will be discussed including graphical and statistical tools.

11:30 - 2:00

Lunch / Catapult

Working lunch and use of catapult to analyze data, analyze process, and conduct a multivariate analysis.

2:15 - 2:45

Analyze

Root cause analysis.

2:45 - 4:30

Catapult

First improvement opportunity; determine root cause.

4:30 - 4:45

Wrap-Up

 

Session 3

Day 7

8:15 - 8:30

Announcements and Review

8:45 - 9:45

Catapult

Various Root cause analysis techniques will be discussed.

10:00 - 12:00

Analyze

Review of various solution techniques; hypothesis testing.

12:00 - 12:45

Lunch

12:45 - 2:45

Analyze

Hypothesis testing (continued); regression analysis.

2:45 - 4:30

Catapult

Second improvement opportunity.

4:30 - 4:45

Wrap-Up

Session 3

Day 8

8:15 - 8:30

Announcements and Review

8:30 - 9:30

Project Review / Presentations

Brief report outs on LSS project.

9:30 - 12:00

Improve

Overview, select solution, and design of experiment.

12:00 - 12:45

Lunch

12:45 - 2:45

Control

SPC, control plans, and capability analysis.

3:00 - 4:30

Catapult

Third improvement opportunity.

4:30 - 4:45

Wrap-Up

Session 3

Day 9

8:15 - 8:30

Announcements and Review

8:30 - 9:30

Project Review / Presentations

Brief report outs on LSS project.

9:45 - 12:00

Control

Focus on change management, strategies for sustainability, and empowerment.

12:00 - 2:00

Lunch / Catapult

Fourth improvement opportunity.

2:00 - 3:00

Catapult Presentations

3:00 - 4:30

Final Activities

4:30 - 4:45

Wrap-Up

Costs and Discounts

The standard cost of the course is $3,100 per person. See Payments, Refunds and Fees for additional information about payment types, refunds, cancellations, and fees.

Group organizational discounts are given per person for multiple registrations made concurrently:

  • 10% discount for 3-5: $2790
  • 15% discount for 6-8: $2635
  • 20% discount for 9-11: $2480
  • 25% discount for 12 or more: $2325

**A 15% late fee will be applied to registrations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the Green Belt course.**


Contract Programs

The per person fee for the course offered on contract is $2,325 per person (25% discount). Contract courses require a minimum of 12 participants with a maximum of 25. The contract fee does not include travel and accommodations.


Non-Profit and Small Business Scholarship

Recognizing that there are many small organizations that can benefit from the portfolio of programs offered by the Center but may not have sufficient financial resources, Washburn and Go Topeka have partnered to offer financial assistance to non-profits (501c3 or 501c6) and small businesses who have participated in the Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development (EMBD) program. The support is intended for organizations of approximately twenty (20) employees or less.

Cost

The financial assistance is a shared cost between the applicant, Go Topeka, and Washburn University with each entity contributing a third of the regular course fee. For the LSS: Green Belt course, the cost to approved applicants is $1,033 (the remainder of the fee is shared by Washburn and Go Topeka).

Application Process

Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance. The review committee will notify the applicant within two weeks if the scholarship is approved, at which time the applicant has two weeks to register and pay for their portion of the course, otherwise the scholarship is forfeited. In addition, scholarship recipients commit to meeting other program requirements, including full attendance and assignments.

Restrictions and Limitations

The scholarship award may not be combined with any other discounts. Awards are granted on an as space available basis. Washburn reserves the right to limit the number of scholarship awards per class. The maximum amount of scholarship that may be awarded is $2,270 per individual or $5000 per organization, regardless of the number of participants from that organization.

Apply for a scholarship

Course Format and Materials

  • 9 full days of class:3 clusters of 3-day sessions (scheduled approximately 3 weeks apart)
  • Class time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Online supplement
  • Meals and refreshments provided
  • Professional Development Hours: 80 

The following materials are provided:

  • Lean Six Sigma: Green Belt Business Improvement Guide. Washburn University and Crimson

  • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, 3rd Revised Edition. North River Press

  • Six Sigma and Minitab: A Toolbox for Managers, Black Belts and Green Belts. QSB Consulting

**PowerPoint slides used in this program are not provided.**

What you need to bring:

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, participants will:

  • Comprehend key concepts and theories that underlie elements of LSS
  • Understand and demonstrate key presentation skills
  • Explain and utilize statistical applications using Minitab
  • Demonstrate LSS knowledge and skills through class application activities
  • Identify, select, or interpret through online exams and content posting
  • Understand core concepts of managing a project
  • Utilize mentor or coaching skills to team members new to LSS
  • Create, describe and defend a unit-level LSS process improvement plan to address an identified problem or opportunity through presentation and discussion
  • Apply a LSS process improvement plan with a final report of process and outcomes 

Project Selection

The LSS: Green Belt program provides the opportunity to fully apply learning to a project, so it is important to have a project identified in advance.  In order to take advantage of the course content and support, it is strongly recommended that the project be limited in scope with the goal of completion in about four months after the last class session.

We recommend selecting a project that is part of a department goal or objective so that it is supported by management.  If the contemplated project is large or complex, consider selecting one aspect or component of it for the LSS: Green Belt project.

Finally, while professionals are called upon to address an array of problems and issues, we recommend that the selected project be one of high interest and offers intrinsic motivation to complete.

Testimonials

"I highly recommend the Washburn University Lean Six Sigma programs. The Instructors are informative, friendly and provide the students with a unique educational experience.  The Material covered in the White Belt, Yellow Belt and the Green Belt courses is extremely useful and I have been able to successfully apply the content to my workplace. As a result of this rewarding experience, I have encouraged and supported my staff in taking these Lean Six Sigma courses and have been impressed with their project outcomes."
-Amy Martens, P.E.. Manager, Engineering Services Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

"A great course. I learned a lot and I am looking forward to applying the tools/training to my every day work. Even if I cannot change the culture, it will improve my analysis and process improvement.”
- Jillian Fisher, United Way of Greater Topeka

“The real world examples were extremely helpful. Participating with other organizations was fun and provided insight…Top notch program on all fronts. Well done!"
- Bob Tucker, U.S. Foods

“The class was fun. Using the tools really helped, especially using Minitab for the catapult.”
- Hanna Korbe, se2

“I enjoyed the course as it teaches us something that is very basic and logical, but yet something that gets lost and overlooked … in organizations!”
- Garret Brower, Washburn School of Business

“Every work environment is different, but good (job) making the tools relatable to different companies”
- Eric Ladd. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas

“(Instructors) were top notch and took the time to explain and were good with any follow-up questions.”
- Wayne Wells, U.S. Foods

“Great class, great experience … A superb instructor and I learned a lot especially from the real world examples.”
- David Soph, Security Benefit

“Excellent training … Overall great learning experience … Confident in using tools.”
- Anantharaman Gurumurthy, Washburn School of Business

“Very informative and highly practical use at work.”
- Matthew Kahle, VAHRC

“I am looking forward to applying our learning .... I appreciated the synthesis of information into the input/tools/output pages and phase checklists ... Very successful class.”
- Roy Mullins, Payless ShoeSource

After this course I have grown tremendously in my skill set of thinking through the process and then articulating my point of view or thoughts in a more process/analytical method .... This course was worth the time and expense!.”
- Lisa Aschenbrenner, Payless ShoeSource.”

“The visualization and cross reference really helps the information make sense and stick with me better.”
- Tayna Schraaf, VAHRC

Great class! Enjoyed the learning process with the group. I will be able to apply this to my job everyday."
- Rex Tessendorf, Payless ShoeSource

“I enjoyed the course and feel I now understand how to implement the project work. I used to find the solution first and now I’m able to look at other options BEFORE implementing a solution. This prevents re-work.”
- Lorrie Bannister, Se2

“Thank you for the opportunity to take this class. I enjoyed the team interaction and the group activities. The class had a good balance of activities and lecture."
- DeeAnn Hurla, Se2

“The Green Belt class was great!  I took the Yellow Belt back in 2012 and I wish I would have gone straight to the Green Belt class. I learned a lot in Yellow Belt, but Green Belt brought everything together and made the process much clearer.  I highly recommend taking the Green Belt class for fellow Washburn faculty, staff, or students!”
- John Haverty, Washburn University

"There are many opportunities within a process at any organization where some aspect of Lean Six Sigma can be applied. This training provided me an advantage by giving logical and objective overviews on the DMAIC management methods in addition to practical data analysis. With the new tools and techniques I’ve found that I’ve gained a greater appreciation about how to undergo business improvement. This training is necessary for organizations who wish to leverage the fullest potential out of its employees."
- Ray Glaze, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.