Lean Six Sigma

EM 211 – Lean Six Sigma

Next offered: January 2017
Lecturer:  Kishore Kumar Pochampally, PhD, PMP®, Six Sigma Black Belt

Course overview

Cut-throat competition is forcing firms to eliminate non-value added work and output inconsistency. While the concept of Lean addresses the former problem by removing process waste, the Six Sigma methodology solves the latter problem by minimizing process variation. This comprehensive course on all aspects of Lean and Six Sigma, gives you hands-on experience with essential quality improvement tools and techniques.

Students who successfully execute a Lean Six Sigma Project for an organization with documented evidence of process improvement results will also be eligible to receive a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Tufts Gordon Institute.

Prerequisite: an undergraduate degree in a technical subject OR a college-level course in statistics.

How it works

With the knowledge you obtain in this course, you will pursue a Lean Six Sigma project at an organization. You will prepare a detailed plan for the project, which outlines various elements including: voice of the customer, project charter, statistical process control charts, process capability ratios, process map, design and analysis of experiments, risk response matrix, and recommendations for process improvement.

By the end of the course, if you are also able to successfully execute the plan, with documented evidence of process improvement results (for example, a signed letter from the project sponsor at the organization), you will be qualified for the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the Tufts Gordon Institute. Your course grade must be at least a B+ for your process improvement results to be considered for the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. For additional information regarding Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification, please contact Tufts Gordon Institute.

Your key takeaway

Through the Lean Six Sigma course you will understand the tools and techniques used in the Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) methodology of Six Sigma. You’ll know how to design experiments and perform statistical testing to optimize processes. Lastly, you’ll know how to identify risks on a Six Sigma project and how to develop a risk mitigation strategy.

What you will learn

As a student in Lean Six Sigma, you will learn how to:

  • Prioritize Six Sigma projects
  • Develop a Lean Six Sigma project charter
  • Construct statistical process control charts
  • Calculate process capability ratios
  • Map a process and identify process waste
  • Perform statistical hypothesis testing to identify the factors affecting the response variable
  • Optimize a process using Design of Experiments
  • Identify root causes of quality problems
  • Evaluate and mitigate risks on a Six Sigma project
  • Develop a control plan

When and where the course is scheduled

Dates & Time: Wednesdays 6:00-9:00PM on 1/25,  2/1, 2/8,  2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, and 5/3

Location: Tufts University, Medford, MA
200 Boston Ave.
Room 4745


Tuition for the 2017-2018 Academic Year: $5,052 per 1 credit (equivalent of 4 credits at most other universities) course. Purchase of books and other required course materials are the responsibility of the student. Payment is due with course registration. You can pay by VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or check (payable to Trustees of Tufts College). Additional details on tuition and registration.