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Programs we offer

Green/Yellow Belt Training

Five half-day sessions spread over two to four weeks. We teach fundamental concepts and techniques from the Lean/Six Sigma body of knowledge in a hands-on context. In groups of five to eights, participants brainstorm ideas for improvement projects, select a project (an organizational process to improve), analyze the existing process, design an improved process (or completely redesign the process starting with a blank slate) and develop implementation and control plans. Individuals who complete the training receive a Yellow Belt credential. When the process improvements are implemented and documented, participants receive a Green Belt credential. Green Belt holders are well equipped to tackle future problems on their own or with the help of a facilitator. Typical class size is twelve to fifteen, and we split the class into two project teams for much of the hands-on work.

Facilitated Problem Solving

Similar to our Green/Yellow Belt training. However, in this format the group (or it’s leadership) comes into the process having already identified a project–i.e. a problem to solve or process in need of improvement. This allows us to bypass brainstorming and selecting a project and thus there is more time to focus on the other steps in the improvement process. As with basic Green/Yellow belt training, we place a heavy emphasis on teaching concepts and techniques as we facilitate the group, and we are typically able to award Yellow Belts and Green Belts to participants.

Kaizen Blitz

Utilizes the same five-step methodology as the programs described above; however, the format is highly condensed, typically one-half day to one and one-half days. A good approach for problems that require participation and resource commitments from multiple units of the university to solve. Does not involve a heavy training component nor the conferring of a credential.

Custom Facilitation and Training

We are available to facilitate problem-solving sessions and other events. We have also had success co-facilitating projects with graduates of our Greenbelt program.