Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) in manufacturing and business processes using a set of quality management methods. It creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization (“Black Belts”, “Green Belts”, etc.) who are experts in these methods. Each Six Sigma project follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets. In recent years practitioners have combined Six Sigma methods with lean manufacturing to yield a methodology named Lean Six Sigma.
Successful implementation of a Lean Six Sigma Program is significantly dependent upon effective allocation of resources and focus on the most impactful activities. Project Selection can make or break an improvement program. This course guides management through the process to assure these objectives are accomplished. Generating high impact projects consists of performing a Project Selection Process (“PSP”) to identify the company’s areas of concern; those areas where significant business problems or opportunities exist. The Opportunity Analysis is performed through two primary approaches: 1) by identifying any and all opportunities perceived by the management team and 2) by identify specific problems which are preventing the accomplishment of specific goals and objectives of the organization.
Course and Learning Objectives:
At the end of this course, you will be able to understand the various elements involved in the Project Selection process. In addition you will learn how to:
- Define Opportunities
- Identify Problematic areas
- Create Affinity Diagrams
- Define a project
- Develop Project Lists
- Identify people associated with projects
- Link to corporate strategies
Additional reference materials are not required for this course.
Students should have a basic understanding of Six Sigma and Project management concepts.
Executives, Vice Presidents, Managers, Divisional Leaders and/or Process Owners.