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The Woodlands, TX 77380

Tel: 909.702.8546

 

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A Successful Lean Six Sigma Journey Needs:
Training the leadership first.
Variance Reduction Training

Duration: 2 Days

Class size:  5 - 15 participants

Variance reduction is the backbone to Six Sigma improvement efforts. This 2-day training module is a hands on course that leaves all participants motivated to improve work processes.

Topics to Cover:

  • Input-Process-Output Diagram

  • Process Flow Diagram

  • Cause and Effect Diagram

  • Identify Constant and Noise Variables

  • Reduce Noise Variables with Standard Operating Procedures

 

Who Should Attend:

Variance Reduction is targeted for all employees in your company to see how THEY can reduce variance in their work processes to improve the bottom line. All levels of your organizations employees will benefit from this short, but effective training.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Lean Six Sigma Training to fit any industry or schedule. 

A Successful Lean Six Sigma Journey Needs:
Creating a strong sense of urgency.
Lean Six Sigma Executive Overview

Duration: 1 Day

Class Size: 5 - 20 Participants

Executive Overview is a one-day session used to inaugurate the introduction of Lean Six Sigma to the Leadership Team and to provide a top-level understanding.  This training will also benefit those who would just like to receive an overall look at the Lean Six Sigma process.

Attendees will learn the basics to Simplify and Perfect, the backbone of Lean and Six Sigma.  All will see how to gain process knowledge to make their processes Better, Faster, Lower Cost, and Safer.  Participants will learn how these tools are deployed through a project using the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) roadmap.  

Topics Discussed:

  • Introduction to the basics.

  • What is Lean Six Sigma?

  • What is Lean?

  • What is Six Sigma?

  • The History of Lean Sigma in Business

 Who Should Attend:

Attendees should include the President, CEO, all direct reports and any other significant individuals who will be considered owners of the Lean Six Sigma operational process.  This training will also benefit those who would just like to receive an overall look at the Lean Six Sigma process.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Executive Training to fit any industry or schedule. 

  • Types of Lean Sigma Deployments

  • Lean Sigma Infrastructure

  • Customer Focus

  • How Lean & Six Sigma Deliver Value

  • Culture Change

  • The Executive’s Role

Train the Trainer

Duration:  3 - 5 Days

Workshop size:  5 - 15 participants

Supporting a change initiative within an organization requires a superior infrastructure, well defined objectives, and most importantly master leadership and communication skills. Leaders in an organization must be able to inspire and motivate others to succeed.

VRI's Train the Trainer Workshop is a course which focuses on building the communication, presentation and training skills required to accelerate team members understanding, so they willingly commit to ideas and take action for Lean Six Sigma results. Participants learn to master the Communication skill set in teaching the Lean Six Sigma body of knowledge.  

Topics to Cover:

  • Input-Process-Output Diagram

  • Process Flow Diagram

  • Cause and Effect Diagram

  • Identify Constant and Noise Variables

  • Reduce Noise Variables with Standard Operating Procedures

Who Should Attend:

Certified Black Belts and  Master Black Belts who are poised to be the teachers and trainers to the Lean & Six Sigma body of knowledge.

A Suscessfull Lean Six Sigma Journey Needs:
Training the leadership first.
A Suscessfull Lean Six Sigma Journey Needs:
Aligning Lean Six Sigma implementation with strategic business direction/plan.
White Belt Training

Duration: 1Day 

Class size:  5 - 20 participants

In this workshop, the students will experience, first hand, how to apply easy concepts to improve their processes the very next day! The student will learn the basic concepts of how to Simplify the process by identifying and removing wastes in processes.  They will receive an overview on the various Lean Tools but focus most of their time identifying and removing waste through a series of two classroom exercises. ​The second part of the class is focused on the basic concepts in implementing Six Sigma, the elimination of process variability.  Students will have two exercises that focus on the measurement of processes and capturing the Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) to the removal of process variability thereby improving the process!  

Topics to cover

  • What is Lean, Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma

  • Lean Six Sigma principles

  • Waste categories measured in Lean

  • Major Tools used in Lean

  • How to Determine the Cost of Poor Quality

  • The Importance of Variance Reduction in work processes

  • How to establish customer driven specifications How to achieve variance reduction

  • How to track a process with a Scorecard

  • Why do we do Lean Six Sigma?

Who Should Attend:

As this is a hands-on training, participants will leave the course with skills they can implement immediately. Thus, ALL project members should take this course as well as anyone connected with a process in need of improvements.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Lean Six Sigma White Belt Training to fit any industry or schedule. 

Basic Statistics Training

Duration: 4 Days

Class size: 5 - 20 participants

This class provides participants a working knowledge of statistical tools for monitoring and improving processes, reducing variation, and gaining process knowledge in an efficient manner. Strong emphasis is placed on using facts and data for sound decision making. Participants learn how to take data and transform it into vital information. The course is taught with a simplistic approach and makes use of many in-class examples and exercises. Participants have ample opportunity to practice what is taught and leave with a practical knowledge of basic statistical tools and the confidence necessary to use these tools immediately for effective process control and improvement.

Topics Discussed:

  • The Basics

  • Introduction to Variance Reduction

  • Define and Scope Your Work

  • Data Analysis with Basis Stats and Graphs

  • Measurement System Analysis

  • Data Distributions and Probability

  • Confidence Intervals and Sample Size

  • Hypothesis Testing

  • Control Chart

 Who Should Attend:

As performance improvement and Statistical Process Control deals with determining and improving an organization’s nominal value on product or process acceptability, there is a variety of staff that should be trained in this area. We suggest Production Floor Staff and Management, as well as all of Quality Control employees and Engineers.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Lean Six SIgma Training to fit any industry or schedule. 

A Successful Lean Six Sigma Journey Needs:
Selecting the right partner company to help you.
Black Belt Training​

 

​Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training​

Duration: 4 Weeks

Class size:  5 - 20 participants

Lean Six Sigma is a quality management concept for continuous improvement that combines the Lean Manufacturing Concepts from the renowned Toyota Production System and the data driven analysis of Six Sigma.   Lean Six Sigma combines the speed and agility of Lean with the predictability of Six Sigma to create solutions for better business practices and dramatic bottom line results. The curriculum is based upon the DMAIC roadmap (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, & Control) which is the foundation for Six Sigma. The Lean tools and concepts are integrated into the DMAIC framework to create a continuous improvement tool set that can be used to manage any process problem.

 

The benefits of this course include:

  • Students will learn over 35 Lean and Six Sigma tools.

  • The instruction can be done with various Statistical Analysis software such as Minitab, Quantam XL, SPC XL, JMP, and MS Excel depending on the needs of your organization. 

  • Students are encouraged to bring a project to the class, which will be reviewed and discussed throughout the class. 

  • Fun classroom exercises used to give students a “hands on” exposure to the Lean Six Sigma Tools and Concepts.

  • Experienced Instructors use real world examples to demonstrate application of tools.

As part of our four-week Lean Six Sigma Black Belt option, our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program may be taken alone or as the first step to earning your Black Belt.  Our fully customizable program allows students with no prior experience to complete the Green Belt and Black Belt programs consecutively to earn an internationally-recognized Black Belt certification. This is called our Black Belt Bridge Program.

 Who Should Attend:

This workshop is intended for participants who are expected to lead cross functional complex process improvement projects that will drive and sustain change in the organization.  The ideal candidate is one who has a strong analytical aptitude, effective communication ability and leadership attributes. 

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training to fit any industry or schedule. 

 

 
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Bridge Program

 

Duration: 2 Weeks (taken at least 4 weeks apart)

Class size:  5 - 20 participants

Pre-Requisite:  Completion of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training

This program is designed for those who have completed their Green Belt certification separately and would like to pursue attaining Black Belt certification.  Green Belt training is a pre-requisite to this course. The course supplements the Green Belt training with Week 3 and Week 4 of the Black Belt training course.    Our fully customizable program allows students to continue on to complete the Black Belt programs separately to earn an internationally-recognized Black Belt certification.

 

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is intended for participants who have completed their Green Belt Certification and would like to pursue a Black Belt level expertise in Lean Six Sigma.  The ideal candidate is one who has a strong analytical aptitude, effective communication ability and leadership attributes to drive change and performance improvement in their organization. 

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training to fit any industry or schedule. 

Six Sigma Black Belt Training

Duration: 2 Weeks

Class size:  1015 participants

Pre-Requisite:  Completion of Six Sigma Green Belt Training

One of the critical elements for Six Sigma implementation is its rigorous problem solving methodology and the applications of advanced problem solving tools as and when necessary. Organisations need to groom experts who have in-depth knowledge of Six Sigma methodologies and tools. This course aims to develop Six Sigma Black Belts who are trained to become the experts in Six Sigma knowledge and skills. The objective of this course is to impart the participants with advanced level skills in analyzing and improving processes using the Six Sigma approach.

 

Upon completion of this training, the participants will be able to:

Work with management to set up process improvement projects

  • Effectively lead teams to improve processes.

  • Provide coaching to project teams

  • Disseminate and apply Six Sigma principles, methodologies and tools in the organisation

  • Able to plan and conduct experimental design to identify and control key process factors.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is intended for participants who have completed their Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and would like to pursue a Black Belt level expertise in  Six Sigma.  The ideal candidate is one who has a strong analytical aptitude, effective communication ability and leadership attributes to drive change and performance improvement in their organization. 

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable 3 Week Six Sigma Black Belt Training to fit any industry or schedual. 

Green Belt Training

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training

Duration: 3, 5, 6 and 10 Day Program Available

Class size:  5  - 20 participants

Lean Six Sigma combines the speed and agility of Lean with the statistical predictability of Six Sigma to create solutions for better business practices and dramatic bottom line results.

​Over 35 tools are taught to allow students to gain process knowledge to make their processes Better, Faster, Lower Cost, and Safer.  They will deploy these tools through a project using the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) roadmap.  The Six Sigma tools strive to reduce process variance, measure the process, find optimal settings in a pursuit of perfection.

Topics Discussed:

  • Overview of Lean Six Sigma

  • Define and Organize Your Project

  • Team Building and Project Management

  • Change Management

  • Basic Process Mapping

  • Value Stream Mapping

  • Basic Statistics and Graphs

  • Measurement System Analysis

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is intended for participants who can facilitate process improvement projects within their organization. On their own, participants are able to facilitate process improvement projects that are not too complex and confined within their own area of responsibility or control and typically work under the guidance of a Black Belt or Master Black Belt. The ideal candidate is one who has a strong analytical aptitude, effective communication ability and leadership attributes.  Participants to this course can be developed into Black Belt level expertise.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers a variety of fully customizable Lean Six Sigma Green Belt courses to fit any industry or schedule. From Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Jump Start programs, which are 3 Days in length, Lite Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training, typically 5 Days or in a 3 + 3 Day configuration all the way through to full Lean Six Sigma Green Belt 2 Week Programs  (first two weeks of the four week Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Program).

As part of our four-week Lean Six Sigma Black Belt option, our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program may be taken alone or as the first step to earning your Black Belt.  Our fully customizable program allows students with no prior experience to complete the Green Belt and Black Belt programs consecutively to earn an internationally-recognized Black Belt certification. This is called our Black Belt Bridge Program.

 
Six Sigma Green Belt Training

Duration: 5 and 10 Day Program Available

Class size:  5 - 20 participants

The Six Sigma Green Belt course is designed to enhance technical problem solving skills. Instruction is application focused, therefore requiring all participants to successfully complete a project while completing the classroom portion of the training. The focus is knowledge transfer demonstrated by real time application of technical problem solving skills. Six Sigma Green belt practitioners analyze and solve quality problems, and are involved with Six Sigma, lean or other quality improvement projects.

Topics Discussed:

  • The principles, tools and methods required by a Six Sigma Green Belt

  • How to better understand the Voice of the Customer (VOC) and link these to processes and supporting metrics

  • Learn to lead proven Six Sigma DMAIC-style projects that drive service improvement and tangible financial benefits

  • Combine basic quality with powerful process analysis tools to create better service with less cost

  • Gain in-depth understanding of the impact of process variation in order to achieve predictable, error free processes and customer service

  • Successfully close process improvement projects and implement process control tools that will ensure that the benefits realized are sustained

 

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is intended for participants who can facilitate process improvement projects within their organization. On their own, participants are able to facilitate process improvement projects that are not too complex and confined within their own area of responsibility or control and typically work under the guidance of a Black Belt or Master Black Belt. The ideal candidate is one who has a strong analytical aptitude, effective communication ability and leadership attributes and can be developed into Black Belt level expertise.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers a variety of fully customizable Six Sigma Green Belt Courses to fit any industry or schedule. From Lite Six Sigma Green Belt Training, typically 5 Days, all the way through to full Six Sigma Green Belt Program (first 2 weeks of the three week Six Sigma Black Belt). 

As part of our three-week Six Sigma Black Belt option, our two week Six Sigma Green Belt program may be taken alone or as the first step to earning your Six Sigma Black Belt. Our fully customizable program allowes students with no prior experience to complete the Green Belt and Black Belt programs consecutively to earn an internationally-recognized Black Belt certification. 

A Successful Lean Six Sigma Journey Needs:
Selecting the right partner company to help you.
  • Lean Concepts & Tools

  • Variance Reduction

  • Regression Analysis

  • Hypothesis Testing

  • Control Charts & Control Plan

  • Kaizen Events

  • Project Close Out

Lean Training Programs

Our Lean & Six Sigma Training Programs are not in-the-box solutions, we customize and tailor each course, program or workshop to best suit your company's needs. Over 35 tools are taught to allow companies to gain process knowledge to make their processes Better, Faster, Lower Cost, and Safer. They will deploy these tools through a project using the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) roadmap. Our Training Programs allows you to view Lean Six Sigma as a philosophy, consequently changing the overall strategy of your company. All of our programing follows the Lean Six Sigma Body of Knowledge.

 
Lean Six Sigma Champions' Program

Duration: 3 Days

Class Size: 5 - 20  participants,

The three day Executive Champions Program presents a strategy for establishing a Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement culture within any type of organization. It will give the attendee a framework for implementing change and generating return on investment (ROI) from Lean Six Sigma activities. This class will provide leaders and managers the skills necessary to effectively deploy Lean Six Sigma to achieve better, faster, lower cost and safer processes. An overview of the tools used on Lean Six Sigma will be provided as well as the skills needed to staff, implement, and sustain Lean Six Sigma.

Day 1: Executive Overview – Laying the Foundation

  • What is Lean Six Sigma?

  • Why do Lean Six Sigma?

  • Implementing Lean Six Sigma

  • Roles and Responsibilities

  • Selecting Green Belts and Lean Facilitators

  • Selecting Projects

  • Sustaining Lean Six Sigma

Day 2 & 3: Executive Champions - Skills sets for Successful Champions

  • Define process goals in terms of key critical parameters (i.e. critical to quality or critical to production) on the basis of customer requirements or Voice Of Customer (VOC)

  • Measure the current process performance in context of goals

  • Analyze the current scenario in terms of causes of variations and defects

  • Improve the process by systematically reducing variation and eliminating defects

  • Control future performance of the process

 Who Should Attend:

Lean Six Sigma Champions are employees who hold roles as Strategic Business Leaders, Managers of Resources and Agents of Change. These leaders and managers will provide infrastructural support, inspire an internal shared vision and take on the role of mentor for all Lean Six Sigma trained employees. It is necessary for Champions to possess a high level knowledge of Lean Six Sigma as they will be identifying projects and determining Green and Black Belt Candidates.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Champion Training to fit any industry or schedule. 

A Successful Lean Six Sigma Journey Needs:
Setting up appropriate expectations.
 
Yellow Belt Training

Duration: 4 Days

Class size:  5 - 20 participants

This class provides participants a working knowledge of statistical tools for monitoring and improving processes, reducing variation, and gaining process knowledge in an efficient manner. Strong emphasis is placed on using facts and data for sound decision making. Participants learn how to take data and transform it into vital information. The course is taught with a simplistic approach and makes use of many in-class examples and exercises. Participants have ample opportunity to practice what is taught and leave with a practical knowledge of basic statistical tools and the confidence necessary to use these tools immediately for effective process control and improvement.

Topics Discussed:

  • The Basics

  • Introduction to Variance Reduction

  • Define and Scope Your Work

  • Data Analysis with Basis Stats and Graphs

  • Measurement System Analysis

  • Data Distributions and Probability

  • Confidence Intervals and Sample Size

  • Hypothesis Testing

  • Control Chart

Who Should Attend:

As performance improvement and Statistical Process Control deals with determining and improving an organization’s nominal value on product or service acceptability, there is a variety of staff that should be trained in this area. We suggest Production Floor Staff and Management, as well as all of Quality Control employees and Engineers

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training to fit any industry or schedule. 

A Successful Lean Six Sigma Journey Needs:
Selecting the right people to run your LSS program.