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Design for Lean Six Sigma (DFLSS)

Duration: 5 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

Over the last decade, Six Sigma and Lean have been integrated and have generated tremendous success world-wide.

While the traditional Lean Six Sigma strategy of DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve & Control) is a methodology that fixes existing processes, the DFLSS strategy of IDOV (Identify, Design, Optimize & Validate) is used to build and deliver new processes which will operate at Six Sigma quality levels.

It starts by listening to the “Voice of the Customer” and identifying true customer needs, wants and “delighters.” We then translate those customer requirements into specific design requirements on a prioritized basis thus delivering a product or process that achieves customer satisfaction beyond expectations.

The Design and Optimize phase make use of modern statistical tools to generate the best design and optimize performance. All of this happens with overall shorter product development lead times. General Electric, Du Pont and Xerox are among the many companies who have adopted this product / process development strategy, achieving remarkable results.

This is a five-day course that picks up where Lean Six Sigma left off, students should have Black Belt experience including a good background in DOE. State of the art simulation and optimization software accompanies the course.

Essentials for Operational Excellence;
Align all the business values

Control Charting Workshop 

Duration: 1 Day

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

With a process control focus, participants of the Control Charting Basic Training should consist of managers, supervisors and team leaders who need to learn how to implement quality measures in order to increase quality within their organization. Discussed are proper metric development, control chart philosophy, construction, interpretation, and selection. This one-day course will focus on process control and capability.

Control Charts are used to:

  • Detect Special Cause Variation vs. Common Cause (Random Variation)

  • Outliers

  • Shifts

  • Trends

  • Determine a performance baseline

  • Determine if the process is stable, therefore predictable

  • Determine the influence of a process change

  • Statistically monitor the process over time

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is appropriate for continuous improvement leaders in a wide range of industries, functional areas, and levels, such as

  • Healthcare

  • Manufacturing

  • Service industries

  • Non-financial and financial professionals

  • Operations

  • Business process functional areas (e.g. HR, IT, Finance, etc.)

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

Measurement System Analysis

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

MSA training is used to determine if a measurement system can generate accurate data, and if the accuracy is adequate to achieve your objectives, therefore participants should comprise of engineers, quality professionals, supervisors and metrology technicians.

Measurement system analysis (MSA) is an experimental and mathematical method of determining how much the variation within the measurement process contributes to overall process variability. The five parameters which constitute the focus of MSA are: bias, linearity, stability, repeatability and reproducibility.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding measurement system and measurement error

  • Learn to plan and conduct a measurement system analysis with variable and attribute data. 

Who Should Attend:

MSA training is used to determine if a measurement system can generate accurate data, and if the accuracy is adequate to achieve your objectives, therefore participants should comprise of engineers, quality professionals, supervisors and metrology technicians.  

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

Essentials for Operational Excellence;
Remove the barriers of success
Applied Statistics Workshop Advanced

Duration: 4 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

Applied Statistics looks at data and the underlying principles in more depth and introduces more advanced tools than our Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course material. This course covers the fundamentals of statistics such as the types of data, populations and samples, spread and stability, location and statistical parameters. It focuses on the impact of variation on decision making and how to use statistics to make good decisions

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize the key principles of statistics

  • Utilize data distributions and the principles of probability

  • Recognize how to graph data and utilize grouping and analysis techniques

  • Describe the principles of good data collection and sampling techniques (discrete and continuous)

  • Perform and analyze measurement system studies (MSA)

  • Recognize how to understand non-normal data; where it comes from, and how to effectively analyze it

  • Perform and interpret regression and correlation analysis

  • Construct hypothesis tests and choose the appropriate comparative test

  • Recognize how to design and conduct a Design of Experiments (DOE)

Who Should Attend:

This is an essential course for experienced Lean Six Sigma Practitioners and Project Leaders who want to improve their analytical abilities and achieve superior results. This course is designed to provide Master Black Belts, Black Belts, and experienced Project Leaders the additional statistical tools and concepts necessary to successfully analyze, improve and execute their continuous improvement efforts.

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

Essentials for Operational Excellence;
Order fulfillment is the most costly process in the distribution center

Technical WORKSHOPS

Our Advanced Technical Workshops are designed for participants looking to go further in improving productivity and build the capacity to manage their own efficiency and productivity challenges. These workshops can assist organizations with their continuous improvement implementation efforts by empowering employees, generating ideas for needed change, and producing solutions to complex problems.

 

Our lean training sessions and workshops are customized individually to fit your business or organization's needs. We work with your team to develop their Lean skills and most importantly how to maintain a continuous improvement environment.

 

 
Determine the Voice of the Customer (VOC)

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

To be competitive, businesses must deliver what customers want. This is a simple but often ignored axiom – we often assume we know what they want. The key to achieving high levels of customer loyalty while achieving aggressive corporate goals is to understand the voice of the customer and how it drives higher market share, improved operating margins, higher quality levels and shorter lead times.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and segment customers and other important stakeholders.

  • Interviewing techniques and collecting survey data

  • Prioritize customer needs and wants

  • Quality Function Deployment methodology

  • Demonstrate how to transform customer requirements into detailed design specifications.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is appropriate for continuous improvement leaders in a wide range of industries, functional areas, and levels, such as

  • Healthcare

  • Manufacturing

  • Service industries

  • Non-financial and financial professionals

  • Operations

  • Business process functional areas (e.g. HR, IT, Finance, etc.)

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

Essentials for Operational Excellence;
Communication
 Basic Statistical Process Control (SPC)

Duration: 4 Days

Statistical Process Control deals with giving people tools to measure the voice of the customer and the business with a major focus to measure the voice of the process. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Working knowledge of statistical tools for monitoring and improving processes

  • Strong emphasis is placed on using facts and data for sound decision making.

  • Transform data into vital information.

  • Effective methodology for process control and improvement.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is appropriate for continuous improvement leaders in a wide range of industries, functional areas, and levels, such as

  • Healthcare

  • Manufacturing

  • Service industries

  • Non-financial and financial professionals

  • Operations

  • Business process functional areas (e.g. HR, IT, Finance, etc.)

 

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

Essentials for Operational Excellence;
Training
 
Failure Modes & Effective Analysis (FMEA)

Duration: 1 Day

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

As the Failure Modes & Effects Analysis training is focused on new implementations or change of existing designs and processes. Team members who will be involved with these changes should be attend FMEA to insure a reduction in risk of failure. We use a team approach to finding failures in systems and evaluating their effects. This one-day course focuses on how to develop a methodology for finding and eliminating problems before they occur.

Course Outline:

  • Design FMEA analyzes a new process, product or service design before release and imparts an awareness of possible failures. Focus is placed on potential safety hazards, malfunctions, shortened product life or a decrease in satisfaction.

  • Process FMEA is used to improve existing transactional and operational processes and to impart an awareness of how people, materials, equipment, methods and environment can trigger process glitches. Focus is placed on problems that may cause safety hazards, defects or reduced efficiency.

  • System FMEA analyzes your systems and subsystems in the beginning stages of concept and design.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is appropriate for continuous improvement leaders in a wide range of industries, functional areas, and levels, such as

  • Healthcare

  • Manufacturing

  • Service industries

  • Non-financial and financial professionals

  • Operations

  • Business process functional areas (e.g. HR, IT, Finance, etc.)

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

Essentials for Operational Excellence;
Customer service is essential
Introduction to Statistical Tools Used for Data Mining

Duration: 3 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

This workshop takes a very hands-on approach to learning.  Participants will learn how to apply the methods via a combination of lecture and working examples using software.

While data management is an important subject, this course will focus on the statistical models used in data mining.

Learning Objectives:

  • The course will cover the most useful tools such as data visualization, linear regression, logistic regression, classification and regression trees, neural networks, clustering, and nearest neighbors. While these data mining tools may sound exotic and difficult to understand, they can be explained simply and modern software makes them easy to use.

  • The instructor will make time for one-on-one consulting so participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets to class.

Who Should Attend:

All managers, scientists, engineers, and Six Sigma practitioners who wish to understand how to explore and exploit information contained in their data sets of any size will be interested in this course.  Those who are interested in answers to the following questions should attend: What are the most useful methods for mining data?  What kind of software do I need and how do I run that software? How do I setup, control, and interpret the models? What are proven techniques for ensuring model validity and credibility?  How do I compare methods?  Very little prior knowledge of statistics is needed for this course.

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

Essentials for Operational Excellence;
Connect it all to employee happiness
 
 
 
 
 
Design of Experiments (DOE)

Duration: 5 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

All levels of an organization can benefit from Design of Experiments Training. DOE is the last week of the Black Belt Training or can be taught as a stand-alone class. DOE will provide participants a basic understanding of the DMAIC roadmap, however most of the course will focus on the Improve Phase, looking for the best input settings to achieve the required output result.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and Define opportunities within their business unit processes where Six Sigma tools and techniques can, and will be applied

  • Measure and Analyze a process using the Six Sigma methodology

  • Improve a process using six sigma principles. Much time will be spent understanding how input variables affect outputs. Finding the most economic settings in processes to achieve desired results is the key.

  • Control a process by using Six Sigma tools and realize Return on Investment (ROI) from this training to improve the bottom line

  • Repeatedly apply the Define – Measure – Analyze – Improve – Control (DMAIC) strategy to produce success stories and improve the corporate scorecard

  • Communicate at all levels of an organization

  • Change the culture of an organization

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is appropriate for continuous improvement leaders in a wide range of industries, functional areas, and levels, such as

  • Healthcare

  • Manufacturing

  • Service industries

  • Non-financial and financial professionals

  • Operations

  • Business process functional areas (e.g. HR, IT, Finance, etc.)

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

Essentials for Operational Excellence;
Importance to know your operation