8-Week Course
8 Continuing Education Units
64 PDUs
80 Military Clock Hours

About the Course

Prepare to boost your success by getting Lean. In the world of Lean thinking, your primary goal is to operate more efficiently by increasing value, eliminating waste and streamlining flow. Lean Six Sigma techniques help professionals in both service and manufacturing industries.

Online Learning Experience

Imagine an online classroom that takes you inside successful organizations, surrounds you with top Six Sigma experts and puts innovative learning tools at your fingertips. As a recognized leader in Six Sigma education online, Villanova University is dedicated to providing the most dynamic and engaging programs available, as our enhanced online experience demonstrates:

  • Online experience enhanced by weekly virtual live classes taught by Lean practitioners
  • Advanced animations allow you to gain a full grasp of course topics
  • Videos of industry experts offer easy-to-understand guidance
  • Lightboards and other interactive learning tools provide compelling and unique presentation formats
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8 Week Course
Week 1
An Introduction to Lean Methodologies
  • Lean companies
  • The definition of value-added and contrasting that with the eight forms of waste
  • Introduction to Kaizen, a Japanese term for continual improvement
  • Considerations for choosing first wave projects
  • Historical Lean figures and companies
Week 2
Teams and Decision Making with Lean Tools
  • Lean roles and responsibilities
  • Key elements of a project charter
  • Six blocker
  • The phases the team experiences when working on projects
  • Force field analysis (FFA)
  • 7M (management) tools
Week 3
  • Defining value
  • The eight forms of waste that spell out the acronym DOWNTIME
  • We learn about “going to gemba”
  • Understanding the importance of something known as a “waste walk”
Week 4
Mapping the Value Stream
  • Introduction to value stream mapping
  • The 6Ms
  • Flowcharting
Week 5
Flow and Pull
  • Spaghetti charts
  • Quick changeover
  • Cellular design
  • Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)
  • Theory of constraints (TOC)
  • Pull systems and kanban signals
  • Visual workplace design
Week 6
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Mistake proofing
  • Overview of the concept of 5S
  • The importance of a total productive maintenance (TPM) system
  • Standard work
Week 7
Kaizen Events
  • The meaning of Kaizen
  • The Kaizen philosophy
  • A five-day Kaizen event implementation effort
Week 8
The Lean Approach
  • Individual, point and process Kaizen
  • Kaizen applications
  • Agile methodology
  • Lean assessments
  • Hoshin planning
  • Planning for Lean deployment
Learning Objectives
Skills Learned
Agile Team Management Project Development Leadership Process Improvement Organizational Management Six Sigma
What You’ll Study

Lean Six Sigma Overview

  • What is Lean?
  • Lean Principles
  • Value, Flow and Waste
  • Lean vs Six Sigma
  • Prominent Figures of Lean


  • Philosophy of Continual Improvement
  • Lean Implementation Approaches
  • First Wave Project Selection
  • Chartering Projects
  • Lean Project Roles and Responsibilities


  • Forming Teams
  • Idea Generation Tools
  • Group Decision Making
  • The 7M (Management) Tools

Value and Value Stream Mapping

  • Identifying Customer Needs and Requirements
  • Specifying Value and Value Added
  • The Eight Wastes In-Depth
  • Gemba and Waste Walks
  • Value Stream Mapping for Service and Manufacturing

Flow, Pull and Perfection

  • Spaghetti Mapping
  • Quick Changeovers (SMED)
  • Cellular Design
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • Theory of Constraints
  • Pull Systems and Just-In-Time Concepts
  • Scheduling Pull Systems
  • Kanbans and Visual Signals
  • Establishing a Visual Workplace
  • Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Poka Yoke
  • 5S/6S in Service and Manufacturing
  • Total Productive Maintenance
  • Standard Work

Kaizen Events

  • Kaizen Event Overview
  • Kaizen Philosophy
  • Preparing Teams for Kaizen Events
  • Kaizen Events Day by Day
  • Individual, Point and Process Kaizen
  • Manufacturing, Service and IT Considerations

Lean Deployment

  • Organizational Assessment
  • Planning for Lean Implementation
  • Lean Deployment
  • Hoshin Planning
  • Barriers to Success
  • The Benefits of Six Sigma Tools
  • Structuring Lean
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Who Should Register?

This course is ideal for managers and professionals in any type of industry who want to transform their organization into a leaner, more efficient business. Those with little or no prior experience with Lean Six Sigma can learn to understand, interpret and use the core concepts of Lean methodologies to make better business decisions. Gain valuable skills that can be used immediately to analyze unit or company performance.

Tuition & Payment

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