Lean Black Belt

Level: Advanced

This program provides the comprehensive subject matter to learn how to develop strategic initiatives, get buy-in from leadership, and move from strategy to implementation. Voice of customer is essential to getting the correct projects underway and moving to project completion. The black belt will learn to write a thorough whitepaper (plan) for developing lean enterprise-wide with leadership’s support. Industry experienced instructors who have worked both strategy and implementation issues present the course. Lean Black Belt Certification is from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth will be awarded upon successful completion of coursework, test, and whitepaper project.

Key Features of this Training:

  • Recordings of all instructor-led sessions are included
  • Half-day training sessions, live online, allow you to still work half days
  • Receive a certificate of completion from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering

You Will Learn How To:

  • Develop leaders in the company who become capable of leading the Lean culture
  • Expand your competence in leadership, business acumen, and Lean technical expertise
  • Gain the knowledge needed to move from the big picture to actual implementation
  • Become role models for green belts and others
  • In addition to Lean, learn basic six sigma techniques and deployment

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Lean Black Belt Training Information

  • Prerequisites

    We will not cover the topics from the Lean Yellow Belt or Lean Green Belt Courses, participants must have a Lean Green Belt or equivalent prior to taking this course as comprehension of Lean basic tools, Lean methods and selection, and detailed Lean metrics are assumed for this training.
  • Test Information

    Participants will complete a test to ensure successful knowledge transfer, and application of Lean topics from prior green belt experience. Participants have 10 business days after the end of the class to complete the test. Allow 16 hours to complete this open book take-home test.

  • Homework

    Read the entire text “Leadership’s Broken Link” (approx. 100 pages), and homework assignments from this reading (provided).

    Complete an 8-12+ page (1.15 line spacing, 1-inch margins) whitepaper based upon the “Leadership’s Broken Link.” Participants have 30 days from the end of lectures to develop the whitepaper and presentation PPTs. The whitepaper will be delivered to the appropriate instructor per later supplied directions. Whitepaper is pass/fail basis.

    Class will resume after the 30-day whitepaper development hiatus; participant will present the whitepaper through PPTs that they individually develop – 1-hour Live Online Format for presentation with a 30 min Q&A. Presentation is pass/fail.

  • Software/Hardware

    Minitab is the statistics tool used in this workshop. Just before class starts, you should sign up for a free 30-day trial so you have enough time to do the whitepaper and test with your trial account. A Minitab license is available for participants of this course if you wish to procure a license - this fee is in addition to the course fee and you can contact the administrator for your training for help.

    A headset with microphone is required, as using built-in speakers/microphone causes echo issues. Headsets give participants complete interaction with the instructor and other students.

  • Certificate of Completion

    Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth will issue a certification to participants who complete the Course attendance, pass the take home test and complete the case study. The certificate from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth will be in pdf format.

  • Course Includes

    • Homework reading “Leadership’s Broken Link” in pdf format
    • All lecture slides in pdf format
    • All lecture recordings in MP4 format (when sessions are delivered using WebEx, not in-class)
    • Extra materials from specific instructors in support of learning objectives
    • Test in Word format
    • Instructor / Administrator access provided via email and cell up to 3 months beyond the course

Lean Black Belt Training Outline

  • Key Session Topics

    • Strategic Leadership - Strategic Initiative Development & Leadership Principles
    • How Do Groups Fit? Where Are Our Groups Going?
    • Moving from Goals to Metrics
    • Future State Action Plan Implementation
    • Managing Individuals & Collaborative Groups /Performance Management
    • Team Performance Management
    • Leading Process Improvement
    • Voice of Customer
    • Product or process design in contrast with process improvement
    • Statistics Refresher and Minitab Introduction
    • How to write your whitepaper and develop PPT slides that must be presentable to your business - a strategic focus on a lean six sigma culture with implementation plans

Lean Black Belt Training FAQs

  • Who Should Attend?

    This Course is designed for Black Belt candidates who are managers, project leaders, continuous improvement participants, and others who already have a Certified Lean Green Belt.

  • How is this Lean Black Belt different from the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt?

    Both trainings introduce a deeper dive into the project selection and metrics necessary to affect continuous improvement in any organization. Lean Black Belt is the equivalent of a LSS Master Black Belt without the six sigma math. The addition of “Six Sigma” (in the Master Black Belt course) adds mathematical complexity to reach a higher level of excellence in process-improvement through the use of data analysis.

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