We offer a broad range of qualification programmes (the belts) as well as a number of workshops which can be run on a more ad hoc basis to support efforts in specific areas. There is sometimes a thin dividing line between training and consultancy and this applies particularly to some of these ad hoc workshops, so do please give us a call if you have any questions as to what might be the best approach for your particular situation.
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The core programmes are, of course, the introductory programme and those associated with the various Six Sigma belts, ie:
As outlined above, successful implementation of Six Sigma requires a strong focus on project management. Our Goal-directed Project Management programme has been developed specifically with Six Sigma projects in mind.
Six Sigma is a statistically based approach. Minitab is the leading statistical analysis software programme. Our Introduction to Minitab is designed for Six Sigma project team members and others who need to get to grips with detailed statistical analysis. Such work often feeds into the reports prepared by business analysts: the
Business Assessment Profiling programme was designed very much with that particular audience in mind. Business assessment profiles assess, amongst other things, the extent to which the organisation’s products or services are aligned with its customers’ requirements: if there is a gap, then Quality Function Deployment (QFD) is a technique that can be used to turn customer needs into engineering characteristics and test methods.
Statistical analysis is often just the start of a process of identifying possible issues, analysing and then dealing with them. Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a much-used technique in reliability engineering, safety engineering and quality engineering which can help identify quality issues.
Identifying quality issues is one thing, solving them quite another. The Structured problem-solving programme takes a workshop approach to mastering a formal methodology for the solution of quality improvement problems.
All these techniques are crucial tools for Six Sigma process improvement projects. The other strand of Six Sigma projects, as mentioned above, is of course Design for Six Sigma, which is under-pinned by a number of formal approaches that lend themselves to a workshop-based explanation.
Turning to Lean, the core programme, Lean Practitioner, is an immersion-style programme which gives people all the background knowledge, tools and techniques they need in order to initiate a Lean programme within their organisation. Value stream mapping is one of the tools most commonly used in Lean continuous improvement programmes to help understand and improve the material and information flow within organisations. Also called process mapping, it leads naturally to Rapid improvement events – the brief programme outline below is designed as the first part of a facilitated workshop to model the technique which can then be applied internally without any further need for external support.
Looking for a virtual option? Most of our programmes can also be delivered in webinar formats. To discuss what this might look like for your organisation, give us a call on 01582 463463 to talk through your requirements. (See also the extensive range of ‘off-the-shelf’ webinars offered by our sister company, Maximum Performance, here.)
We would be happy to talk you through your training requirements in more detail: simply give us a call on 01582 463463 and we’ll set up a conversation or meeting for you with our lead consultant in this area, Master Black Belt Bill McIntyre.