School of Business


Black Belt Cadre 2015-10-01

     Thursdays, 8:30-10:00pm (EST)

Useful Documents:

Useful Links:

GoToMeeting Link and class call-in number: LINK DISABLED AS OF 2016-04-15

     Webex:The link to all of our Virtual classes will be the same, and is provided below:
                Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. 

                Or, call in using your telephone.
                Dial +1 (571) 317-3112          Access Code: 355-697-517
                Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting          Meeting ID: 355-697-517

Black Belt Class Recordings:

2015-09-24: Black Belt "Soft Start" Class

2015-10-01: Black Belt 01: LSS Overview

2015-10-08:Black Belt 03: Charters

2015-10-15:Black Belt 04 and 05: SIPOOC and Stakeholder Analysis

2015-10-22:Black Belt 06: Value Stream Mapping

2015-10-29: Black Belt 07: Measures and Metrics

2015-11-05: Black Belt 08:Lean Metrics and Data Types

2015-11-12:Black Belt 09: Measurement System Analysis - part 1

2015-11-19: Black Belt 09: Measurement System Analysis - part 2

2015-11-24: Thanksgiving

2015-12-03: Black Belt 10: Hypothesis Testing - part 1

2015-12-10: Black Belt 11: Normality, Stability, and Capability

2015-12-13/14: Practicum at Hilton Garden Inn. Click for Details!

2015-12-17: Post-Practicum Hypothesis Testing Workbook Review

2015-12-24: Christmas Eve; no class

2015-12-31: New Year's Eve; no class

2016-01-07: Lesson 17-18: Failure Modes & Effects Analysis

                     Lesson 18: Did the Process Improve?

2015-01-14: Lesson 19:Control Systems

                   Lesson 20: Control Plans

                        Lesson 21: Sustain the Gain - Asynchronous Training Module

2015-01-21: Lesson 22: BB Exam Review

2015-01-28: Instructions to set up your student log-on for the exam

2016-02-11: Lesson 23: BB Exam 2.0


Due on or before 2015-10-08      LINKS DISABLED AS OF 2016-01-01

     - Complete enrollment in BB program (link here)  Use Promo Code "Bon-Tech"

     - Complete payment for BB program (link here)

     - If you missed last week's class, watch class (see video link and slides, above)

     - Complete "knowledge baseline" pre-test (link here)

Due on or before 2015-10-15

     - Draft a Charter using the template and Buzz Lightyear scenario

     - Send your Charter to all 3 instructors




     - A brief video on LSS history will be uploaded for review (link will be here)

     - If you have not done so already, complete week 1 homework, above.

Due on or before 2015-10-22

     - Practicum: Consider at least one potential project that needs to be done, or that you have been tasked to do at work.  Complete a Project Charter and SIPOC / SIPOOC for this project as if it really were your assigned Black Belt project.  Consider everything we have covered, including problem statement, goal statement, scope (in and out of scope for process steps, geography, products, etc.), business case (remember internal and external customer WIIFM as well as possible Stakeholders), project time-line, resources, etc.

     - If you have not already done so, ensure that all homework from Week 1 is complete and submitted.  This is time-sensitive and MUST be complete!  This is a good time for Week 2 catch-up as well.

     - Check your calendars for the weekend of 12-13Dec2015.  This is the weekend of our Practicum / off-site in Washington, D.C..  If you live within driving distance of D.C., you are expected to participate.  If you need to fly to participate, please contact your instructors to discuss options.

Due on or before 2015-10-29

     - Use your Team Training Kaizen (Dr. Buzz Lightyear exercise)

1.Determine boundaries (beginning / ending)
2.List process steps (use verbs)
3.Sequence steps (Post-It Notes)
4.Use appropriate symbols if necessary (decisions)
5.Show information flows
6.Use paper on the wall with sticky notes for your process steps mapping

Due by 2015-12-13 Practicum

     - All previous assignments not yet completed

     - Hypothesis testing workbook exercises; work at least one example problem for each of the first four Hypothesis Testing decision trees (continuous data).  Additional practice of decision trees 5-6 (binomial and Poisson/count data) strongly encouraged, but not required.

Reference Documents

Slides for each class

Lesson 01 Slides: LSS Overview

Lesson 02 Slides: History

Lesson 03 Slides: Charters

Lesson 04 Slides: SIPOC/SIPOOC

Lesson 05 Slides: Stakeholder Analysis

Lesson 06 Slides: Value Stream Mapping

Lesson 07 Slides: Measures and Metrics

Lesson 08 Slides: Lean Metrics and Data Types

Lesson 09 Slides: Measurement System Analysis

Lesson 10 Slides: Hypothesis Testing - Part 1

Lesson 11-12 Slides: Normality, Stability, & Capability

Lesson 13 Slides: Correlation and Regression

Lesson 14 Slides: Design of Experiments 1 - Full Factorial

Lesson 15 Slides: Design of Experiments 2 - Fractional Factorial

Lesson 16 Slides: Design of Experiments 3 - Variation

Lesson 17 Slides: Failure Modes and Effects Analysis

Lesson 18 Slides: Did the Process Improve?

Lesson 19 Slides: Control Systems

Lesson 20 Slides: Control Plans

Lesson 21 Slides: Sustaining the Gain

Lesson 22 Slides: BB Exam Review

Lesson 23: BB Exam 2.0

Reference documents tied to each lesson

LSS Acronyms, Terms, and Definitions

Hypothesis Testing Decision Trees

 Lesson 03 Supplemental: Example Charter 

Lesson 03 Supplemental: Blank Charter

Lesson 03 Supplemental: Charter Questions and Answers

Lesson 05 Supplemental: Stakeholder Analysis Document

Lesson 05 Supplemental: Events Development Chart

Lesson 07 Supplemental: Data Collection Template

Lesson 10 Supplemental: Hypothesis Testing Workbook

Lesson 10 Supplemental: Hypothesis Testing Minitab Data File

Lesson 10 Supplemental: Hypothesis Testing Excel Data File



Reference documents for the Buzz Lightyear Class Exercise

Lesson 01 Supplemental: Buzz Lightyear Scenario

Lesson 03 Supplemental: Charter "Buzz Lightyear" Exercise Questions and Answers

Lesson 07 Supplemental: Measure Phase Satellite Data Sets

Additional training videos you may find useful:

Lean Six Sigma Overview: Fundamentals of Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints

Strategic Execution: Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints applied to Strategic Project Selection

Agile / Scrum: Fundamentals of Agile / Scrum methods in Software Development