Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt – Foundation

This course is available for virtual delivery – please contact us for further details (1 face-to-face training day typically translates into 2 to 4 virtual sessions per day, this is determined by the specific course content. Number of sessions and specific session times will be confirmed in advance of course delivery.)   Lean Six Sigma is the combination of the two most effective business improvement initiatives of the past two decades. Lean, pioneered by Toyota, seeks to minimise waste and optimise the speed of a process. Six Sigma, pioneered by Motorola, seeks to minimise defects and maximise process capability. The marriage of Lean and Six Sigma has combined the best of both into a powerful weapon against waste and variation, enabling significant process improvements across all industries. This one day Yellow Belt course serves as an excellent introduction to the Lean Six Sigma structured approach to problem solving and its toolkit. Moreover it also includes hands-on practice in using the core Yellow Belt tools to prepare candidates to participate on project teams.

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What's covered?

The course is structured to give participants a fundamental understanding of the concepts and key tools of Lean Six Sigma using an individual issue or problem to get real experience of using the tools typically used in a Yellow Belt project.

The outcome of the training will be candidates with the requisite knowledge and confidence to participate on Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Projects. The course has little or no statistical content and will focus on identifying waste and other process issues through the use of Team based tools. These tools may be knowledge based or use data analysis to investigate current process performance.

Core Topics and Tools

  • Lean concepts – such as Valued Add and Non-Value Add and the 7 Process Wastes
  • Six Sigma concepts - such as the Process Transformation Equation Y=f(x), principles of variation and ‘critical to’ requirements
  • DMAIC methodology (Define Measure Analyse Improve Control)
  • Overview of Project Planning/charter elements
  • Process Mapping techniques (SIPOC and detailed process mapping)
  • Brainstorming and data collection planning
  • Cause Screening and Root Cause Analysis (5 Whys)
  • Basic data analysis – Pareto, Histogram, Time Series Analysis
  • Creative thinking (Anti-Solutions)
  • Prioritisation techniques (PICK Charts)
  • Standardisation and sustaining solutions

Who should participate?

This course is intended for anyone in the organisation intending to participate on Lean Six Sigma Projects or progressing to Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt levels.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • An understanding of the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma and their application to process improvement
  • Practical know-how in the application of the DMAIC Methodology to business process improvement
  • A working knowledge of the core Yellow Belt tools typically used in a Lean Six Sigma project

Who are the tutors?

Éamon Ó Béarra

As an experienced ASQ certified Black Belt and passionate advocate of Lean Six Sigma, Éamon has gained a reputation for his common sense approach and practical know how as a continuous improvement consultant and trainer in a variety of blue chip companies. Since co-founding ASST in 2001 and partnering with SQT, Éamon has trained and certified hundreds of Lean Six Sigma Green Belts and Black Belts in a range of environments in the Manufacturing and Services Sector and most recently in the Food and Beverages Sector.

Prior to becoming a trainer Éamon worked in key management positions in quality, process engineering, process auditing and warranty arenas with such marquee companies such as AlliedSignal, GenCorp, Enterprise Ireland and Eagle Registrations.

Éamon attained his 3rd level education in NUI Galway with a Bachelor of Technology and a Masters of Applied Science.

Today, Éamon is a Director of ASST Ltd. whose primary role is the delivery of training on behalf of SQT but in addition, the tutors also provide a broad range of Lean Six Sigma support services such as project mentoring, programme support, analytical services and coaching. This ensures that as trainers they have their finger on the pulse of what is happening in Industry which they bring to every Lean Six Sigma Training Programme.

Pat Cullinane

Pat has 20 years’ experience in lean, six sigma, project and change management. He is a certified Black Belt, Lean Expert & Certified Change Management Practitioner with international experience at site and corporate levels, supporting up to 31 locations, in financial, supply chain, process & quality improvement. He is experienced in manufacturing projects and business process improvement, with a strong focus on financial return.

Pat is highly qualified and his qualifications inlclude;

  • Bachelor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland (1996)
  • Stanford Project Management Certified (SCPM)
  • Certified Change Management Practitioner by Prosci
  • Certified Lean Manufacturing Expert by the University of Kentucky
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt by Tyco Healthcare

How do we train and support you?

In-House Courses
For In-House courses, the tutor will contact you in advance to discuss the course programme in more detail in order to tailor it specifically for your organisation.

Course Manual
Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual.

How can you progress?

Delegates may progress to SQT’s QQI Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt programme.

Pat Cullinane


Pat Cullinane

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