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Lean Six Sigma Project Sponsor Training

Course length:  2 days; 1 day with prior LSS Management session as listed below

Project Sponsors are critical resources in a Lean Six Sigma organization.   They are typically executives, directors, or senior managers who are owners of the processes that Green and Black Belts’ projects are working on to improve.  During this highly interactive program, participants will understand how they can help their project teams through each phase of the DMAIC process (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control).  The following topics will be presented during the training session:

  • Lean Six Sigma Enterprise approach to improvement
  • Identifying and selecting key strategic projects
  • Developing a detailed project charter staffed with a properly balanced team
  • Determine appropriate scope of a project
  • Overview of Lean Six Sigma Tools with practical exercises and a project oriented case study
  • Key Questions for each Toll Gate Review to help mentor the teams and monitor progress
  • Organizational Structure and resources required
  • Overcoming project roadblocks and obstacles
  • Project Management by Fact

Senior Management Overview / Project Strategy and Deployment Training (12 Hours)

This program can be delivered as one eight hour and one four hour session or three four hour sessions. All three sessions will be facilitated and co-led by two RIT instructors.

Session 1 - (4 hours)

The purpose of this session is to provide a brief overview of Lean and Lean Six Sigma tools, concepts, and philosophy so the leadership team has a common baseline of understanding.

Topics include:

  • Lean and Six Sigma overview
  • Roles of Lean Champions – selection and motivation
  • How to sustain the program – criteria for success
  • The factors that inhibit and facilitate change
  • The MBF (Management by Fact) form

Session 2 - (4 hours)

The majority of this session will be dedicated to discussion and brainstorming on the critical elements of success in implementation specific to your organization. The instructors will provide a framework based on their past experience to lead and guide this discussion. The following will be highlighted:

  • Review strategic alignment metrics, deliverables and goals for the organization – create template for linking actions to goals and for measuring progress.
  • Establish productivity baselines
  • Develop a project selection matrix model for future Kaizen events and Green and Black Belt projects.
  • Participants will develop an initial list of potential projects and determine the appropriate project filters to use to prioritize these projects.

Session 3 - (4 hours)

This session will focus on prioritizing the list of projects developed during Session 2 and defining the types of resources required to implement those projects, along with realistic timelines for achievement.

  • Define realistic scope for first year implementation.
  • Establish timelines and milestone deliverables.
  • Resource planning – establish a realistic resource plan that will be supported.
  • The training required to support the project plan.
  • How to select projects with leadership support.
  • The Project Selection Matrix


Greg Evershed
Director of Business Development

  Rochester Institute of Technology
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Rochester, NY 14623-5603
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