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Management Training

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.   Sponsors are typically executives, directors, or senior managers who are owners of the improvement projects that Green and Black Belts are working on.  During this highly interactive program, participants will learn 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 covered:

  • Lean Six Sigma Enterprise approach to improvement
  • Identifying and selecting key strategic projects
  • Developing a detailed project charter staffed with a properly balanced team
  • Determining appropriate project scope 
  • 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 teams and monitor progress
  • Organizational structure and resources required
  • Overcoming project 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 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 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
  • MBF (Management by Fact)

Session 2 - (4 hours)
The majority of this session will be dedicated to discussion and brainstorming on the critical success factors for 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 a 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.
  • Develop a list of potential projects and determine the appropriate project filters to use for project prioritization.

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 these projects, along with realistic timelines.  Topics include:

  • Define realistic scope for first year implementation
  • Establish timelines and milestone deliverables
  • Resource planning – establish a realistic resource plan that will be supported
  • Training required to support the project plan
  • How to select projects with leadership support
  • The Project Selection Matrix
Margi Ochs
Margi Ochs
Senior Program Manager, Instructor