Six Sigma Black Belt Workshop (with Sigma XL) Course Code : S-03 SXL

Duration : 2 days + 3 weeks over 4 months

 Who is a Six Sigma Black Belt?

Black Belts play a critical role within a Six Sigma infrastructure and culture. Their primary roles are important in many ways. Black Belts provide value within the organization’s Six Sigma initiative in a variety of ways.

  • Leading Six Sigma Black Belt Projects of and making process improvements as a part of their overall job

  • Deploying their organization’s Six Sigma program

  • Helping to direct and collect data and conduct experiments for improvement projects

  • Working with process owners to ensure project gains are sustained

  • Spreading Six Sigma culture within the company

  • Facilitating the sharing of best practices throughout the organization

Who should attend the training?

This training workshop is designed for engineers and managers who desire to bring in process improvements and/or wish to lead Six Sigma Black Belt Projects. Those aspiring to get certified by American Society for Quality (ASQ) as Six Sigma Black Belts (CSSGB) will also be benefited as the course is designed based on the ASQ CSSBB Body of Knowledge.

Benefits of the training :

After attending the workshop, the participants will be able to understand and apply Six Sigma tools to make process improvements. Each participant is expected to identify a Six Sigma Black belt project before attending the course. Guidelines for project selection will be provided to registered participants. This 3-week training workshop organized by Institute of Quality and Reliability (IQR) includes sufficient hands on exercises using SigmaXL and Minitab software and About 30% time in the workshop would be dedicated to the application exercises. After each week of training, participants go back to their work and apply the tools to their projects. Thus the training is distributed over three months, one week every month.

The workshop is also aimed at preparing the participants for taking Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) examination offered by American Society of Quality (ASQ). More details are available on web site of ASQ Taking certification exam is optional and not a mandatory requirement of this course. Some additional coaching may be required for those aspiring for the ASQ exam. ASQ certification fees are not included in the course fees.

A test of comprehension will be conducted at the end of training to assess effectiveness of training. Subsequent guidance for the exam will be available on request.

Structure of Six Sigma Black Belt training workshop :

Three-week training agenda focuses on learning the concepts and immediately applying these to the projects selected by the participants. Class exercises are designed specifically to enable retention and application to the projects. Each participant is expected and encouraged to apply the concepts using Six Sigma tools and SigmaXL (or Minitab) software. These softwares facilitate effective use/application of Six Sigma statistical tools enabling the belts spend more time focusing on implementing process improvements. Participants need to bring laptop computers with Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2000.

Course Contents :

Week 0

  • Introduction : History, Evolution and Value of Six Sigma

  • Basic Concepts of variation, Six Sigma Metrics, DPMO, Rolled Throughput Yield

  • Six Sigma Roadmap

  • Process Mapping

  • Lean Principles and Value Stream Mapping

  • Selection and defining Six Sigma Projects

Week 1 :

  • Define: Value Stream Mapping

  • Measure: FMEA

  • Measure: Cause and Effects Matrix

  • Introduction to SigmaXL (or Minitab) software

  • Measure: Basic Probability and Statistics,

  • Measure: Measurement Systems Analysis,

  • Measure: Initial Process Capability: Normal and Non-normal

  • Project Reviews

Week 2 :

  • Central Limit Theorem

  • Analyze: Multi Vari Study and Analysis

  • Analyze: Statistical Hypothesis Testing: (Z, t, F, Chi-square tests)

  • Analyze: Confidence Intervals

  • Analyze: Power and Sample Size

  • Non-parametric tests

  • Analyze: Correlation and Regression (including Multiple and Logistic Regression)

  • Analyze: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

  • Project Reviews

Week 3:

  • Improve: Introduction to Design of Experiments

  • Improve: Design of Experiments: Full and Fractional Factorial

  • Improve: Response Surface Methods

  • Improve: EVOP

  • Control: Statistical Process Control (Control Charts)

  • Control Plans

  • Control: PreControl

  • Project Reviews

  • Closing remarks and wrap up


Mr. Hemant Urdhwareshe is Director, Institute of Quality and Reliability (IQR). He has more than 28 years of experience in Manufacturing, Quality and Engineering at Cummins India Limited (CIL). As head of quality, reliability and subsequently engineering functions at CIL, he was actively involved in driving Six Sigma and has sponsored many Six Sigma projects. He has applied various Six Sigma tools in improving processes and solving complex manufacturing and field problems. He has conducted many in-house training programmes on Leadership, Quality Engineering and management at CIL and on behalf of Indian Institution of Production Engineers (IIPE), Pune Section. He has also published many articles on Six Sigma and quality engineering.

He has conducted Black/Green Belt Programmes for Fleetguard Filters, TACO, Alfa Laval, Eaton (India), Menon Pistons and DGP Hinoday. He has also conducted Six Sigma Green Belt public workshops.

He is :

  • The first ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt in India

  • The first ASQ Certified Quality Manager in India

  • ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and

  • ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer

  • The only person in India with four or more certifications from ASQ

  • Recipient of Silver Standard 2003 award from Qimpro Foundation

  • Senior Member of ASQ, Fellow of IIPE and member of National Center for Quality Management. (NCQM).

  • Qualified Lead Assessor

Course Material :

  1. Comprehensive workshop material by IQR with appropriate exercises using SigmaXL and Minitab software and many useful templates for implementing Six Sigma.

  2. SigmaXL and 30-day evaluation copy of Minitab Software can be provided on request. However, licensed copies of software should be procured by the company for participants during training and later for project work.

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