Course Description

Bootcamp | 18 hours | 1.8 CEUs

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belts work to improve quality and reduce defects in organizational processes. It is the first step in Lean Six Sigma and requires a basic knowledge of Six Sigma and the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) process. In this course, students learn the DMAIC process while learning the tools necessary to perform at the Yellow Belt level on a project team. This course covers the basic strategies and tools needed for process improvement and the body of knowledge for the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification.

In this course, students address questions like what is Six Sigma, what is Lean and what is Lean Six Sigma. Students learn about the Six Sigma roles and more specifically the role of the Yellow Belt on the team. They learn about the DMAIC cycle for process improvement and the tools used in each phase of DMAIC. Both Six Sigma and Lean tools are covered, including Six Sigma tools like SIPOC, Basic Statistics, Process Mapping, Process Capability, Cause and Effect Diagram, Histogram, Pareto Chart, Scatter Diagram, FMEA, and Control Charts. Lean tools like Non-Value-Added Analysis, Continuous Flow, Mistake Proofing, Setup Reduction, 5S, and Visual Management are also covered. This course is intended for anyone wanting to learn about Lean Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma tools, or those wanting to study for the Lean Six Sigma Yellow belt certification exam.

Course Outline


  • Lean Six Sigma Overview
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Lean vs. Six Sigma
  • Fundamentals of Lean
  • Fundamentals of Six Sigma

DMAIC: Define Phase

  • Overview
  • Identify Voice of the Customer
  • Project Types and Conduct Project Selection
  • Create Project Charter
  • Assign Team
  • Create SIPOC

DMAIC: Measure Phase

  • Create Process Map
  • Conduct Measurement System Analysis
  • Collect Data
  • Calculate Basic Statistics
  • Calculate Six Sigma Capability Metrics

DMAIC: Analyze Phase

  • Identify sources of Variation
    • Brainstorming
    • Non-Value-Added Analysis
  • Use Graphical Analysis for Screening
    • Box Plot
    • Histogram
    • Run Chart
    • Scatter Diagram
    • Cause and Effect Diagram
    • Pareto Chart
    • 5 Whys
  • Use Statistical Analysis to Identify
  • Critical Inputs (X’s)

DMAIC: Improve Phase

  • Develop Proposed Solution
    • FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis)
    • Setup Reduction
    • Continuous Flow
    • Solution Selection Matrix
  • Mistake Proof Solution
    • Mistake Proofing
  • Pilot Solution

DMAIC: Control Phase

  • Validate Improved Process Capability and Measurement System
  • Implement Process Controls
    • Visual Management
    • Control Charts
  • Complete Project Documentation
    • Standard Operating Procedures
    • Control Plan
    • Audit Plan

Advanced Tools

  • Benchmarking
  • Value Stream Map
  • Gauge Repeatability and Reproducibility
  • Process Capability
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Design of Experiments
  • Control Charts

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand Six Sigma team roles and where the Yellow Belt fits in.
  • Understand and use the tools of the Yellow Belt.
  • Use Six Sigma data-driven approaches to solve business problems.
  • Develop project selection criteria to help focus Six Sigma projects and teams.
  • Create process maps to gain a full understanding of an existing process.
  • Perform measurement system validation to ensure the integrity of the measurement data.

Additional Information

We encourage all students to email their official exam results to info@workforcecenter.slu.edu, so we can house pass/fail results in their student portal for verification.


  • Excel experience is recommended but not required.


18 Hours | 3 Days

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