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Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints
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Yellow Belt Training

Our LST Yellow Belt training course will provide your students with an understanding of the time-tested principles of LEAN, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints, and how they are inter-related in providing the most effective transformation to Process Improvement. X-Stream Leadership Group training uses an interactive set of tools and exercises to drive home this message. In the Three-Day LST Yellow Belt Training, the level of detail is designed to ensure you develop a true understanding of the fundamentals of LEAN, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints.

For the past several years Process Improvement has been divided into three distinct camps; LEAN – as defined by Womack and Jones and based on the Toyota Production System; Six Sigma – as defined by Motorola, Allied Signal and General Electric; and the Theory of Constraints – defined by Eli Goldratt and used by the U.S. Navy (among others).

It is the opinion of X-Stream Leadership Group that true continuous process improvement is a combination of all three. However, the underlying law of Continuous Improvement (CI) must be LEAN principles first:

  • Understand VALUE from the Customer’s perspective
  • Understand the VALUE STREAM of your process
  • Remove WASTE from all steps of the value stream
  • Make FLOW AND PULL part of the process
  • Strive for PERFECTION

It makes no sense to optimize a system bottleneck or remove systemic variation from a process that contains waste. That course of action will certainly cause sub-optimization at the enterprise level Value Stream and, most assuredly, waste time and money in the effort with little or no long-term improvements sustained by the organization.

X-Stream Leadership Group will show during the Three-day LST Yellow Belt Training how these principles are utilized to develop a new process that meets delivery schedules, produces defect-free output, and delivers the lowest cost to ensure the greatest possible ROI.

The training starts with an exercise using a statistics catapult to baseline the process the participants will be improving during the ensuing time. We will work with your team to develop specific examples from your business and tailor the exercises and scenarios for your organization.

After the baseline for the exercise is established, the focus then shifts to an overview of the three improvement strategies; LEAN, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints, but moves rapidly into Customer concepts, facilitating an understanding of the who, what, when, where, why, and how in order to understand Value from the Customer’s perspective.

Once the first principle is fully explained, the training moves into the structure used to support the principles of Value Stream, Waste Identification, Flow, Pull, and Perfection. X-Stream Leadership Group for process improvement is based on the DMAIC process:

  1. Define
  2. Measure
  3. Analyze
  4. Improve
  5. Control

Each stage of DMAIC contains six steps to fully achieve that level. Again, the statistics catapult is used in each section to drive home the lesson and provide an interactive adult-based learning experience.

In the Define stage, the teams will define both the Customer and the Statapult rapid improvement event. The Measure stage is where the teams will map the current states using at least two mapping tools. In the Analyze stage, participants determine bottlenecks and waste in the catapult process and gather data to determine the changes necessary to improve the process. The Improve stage brings the vision of a “perfect” process and the brainstorming-for-change technique to develop the future state. That future state is the first step toward the vision that can be accomplished by the organization in the next 18 to 36 months. This section will actually be completed in two parts; one using LEAN and Theory of Constraints tools, and one using Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints tools. Finally, in the Control stage the team ensures the discipline is in place to sustain the standardized work improvements regardless of operator change out. These stages and tools will simulate many of the process improvements your leadership will see utilized by their teams on key business processes.

After the catapult exercise is concluded, the X-Stream Leadership Group training moves into the final phase. This phase discusses what will be required of the your leadership team to implement, support, drive, and fully sustain process improvements.

There are multiple reasons for any organization to push for the cultural change required to achieve a waste-free, variation-free system of work. Any organizational change will become less strenuous if the leadership team understands both the personal and professional motivation to make change happen and why people resist that change. To this end, we integrate the methodology of Rick Maurer, using his text “Why Don’t You Want What I Want?” Mr. Maurer is the leading practitioner in the United States for understanding the resistance to change and implementing successful change strategies. Some of the “what’s in it for me” reasons for change could be divided by functions such as the following:

Level Benefits Recommendation
Executive Increased Organizational Capability
Improved Problem Solving Tools
Increased Competitive Advantage
Problems Rapidly Resolved
Training Course Recommendation: Executive LST Yellow Belt
Value Stream Management
Greater Control Over Process
Eliminate Repeat Problems
Reduced Dependence On Upper Management
Training Course Recommendation: Executive LST Yellow Belt
Middle Management

Value Stream Focus
Improved Morale
Improved Problem Solving Tools
Greater Control Over Process
Problems Rapidly Resolved
Reduced Dependence On Upper Management

Training Course Recommendation: Executive LST Yellow Belt/Green Belt/Black Belt
Area Managers Data Based Decision Making
Visual Management Tools
Sustained Improvements
Problems Rapidly Resolved
Reduced Dependence On Upper Management
Training Course Recommendation: Green Belt/Black Belt
Employee Improved Morale
Improved Problem solving Tools
Greater Control Over Process
Problems Rapidly Resolved
Reduced Dependence On Upper Management
Training Course Recommendation: Green Belt/Black Belt

This final section of the Three-Day training session will discuss the reason for getting leadership involved with their teams and will outline the qualities, roles, and responsibilities the leaders of change must demonstrate in order to model appropriate Sponsor and Champion behaviors. This will support the efforts of their teams to change both the processes and the culture of your organization!


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