Trends, change, strategy, bottom line – these are just some of the factors that govern and have the power to make or break today’s organizations. To be successful, leaders need to consider new – and often confronting – ways of thinking, exercising judgement to make decisions and motivate others.
A Master Black Belt has the “Expert” skills, desire and leadership ability to train and coach Yellow, Green and Black Belt’s in Lean Six Sigma principles and to guide senior management in implementing organization-wide continuous improvement.
You will emerge from this training program with exceptional skills to use the full array of Lean and Six Sigma tools and techniques, statistical and quantitative methods as well as change leadership across all functions and levels in your organization. An Expert in process variability reduction (DMAIC), process waste reduction (LEAN) and growth through innovation (DFSS) principles.
As part of the certification criteria, a Master Black Belt candidate will be required to submit a guided audit of two projects which evidence the use of tools and techniques associated with Lean Six Sigma and the DMAIC roadmap.
Continuous Improvement is not a destination but a journey. Accordingly, the Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Training and Certification is designed to be a transformative experience within a life-long leadership and learning journey with close, structured contact during the course and looser networked contact thereafter.
Upon receiving Master Black Belt Certification you become a full member of the Game Change Alumni Community, which is open only to Certified Game Change Master Black Belts.
This elite worldwide network, in around 24 countries, many with very active leadership roles is committed to providing enhanced expertise, professional networks, tools, and solutions to support continuous improvement professionals.
As part of the alumni community, you benefit from lifelong networking and professional development opportunities including regional events, refresher programmes, exclusive access to quality knowledge, solutions and resources to solve challenges, skill development to advance your career and reduced rates for all Game Change learning programmes.
How you benefit:
- Gain global insights. Through real case studies and explorations, your assumptions are challenged and you gain new perspectives.
- Develop consultancy and leadership skills to manage the full Lean Six Sigma project life-cycle from planning and scoping through to implementation.
- Learn how to influence organizational “buy-in”.
- Frameworks to activate teams. Learn frameworks for inspiring people and motivating them to perform better.
- Achieve greater confidence. Develop confidence in your knowledge by testing your assumptions and making them more robust.
- Develop leadership ability to train and coach Yellow, Green and Black Belt’s in Lean Six Sigma principles.
- On-going personal and professional development. Master Black Belt Certified in process variability reduction (DMAIC), process waste reduction (LEAN) and growth through innovation (DFSS) principles with the added benefits of joining the Game Change alumni community.
Master Black Belt Training and Certification is designed for Certified Black Belt’s seeking the full perspective needed to lead continuous improvement and change initiatives by developing their strategic understanding, organizational wisdom and technical capabilities.
This programme will benefit continuous improvement professionals in the position of leading strategic change initiatives in their organizations, who are typically in middle to upper-middle management with at least eight years’ experience and responsible for teams, units or larger business divisions. It is also relevant for individuals preparing to transition into such roles.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate either with Game Change or another bonafide training provider
(evidence required during registration process).
Exam and Certification
Exam: 75 Questions
Duration: 120 min.
Pass Mark: 70%
- Achieve 70% pass mark in the Master Black Belt multiple choice final exam
- Submit 2 completed Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Projects. Pass Mark: 70%
The Master Black Belt programme is now offered in a blended format, giving you the flexibility to learn virtually from anywhere in the world, as well as a classroom venue.
Delivered over 20 weeks that combines instructor-led virtual and in-person classroom sessions, video lectures, real-life examples, discussions and quizzes to bring the key concepts to life. Each week of content follows a very clear path to facilitate learning for busy professionals. Our learning platform allows participants to learn at their own pace during each week, by viewing the content, completing assignments and engaging in discussions, taking on average 4-6 hours per week to complete.
The course provides a ready-made support network via our online learning platform where you can get in touch with course instructors and fellow participants facing similar challenges.
The online material allows you to complete a significant portion of work flexibly – at your own pace, wherever you might be. Preparation completed online is then pulled into Classroom and Live Virtual sessions, helping you make the most out of your time in class to apply the learning and to ensure you fully understand the topics.
- Purpose built instructional videos recorded in our media studio
- Interactive exercises and quizzes
- Cases, readings and additional resources
- Online discussions, guided by Master Black Belt’s and teaching assistants
As a course participant, you will complete approximately 60 hours of online material supported by virtual instructor led sessions. We have split each block of preparation into manageable chunks of time.
Our typical training class includes a mix of international participants from a wide variety of industries who bring their experiences to the classroom for in-depth and stimulating learning sessions with fellow participants and instructor’s, so you will take a collaborative approach to the subject matter.
Throughout the online preparation modules, there are discussion points which will be drawn upon during the virtual classroom sessions, ensuring a direct connection between learning online and in the classroom.
There are 3 Live Instructor-led Virtual Sessions, 6 hours duration each, Total 18 hours.
Like the other participants, you will bring your experiences to the classroom for in-depth and stimulating learning sessions with your fellow participants and course instructors, you will take a collaborative approach to the subject matter allowing you to;
- Expand your networking opportunities through specially designed virtual sessions
- Engage in small group discussions focused on your change initiative
- Develop your personalized change agenda facilitated by experienced coaches
- Master Black Belt instructor’s challenge your ideas
This course will enable you to build a solid understanding of what Continuous Improvement is, and ultimately develop the needed strategic response relevant to your organization.
As part of the certification criteria a Master Black Belt candidate will be required to submit a guided audit of two Black Belt projects which evidence the use of tools and techniques associated with Lean Six Sigma and the DMAIC roadmap. Course Instructor led Remote Coaching is available to all participants for the duration of the course to assist with final project submissions prior to attending the final exam.
The breadth of topics covered in your core modules will give you the confidence to a clear set of priorities to create an action plan that can be used immediately upon your return to work.
Curriculum and Course Format
1.0 INTRODUCTION TO MASTER BLACK BELT TRAINING COURSE
1.01 Black Belt Refresher Training
2.0 APPLYING LEAN SIX SIGMA TO MEET ORGANISATIONAL GOALS
Understand the project selection process including knowing when to use lean six sigma improvement methodology (DMAIC) as opposed to other problem-solving tools, and confirm that the project supports and is linked to organizational goals.
2.01 Enterprise-wide Planning and Deployment
2.02 Lean Six Sigma Organisation Roles and Responsibilities
2.03 Project Selection and Strategic Prioritisation
2.04 Executing strategy and good decision making
2.05 Cost Benefit Analysis
2.06 Hard Savings Ideas
2.07 Lean Six Sigma and Other Corporate Initiatives – Case Studies
2.08 Activity Based Management (ABM) and Activity Based Costing (ABC)
2.09 Making better business decisions
2.10 Quality Strategy
2.11 Risk analysis of projects and the pipeline
3.0 LEAN SIX SIGMA TRAINING DESIGN AND DELIVERY
3.01 Learning Style Models
3.02 Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
3.03 Kolb Model
3.04 Felder-Silverman Model
3.05 Teaching Styles as Teaching Methods
3.06 “Presentation Skills for Maximum Audience Engagement”
3.07 Developing a learning environment
3.08 Demystifying Lean Six Sigma: Teaching Continuous Process Improvement Topics
3.09 Lean Six Sigma Certification and Accreditation
3.10 Training Games
4.0 MANAGING RESISTANCE TO CHANGE
Based on the theory and application of change for the individual, change for the organisation, communication and stakeholder engagement and change management best practice tools and techniques.
4.01 Making organisational change happen effectively
4.02 Organizational Design
4.03 Understanding the stages of change
4.04 Leadership styles
4.05 Beoming a leader
4.06 Emotional intelligence
4.07 Organisational Culture and Change Techniques
4.08 Communication with Management
4.09 Techniques to gain organisational commitment
4.10 Influencing Styles
4.11 Change Management Methodology aligned to the DMAIC cycle
4.12 Change Mangement tool-kit
5.0 DRIVING GROWTH THROUGH INNOVATION, DESIGN FOR SIX SIGMA (DFSS)
Application of Six Sigma Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Methodology to drive growth through innovation by designing robust processes, including how Quality Function Deployment (QFD) fits into the overall DFSS process
5.01 The DMADV process development cycle
5.02 House of Quality
5.03 Basic QFD and 4 waterfall phases;
5.04 Product Planning – Understanding your Customer’s needs and competitive position
5.05 Design Deployment – Selecting the best Design Concept then detailing critical characteristics
5.06 Process planning – Selecting the best Process Concept then detailing critical process and equipment parameters
5.07 Production Control – Ensure processes remain capable. Develop quality assurance plan.
5.08 VOC data collection and interpretation
5.09 QFD Relationship Matrix and Concept Selection
5.10 Cost estimation and target cost analysis
5.11 Integrating QFD with other Product Development techniques
5.12 Case Studies – Getting statred with QFD in your organisations
6.0 ADVANCED STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYTICS
An understanding of how data-driven models can improve your ability to make decisions in a fast-paced and uncertain world, and the ability to use modelling to predict future trends.
6.01 Choosing by weighing up many subjective factors
6.02 Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
6.03 Lean Six Sigma Statistics Masterclass
6.06 Advanced Modelling Topics
6.07 Advanced Design of Experiments
6.08 Non-Parametric Statistics
6.09 Applications of Probability
6.10 Case Studies: Analytical tools and techniques applied to real project scenarios
6.11 Minitab and other Statistical software: guidance, tips and hints
6.12 How to analyse, summarise, visualise, and report on insights
7.0 AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
How to work in a fast-paced changing environment using process-based Agile methods for effective project management and fundamental skills, including ready-to-use templates.
7.01 Project Management Principles
7.02 DMAIC integration with Scum and Agile Project Management
7.03 Project Prioritisation
7.04 Project Governance Methods and Tools
7.05 Establishing a project pipeline
7.06 Financial Tools
7.07 Crisis and contingency planning
7.08 Project Management Templates
8.0 Lean Enterprise Management
Select and apply Lean tools and techniques for eliminating or preventing waste and how these tools are applied to processes in all types of enterprises: manufacturing, service, transactional, product and process design, innovation, including key aspects of building a Lean culture.
8.01 Pull: Takt Time and Line Balancing, Kanban, Supermarket
8.02 Flow: Batch Reduction, Parallel Processing, Standard Work & Multi skilling, Modular Design, Layout & Cells, Quick Changeover (SMED), Level Scheduling
8.03 Steps to Perfection, Operational Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Bottlenecks, Total Productive/Preventative Maintenance (TPM)
8.04 Theory of Constraints
8.05 Kaizen and Kaizen Blitz
8.06 Waste elimination and cycle time reduction
8.07 Visual Factory
Instructor-led Live Virtual Sessions
Classroom Training 2 Days
Final Project Panel Assessment
Master Black Belt Quizzes
Estimated time to complete
Live Virtual Instructor-led Sessions
03 March 2022
06 April 2022
16 June 2022
Virtual Instructor-led sessions take place live via Zoom between 09:30 to 15:30 BST / 08.30 to 14:30 UTC
Face-to-Face Classroom Training, Venue: Bradford, UK (2 days)
12 May 2022
13 May 2022