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Lean Six Sigma Overview

In today’s marketplace in order to survive you must have a high quality product or service, as well as a solid business model. The Caltech Center for Technology and Management Education has combined both Lean Business practices along with Six Sigma training to help participants to identify and remove waste in the business processes of any organization. Lean and Six Sigma employ nearly all the same tools and practices, so it is expedient to combine them.

Lean Six Sigma is accomplished in an organization by performing specific Lean Six Sigma Projects. There are metrics employed to monitor progress of the specified Lean Six Sigma Project and to demonstrate before and after any Lean Six Sigma Improvement Project that there will be/were cost savings, improved quality, and enhanced business operations.


The Caltech Center for Technology and Management Education certificate programs are designed to address three "layers" of lean and quality practitioners within the organization.

  • Senior-level managers and executives — These individuals must understand how Lean Six Sigma practices benefit the organization. They sponsor all of the Lean Six Sigma activities within the organization
  • Green Belts — These individuals are not full-time Lean Six Sigma Program employees. They have other business duties and must apply Lean and Six Sigma quality practices to their other normal duties
  • Black Belts — Black Belts are full-time Lean Six Sigma employees. They do not multitask with other business activities. These individuals are the instructors, coaches, and mentors of the Green Belts and they are trained in providing internal consulting to the employees who are working on Lean Six Sigma Improvement Projects

The Caltech Center for Technology and Management Education offers two Lean Six Sigma certificate programs: The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Program and The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate Program. Each extensive program is offered over five weeks. Twenty-three planning, testing and analytical Lean Six Sigma topics are covered in both Green and Black Belt Workshops. Participants learn thirty-two tools for identifying and resolving quality issues in any organization and for removing waste in business processes. Metrics for monitoring the progress of Lean Six Sigma projects are covered.

Who should attend

Any department or organization looking to eliminate waste, reduce costs, and increase product successes—including finance and accounting executives, directors, and business analysts; operations, engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, and general management.

Available at your location

Contact us now to set up this customized program or individual course(s) to be delivered at your location. Our subject matter experts will work with your company to customize a course or program to meet your specific needs.


Chris Christensen, PMP
Rick Hefner, PhD