Six Sigma Course

Six sigma process-improvement approach focused on quality, reliability and value to customers. Skills include techniques from the define, measure, analyze, improve and control (DMAIC) approach. Lean concepts from supply chain management.

Video Transcript

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Lean Six Sigma. My name is Gary La Point, and I’m the lead professor for this course. Let me give you a little bit of background about myself. I’ve spent most of my career prior to academia working in private industry for companies like Xerox Corporation, ITT Industries, United Technologies, Cooper Industries, and all in the areas of supply chain management. So, I’m a professor of supply chain management at Syracuse. I teach courses in logistics strategy, international logistics, warehouse operations, operations, manufacturing operations, project management, and Lean Six Sigma. I’m originally from upstate New York, up near Lake Placid up in the Adirondack Mountains. I’ve spent most of my working career in the central New York State area.

So let me tell you just a little bit about this course. This course is really a problem-based kind of course. And we’re going to use the Lean Six Sigma methodology, which we’re going to follow the DMAIC process, and that stands for define, measure, analyze, improve, and control. And this process essentially is a problem-solving process. And it’s a content-rich course, and we’re going to have a lot of content. In fact, normally this course is 140 hours of content that we’re now going to try and compress into 10 weeks. So it’s got a lot of content, and one of the things we’re going to have to make sure we do in this course is we keep up. And if we get behind a week, it’s going to be difficult to catch up because of the amount of content that’s involved. But what we’re going to try and do is provide you with some skills that you can certainly apply to the project that we’re going to work on in this course, but also take these skills and be able to apply them right to your own workplace.

Whether you get Lean Six Sigma certified or not, I think we’re going to learn enough tools and enough techniques that you can make an impact and difference in your own workplace. Now, with that said, this course does not result in a Black Belt certification, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification, although we teach Lean Six Sigma Black Belt content. What we tell our students, and what our students often do is at the conclusion of the course, they then register with the American Society of Quality, which is a certifying body for Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. And those exams are given twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. And I can tell you from a lot of previous experience from students that the content that we teach in this class is about 80 percent of the content that you’ll see on the ASQ Black Belt exam. That doesn’t mean you can not study, prepare for that exam, but you’re going to be familiar with about 80 percent of it when you do, if you do decide to go that route and get some official certification. So when you get that certification, you actually get a license number and a designated Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. So we hope to provide you with those skills and experiences that you can take and apply those to your future career or your existing career. And so with that, I think we hope to have a really fun course, and I think you’re going to learn a lot in this class. Thanks so much.