Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt


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Course Description

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate, CERT 501


Russ Coombs

Mr. Russ Coombs is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Project Management professional. He has
over 25 years of experience leading operations, strategy, and process improvement in higher education,
manufacturing, customer service, and engineering businesses. His clients include Conoco-Phillips,
Honeywell, the aerospace industry, manufacturers like Flowserve, and the recreation/travel industry. He
has 15 years of experience directly leading people and programs and building solid organizations
through communication, problem-solving and motivational skills. Mr. Coombs has also spent 10 years
directly transforming businesses through Lean, Six Sigma, change management, and business process
methods by focusing on exceeding goals and driving breakthrough results. Russ holds a BS in electrical
engineering from the University of Wyoming and an MBA from the University of Washington.

  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB)
  • Certified SCRUM Master
  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)


This Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification program provides participants with the foundational knowledge
and a comprehensive approach to Six Sigma. A Yellow Belt is expected to participate in a Six Sigma
project. This program equips participants with the knowledge and techniques that allow them to integrate
Six Sigma methodologies for improving production, service requirements to meet customer expectations,
and bottom-line objectives of their organizations.

Open to individuals with experience in any industry (manufacturing or services) who have the desire to
take their career to the next level. They will benefit from this program by:

  • Developing their understanding of Lean Six Sigma principles and practices.
  • Building their capability to implement Lean Six Sigma initiatives in manufacturing and services
  • Operating with awareness of Lean/Six Sigma at the enterprise level.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts of Six Sigma and integration principles.
  • Know the laws of Six Sigma.
  • Understand fundamentals of the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC) problem-solving methodology.
  • Apply the DMAIC process and methodologies in the performance of a “real-world” continuous
    improvement project.
  • Participate actively and productively in a Six Sigma team.
  • Use basic Six Sigma tools and techniques for a Six Sigma project definition and process.
  • Understand the role of a Yellow Belt in the Six Sigma project team and/or organization.
  • Demonstrate competence using industrial dngineering and Six Sigma “tools” in achieving
    quantifiable results.

Program Outline

Topics Learning Objectives
Welcome and History Lean History, Six Sigma History, Lean Six Sigma Integration, DMAIC Process, Laws of Lean Six Sigma.
What’s in It for Me? Understand how the Lean and Six Sigma methodology evolved; understand the basic concepts of Lean and Six Sigma; know Lean and Six Sigma Integration principles; introduced to the DMAIC process; know the Laws of Lean Six Sigma.
Replication Overview: Governance, Tollgates, Roles, and Responsibilities Understand the Lean Six Sigma project life cycle including replication; clarify roles, responsibilities, and process for the Replication Phase; introduce the final replication tollgates; clarify the purpose of the Realization Phase.
Define Measure – Introduction Outline the requirements of the define/measure phase; link the tools and skills with the phase deliverables.
Measurement Systems Understand the importance of good measurements; understand the language of measurement; understand the types of variation in measurement systems; understand how to interpret a measurement
system analysis in different situations (Continuous Data, Attribute Data)
Basic Tools Generate ideas to help improve our process; organize our ideas so we can understand them; prioritize our ideas so that we can get the most leverage from them. Document in writing to share with others.
Basic Statistics – Overview Data – Its importance in understanding a process; Central Tendency – Mean, Median; Variation – Its causes and impact on process performance; how to use descriptive statistics and graphics
to describe a process.
Document the Process Develop skill with process maps to analyze the process in detail from the process participant’s and the customer’s viewpoints; learn process mapping as a critical skill to eliminating waste in the existing process; learn the features of different approaches to process mapping to enhance team learning; recognize value-stream map from a process map.
Stability – Control Charts Identify common cause and special cause variation; continuous data; attribute data; interpretation and application of these charts.
Capability Learn prerequisites for conducting process capability studies; learn how Cp, Cpk, Pp, and Ppk are calculated and how to interpret the Minitab output.
Learn How To Handle Continuous and Attribute Data Outline the requirements of the analyze and improve phases; link the tools and skills with the phase deliverables.
Statistical Tests – Overview Introduction to the normal distribution; population versus sample parameters; hypothesis tests: null and alternative; 2-sample t-test: visual, analytical, p-values.
Building the Case Understand the critical elements in building the case for change; learn tools to help to consider elements of the change and build a case for adoption.
5S What is 5S?; how 5S relates to Lean Service; why perform 5S?; how to perform 5S; the benefits from 5S.
Process Flow Improvement Define process flow and process flow improvement; list the benefits of process flow improvement; apply process flow improvement techniques to a case study.
FMEA Understand why we use Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA); learn how to link the FMEA to other black belt tools.
Piloting Solution Understand the importance and potential benefits of conducting a pilot; understand how to plan and execute a successful pilot; get practice interpreting pilot study results.
Application Lab To become familiar with the functionality of Minitab; to understand how to perform basic functions for Green Belts.
Control – Introduction Outline the requirements of the control phase; link the tools and skills with the phase deliverables.
Mistake Proofing Understand the costs of poor quality; understand the value of mistake proofing in improving quality, speed, and cost; review the traditional methods of inspection for mistakes/defects; understand the various tools for mistake proofing.
Making Change Last Learn to identify the key enablers that help sustain change; understand how to prioritize the enablers.
Control Package What’s been done so far in the pilot project? DEFINEd the process, inputs, outputs, customers, defects, and project details; MEASUREd the process, baseline, assessed stability, capability, and narrowed the potential KPIVs to the critical few; AN ANLYZEd the potential KPIVs to confirm root causes and estimate their effects on the KPOVs; IMPROVEd the process by generating and selecting the best solutions, identifying and mitigating risks with the solutions, piloting the solutions, and developing a large-scale implementation plan; time to establish an overall action plan and supporting documentation and tools to sustain the gains we’ve achieved.
Dashboard and Metrics Introduction The importance of measures as a basis for analysis and improvement, as well as in helping processes to become consistent and stable; strategies for leveraging measures to assist and sustain the improvement process; How measures drive behavior; the
importance of linking the customer’s requirements to the process outputs and associated inputs from outside the organization.


Candidates should have a minimum understanding of basic mathematics and statistics, the English
reading comprehension level of a high school graduate, and general proficiency in using Windows-based
computer software.

Who Should Attend

This training is suitable and open for anyone who wants to learn the fundamental skills necessary to
contribute to a Six Sigma team and/or project.

Cost Of The Program


Delivery Options

Online Instructor Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5 PM to 7 PM (PST)
Online office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 5 PM to 8:15 PM
Onsite: Saturdays and evenings
Course Time: 8 AM to 12 noon PM (4 hours); 1 PM to 4 PM Saturday
Place: Employment Resource Center (ERC)/Business Training Center (Everett, WA) or in company
Length of Course: 40 hours