Introduction to Lean and Six Sigma

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Program Overview

Lean and Six Sigma are vital areas in operational excellence. These two methods provide organizations with tools to improve the efficiency of their business processes. By decreasing waste and variation in processes, organizations can see improvements in areas such as employee engagement, reduced time to complete work, and increased quality of products or services.

In this program, participants are introduced to the concepts of efficiency and effectiveness. They explore process improvement tools and analytical techniques to investigate key process issues within projects and operations functions.

Operational excellence begins with understanding how the root causes of the sources of waste and variation produce inefficiencies and a reduction in quality. Participants will learn how to apply the tools, methods, and techniques to relevant and realistic processes thereby enhancing their understanding of Lean and Six Sigma.

Case studies, real-world examples, and hands-on activities will be used to bring the concepts to life and to empower people to utilize their learnings in their workplace.

This program is part of the Operational Excellence Certificate. 

  • Key Learning Objectives
    • Understand Lean philosophies and the Six Sigma DMAIC framework
    • Identify and "see" the various inefficiencies in your workplace processes
    • Uncover the root cause of waste and variation, and systematically solve them
    • Introduce and examine process improvement tools
    • Understand frameworks and methodologies used to effectively implement Lean processes
    • Examine analytical techniques to increase efficiencies
    • Investigate and discuss key issues within projects and operations function
    • Organize the workspace for ease and efficiency
  • Who Should Attend
    • Business professionals and leaders in any industry and environment seeking to increase operational excellence knowledge and skill set to better support enhanced business practices
    • Operations and projects personnel looking to enable process improvement and streamline activities
    • Individuals pursuing how to deliver value in processes, systems, and organizations through operational excellence
  • What Is Included
    • All learning materials in Canvas
    • Certificate of Completion
    • Credential to add to your CV and LinkedIn Profile
    • 13 CPHR Saskatchewan Continued Professional Development (CPD) Hours

Funding Available

Check out the funding opportunities available through the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant*Multi-course certificate program; participants must enroll in two or more courses in the Operational Excellence Certificate to meet time requirement for the Job Grant.

September In-Person

Date: September 25, 2024 - September 26, 2024

Fees: $1995 plus Taxes

Registration Deadline: August 21, 2024

Location: #600 - 340 3rd Ave North, Saskatoon

Program Schedule

Day 1: Sept 25

Day 2: Sept 26

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM CST

More Information

In-person delivery occurs at K W Nasser Centre with all learning materials provided digitally on Canvas. In-person delivery includes instructor facilitation, small group exercises, large group discussions, interactive learning, networking and ample breaks and opportunities for questions and discussions. Participants will be required to bring a laptop/digital device to access all learning materials during the program. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided.

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Course Planner

For more information, contact

Rebecca Schweighardt
Learning and Development Specialist
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"Amanda and Keith were excellent in their delivery. They know their material very well and can relate so quickly to experiences they have had in their careers. Their presentation was dynamic and supported a quality learning environment for professional development."

Deidra Aitken

Eco Engineering Ltd. 

Instructor Profile

Keith Willoughby, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Keith Willoughby's teaching interests include operations management, business analytics and quantitative methods. Ultimately, his objective is to replace the fear and anxiety often associated with analytical methods with a more thorough appreciation for their value in analyzing situations and informing decision-making.
As a researcher, he devotes attention to developing and applying analytical models in a variety of practical, relevant business areas. Some of these themes include process improvement in health care, business logistics, transportation analysis, sports and entertainment, and pedagogical innovation. He is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt through the American Society for Quality. He is enamored with serpentine waiting lines and their role in improving operational efficiencies.

Amanda Dahl, PMP, ACP

Amanda Dahl is the owner of her consultancy, Boost Consulting. She has 20+ years of experience in project management, operational excellence, change management, and business development in multiple industries. She is also a Director on the Board of T2 Metals Corp.

Amanda has her Master’s Certificate in Project Management, Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP), Lean Greenbelt certification, Six Sigma Blackbelt training, and Prosci Change Practitioner certification and is a Co-Chair for the WIMWiN-SK Mentorship committee.

She presents her technical and ‘real-world’ knowledge in an authentic, tangible way to enhance understanding and engagement, and enjoys connecting with people in a meaningful way.

Offer This Program In-House

Interested in bringing this program to your organization or team within your organization? Fill out our Online Needs Assessment form and show your interest in bringing this program in-house or customized based on your needs.

Cancellation Policy

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