Finding Your Fit at The Pyzdek Institute

At The Pyzdek Institute, we offer a comprehensive range of Lean Six Sigma courses designed for professionals focused on meeting goals and tight deadlines. Choosing the right training is key to improving performance, which is why we provide courses for every skill level. Some of the basic features in our popular training courses are as follows:

1) Lean Six Sigma White Belt

This course is for the professional who is just entering their journey in Lean production. The four-hour course (equivalent to almost half a Continuing Education Unit) provides a basic introduction to Six Sigma concepts and builds a foundation for future growth in the field.

2) Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

The next step on the Lean production ladder is the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training. This higher level course requires a 40 hour commitment, ensuring that your training gives you a solid working knowledge in the field. Completion of this certification course will not only certify you as a Yellow Belt in Lean Six Sigma – it comes with four Continuing Education Units, over 300 quiz questions to build your knowledge, and more.

3) Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Green Belt training is a higher-intensity course for bringing your skills to the next level. As part of this 100 hour training, you delve into assignments graded by an expert in the field, receive a textbook — autographed by Thomas Pyzdek — to keep as a future reference manual, receive a 1-year Minitab License, and learn from 50 modules, project coaching, 500+ quiz questions, and more.

4) Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Professionals who complete the 180 hour Black Belt course prove themselves as true masters in their field. In addition to all the coaching, assignments, textbook, license, and other benefits of the Green Belt certification course, the training includes 18 CEUs, 17 online modules, and more than 700 quiz questions.

Wherever you stand on the Lean production spectrum, the Pyzdek Institute has a training program that is right for you. Still need help determining where you should start? Contact us for a quick consultation and we’ll help you grow your skills to the level your business needs.

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Delaware Courts Launch Lean Six Sigma-Based Judicial Fellows Program

Although Lean Six Sigma was originally developed to promote continual improvement and increase efficiency in a manufacturing setting, Lean Six Sigma Training can be beneficial in many other fields. The methodology is easily translatable to a wide variety of industries and sectors and can really make a huge impact on the overall quality of operations. In the state of Delaware, the court system has recently discovered the benefits of implementing Lean Six Sigma methods and has launched a new Judicial Fellows Program that will focus on improving efficiency and production.

The new program was born out of the ongoing partnership between the judicial system and the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware that was originally established to introduce private sector techniques for the betterment of the courts. The fellowship will feature two University of Delaware graduate students who will work with court administrators to identify areas of possible improvement. The students will do extensive research and offer suggestions for policy changes that will help the court system reduce waste and increase efficiency. The two fellows – Josh Berkowitz, 23, of New Jersey, and Alexander Burns, 23, of Pennsylvania – are both students in the Masters of Public Administration program in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware.

In addition to taking on the two fellows, the courts have also sought Lean Six Sigma training for many employees within the court system. As a result of this training, the courts report dramatic improvements in operations and a savings of 4,250 staff hours! Administrators are hopeful that the new fellowship program will build on these fantastic results and benefit the judicial system even more.

Would you like to learn more about how Lean Six Sigma training can help your business? Contact us today for more information!

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West Point Introduces Lean Six Sigma Training

Lean Six Sigma was initially developed to reduce waste and improve quality in the manufacturing world, but the methodology has now been successfully applied across a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, the service sector, and now the federal government. The Army executes Lean Six Sigma through its Office of Business of Transformation and that culture of continuous improvement has recently spread to the United States Military Academy, West Point.

In early February, West Point hosted a day-long Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification course. The session resulted in 33 new Yellow Belt practitioners from 10 organizations across the academy. A similar training day in September 2016 resulted in 34 trainees, so West Point now boasts 67 Yellow Belt holders.

Bolstered by the support of local military and civilian leaders who support Lean Six Sigma training, West Point is eager to continue to train cadets, faculty, and staff in an effort to do more with less. Col. Doug McInvale, Math Professor and Master Black Belt, reflected on the recent training session, noting, “We’re just building on years of success by local operations researchers and responding to positive feedback from our recent events.” He also reported that dozens more people are on waiting lists for future training events!

The Army has been reporting cost savings and improved quality for several years as a result of Lean Six Sigma implementation, and West Point hopes to build on that success. The goal is to select a number of the new Yellow Belt holders to continue their training and become Green and Black Belt certified so more advanced problem solving principles can be introduced across the organization. In fact, plans are underway to hold a two-week Green Belt training program on campus during Summer 2017.

McInvale is optimistic about the future of Lean Six Sigma training at West Point. He explained, “Lean Six Sigma is not magic, but the philosophy and tools promote quality across many areas.” He is particularly excited about benefiting the community as a whole by connecting quality people with quality improvement achievements using local processes.

Lean Six Sigma is making a difference in the Army and at West Point and it can dramatically impact your company, too. Interested in bringing Lean Six Sigma Training to your business? Contact us today to learn more about the Lean Six Sigma method and find a training program that fits your needs!

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Increased Revenue: Just One of the Benefits of Six Sigma Training from Pyzdek Institute, LLC

Perhaps you’ve heard of Six Sigma before. Perhaps you’ve come here looking for ideas on how to improve your company’s bottom line. Guess what? You’re in the right place, because that’s exactly what Six Sigma training from Pyzdek Institute, LLC can provide!

Increased Revenue.

According to a recent report from Business 2 Community, one of the main benefits of Six Sigma training is that it teaches you to analyze your current operations and find ways to increase the quality of the services and products you offer.

The results of thoughtful analysis aren’t just relegated to finding and fixing defects in your process to improve quality. They also include expanding innovation: finding new ways to do your work better, faster, and with less money. They include encouraging your employees to see their work as more than “just a job,” but as a way to personally participate in projects that will have a positive impact both on the company and the people it serves. They include reducing costs and reducing waste: Wasted time, wasted money.

Consider the facts offered by this report:

  • After implementing Six Sigma, Akron Children’s Hospital was able to reduce MRI wait times by 90 percent and decrease the amount of time it took to locate airway supplies in its ER by 63 percent, improving the quality of care provided to its patients.
  • After implementing Six Sigma, GE was able to increase its revenue by $300 million in one year.
  • After implementing Six Sigma, the U.S. Army saw a savings of $2 billion in one year through projects that streamlined processes, recycled fuel, and managed tasks in a more efficient manner.
  • 46 percent of companies who implement Six Sigma see increased innovation, as employees learn to focus on solutions instead of limitations.
  • 56 percent of companies who implement Six Sigma see improvements in employee working conditions and safety, as consistency and protocol become the focus of operations.

These are just a few of the benefits that Six Sigma training can provide. Want to know more? Contact us.

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Six Sigma Training: What Every Green Belt Should Know

Recently, Maj. Amanda Harrah, of the Army’s 28th Infantry Division, explained why she fell in love with Lean Six Sigma and what every Green Belt should know. “Lean Six Sigma gets us to work as a team,” Harrah wrote, adding that it “gives us the impact of our lost time on our performance and ultimately our Combat Mission Effectiveness.”

As for what Green Belts should know, Harrah stated, “you’ll work smarter, not harder.” She stated that leading a Lean Six Sigma project was generally a part time undertaking. Additionally, she noted that not everyone on the team would necessarily be excited right away about the changes that will come through the Six Sigma process. However, she encouraged Green Belts to develop a solid communication plan right from the start, to ensure that the right information about the project is provided by all the stakeholders, and to remember that their leadership is critical to shaping the project’s outcomes. Buy-in from others could be achieved by including them in the process, and helping them to look for data-driven solutions, she noted.

At the Pyzdek Institute, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification involves 100 hours of coursework, a comprehensive written exam, and the presentation of a real world project to one of the institute’s Certified Master Black Belts. Once certified, Green Belts possess the knowledge of D-M-A-I-C, and can apply that knowledge in a supporting or leadership position on a Six Sigma team. There is no minimum education requirement for those seeking Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and the Green Belt training is not a prerequisite for Black Belt training.

Would you like to receive training that will teach you the principles needed to lead your company towards data-driven efficiency and cost savings? If so, contact us.

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News: Hospital Decreases Cesarean Delivery Rate by 13 Percent Through Quality Improvement Initiative

A Boston hospital has decreased its cesarean delivery rate by 13 percent through a quality improvement initiative.

A Boston hospital has decreased its cesarean delivery rate by 13 percent through a quality improvement initiative. According to a press release from The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, a clinical instructor at Harvard School of Medicine teamed up with a maternal fetal medicine doctor from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for a seven year study that produced five factors that may impact the cesarean delivery rate in women who are carrying one fetus, presenting in the head down position.

Women in this category are at lower risk for a cesarean than those carrying multiple fetuses or a fetus in the breach position, the release stated. The factors that cause cesareans in single, head-down presentations include the interpretation of fetal heart rate findings; the provider’s tolerance for labor, the induction of labor, the provider’s awareness of the cesarean rate for this category of patients; and environmental stress. After identifying these factors, the team spent seven years — from 2008-2015 — developing a multi-strategy approach that involved provider education as well as new policy that would reduce the number of cesarean deliveries.

Data was then collected regarding fetal, maternal, and neonatal outcomes from the births that were impacted by this new approach. Analysis was considered on more than 20,000 deliveries during the initiative, and the cesarean delivery rate for women in this category was reduced from 34.8 to 21.2 percent of the births. The total cesarean delivery rate for women at the hospital was reduced from 40 to 29.1 percent.

The study stressed the need for a cultural change in maternity units across the country to mitigate the recent rise in cesarean deliveries. It’s a change, the press release noted, that requires commitment and the willingness of hospitals to use multiple approaches in their quality improvement projects.

Six Sigma provides the skills to look at quality improvement from a number of angles in order to produce the best outcome. Want to know more about how Six Sigma can help you improve the way your business operates? Contact us.

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Six Sigma Training: Real Examples of How It’s a Win-Win for Employers & Employees

Are you interested in Six Sigma training for yourself or your staff, and wondering about the benefits?

Are you interested in Six Sigma training for yourself or your staff, and wondering about the benefits? According to a report from Lehigh Valley Business, three manufacturing leaders recently met to discuss their own experiences with Six Sigma. Here is a bit of what they shared.

Donna Warman, production manager for Sussex Wire: Warman and her project team set out to improve the original equipment manufacturing on seven machines. As one of their short term action items, they revised the machine site, using more vertical space in order to ramp up productivity. This simple solution provided an increase in production — they now produce 2.5 million parts a week — without the need to buy additional, expensive equipment.

One of the best parts of the Six Sigma project, Warman stated, is that she never felt alone or overwhelmed in the process as she was working with a team. Employee buy-in took a bit of time, she noted, but once they were able to be involved and to see the importance, they were enthusiastic about the project as well. She found a benefit in including on the team both people who worked with production as well as those outside it.

Lauren Migliore, process improvement engineer, Crayola: Crayola was able to save about 36,000 pounds of paint and 918 labor hours each year through a Six Sigma project on its watercolor line. Some of the actions involved in the project included control checks and daily checks by team managers, as well as saving money on shipping the paint and creating other efficiencies.

John Lanford, engineering manager at Computer Designs: After implementing an on-site Green Belt training program and gaining support of staff members, a team put together a project to eliminate land scanners and create real-time monitoring of critical systems outputs. This monitoring would feature warnings and alarms. Additionally, a team worked on a new way to inspect raw material and capture data. The projects took a while to complete, but the employees understood the benefits, and the company was able to enjoy the value that the efficiencies created.

Six Sigma is about team work and value. Are you ready to learn? Contact us.

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Caterpillar Dealer Sees Strength in Six Sigma Training for Executive Staff

Imagine a company where 95 percent of the executive staff has Six Sigma training. According to a recent article from Mirror Business, that is the reality of United Tractor & Equipment (UTE), Sri Lanka’s only authorized dealer for Caterpillar, Inc.

Caterpillar USA turned to Six Sigma in 2001, the article stated. UTE opted to embrace and deploy the methodology as well, which has helped to provide a competitive edge that increases the value of its products and services. UTE’s Caterpillar USA Master Black Belt stated that Six Sigma goes beyond simply using statistical tools to implement improvements. It is more about continuous improvements and purposeful change.

Nearly all of the senior staff, including managers and executives, are Six Sigma Green Belt trained or higher. Recently, the company began offering Green Belt certification to some of its customers, so that other local businesses could also take advantage of the skills and the benefits. Students were shown the DMAIC improvement cycle — the core tool of Six Sigma. DMAIC is an acronym which stands for:

  • Define the goals of an improvement activity;
  • Measure the existing system;
  • Analyze the system to determine where it is currently in relationship to the defined goal;
  • Improve the system;
  • Control the new system.

The number of corporations and organizations worldwide who are embracing Six Sigma methods and encouraging training for their staff is growing all the time. Would you like to learn more about how Six Sigma training can help your business to do things better, faster, and at a greater value? If so, contact us.

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Looking to Innovate your Process? Pyzdek Institute LLC can Help

Advisor, Chunka Mui — in his recent column for Forbes — described innovation as an “imperative” for businesses and organizations. He cited studies in which senior executives and board members stated that the rapid pace of technological change was the biggest challenge facing their organization, and that disruptive innovation was the biggest risk.

However, Mui asserts, innovation is also the biggest opportunity to grow your business. In the ABCs of organizational improvements, Mui quotes engineer and innovator Douglas Englebart, who once stated that the ability to get better and get better at improving one’s self is the key to long term viability.

When it comes to those ABCs, the column explains, “A” is your core activities: developing products, manufacturing them, marketing them, distributing them. “B” is the process by which you improve your “A”. This can include implementing a continuous improvement methodology such as Six Sigma in order to accomplish your core activities faster, better, cheaper, and for more profit. “C” is the part of the equation where you continuously improve your improvement processes. Where you think big. Where you innovate. This is the part of the process, Mui notes, that led to the invention of laser printers and networked computing. It’s the part that brought such things as iPhones and driverless cars.

Not having a “C” process can result in failure, the column warns. Kodak, operating without a “C” process, failed to fully embrace digital photography. Instead, it relegated that invention to an extension of its “A” process — which was products such as film, paper, and chemicals.

Pyzdek Institute LLC can give you the tools to implement a culture of continuous improvement through Six Sigma training. This can help in the “B” process of improving how you do your business. It can also help in the “C” process of always looking at ways to make your improvements stand out. Contact us to get started.

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What Kind of Salary do Professionals with Six Sigma Training Get?

ASQ Quality Progress recently published the results of its 30th annual salary survey for quality professionals. Here are the details:

  • The survey included responses from more than 7,000 quality professionals from various industries and market sectors. 92.5 percent of the respondents work full-time. Other respondents included self-employed consultants, part time employees, unemployed, retired, and laid off workers.
  • Average salaries in the U.S. increased slightly in 2016 to $91,659 for full-time professionals. It was somewhat smaller than the 2.78 percent increase seen in 2015 — which was the largest increase since 2007.
  • 2016’s highest paid quality professional by job title was vice president/ executive, with an average annual salary of $169,350. This was followed by statisticians and directors, who earned an average of $132,468 and $130,902 respectively.
  • Respondents of the survey expressed the greatest satisfaction with their jobs when their employers paid for quality training, such as Six Sigma training. They stated that this showed the value that their organization places on professionals holding certifications, and that top management places an importance on quality.
  • Respondents holding at least one ASQ quality training certification earn more than $3,800 a year more than those without a certification. Those with two certifications earn $6,200 more than those with just one certification, the survey revealed.
  • The average salary for those quality professionals receiving Six Sigma training increased from $83,004 to $100,361.
  • Completing higher levels of Six Sigma training offered the biggest bump in salaries for quality professionals in 2016, the survey found. Master Black Belts earned an average of $130,878. The average salary for Black Belts was $104,974.

If you’re ready to take your salary to the next level, Six Sigma training is a proven way to go. Contact us for more information.

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