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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What You Achieve by Enrolling at Pyzdek Institute

Learning is a process that never stops, and that is why students and employees alike need to take advantage of various institutions that teach life skills in addition to professional training. Pyzdek Institute LLC is one such institute that seeks to offer more than just basic learning concepts through its programs. Here are some of the achievements of enrolling in this institute.

Professional and personal development

Pyzdek Institute LLC strives to produce all rounded individuals that can apply what they learn both at work and in their lives as well. Hence, by going through the Lean and Six Sigma training and certification programs the institute provides, professionals add to their work skills and develop their personal traits as well. As a result, such individuals realize an advancement in their lives and careers.

Improvement of workforce skills 

Organizations are largely dependent on their workforce when it comes to achievement of excellence and organizational processes. Lean and Six Sigma training and certification cultivate the necessary skills amongst staff members, to make this possible. In turn, that results to process excellence within the business.

Cross-industry and cross-functional applications

Six Sigma Training is part of the programs that Pyzdek Institute LLC offers. Some of the benefits include the fact that this program avails skills for use by individuals working in various industries. These include information technology, healthcare, manufacturing and financial sectors. Managers performing different functions can also use these skills in increasing customer loyalty and satisfaction, in leadership positions, implementation of change, and in managerial positions. Call us now for more information.

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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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Lean Six Sigma: Managing Change in the Manufacturing Revolution


Introduction of new technologies in the manufacturing industry, has left a gap between robotic process automation (RPA) and human intelligence. The forces promoting global manufacturing sector change since the late 20th century, such as inventory flows, skilled and semi-skilled labor, and technological innovation, continue to impact production line operations. Solutions to managing change in the manufacturing revolution are found in Lean Six Sigma approaches to quality assurance (QA) assessment.

A Road Map for QA Management

The Lean and Six Sigma methodologies originally defined two separate approaches to quality assurance (QA) assessment. Lean and agile quality management techniques date to the 1980s, when JIT (Just-In-Time) was innovated by Japan’s automaker factories. A cost-cutting measure to control line-production losses resulting from automated processes, JIT soon became associated with a number of new quality management techniques (i.e. Kaizen, TQM) sourced in multinational manufacturing practice.

Six Sigma combines qualitative, environmental scanning (i.e. SWOT and PESTLE) methods, with statistical computations (i.e. Chi Square) to assess process efficiencies, cost reductions, and return on investment benefits occurring in management decision. Benchmark performance measures to emerge from new QA management techniques, are readily integrated into the Lean quality control systems applied by manufacturers.

The Lean Six Sigma Revolution

The role of Lean and Six Sigma practices in shaping corporate production goals since the 1980s is clear. Introduction of results-driven process improvement solutions in line manufacturing methods, has boosted manager confidence in iterative, not just automated technologies. Now that IT trends have effectively transformed QA processes in the manufacturing sector, line managers have the opportunity to credential in Lean Six Sigma certification.

Lean Six Sigma assessed value chains improve benchmark performance. Change QA processes have also revolutionized team-building competencies, as well as line manager responsibilities, and CIO leadership goals. The next step is application to all QA management productivity, including product integrity, service efficiency, and regulatory compliance. As IT ecosystems continue to alter line production activities, the latest updates in value chain assessment will be found in training.

The Pyzdek Institute is an accredited training institute for the credentialing of Lean Six Sigma certification. Contact us to find out how your manufacturing company can benefit from assessment.

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Three ways of improving hospital performance with Lean Six Sigma

The Lean Six Sigma Training developed by Thomas Pyzdek is a comprehensive approach to helping improve your business process. In the health care system, four forces have converged making care delivery more difficult than it has ever been. These include:

Aging baby boomers

In the next two decades, the baby boomers will become the greatest consumers of healthcare, and they have always been demanding and vocal. There is no reason to hope that they will change.

Scarce financing

The United States has been experimenting various programs of health care funding for over ten years, and none of the concepts works for more than a few years.

Staffing shortage

While the physicians may appear to be sufficient, the healthcare sector is suffering from a shortage of other staff members, especially nurses. The current economy and increasing variety of opportunities for women have made the health care field an unattractive place to work.

The above challenges create a compelling case for change, and Lean Six Sigma is the most gripping strategy to address them.

Six Sigma is a methodology for process improvement and focuses on eliminating defects. It allows hospitals to design, manage, and improve performance so that they can perform at the highest possible levels in the following ways:

1. High level of performance

High performance promotes high volume and ensures a few errors and defects, fast turnaround times, and low cost.

2. Reduced staff turnover

The efficient processes increase employee retention by eliminating the leading causes of high turnover such as complex and cumbersome routines and procedures.

3. Overcoming professional disciplines

Lean Six Sigma leverages the effective methods and techniques to overcome the challenge of professional disciplines and reduce medical errors and defects.

For more information on Lean Six Sigma training, contact us.

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Arizona’s Economic Department Goes Lean

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In an effort to improve service, maximize output, and reduce waste, Arizona’s Department of Economic Security recently announced the creation of a DES Lean Transformation Office. The newly created department will align with the Lean Transformation Initiative already put in place by Governor Doug Ducey. Vicki Mayo, a Lean veteran with over ten years of experience working with Lean principles, will serve as Chief Transformation Officer for the office.

Prior to the launch of the DES Lean Transformation Office, various DES teams experimented with Lean principles and had great success. For example, The Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Inspector General developed an initiative to accelerate the time-frame to issue licenses for developmental homes for children and adults. Before Lean methods were put in place, it took 82 days to issue a child developmental home license and 172 days to issue an adult developmental home license. After Lean was introduced, both licenses are now issued in 26 days! In addition to shortening the time for licensing, DES teams were also able to eliminate a license application backlog.

DES director Tim Jeffries was full of praise for Lean, saying, “The Lean transformation process is helping our DES become more efficient, more kind and more awesome. These efforts have reduced the amount of time, money, and resources to meet or exceed client’s needs.” Jeffries was optimistic that the creation of the new DES Lean Transformation Office will help spread Lean principles throughout the agency and lead to even greater efficiency.

Want to learn more about Lean methods? Wondering how Lean can benefit your business? The Pyzdek Institute offers Lean training programs that can help you minimize waste and maximize output no matter what industry you are involved in. Contact us today to get started!

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Announcing the Pyzdek Institute Lean Healthcare Overview Course

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Since 1967, Thomas Pyzdek has offered training and certification courses using the Lean Six Sigma approach in business management. The Institute now recognizes the need for Lean training in the healthcare industry. With health care costs increasing, but patient care remaining stagnant or declining, it is evident Lean training could change the face of the healthcare industry.

Lean training encompasses operational excellence by identifying steps through a value stream and eliminating waste in this process. This training has been highly successful in the Japanese culture in the auto industry. Lean training is now being introduced in the Japanese healthcare system as well. The goal is to use less to create more. In healthcare, money may not be the issue, but how the money is being USED is the issue. An example may be putting brake fluid into a car that has a hole in the brake line. No matter how much brake fluid is added, there will always be waste. The five steps in Lean Training are not difficult, but each step is important and must be repeated until the waste is eliminated. In the healthcare industry, the five steps are:

  • Identify the patient population
  • Map the stream value
  • Get rid of the waste
  • Pay attention to how the patients respond and see the value
  • Pursue perfection

In the new Pyzdek Institute Lean Healthcare Overview Course, a three hour on-line overview course, the participant will:

  • Learn what “Lean Training” is and its importance in the healthcare industry
  • Learn the most important Lean topics (value and waste)
  • Learn terminology and its application in healthcare

At a later date, The Pyzdek Institute will offer the Lean Expert Training Course. Please contact us to discuss this course or any of our other training courses.

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Pyzdek Institute Announces Lean Healthcare Overview Course


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The Pyzdek Institute, a world-renowned leader in Lean Six Sigma training, now offers Lean Healthcare training. The pilot program, the Lean Healthcare Overview Course, is available now and the follow-up program, the Lean Healthcare Expert course, will be launched soon.

Lean is an operational excellence methodology that focuses on the flow of value through a value stream. The Lean approach promotes continual analysis and improvement in an effort to provide customers with a greater value while using fewer resources. When Lean principles are implemented, work flow is maximized and waste is eliminated. Although traditionally utilized in a manufacturing setting, Lean training has value for every industry. In healthcare, introducing Lean methods can result in cost savings for providers and improved patient outcomes – a win, win!

The Lean Healthcare Overview Course will give participants a strong introduction to Lean principles and provide a framework for the application of those principles in the healthcare setting. Participants will:

  • develop an understanding of what Lean is and why it is important in healthcare
  • learn about the most important Lean topics, such as value and waste (muda) and why they are important in healthcare
  • become familiar with Lean Healthcare terminology and concepts

The Lean Healthcare Overview Course is offered online and takes about 3 hours to complete. Participants will have 30 days to complete the training after registering. For a complete list of topics covered in the course and to learn more about the training modules, please click here.

The Lean Healthcare Expert Course, which will be released soon, will build on the foundations outlined in the overview course.

To learn more about these courses, or any of our other Lean Six Sigma training programs, please contact us today!

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Open New Doors to Excellence with the Pyzdek Institute LLC

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In the corporate world, the daily grind can be a dog eat dog world. You need to have yourself stand out in the crowd with the best training and certification available. The Pyzdek Institute LLC was created by the acknowledged leader in the industry, Thomas Pyzdek. The Pyzdek Institute offers a hugely successful program in Lean Six Sigma Training. In the pursuit for excellence, quality, and process, the Pyzdek Institute gives its participants a certification that facilitates and delivers Lean Six Sigma Certification Standards and Lean Six Sigma Training Program Accreditation. The Institute proudly regards its membership in the International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC) as a reward for the dedication and professionalism of the Pyzdek Institute.

Gaining certification in Lean Six Sigma, will give you instant credibility with any organization who may contact you for assistance. You have successfully completed many practice projects and problems using Minitab software. You have the standard text, Six Sigma Handbook, on your bookshelf. This text has set the standard in the field for more than thirteen years. You have had live support from Master Black Belts guiding you and giving you more confidence in the certification process. You know you can answer any question regarding an organization’s process failures using less resources while moving the organization forward, measuring future progress and success, and being certain the short and long term goals are met. You do not need any additional training and will be an immediate contributor to the organization. The Pyzdek Institute is excitedly waiting to begin your training. Please contact us at your convenience.

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Kick the Competition with Lean Six Sigma Training


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You see needed improvements everywhere while supporting your local businesses, non-profits, and service industries. You know you can help both their employees and processes. But you want to approach these businesses with expertise, confidence, and a proven model that really works. After doing some research to further your own education, you know the best choice is Six Sigma Training from The Pyzdek Institute.

Always being a go-getter and never afraid to jump into a challenge, you decide on the Green Belt Training. Although the Institute does offer a wide variety of full and short courses, the Green Belt Training is exactly the training and education you desire. This course gives you:

  • Certification – Where many other online courses do not offer full certification, you will work hard, but be rewarded for this hard work with preparedness and expertise in the field of project improvements and a satisfying paycheck.
  • Intense Content – The Green Belt Training is a full 100 hours of online training complete with homework, assignments, a timed online exam, and you must present a real-world project to a Pyzdek Institute Certified Master Black Belt or the founder, Thomas Pyzdek, himself!
  • Guidance and Feedback – During the entire course, you will never be “left out in the cold.” You can always ask for guidance and feedback from Thomas Pyzdek and your instructor.
  • Successful Course Model – This model proves itself repeatedly using a series of detailed, logical, interconnected, goal-oriented steps. And success in the business world incorporates this same type of model.
  • Guarantee and Payment Plan – The Pyzdek Institute offers a 30 day money back guarantee and payment plans too.

And you are not required to focus your real-world project merely on the bottom line of a business! Many projects apply to improving people and processes in the daily operations of the business or project. We would be happy to talk with you. Contact us at your earliest convenience to get you started with this exciting training.

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