Prime Sigma

Program Description

Prime Sigma will endow the participant with the knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and applying the basic concepts, tools, procedures, practices, and methods commonly associated with Six Sigma and the general field of process and business improvement. The main focus of Prime Sigma is placed on how to quickly, effectively, efficiently, and easily, solve line-of-sight problems as well as resolve daily operational issues. Participants will discover how a strong, positive contribution can be realized using the concepts and tools provided in this program. Students will learn how to wield an array of time-proven, simple, graphics-based process improvement tools that can produce quick bottom-line improvements.

In addition, they will be gaining tremendous insight into the logic and reasoning which underlies Six Sigma and the aims of breakthrough improvement. Prime Sigma can increase the power of virtually anyone, working in an industrial or commercial enterprise, that is striving to realize a never-ending stream of continuous improvements. Therefore, this program is an excellent choice for a business of any size, commercial or industrial.

Reinforcement of major concepts, techniques, and application is realized through exercises, scenarios, and focused case studies. Total instructional time for this program is approximately 8 hours.

      Downloadable Program Syllabus

Breakthrough Vision

Content Overview - Understand the nature, purpose, and drivers of Six Sigma

Driving Need - Identify the needs that underlie a Six Sigma initiative

Customer Focus - Explain why focusing on the customer is essential to business success

Core Beliefs - Contrast the core beliefs of Six Sigma to conventional practices

Deterministic Reasoning - Describe a basic cause-and-effect relationship in terms of Y=f(X)

Leverage Principle - Relate the principle of leverage to an improvement project

Performance Breakthrough - Describe the underlying logic of the DMAIC improvement process

Business Principles

Quality Definition - Articulate the idea of quality in terms of value entitlement

Value Proposition - Define the primary components of value and their key elements

Process Management

Performance Yield - Explain why final yield is often higher than first-time yield

Hidden Processes - Describe the non-value added component of a process

Measurement Power - Describe the role of measurement in an improvement initiative

Performance Benchmarks - Explain how a benchmarking chart can be used to assess quality performance

Defect Opportunity - Understand the nature of a defect opportunity and its role in metrics reporting

Quality Tools

Variable Classifications - Define the various types of variables commonly encountered during quality improvement

Measurement Scales - Describe each of the four primary scales of measure and their relative power

Problem Definition - Characterize the nature of a sound problem statement

Focused Brainstorming - Explain how focused brainstorming is used to facilitate improvement efforts

Process Mapping - Understand how to define the flow of a process and map its operations

SIPOC Diagram - Describe the nature and purpose of an SIPOC diagram

Force-Field Analysis - Utilize force field analysis to solve problems

Performance Sampling - Explain how to design and implement a sampling plan

Check Sheets - Understand how check sheets can be used for purposes of data collection

Analytical Charts - Identify the general range of analytical charts that can be used to assess performance

Pareto Charts - Explain how Pareto charts can be used to isolate improvement leverage

Run Charts - Utilize run charts to assess and characterize time-based process data

Correlation Charts - Utilize a correlation chart to illustrate the association between two variables

Frequency Tables - Explain how to construct and interpret a frequency table

Performance Histograms - Construct and interpret a histogram and describe several purposes

Control Charts - Explain the purpose of statistical process control charts and the logic of their operation