This Lean Black Belt certification program provides the comprehensive subject matter to learn how to develop strategic initiatives, get buy-in from leadership, and move from strategy to implementation. Voice of customer is essential to getting the correct projects underway and moving to project completion. The black belt will learn to write a thorough whitepaper (plan) for developing lean enterprise-wide with leadership’s support. Industry experienced instructors who have worked both strategy and implementation issues present the course. Lean Black Belt Certification is from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth will be awarded upon successful completion of coursework, test, and whitepaper project.
Please review the PDF for the full schedule: Lean Black Belt Schedule
This Course is designed for Black Belt candidates who are managers, project leaders, continuous improvement participants, and others who already have a certified lean green belt. We will NOT cover the topics from the Lean Yellow Belt or Lean Green Belt Courses. Participants must have a lean green belt or equivalent prior to taking this course since we will not include lean basic tools, lean methods and selection, or detailed lean metrics in this course.
Prior projects are NOT required. We do require a highly-developed 8 to 12+ page whitepaper that is of significant strategic and market insight and developed for use at your current organization.
The course includes:
10 (4-hour) days and 1 (2-hour) day of live online training. The format of the live online training is lecture, discussion, and activities. All training is WebEx delivered by a qualified instructor. All sessions will be recorded and available for download for those that miss a session, and for review and historical reference. Formal lecture stops at the end of day 11 and rejoins for whitepaper presentations after approximately 30 days.
Read the entire text “Leadership’s Broken Link”; approximately 100 detailed pages
Complete homework assignments from the book, Leadership’s Broken Link
Participants will complete an 8 to 12+ page (1.15 line spacing, 1-inch margins) whitepaper based upon the book “Leadership’s Broken Link.” Participants have 30 days from the end of lectures to develop the whitepaper and presentation PPTs. The whitepaper will be delivered to the appropriate instructor per later supplied directions. Whitepaper is pass/fail basis.
Class will resume after the 30 day whitepaper development hiatus; participant will present the whitepaper through PPTs that they individually develop – 1 hour Live Online Format for presentation with a 0.5 hour question and answer from other participants and the instructor, presentation is pass/fail basis.
Participants will complete a test (about 16 hours of take home work open book, open notes) to demonstrate the knowledge gained in this course, and knowledge of lean topics from prior their green belt experience. Participants must pass the test which is take home; you will have 10 business days after the end of the class to complete it.
Lean Black Belt Certification is from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth will be awarded upon successful completion of coursework, test, and white paper project.
Leadership’s Broken Link, book provided as a pdf…you may print it
Materials from the course instructors in support of the learning objectives
All lecture slides in pdf format for download to your computer
All lecture recordings in MP4 format for download to your computer
Test in WORD format
A thirty-day free trial version of Minitab is available on the Minitab website. Minitab will be required for technical training and for the test. Purchase of Minitab is additional cost to the participant.
Lean Black Belt Certification Training Delivery Methods
Recordings of all instructor-led sessions are included
Half-day training sessions, live online, allow you to still work half days
Receive certification from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering
Lean Black Belt Certification Training Course Benefits
Develop leaders in the company who become capable of leading the Lean cultureExpand your competence in leadership, business acumen, and Lean technical expertiseGain the knowledge needed to move from the big picture to actual implementationBecome role models for green belts and othersIn addition to Lean, learn basic six sigma techniques and deployment
Lean Black Belt Course Outline
Key Session Topics
Day 1: Strategic Leadership – Strategic Initiative Development & Leadership Principles
Day 2: How Do Groups Fit? Where Are Our Groups Going?
Day 3: Moving from Goals to Metrics
Day 4: Future State Action Plan Implementation
Day 5: Managing Individuals & Collaborative Groups /Performance Management
Day 6: Team Performance Management
Day 7: Leading Process Improvement
Day 8: Voice of Customer
Day 9: Product or process design in contrast with process improvement
Day 10: Statistics Refresher and Minitab Introduction
Day 11: How to write your whitepaper and develop PPT slides that must be presentable to your business – a strategic focus on a lean six sigma culture with implementation plans. (2 hours); test sent to you on this day.
Approx. 30-day break to write your 8 to 12+ page whitepaper and develop your PPT slides; email completed whitepaper to Larry Parah prior to the start of all presentations. Estimated 40 hours to develop this whitepaper and PPT slides.
Day 12: Presenting your whitepaper via PPT slides; each participant will receive 1.5 hours, 1 hour for presentation and 0.5 hours for question and answers. (Session 1)
Day 13: Presenting your whitepaper via PPT slides; each participant will receive 1.5 hours, 1 hour for presentation and 0.5 hours for question and answers. (Session 2)
Day 14: Presenting your whitepaper via PPT slides; each participant will receive 1.5 hours, 1 hour for presentation and 0.5 hours for question and answers. (Session 3)
Day 15 Presenting your whitepaper via PPT slides; each participant will receive 1.5 hours, 1 hour for presentation and 0.5 hours for question and answers. (Session 4)
Day 16: Presenting your whitepaper via PPT slides; each participant will receive 1.5 hours, 1 hour for presentation and 0.5 hours for question and answers. (Session 5)