Lean Six Sigma Training Course

What is Lean Six Sigma?

Simply put, it is a skill set that consists of a comprehensive set of tools and a specific way of using them to reduce waste, improve productivity, reduce errors, and increase profit. In other words, it is a highly valued set of skills that many employers look for when hiring new employees or considering existing employees for promotion.

"Lean" is all about reducing waste and creating "flow". Six Sigma is all about reducing variation which in turn reduces defects. These complimentary methodologies form a powerful tool set for optimizing manufacturing and business processes across any organization.

Dr. Jon Padfield teaches these skills in a unique way that incorporate first-hand experience, best practices from multiple industries and rigorous academic research to create an engaging, effective and memorable learning experience.


The topics covered in this course include:

  • Terminology

  • Visualizing Processes

  • Types of data and tools for data collection and graphic analysis (no statistics)

  • Rethinking Processes - Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

  • Lean Concepts (5S, Visual Management, 7 Wastes, Pull Systems, etc.)

  • Problem solving with Six Sigma (the DMAIC model)

  • Introduction to Error Prevention

  • Value Stream Mapping

  • Operational Definitions

  • Fishbone Diagrams

  • Broken Processes

  • Failure Mode Effects Analysis

  • Critical to Quality (CTQs)

  • Generating & Selecting Solutions

  • Control Plans

  • Certification Exam


Enrollment of our green belt training course may be tailored to your specific timing requirements.


Innovation Training Course

Mankind has been innovating for thousands of years but over the past few decades the pace of innovation has increased dramatically.

Due to market demands and globalization, companies are constantly having to create new products and services or risk becoming obsolete. The ability to innovate is one of the most sought after skills by many employers today.

This hands on workshop is designed to teach the fundamentals of what innovation is and is not.

The topics covered in this workshop include:

Dynamics of Innovation:

Innovation is brought about through a combination of what the market wants and what technology is capable of delivering. Innovations can be relative small and simple such as product line extensions of existing products or larger / more complex innovations that are new to the company and/or market. Each type of innovation can produce value and each has its own risks and benefits.

Leading Innovation:

This module examines the management balancing act between pursuing relatively low risk / low reward "incremental innovations" and the common desire in business today to pursue "breakthrough" or "disruptive" innovations. This module will tie together many concepts such as anticipating customer needs, emerging technologies, and technology roadmaps. It will also focus on the practical skill of objectively evaluating innovative ideas and fighting the natural tendency for "group think" to spread among teams and/or departments.

Innovation Acceleration:

This module begins at the "fuzz front end" of innovation – finding novel approaches to agreed upon customer needs. The modules also include sections on sparking creativity through the use of artificial constraints and the use of rapid prototyping as the concept moves from "Discovery" to "Development". Rapid prototypes allow companies to quickly gather feedback which can be used to refine the product or service under development.

Customer Centric Innovation:

In some industries innovation primarily comes from suppliers. In other industries, innovation primarily comes from Universities and in other industries innovation primarily comes from customers. This module examines the relative advantages and disadvantages of each source of innovative ideas then more deeply examines way to harvest ideas from customers.


Risk Management / FMEA Training Course

Risk Management is a key element of doing business, regardless of your industry. The ability to identify, analyze and mitigate risks is important to protecting customers, employees, and shareholders. This workshop teaches participants how to conduct effective Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA) for systems, designs, and processes.

FMEAs are required in many industries including Medical Devices (21 CFR 820, ISO 14969, ISO 14971) and Automotive (ISO/TS 16949:2009, APQP). The use of FMEAs is also strongly encouraged in Healthcare by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare (JCAHO) and the Joint Commission Resources (JCR).

This workshop consists of a 1-day training class that uses hands on exercises involving prepared examples. The one day training class can then be supplemented with a 1-day facilitated workshop in which the participants will apply the concepts of FMEA to their own processes (PFMEA) or designs (DFMEA).


Class overview:

  • History and importance of FMEA

  • Types of FMEA

  • Key terminology (failure mode, effect, potential causes, mitigation, etc.)

  • Quantifying the concepts of severity, likelihood, and detectability

  • A robust procedure for creating FMEAs

  • Avoiding common problems

  • Case studies

  • Practice exercises


Project Management Training Course

Whether your job involves patients, procurement, accounting, safety, employee development, IT, or engineering, you are probably involved in managing projects to one degree or another.

This workshop is designed to equip project leaders with the essential tools they need to successfully manage projects regardless of their business function or position in the company or organization chart.

This hand's-on workshop covers the professional tools and strategies needed to define and document project requirements, gain buy-in from project stakeholders, delegate tasks, create milestones, monitor progress and close projects on time and within budget.


Reliability Training Course

Reliability & Robustness (R&R) Engineering 101:  Best-In Class (BIC) R&R Program (1 day) – In this course, Mr. Martz introduces the fields of Reliability and Robustness Engineering and compares them to the field of Quality Engineering. He presents the competitive advantage to high product R&R and how to achieve high R&R with a Best-In-Class (BIC) Reliability and Robustness (R&R) Program.

Each of the following key elements and corresponding sub-elements of the BIC R&R Program will be presented:

  • R&R management tools

  • R&R processes

  • R&R design tools

  • R&R analytic tools