Get started with custom lists to organize and share courses.

Sign up

Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Six Sigma: Analyze, Improve, Control

Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich) via edX

55 Reviews 5787 students interested
Found in Business
  • Provider edX
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $99 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 8 weeks long
  • Learn more about MOOCs

Taken this course? Share your experience with other students. Write review

Overview

Learn how to statistically analyze data with the Six Sigma methodology using inferential statistical techniques to determine confidence intervals and to test hypotheses based on sample data. You will also review cause and effect techniques for root cause analysis.

You will learn how to perform correlation and regression analyses in order to confirm the root cause and understand how to improve your process and plan designed experiments.

You will learn how to implement statistical process control using control charts and quality management tools, including the 8 Disciplines and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis to reduce risk and manage process deviations.

To complement the lectures, learners are provided with interactive exercises, which allow learners to see the statistics "in action." Learners then master the statistical concepts by completing practice problems. These are then reinforced using interactive case-studies, which illustrate the application of the statistics in quality improvement situations.

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will earn the TUM Lean and Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification, confirming mastery of Lean Six Sigma fundamentals to a Yellow Belt level. The material is based on the American Society of Quality (www.asq.org) Body of Knowledge up to a Green Belt Level. The Professional Certificate is designed as preparation for a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt exam.

Syllabus

Week 1: ANALYZE - Root Cause Analysis
Introduction to methods for root cause analysis, including Cause and Effect (Fishbone diagrams) and Pareto Charts. We learn how to perform statistical correlations and regression analyses.

Week 2: ANALYZE - Inferential Statistics

Learn the inferential statistics techniques of confidence intervals and hypothesis testing in order to use sample data and draw conclusions about or process centering.
 
Week 3: IMPROVE - Design of Experiments
Plan designed experiments and calculate the main and interaction effects.
 
Week 4: MEASURE - Analysis of Variance
Review how to perform one-way  Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) for comparing the between-factor variaion to the within-factor variaion for a single factor experiment.
Use a two-way ANOVA for testing the significance of the factor effects for a 2x2 DOE.

Week 5: CONTROL - SPC and Control Charts
Implement Statistical Process Control (SPC) & Control Chart Theory for monitoring process data and distinguishing between common cause variation and assignable cause variation. Construct X-bar and R Charts by calculating the upper and lower control limits and the center line.
 
Week 6: CONTROL - Other Control Charts
Understand other control charts, including p-and c-charts and I/MR, and EWMA Charts and review of the Control and Reponse Plan for Six Sigma projects.
 
Week 7: Quality Tools: FMEA, 8D, 5 Whys
Use several important tools used in quality management, including the 8 Disciplines (8D) and 5 Whys, and learn the concept behind Design for Six Sigma (DFSS).
 
Week 8: Six Sigma Scenario and Course Summary
Step through a full Six Sigma scenario, covering all phases of the DMAIC process improvement cycle.

Taught by

Martin Grunow and Holly Ott

Help Center

Most commonly asked questions about EdX EdX

Reviews for edX's Six Sigma: Analyze, Improve, Control
4.9 Based on 55 reviews

  • 5 stars 93%
  • 4 stars 7%
  • 3 star 0%
  • 2 star 0%
  • 1 star 0%

Did you take this course? Share your experience with other students.

Write a review
  • 1
Anonymous
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
With every industry pursuing Lean practices in their manufacturing processes, knowledge of lean and Six Sigma becomes imperative if you want to pursue career in such an industry!!

I was initially doubtful of starting this online course (as I am not much of a virtual-class fan), but this course really blew me away with level of engagement it evoked in me! The lecture videos aren't just a formality to go though all the topics they promise but so meticulously structured that by the end of each module per course ( I have done all the modules in all 3 course in the series) you get equ…
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The professor Holly Ott understands what a S.M.A.R.T (specific measurable attainable realistic time) quality objective actually is for a each of her lectures. Furthermore she follows the 3E( FEMA Reinforcing the perception of fair treatment 3E) of communication which most people fail to do in lectures. Some students do not give her enough credit for how she sets up her lectures and her practice question are very good preparations for her quizzes/homework assignments. I have seen a lot of professors in my lifetime none of them of them were ever actually good, very intelligent people that mostl…
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Umang M
5.0 9 months ago
Umang completed this course, spending 20 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course content is very much helpful and informative. The course really helps to gain insight into the lean production and six sigma. The concepts are very much latest and related with industry.

The course has helped me a lot for securing the internship at Schaeffler Company. The material has proved to be very much useful with the project I am working in Schaeffler.

One of the best online course to learn the concept of Six sigma. This course has helped me professionally as well as personally, whether taking a decision or solving a problem a raised.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Alexander M
5.0 9 months ago
Alexander completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course teaches you the foundation knowledge required to master Lean manufacturing. Passing the 3 courses of Edx with Tum university you can achieve a yellow belt certificate in lean manufacturing that is a great acknowledgement and starting point to develop a career in any manufacturing company. Green belt certificate can also be achieved through this university based in Munich.

The classes are given using recorded videos in English. Subtitles and power point presentations to improve e following of the classes are also made available.

Every chapter is wrapped up …
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Murali K
5.0 a year ago
Murali completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
One of the best online course to learn the concept of Six sigma. This course has helped me professionally as well as personally, whether taking a decision or solving a problem a raised.

Every lecture were very well articulated, elaborately explained with proper usage of tools and most importantly usage of formulae & examples for numerical problem solving. Discussion forum to share and learn from your peers and getting your doubts cleared by the staff, who promptly reply to every query posted. And the icing on the cake was by Mr. Reiner Hutwelker, who summarized the six sigma stages elaborately in week 8 lectures. Sigma guide is awesome!

Thank you everyone who structured this course as is and my best wishes for your future endeavors.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Anonymous
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I enjoy all three classes offered for lean six sigma yellow belt certification. The classes were short but effective. Step by step we learned DMAIC, lean methologies as well as all relevant statistical analysis. Dr. Holly Ott made the classes enjoyable by stimulating thinking via asking some key questions, providing relevant examples and really spending the time showing problem solutions. Invited speakers also added value providing different view some relevant to their industrial experience utilizing these techniques. I highly recommend this course and the series offered for LSSYB. Worth your money and time. Regards, zehra
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Olga F
5.0 a year ago
Olga completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It has been a very interesting course. Lessons are well-structure and very completed to know how to apply DMAIC for processes. Although I have worked as a quality engineer, I never used some of the tools here explained (it depends on how updated/lean the industrial sector is). So, I am completely satisfied with this course and indeed, I will make use of this methodology to work through lean sig sigma from now on. Also thanks to Pr. Holly Ott from her great explanations and preparation of the lessons. Olga Campo. Spain
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The material is very useful, and the course is easy to understand. Holly Ott is a very good professor, and the videos make the concepts clear. She regularly re-caps the basic principles as she lectures through the material, which really helps with understanding. The many examples and case studies are very helpful in solidifying understanding of the concepts as well. Also, with videos, you can pause and re-start as needed and you can read the script so as not to miss anything important. The handouts include the information, tables, bullets, and charts in the lecture's PowerPoint presentati…
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Grzegorz W
5.0 9 months ago
Grzegorz completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I find this course and the Six Sigma and Lean: Quantitative Tools for Quality and Productivity program as one of the best I've ever participated in. I highly recommend to anyone who would like to start the Lean Six Sigma journey. Once program completed, the Green Belt certyficate is in hand coverage.

Thank you Holly Claudia Ott, Technical University Munich and edX.

#leansixsigma #leanmanufacturing #sixsigma
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Yadhunath K
5.0 a year ago
Yadhunath completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Prof Holly,

I am happy to inform you that I have now passed the Green Belt certification of ASQ . Waiting for the certificate to arrive.

Even though my experience span over 27 yrs in the industry, I could not formally get educated in the Six Sigma BOK. Your course helped me a lot in this regard. Many thanks to you , Prof Zubair and to your entire team of this course.

Thank You once again
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Anonymous
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is very well constructed. There are a lot of examples that clarify the calculations and show how the theory matches with the practice. The instructor (Holly) seems to be genuinely excited about the subject she is teaching which makes the lectures interesting and helps to keep you motivated.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The production quality of this course is high. The content is well presented, and supplemented with exercises and case studies.

This course on Analyse, Improve, and Control covered pareto analysis, hypothesis testing and confidence intervals, design of experiments (DOE), and ANOVA. It further covered control charts and statistical process control (spc).

The course ended with a discussion on various problem solving methods, such as the eight disciplines (8D) and the five whys.

At the end we also had a quick look at how the DMAIC approach can be adapted in …
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
José C
5.0 2 years ago
by José completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent continuation for the first course.

Holly Ott is a great teacher that makes you understand every single topic.

Can't wait to start the final course of this specialization.

Totally recommended!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Intuitively straight-forward, informative, organized. The course and its lectures are structured in way which the objective is clearly defied. Holly does a great job presenting the concepts with real-world applications of them, as well as step-by-step approaches to making practical use of them. There is an ungraded practice assignment that prepares you for the homework, and provides you with a baseline idea of how well you know the material before submitting anything for a grade.

The guest lectures also usually provide a more technical perspective that often includes some of the …
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Lilian B
5.0 5 months ago
Lilian completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course is a great opportunity to learn important quality matters.

The course is very well structured, the complexity is just fine for upper-beginner level, the topics are explained in good details. Nevertheless you need to have some knowledge in statistics (I believe the engineers are very ok with this). You have the opportunity to replay video and recheck the material before advancing, the practical exercises are very useful and you may check the explanations and clarifications (after you answer).

The instructors give good examples to show how the theory can be…
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Mohammed A
5.0 2 months ago
Mohammed completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The second part of six sigma : Analyze Improve and Control, is also another exciting course which i really enjoyed from TUMx courses on edX. the course provides quantitative tools which are used to analyze processes and products yields, it also gives ideas on how to improve processes and keep them under control.

The DMAIC approach for six sigma being taught from TUMx is really a black belt skills and techniques for problem solving, process improvement and control.

Even though i am done with the course i will still be referring the course materials for future use, is a great lecture.

Thanks to Holly Ott and team, i really wish to have personal encounter with Prof. Ott i n the future.

regards, Anyimadu.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Safaa A
5.0 4 months ago
Safaa completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Every aspect of this course including the content is very much helpful and informative. The material of this course helped me to refresh and strengthen my academic courses studies in Industrial Engineering.

Many thanks to instructor, Dr. Holly Ott, her teaching style, course notes are easy to grasp. She addressed many of the concepts using many practical examples which make it very helpful to understand concepts, theories and the math. Her lectures and her practice question are very good preparations for the quizzes and homework assignments.

I find this course is a very good start to help me refresh my knowledge and improve my skills and better prepare me for my future career.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
K Κ
5.0 4 months ago
K completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
An excellent green-belt lean 6σ course!

Worths every cent of its fee. It contains a wealth of applied knowledge and it is packed with many examples, case studies, and quizes that contribute to the deep understanding of the material taught.

While the course builds from the ground up , it is not just an introductory course. It covers in depth the lean 6σ green belt body of knowledge.

Bonus: At the end of the course there is an extra series of videos for a practical application of what has been taught in the course. This bonus material is so extended and helpful could be a course of its own.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Adrian G
5.0 4 months ago
Adrian completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I took this course immediately after the "Six Sigma: Define & Measure". Both are excellent courses especially for someone like me with very little prior knowledge of Six Sigma. One of the things I liked the most of these 2 courses was the sense of continuity between them. The use of the case studies during the different phases of the DMAIC cycle really helps the students understand the whole process. I definitely recommend taking the 2 Six Sigma courses and the Lean Production one.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Once again, this course is an invaluable learning tool in any CI (Continuous Improvement) person's learning curve. Do not be put of by the daunting look of the course slides as Holly does an excellent job of explaining and clarifying them as she delivers the lectures. I would recommend printing the handouts and annotating them as you go along. There are a lot of intimidating formulae in the course, but don't worry, they get fully explained and they look worse than they are.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
  • 1

Class Central

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.

Sign up for free

Never stop learning Never Stop Learning!

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.