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Six Sigma: Analyze, Improve, Control

Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich) via edX

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  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate $99 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
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  • Duration 8 weeks long
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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

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Anonymous
5.0 5 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…
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Anonymous
5.0 4 days 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…
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Umang M
5.0 5 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.

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Alexander M
5.0 5 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 …
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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.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 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
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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
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks 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…
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Grzegorz W
5.0 5 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
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Yadhunath K
5.0 11 months 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
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Anonymous
5.0 5 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.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks 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 …
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José C
5.0 a year 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!
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Anonymous
5.0 a week 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 …
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Lilian B
5.0 3 weeks 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…
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks 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.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I completed this course and Lean Production, Control and Six Sigma: Define and Measure from TUM, which gave me the certification of "Six Sigma and Lean: Quantitative Tools for Quality and Productivity Record" and a Six Sigma Yellow belt capabilities.

I work as a R&D engineer. Even though I didn't even expect but these courses gave me new HELPFUL knowledge even in my work! I enjoyed the course and Holly as the main lecturer on the lessons is joy to follow to.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a comprehensive course covering the principles of Six Sigma and the last three stages of the DMAIC process. It provides a Six Sigma Green Belt depth of knowledge. Professor Ott is an excellent instructor. Her lessons are clear and well explained, with fun and practical examples that demonstrate how to apply these principles to real-world situations. I took all three of the course in this series and would gladly take more EdX courses by this instructor.
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Maisaa M
5.0 3 weeks ago
Maisaa completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I did all three courses of Lean six sigma Yellow belt. I was very happy with the way the videos are explained, I loved the way the Core team explain the course. They explains the lecture in a very good toned way that you won’t get bored, they explain the course in depth giving examples and references that you can use as your guide. I wish they could do the same thing on EdX for the Green Belt.

Maisaa Mustafa Salma
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The three courses in the series (Six Sigma: Define and Measure, Six Sigma: Analyze, Improve, Control and Lean Production) are excellent.

I did some other courses on the EDX platform, but I was impressed with the content of these TUM School of Management courses and especially with Professor Holly Ott's ability to lead the classes.

I have learned a lot and I have applied the acquired knowledge to my work.
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