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# Six Sigma: Analyze, Improve, Control

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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

## Reviews for edX's Six Sigma: Analyze, Improve, Control 4.9 Based on 13 reviews

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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
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…
Umang M
5.0 3 months ago
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.

Alexander M
5.0 3 months ago
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 …
Murali K
5.0 11 months ago
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.
Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
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
Olga F
5.0 11 months ago
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
Grzegorz W
5.0 3 months ago
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
5.0 9 months ago
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
Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
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.
José C
5.0 a year ago
by 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!
Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
completed this course.
The course is extremely well prepared and although this is an introductory course - structurally and thematically it is quitecomplex, but positively challenging. Main lecturer, Mrs. Ott, transferred the learning material in a great way and linked with her practical / professional experience. The course was technically flawless and it was really pleasant to work on it.
Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
completed this course.
Great course. The content may be applied to your day to day work. Qualityt information given out as well as exercises that make you comprehend a certain area may be improved according to six sigma principles. Congratulations to Holly and her team, transmitting technical information into case applications is more than a challenge, certainly well acomplished!
Anonymous
4.0 3 months ago
completed this course.
Theory in this course is explained well and the examples help understand the concepts even better. Easy to follow and recommended.