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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods (January IAP 2012)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via MIT OpenCourseWare


Course Features
  • Video lectures
  • Lecture notes
Course Description

This course covers the fundamental principles, practices and tools of Lean Six Sigma methods that underlay modern organizational productivity approaches applied in aerospace, automotive, health care, and other sectors. It includes lectures, active learning exercises, a plant tour, talks by industry practitioners, and videos. One third of the course is devoted to a physical simulation of an aircraft manufacturing enterprise or a clinic to illustrate the power of Lean Six Sigma methods.

The course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.


Ses. 1-2: The Start of Your Lean Journey.
Ses. 1-3: Lean Thinking: Part I.
Ses. 1-3: Lean Thinking: Part II.
Ses. 1-5: People: The Heart of Lean.
Ses. 1-6: Value Stream Mapping Basics.
Ses 1-7 | MIT 16.660 Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods, January (IAP) 2008.
Ses. 2-1: Lean healthcare simulation (covers 2-1, 2-3, and 2-5).
Ses. 2-2: Continuous Process Improvement, Healthcare Option.
Ses. 2-4: Improving the Enterprise, Healthcare Option.
Ses. 3-2: Variability Simulation.
Ses. 3-3 Lean for Healthcare: An Overview.
Ses. 3-4: A3 Thinking.
Ses. 3-5: Quality Tools and Topics.
Ses. 3-6: Six Sigma Basics.

Taught by

Prof. Earll Murman , Dr. Hugh McManus , Prof. Annalisa Weigel and Dr. Bo Madsen

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