Lean Six Sigma
Aligned with Carnegie Mellon’s strategic focus of improving processes and efficiencies, the Lean Six Sigma program provides employees with a hands-on learning opportunity to experience the value of continual process improvement while using the principles of Lean Six Sigma. The program provides two types of participation opportunity:
- Individual participants can take advantage of the opportunity for professional development and growth.
- Campus partners can propose a team project. Through these projects, program participants gather hands-on experience, and project sponsors get the opportunity to have cross-functional teams explore potential improvement or cost savings for their process or service. Refer to the Criteria for Lean Six Sigma Projects [pdf] to learn more.
- Implement a continual process improvement program using the principles of Lean Six Sigma
- Align the program with Carnegie Mellon’s strategic focus of improving processes and efficiencies
- Provide a practical experience for participants to apply the principles learned in the classroom to a team-based project under the guidance of a subject matter expert/consultant
- Provide participants with support to pursue the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification at the end of the program
- Contribute to establishing a culture of process improvement
- Provide university employees from various departments and divisions with the skills and tools essential to solving problems at various levels
- Reduce costs, raise productivity and enhance overall customer satisfaction
- Standardize the tools and techniques used to improve processes
|The Office of Human Resources (OHR) begins program socialization with university leadership and stakeholder groups.
|June and July
|August through early November
|November and December
|Teams present their project findings (in person, hybrid or virtual as circumstances dictate).
The nomination period is open through mid-April, with 30 spots available to motivated staff who meet the following requirements:
- Some understanding of statistics
- Inclination toward analytics (nice but not necessary)
- Interest in Lean Six Sigma and process improvement
- Initiative; not easily swayed from doing the work
- Displays "stick-to-it-ive-ness"
- Support from manager to dedicate time for training and working the project
- Works well with others; ability to influence
- Can draw insights from everyone on the project team
- Mix of individual contributors, managers, technical and non-technical
- Can synthesize customer expectations into measurable outcomes
- Wants to grow and learn with a team of colleagues beyond department