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16.660/16.853 Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods (IAP 2008, MIT OCW). Instructors: Prof. Earll Murman, Hugh McManus, Prof. Annalisa Weigel, and Allen Haggerty.

This course introduces the fundamental Lean Six Sigma principles that underlay modern continuous improvement approaches for industry, government and other organizations. Lean emerged from the Japanese automotive industry, particularly Toyota, and is focused on the creation of value through the relentless elimination of waste. Six Sigma is a quality system developed at Motorola which focuses on elimination of variation from all processes. The basic principles have been applied to a wide range of organizations and sectors to improve quality, productivity, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, time-to-market and financial performance. (from ocw.mit.edu)

Course Curriculum

  • Session 1-2: The Start of Your Lean Journey Unlimited
  • Session 1-3-1: Dick Lewis Guest Lecture Unlimited
  • Session 1-4: Lean Thinking Unlimited
  • Session 1-6: Value Stream Mapping Fundamentals Unlimited
  • Session 1-7: New Balance Plant Tour Unlimited
  • Session 2-1: Lego Simulation Unlimited
  • Session 2-2: Lean Supply Chain Basics Unlimited
  • Session 2-4: Lean Engineering Basics Unlimited
  • Session 3-2: Variability Simulation Unlimited
  • Session 3-3-1: Quality Tools and Topics 1 Unlimited
  • Session 3-3-2: Quality Tools and Topics 2 Unlimited
  • Session 3-4: Ida Gall Guest Lecture Unlimited
  • Session 3-5: People: The Heart of Lean Unlimited
  • Session 3-6: Implementing Lean Unlimited

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