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December 6, 2022


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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.

Course Curriculum

  • Ses. 1-2 The start of your Lean journey Unlimited
  • Ses. 1-3 Lean thinking Part 1 Unlimited
  • Ses. 1-3 Lean thinking Part 2 Unlimited
  • Ses. 1-4 New Balance® plant tour Unlimited
  • Ses. 1-5 People: The heart of Lean Unlimited
  • Ses. 1-6 Value stream mapping basics Unlimited
  • Ses. 2-1E, 2-3E, and 2-5E Simulation video Unlimited
  • Ses. 2-2E Lean supply chain basics Unlimited
  • Ses. 2-4E Lean engineering basics Unlimited
  • Ses. 2-1H, 2-3H, and 2-5H Simulation video Unlimited
  • Ses. 2-2H Continuous process improvement Unlimited
  • Ses. 2-4H Improving the enterprise Unlimited
  • Ses. 3-2 Variability simulation Unlimited
  • Ses. 3-3 Lean for healthcare: An Overview Unlimited
  • Ses. 3-4 A3 thinking Unlimited
  • Ses. 3-5 Quality tools and topics Unlimited
  • Ses. 3-6 Six Sigma basics Unlimited

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