Yes, WMU SCM students can be Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certified…A study by Noble Institute of Quality Certification suggests that w/i 3-7 yrs of cert, one could see an increase in salary 30% over a peer that does not have a cert.

This is a standardized test, the same test that the WMU ISM Center uses when conducting LSS training for industry clients.

The test is not a required part of any of WMU courses, though most of the topics on the test are studied as part of WMU courses.  This is an optional certification test, & only those students who meet certain qualifications can take it (so hire these students!).

The primary topics on the certification test are focused on the use of A3 problem solving & applications of the PDCA & DMAIC processes.  We cover:

*The principles of lean six sigma 
*Creation of effective problem & goal statements 
*Definition of the current state through measurement, SIPOC diagrams, value stream mapping, process mapping & spaghetti diagrams 
*Examination & minimization of wastes including muri, mura and muda by using a gemba waste walk 
*Examination & minimization of common cause and special cause variation through use of control charts & process improvement techniques 
*Evaluating process capability using capability indices (Cp/Cpk) 
*Interpretation of continuous improvement tools such as Pareto diagrams, run charts, scatter diagrams, histograms, & box plots 
*Root cause analysis through brainstorming, affinity diagrams, fishbone diagrams, & 5-why 
*Implementation of countermeasures through impact-effort matrices, flow charting, & cost of quality metrics 
*Creating stability through 5S, standardized work instructions, poke yokes, & jidoka 
*The importance of culture, leadership & change mgmt to drive continuous improvement. 

The students use most of these tools by improving, conducting a waste walk, completing a value stream mapping case project, & conducting an actual 5S.

The program’s mission is to make the tools & skills of LSS accessible to all who are interested in continuous improvement. We focus on creating an exciting, relevant, & interactive environment that helps the student understand how continuous improvement can bring value to their lives both personally & professionally. The success of our students is the key to the success of our program. 

LSS is a methodology that focuses on improving the performance of an organization by systematically removing waste and reducing variation throughout the organization’s process. It also provides a framework for overall organizational culture change. 

Through the introduction of LSS, the mindset of the organization’s employees and managers shifts to one of growth, continuous improvement, and process optimization that drives to meet or exceed the customer’s needs.

*Imagine future supply chain managers taking classes with sales majors and understanding both sides of the table (i.e., negotiation).

*Imagine supply chain students mastering SCM techniques in industries that feed the entire world (i.e., food and consumer products).

*Imagine students learning from cloud technology platforms such as Materialx & Llamsoft that allow them to look at raw material market data from multiple sources, visualize & analyze historical pricing scenarios, simulate planned purchases & run what-if scenarios against forward price curves, and build, model, & test the “best” SCM networks based on total cost & customer demand.

*Imagine college grads that are already A3/DMAIC Lean 6 Sigma Yellow Belt certified & know how to interact with engineers because they took engineering classes.

*Imagine SCM grads trained to be consultants to their own org because we trained them to do so w/ real consulting projects?

*Imagine college grads being job ready day one as data scientists:

Get ready for the next level.

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