Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training

January 4 - January 31, 2016 via Distance Learning

About the Course

Some of today's most respected companies—including GE, Motorola, Allied Signal, and Sun Microsystems—have used Lean Six Sigma to improve their organizations. Join the ranks of these successful corporations and let Lean Six Sigma work for you.

Lean Six Sigma is a combined process-improvement methodology that accelerates processes, increases efficiency, and reduces or eliminates variation. Competition for the same customers is increasing throughout the corporate world, putting company profits on the line; customer expectations are changing rapidly as the rate of information increases; and costs are escalating. Now more than ever, achieving process excellence is essential.

Our Lean Six Sigma program gives you valuable business tools to achieve process excellence and help your team:

  • Redesign flow to better account for customer and supplier variability
  • Analyze the root causes of process or system problems
  • Make informed decisions about cost-benefit of a company project
  • Capture meaningful metrics to help know and grow your business
  • Experiment to determine best practices to deliver quality, every time

This offering is a pre-recorded rebroadcast of our Summer 2015 Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) program offered by the Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (SSIE) Department at the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University and the Binghamton University IIE Student Chapter. 

Here is what previous attendees say about this training:

"This was an excellent class. I am a 16-year IT professional in global management for a Fortune 10 company and I found this one of the best training seminars I've attended in my career. The instructor's background was not limited to the classroom as he had very tangible and realistic examples based on his experience in the field. He was clear, articulate, and very well organized. The course materials were well constructed and easy to follow. Dr. Khasawneh's lecture and instruction were excellent."

"Dr. Khasawneh was extraordinarily knowledgeable about this subject matter, and was skilled at tailoring the intensity of his answer to the question given. If asked a basic question, he replied with a simple, hands on answer. If asked a complicated, high-level question, he gave as much depth and detail as was needed to answer the query. There was a wide range of knowledge level in the class, and he did a good job balancing the needs of all."

"I feel prepared to begin real world projects."

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Who Should Attend

This course is open to all current BU students as well as alumni, non-BU students, and members of industry, non-profit and government agencies.

This short course is designed for students or industry professionals that have some coursework background in probability and statistics and/or quality control*. The training consists of twelve 90-minute pre-recorded lectures and includes soft copies of the slides. In order to be a certified green belt, the participant will be expected to complete a take-home examination with a 70% minimum passing grade within a month of the start of the course. Participants should be prepared to proactively schedule their time in order to complete this offering in a timely manner.  Participants will have support via access to virtual office hours and email contacts to the professor and teaching assistant during the month. A Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate will be provided to those who successfully complete the course.

This training is also highly recommended for anyone who wishes to continue on with the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training being offered in July 2016.

*Students or individuals who do not have current knowledge/education in the probability and statistics and/or quality control may enroll in this course; however, they are also required to attend (at an additional cost) the prerequisite statistics day of instruction which is comprised of four addition 90-minute pre-recorded lectures.


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  • Knowledge/education in probability & statistics and/or quality control.  BU students: Some examples of courses that fulfill this pre-requisite include ISE 261, ISE 362, SSIE 505. (*Those who do not have current knowledge/education in the probability and statistics and/or quality control may enroll in this course, however, they are also required to view the prerequisite statistics day of instruction (at an additional cost) which is comprised of four addition 90-minute pre-recorded lectures.)
  • Computer with a high speed internet connection and audio is necessary.  Microsoft Excel is also required. 
  • It is recommended that participants download a trial version (free for 30 days) of the Minitab software (for statistical analysis - http://www.minitab.com) on or a day before the start of the training program.  Minitab is available for free for all BU students (https://ssl.binghamton.edu/). 
  • In order to utilize the Collaborate tool (part of our Blackboard course management system) for virtual office hours, your computer should also have an updated version of JAVA (http://java.com/en/download/index.jsp).  A headset with microphone may be useful but not necessary. 

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Materials Provided

Your fees cover:

  • Instruction via pre-recorded lectures
  • Soft copies of slides.
  • Support via virtual office hours and email with the instructor and teaching assistant.
  • Grading of take-home exam
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate of Completion
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As stated earlier, this course will only be offered through distance learning.  In order to utilize distance learning, the student must have a computer with a High Speed Internet connection.

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Participants should be prepared to proactively schedule their time in order to complete this offering in a timely manner.

Links to the pre-recorded sessions and slides will be sent out by Monday, January 4, 2016. These links will be available until the end of January.  An open-book take-home exam will be distributed by Friday, January 8, 2016. This comprehensive exam will be due by Sunday, January 31, 11:59 p.m.  Notification of course completion will be in mid-March.

Prerequisite Statistics: Four 90-minute lectures

* For those who do not have prerequisite coursework in statistics. 

  • Session 1 - Course Introduction, Course Outline, Fundamental of Problem Solving, Introduction to Statistics, Sampling Process, Introduction to Minitab
  • Session 2 - Basic Statistics: Measures of Location, Measures of Variability, Data Visualization, Coefficient of Variation, Dot Plot, Histogram, Stem And Leaf, Box Plot
  • Session 3 - Basic Statistics: Random Distribution, Variables Types, T test, Z test, Statistical Tables, Confidence Intervals for Mean, Confidence Interval for Proportions, Confidence Interval for Standard Deviation
  • Session 4 - Advanced Statistics: Compare Means, Compare Variances, Compare Proportions, Rejection Region, Fail to Reject, Type 1 error and Type 2 error, Power and Sample Size, P-value


Green Belt: Twelve 90-minute lectures

This program serves as a lean six sigma training course at the Green Belt level. The course aims to emphasize why the implementation of lean six sigma is vital to the continuous improvement in global industry. Several case studies and applications of lean six sigma concepts will be presented throughout the course.  Focused topics include:

  • Continuous process improvement (CPI) with emphasis on both lean and six sigma concepts and methodologies;
  • Lean concepts and its applications, such as 5s, waste reduction, value stream mapping, and error proofing;
  • DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) to solve issues and transition CPI projects from one phase to another;
  • Basic statistical analysis methods, tools, and control charts used to determine key relationships between inputs and outputs;
  • The integration of both lean and six sigma for achieving data-driven process improvement results;
  • and Team dynamics and leadership to provide effectively successful projects.

Course Outline:

  • Session 1 - Course Introduction, Meet the Instructor, Training Objectives, Training Outline, Fundamental Concepts, Flow Charts, Process Maps
  • Session 2 - Pareto Charts, Cause and Effect Diagram or Fishbone (Ishikawa), Optimizing Process Flow, Bottle Necks, Forecasting Demand
  • Session 3 - Capacity, Wait Times, Continuous Improvement, Kaizen, Deming, PDSA Cycle, Quality Circles, Quality Certifications and Awards - ISO 9000 and Malcolm Baldrige, Statistical Process Control
  • Session 4 - Lean, Six Sigma, TPS, Value Added vs. Non-Value Added, 7 Wastes/Muda (TIM WOOD), Production Systems (Craft, Mass, Lean), Lean Tools, House of Lean, Push/Pull, Visual Control, Kanban
  • Session 5 - Time & Motion, Takt Time, Throughput, Value-Added Time, Heijunka (Leveling), Standardized Work, Jikoda & Andon, Mistake Proofing (Poke-Yoke), SMED, 5Ss
  • Session 6 - Spaghetti Diagram, Value Stream Mapping, SIPOC, Projects and Case Studies, Intro to Six Sigma
  • Session 7 - Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, Kaizen Event, Six Sigma Model, Key Players in Six Sigma Program – Role and Responsibilities, DMAIC, Project Management, Decision Criteria and Decision Matrix
  • Session 8 - Project Scoping, Project Charter, Project Planning, 7 Basic Quality Tools, 7 New Quality Tools, Critical to Quality, Data Collection
  • Session 9 - Data Collection Methods, Sampling Methods, Basic Statistics, Measurement System Analysis, Gauge R&R
  • Session 10 - Process Capability, Benchmarking, Correlation Coefficient, Regression Analysis
  • Session 11 - Hypothesis Testing, Design of Experiment, ANOVA
  • Session 12 - FMEA, House of Quality, Quality Function Deployment, Control Charts: X bar Chart, R Chart, Process Control Plan, Case Studies on DMAIC

An open-book take-home exam will be distributed by Friday, January 8, 2016.   The exam is long and comprehensive.  We recommend you allot a minimum of 20-40 hours for completing the exam. The exam is due Sunday, January 31, 2016 by 11:59pm.


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Dr. Mohammad T. KhasawnehDr. Mohammad T. Khasawneh 

  • Professor and Chair in Systems Science & Industrial Engineering Department
  • Assistant Director for Health Systems, Watson Institute for Systems Excellence
  • Director, Healthcare Systems Engineering Center
  • Director, Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory
  • Graduate Program Director, Executive Master of Science in Health Systems
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Clemson University


 Teaching Assistant, Abdulaziz AhmedAbdulaziz

  • Ph.D. candidate, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Binghamton University
  • Master's Degree, Industrial Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology
  • Bachelor's Degree, Industrial Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology

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Fees and Registration

Late fees ($50) apply for registrations received WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015  through FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016.
Registration closes 12:00 noon on FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016. This is a FIRM Deadline.

GREEN BELT course only (Twelve 90-minute lectures)

  • GOVERNMENT, NON PROFIT, Non-BU STUDENTS and BU ALUMNI (graduated 2014 and earlier): $500
  • CURRENT BU STUDENTS and December 2015/May 2015 Graduating BU Students: $300

PREREQUISITE STATISTICS course + GREEN BELT course (Fifteen 90-minute lectures)

  • GOVERNMENT, NON-PROFIT, Non-BU STUDENTS and BU ALUMNI (graduated 2014 and earlier): $600
  • CURRENT BU STUDENTS and December 2015/May 2015 Graduating BU Students: $400

Group pricing for industry may be available upon request.
We reserve the right to cancel our sessions.  If we cancel, fees will be refunded in full.
Go to our registration and fees page for more information.

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Last Updated: 11/17/15