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Kent State University Continuous Improvement Programs

A well-trained, informed employee group that is skilled in continuous improvement tools and techniques and that understands the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma, enhances the processes, increases productivity, supports a continuous improvement culture and helps an organization function at peak efficiency and accountability. Kent State's continuous improvement professional development training programs are for you, whether you are at the champion level of the organization or the frontline supervisor.

 

Continuous Improvement

 

 


Fundamentals of Lean Kaizen

Facilitator: John Potkalitsky

Lean is a systematic approach to eliminating waste so that every process step adds value for the customer.  Fundamentals of Lean provides an overview of Lean concepts and application within manufacturing, and service based organizations.  The facilitators will review how to create an effective continual improvement culture. The Kaizen Blitz event is a very effective approach to intensive and focused process improvement.  You will learn the fundamentals of leading a Kaizen Event, including what is required to plan and run the event, and the process of following up after the event.

John Novak & John Potkalitsky Fundamentals of Lean Kaizen

Times available:

  • Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295
  • Friday, March 6, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295

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5S+/Visual Workplace

Facilitator: John Novak

5S+ is the foundation for a disciplined approach to organizing and standardizing the physical condition of the workplace.  Explore and practice the concepts and implementation techniques of the five pillars of the visual workplace:

  • Sort
  • Set in Place
  • Shine
  • Standardized
  • Sustain
  • Safety (+)

The facilitators will lead you through a simulation will be used to illustrate the implementation process.

John Novak & John Potkalitsky 5S+Visual Workplace #2

Times available:

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295
  • Friday, March 20, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295

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Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Facilitator: John Potkalitsky

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a powerful tool for analyzing information and material flow throughout an organization.  You will learn the step-by-step method of Value Stream Mapping to effectively identify and eliminate non-value adding activities.  Using a case study example, you will create a current state map, analyze the current state map, and create a Lean future state map.

John Nova and John Potkalitsky Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Times available:

  • Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295
  • Friday, April 10, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295

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Quick Changeover

Facilitator: John Novak

Quick Changeover is a five-step process aimed at reducing the changeover time in any process that requires the flexibility to adapt to changing customer demands.  You will learn the impact that lengthy changeovers have on cash flow and meeting customer demand. You will understand the application of changeover reduction in both office and production environments. Upon conclusion of the program you will learn some of the cultural changes needed for success in your organization.

John Novak and John Potkalitsky Quick Changeover

Times available:

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295
  • Friday, May 1, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295

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Standardized Work and Continuous Flow

Facilitator: John Potkalitsky

Standardized Work is essential to achieving and sustaining Lean processes.  Standardized Work is a people focused tool designed to document current best practices in order to establish a repeatable and predictable baseline for continual improvement. Learn how to eliminate process waste through the application of the design of work cells within a manufacturing environment of in an office environment.  Guided by a classroom simulation, you will learn the key elements of design such as understanding Takt time, physical layout, analyzing standardized work, line and workload balancing, load leveling and more.

Times available:

  • Thursday, May 8, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295
  • Friday, May 8, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295

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Lean for Frontline Supervisors

Facilitator: John Potkalitsky

 

The overall success of a Lean transformation depends on leadership, especially front-line supervision.  Supervisors are the critical links between management and the people in the workplace.  They are in a key position to lead and create motivation.  And, most importantly, the supervisors are expected to change the current culture into a culture of continuous improvement.



However, despite these management expectations, most organizations give supervisors limited attention.  Supervisors often manage more people than anyone in the company. Yet receive the least amount of training. And, it’s not enough to just include supervisors in training. The Lean training has to be designed specifically for the supervisors.

This one-day workshop focuses on the fundamental challenges the you as a supervisor face in leading a Lean culture change.  From a supervisor perspective, you will learn how to use practical Lean tools and techniques in enough detail that you can begin immediately to apply them in your everyday work.  Also included is an overview of the “softer skills” needed to create and sustain successful change.

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An Introduction to Lean Six Sigma

Facilitator: John Potkalitsky

For years many companies have struggled with the dilemma of which improvement program to use: Lean or Six Sigma.  While some continue to debate the issue, others have come to realize that Lean and Six Sigma can work well together to improve processes, increase quality and drive out costs.

Six Sigma is a methodology and a set of tools, including statistical analysis, to reduce process variation.  Lean is a methodology and a variety of tools that focus on eliminating non-value added activities (waste) from a process.

This two-day Lean Sigma Overview explains how these two approaches complement one another and teaches several non-statistical tools in enough detail that you can begin to apply them in your everyday work. You will learn about the Purpose, Process and People aspects of Lean Sigma tools and approaches.

Participant team(s) will work on a pre-selected real-life problem/process utilizing the Six Sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) approach in a series of hands-on exercises.

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Champions Training

Facilitator: John Potkalitsky

Program also facilitated by John Novak and Stephen Skillman

You will learn to become an effective Champion and/or Team Leader so that you can effectively support your continuous improvement initiatives. Understand the evolution of the continuous improvement approaches and how the various tools and techniques fit together. Learn the roles of the Champion, Team Leader, Facilitator, Steering Committee and all team members. Gain knowledge of the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC) rigor. Identify and determine applications for Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints tools, analysis and problem solving techniques. Explore how you will build a culture of continuous improvement in your organization.

Times available:

  • Thursday, October 2, 2014; 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Twinsburg - $295

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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training and Certification

Facilitator: John Novak

 

Kent State weaves Lean, Six Sigma and Team-Oriented Problem Solving into a seamless certification that can help you achieve substantial improvements in your organization.

Kent State's Lean Six Sigma curriculum is structured to allow students and employers maximum flexibility in obtaining the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. The Green Belt program is held one week each month for two months (80 contact hours, 8 ceus).

Week One

  • Introduction to Lean thinking
  • Basics of Six Sigma methods and quality
  • Using DMAIC (Six Sigma methods) to understand cause and effects relationships
  • Team building (TOPS method)
  • Identification of high value projects
  • Introduction to Minitab and Quality Companion software
  • Understanding measurement system analysis
  • Process capability
  • Six Sigma project simulation (helicopter)

Week Two

  • Student project reviews
  • Application of Lean methods (flow, 5S, Visual Management and SMED)
  • Using Kappa studies to determine attributes agreement
  • Creating change through the use of appropriate performance metrics
  • Using statistical methods for process control
  • Using Kaizen tactics for rapid project breakthroughs
  • Sustaining the gains
  • Project simulation (catapult)

Project

For Lean Six Sigma certification, each student must complete an individual project, which will contribute significant results to his/her sponsoring organization.

Minitab/Laptop

To maximize the benefit of attending Lean Six Sigma training and to realize return on investment for future Lean Six Sigma projects, Kent State requires that each participant brings a laptop that has Minitab v16.0 or higher statistical software and Quality Companion v3 software loaded to each day of training. Kent State provides you the opportunity to purchase Minitab v16.0 and Quality Companion for an additional fee.

Times available:

  • Week One: April 14 – 18, 2014 and Week Two: May 12 – 16, 2014, North Canton - $3,750
  • Week One: October 6 – 10, 2014 and Week Two: November 3 – 7, 2014, Twinsburg - $3,750

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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification - General Version

Facilitator: Robert D. Skillman, Principal Lean Six Sigma Facilitator

Kent State weaves Lean, Six Sigma, Team-Oriented Problem Solving and Theory of Constraints into a seamless certification that can help you achieve substantial improvements in your organization.

Kent State's Lean Six Sigma curriculum is structured to allow students and employers maximum flexibility in obtaining the Black Belt certification. The curriculum follows a four-week approach with the class meeting one week each month for four months (160 contact hours; Kent State's Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification also requires the completion and approval of an independent project).

Week One

  • Project identification
  • Team building
  • Introduction to Lean thinking
  • Six Sigma methods and quality
  • Basic Minitab measurement system analysis
  • Process Capability
  • Six Sigma project simulation (helicopter)

Week Two

  • Student project reviews
  • Lean tools
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Comparative analysis
  • Tests for data stability and normality
  • Catapult simulation

Week Three

  • Student project reviews
  • Advanced Lean methods
  • Regression and correlation
  • Quick changeovers (SMED)
  • Airplane simulation

Week Four

  • Student project reviews
  • Advanced statistical tools
  • Design of experiments
  • Team dynamics
  • Putting it all together to achieve wealth and prosperity for any organization

Project

For Lean Six Sigma certification, each student must complete an individual project, which will contribute significant results to his/her sponsoring organization.

Minitab/Laptop

To maximize the benefit of attending Lean Six Sigma training and to realize return on investment for future Lean Six Sigma projects, Kent State requires that each participant brings a laptop that has Minitab v16.0 or higher statistical software and Quality Companion v3 software loaded to each day of training. Kent State provides you the opportunity to purchase Minitab v16.0 and Quality Companion for an additional fee.

Lean Six Sigma-

Times available:

  • September 15 – 19, 2014
    October 20 – 24, 2014
    November 17 – 21 ,2014
    December 15 – 19, 2014, North Canton - $6,950

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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification - Health Care and Service Concentration

Facilitator: Robert D. Skillman, Principal Lean Six Sigma Facilitator

Lean and Six Sigma tools and methodologies have helped to increase quality and improve efficiencies when applied to assembly lines since the 1980s. Now, steeped in the traditions of the great quality initiates, continual improvement practitioners are finding exciting new applications for these tools and concepts in the healthcare, transactional and service industries.

Attend the Kent State Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification - Healthcare and Service Concentration. You will learn how to apply the tools to increase your efficiency while maintaining a high level of quality to deliver services and value to your internal and external customers. The end result is fewer non-value added processes and time-consuming mistakes, with contented customer who receive superior service, leading to increased productivity and profitability.

Kent State's Lean Six Sigma curriculum is structured to allow students and employers maximum flexibility in obtaining the Black Belt certification. The curriculum follows a four-week approach with the class meeting one week each month for four months (160 contact hours; Kent State's Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification also requires the completion and approval of an independent project).

Project

Each participant of Kent State's Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification is required to complete a project using the methods learned, which will contribute significant results to the sponsoring organization.

Organizations in the healthcare and service-based industries, as well as in higher education, will reap significant benefits from employees attending this program.

Lean Six Sigma-BB Healthcare

Times available:

  • March 17 – 21, 2014
    April 14 – 18, 2014
    May 12 – 16, 2014
    June 16 – 20, 2014, North Canton - $6,950

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Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Training and Certification

Facilitator: Robert D. Skillman, Principal Lean Six Sigma Facilitator

Black Belts are the elite problem solvers for organizations. The Master Black Belt designation is the highest order of this respected practice. Master Black Belts are generally full-time agents for improvement, facilitators, teachers and journeyman practitioners of Lean and Six Sigma. They are efficient and effective in team facilitation and leadership. The Master Black Belt is a teacher (Sensi), communicator, and motivator. The Master Black Belt must work equally well with senior leadership and the workers in order to achieve company goals and initiatives.

Kent State's Master Black Belt Certification is two weeks in length, offered one week each month for two months. The purpose of the program is to further develop already successful and practicing Black Belts. The primary tools of Lean Six Sigma will  be reviewed prior to moving to more advanced tools regarding statistical methods and Lean deployment. Participants will be further trained in project selection and filtering. Whether you are in the business of manufacturing, health care, service or transactional, the addition of a TOPS, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt puts you in the elite and global regions of excellence. It is necessary that the participant have earned a Kent State University Black Belt certification as a prerequisite or be admitted upon approval of the instructor.

Times available:

  • April 28 – May 2, 2014 and
    June 2 – 6, 2014, North Canton - $4975
  • October 13 – 17, 2014 and
    November 10 – 14, 2014, Twinsburg - $4975

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Lean Six Sigma Webinar

Facilitator: Stephen Skillman, Associate Lean Six Sigma Facilitator

Are you looking to learn more about Kent State's Lean Six Sigma Training and Certification? Participate in our Lean Six Sigma Webinar to hear more about Kent State's approach and meet our facilitators.

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