Credits: 3


Corequisite: ENME392; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering department.
This course intends to provide in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and its Define - Mearsure - Analyze - Improve - Control (DMAIC) Breakthrough Improvement Strategy. The emphasis is placed on the DMAIC process which is reinforced via application of semester long corporate projects and case study analysis.

Semesters Offered

Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024

Topics Covered

  • Week 1:  Intro to Lean Six Sigma Course; Ice Breakers. Intro to DMAIC and Lean Overview of Projects Placement Survey, Intro to DMAIC and Lean. Intro to Professionalism.
  • Week 2:  Intro to Define Phase. TQM Lecture by Teaching Fellows Basic Professionalism.
  • Week 3: Intro to Lean Principles by Jeffrey Herrmann, Teams formed, Intro to Define Report, Measure Phase Into
  • Week 4: Measure Phase – Process Maps, Root Cause. 5 Whys. Cause and Effect.QFD. (with Project), Measure Phase start- data and data analysis.
  • Week 5: Lean Tools, Lean Scenarios.  
  • Week 6: FMEA and Process Capabilities, Discuss Measure Report, Team Time.
  • Week 7: Measurement systems, R&R, Measure Phase Summary, Introduction to Analyze
  • Week 8: Lean Qualification. Regression. Hypothesis Testing. Chi Squared. ANOVA
  • Week 9: Analyze tools – con’t, Intro to Improve Phase. Change Management, Measure Report Due
  • Week 10: Measure Phase Presentations, Improve Phase Intro, Debrief Mtg with TF
  • Week 11: Improve Phase – Change Management, Improve Phase – Trade offs
  • Week 12: Design of Experiment, Control Intro, Visual Displays
  • Week 13: SPC, DMAIC REVIEW
  • Week 14: In-class presentations. Assign Final Exam.
  • Week 15 In-class presentations, Final Report.
  • Week 16: Final Exam Due.


Additional Course Information


Bigio, David


  • The Six Sigma Handbook, Revised and Expanded : The Complete Guide for Greenbelts, Blackbelts, and Managers at All Levels by Thomas Pyzdek ISBN: 0071410155
  • The Black Belt Memory Jogger (2002). Six Sigma Academy. ISBN: 1-57681-043-7.  
  • The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed by Michael L. George, John Maxey, David Rowlands and Mark Price (Aug 1, 2004)
  • Lean Sigma, I. Wedgwood, isbn 0-13-239078-7

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • Two 75 minute lectures each week
Last Updated By 
David Bigio, June 2017