ENME 466 - Lean Six Sigma

3 Credits



  • 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


ENME 392, BMGT 230, or STAT 400; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.


This course intends to provide in-depth understanding of Six Sigma and its Define – Measure – Analyze – Improve – Control (DMAIC) Breakthrough Improvement Strategy. Emphasis is placed on the DMAIC process which is reinforced via application of semester long DMAIC projects and case study analysis.


  • 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.

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • Two 75 minute lectures each week

Last Updated By 
David Bigio, June 2017