Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods

This course introduces the fundamental Lean Six Sigma principles that underlay modern continuous improvement approaches for industry, government and other organizations. Lean emerged from the Japanese automotive industry, particularly Toyota, and is focused on the creation of value through the relentless elimination of waste. Six Sigma is a quality system developed at Motorola which focuses on elimination of variation from all processes. The basic principles have been applied to a wide range of organizations and sectors to improve quality, productivity, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, time-to-market and financial performance.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Link to this course as a YouTube Playlist

Session 1-2: The Start of Your Lean Journey

Session 1-3-1: Dick Lewis Guest Lecture

Session 1-4: Lean Thinking

Session 1-6: Value Stream Mapping Fundamentals

Session 1-7: New Balance® Plant Tour

Session 2-1: Lego® Simulation (covers 2-1, 2-3, and 2-5)

Session 2-2: Lean Supply Chain Basics

Session 2-4: Lean Engineering Basics

Session 3-2: Variability Simulation

Session 3-3-1: Quality Tools and Topics 1

Session 3-3-2: Quality Tools and Topics 2

Session 3-4: Ida Gall Guest Lecture

Session 3-5: People: The Heart of Lean

Session 3-6: Implementing Lean