ESTIEM Magazine | Spring 2016 | New Materials

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Developing a Lean Six Sigma course for ESTIEMers

The course enables ESTIEMers to boost their careers by getting industry-acknowledged certificate from world-class trainer Gregory H. Watson. Management trends come and go. Is Lean Six Sigma still valid in the future?

Henri Jarrett

Local Group Helsinki

Let’s consult one of the America’s most popular

improvement projects forming the backbone of Lean

recruiting websites, During February,

Six Sigma. Numerous Lean Six Sigma tools exist to

95 000 new job posts were added with keyword “Lean

conduct, implement and manage projects efficiently.

Six Sigma”. In the United States, there is an established

As a common denominator, these tools emphasize the

strong pull from the industry for Lean Six Sigma

importance of having right data at the right time as a

professionals. The methodology is rooted deep in the

basis for all decision making.

American companies as, according to the American Society of Quality, 82% of Fortune 100 companies

Lean Six Sigma education

are already using Six Sigma. While lagging behind the

Dozens of universities in the United States are

US, European companies have fought hard to gain

already offering Lean Six Sigma Green Belt courses

similar benefits from Lean Six Sigma as their American

and certificates to their students. Green Belt is usually


considered as the entry-level certificate, which provides the required basic tools to work in real world Lean Six

Jukka-Matti Turtiainen

Local Group Lappeenranta

What is Lean Six Sigma?

Sigma projects. Some European universities, including

Lean Six Sigma is a management and operating

ESTIEM academic partner Chalmers, are offering Lean

philosophy, which focuses on continuous improvement

Six Sigma certificates for their students. The popularity

of quality. In the ever more competitive business

of these courses has been constantly on the rise,

environment, management must have quality as

reaching almost 50 students in Chalmers alone in their

one of cornerstones of strategy. Thus, Lean Six

higher level Black Belt course.

Sigma activities range throughout the organization, from strategic planning to shop-floor operations. In

Our project

practice, management defines strategic objectives

Currently in Europe, students have very limited

and policies, which are then transformed to practical

options to learn about Lean Six Sigma. The Green Belt

82% Mikko Rajala

Local Group Helsinki


of Fortune 100 companies are using Six Sigma source: American Society of Quallity

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Job posts with “Lean Six Sigma” added in a month source:

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