Six Sigma Strategic Planning and Deployment

Candidates seeking Six Sigma Black Belt certification, quality professionals, engineers, production managers, frontline supervisors, and all individuals charged with responsibility for improving quality and processes at the organizational or departmental level, including process owners and champions

Proficiency at the Green Belt level with the Six Sigma philosophy and approach as scoped in the ASQ – Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge (BOK)

Expected Duration
150 minutes

Strategic planning of Six Sigma projects and Lean initiatives plays a critical role in their success in an organization deploying them. A number of strategic analysis and planning tools, such as Hoshin Kanri, feasibility studies, SWOT and PEST analysis, can be used in support of strategic deployment of improvement projects and to enhance their value and effectiveness.
An organization’s culture and its inherent structure, lack of resources, and top leadership support sometimes create organizational roadblocks that may result in deployment failures. Six Sigma Black Belts should be able to identify these roadblocks and deal with them effectively. Six Sigma deployment is a revolutionary strategy and may result in significant organizational changes. Black Belts need to proactively anticipate human responses, overcome them, and lead the organizational change.
The course discusses the importance of strategic planning and deployment of Six Sigma projects and Lean initiatives and some of the key tools used for this purpose. This course also explores organizational roadblocks and ways to manage them effectively. In addition, the course deals with changes caused by Six Sigma deployment, resistance to it, and strategies Black Belts can apply to manage change. This course is aligned with the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt certification exam and is designed to assist learners as part of their exam preparation. It builds on foundational knowledge that is taught in SkillSoft’s ASQ-aligned Green Belt curriculum.


Strategic Planning and Six Sigma Deployment

  • identify the goals of strategic planning in Lean Six Sigma
  • identify how Hoshin Kanri is applied in Six Sigma strategic planning
  • sequence the steps using portfolio analysis to prioritize a potential Six Sigma project
  • recognize the strategic goal of portfolio architecting
  • identify examples of the kinds of questions asked during a SWOT analysis
  • recognize the techniques associated with each stage of conducting a feasibility study
  • recognize examples of each area of a PEST analysis
  • recognize the importance of business continuity and contingency planning in strategic planning
  • match Six Sigma leadership levels with examples of their roles
  • recognize the performance of key enterprise leadership responsibilities in a given scenario
  • distinguish between enterprise leadership roles and Six Sigma team leadership roles
  • Organizational Roadblocks and Change Management

  • recognize accurately classified organizational roadblocks in a Six Sigma initiative
  • identify examples of tactical error organizational roadblocks
  • classify examples of organizational changes brought about by Six Sigma
  • identify effective approaches for overcoming resistance in a given scenario
  • match types of resistance to examples of people exhibiting them
  • identify the strategies that should be used to continue managing a change initiative in a given scenario




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