Special Design Tools in Design for Six Sigma

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 basic DFSS concepts as scoped in the ASQ – Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge (BOK)

Expected Duration
120 minutes

Six Sigma offers many techniques and strategies to improve an organization’s processes. This course covers the strategic and tactical special design tools that can be utilized as a Six Sigma team designs products, processes, or services. Strategic special design tools like Porter’s five forces model, portfolio architecting, and set-based design can be used to achieve breakthroughs in design problems that seem unsolvable. Tactical special design tools such as the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ), systematic design, critical parameter management, and Pugh analysis can provide a clear and concise way of identifying the root cause of poor designs. The tools then increase the quality of idea generation and problem solving. 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 Design Tools

  • match Porter’s five forces with descriptions of their impact on organizations
  • identify the strategic characteristics of Porter’s five forces model
  • match assessments of an organization’s market position with the Porter’s forces they represent
  • recognize examples of proactive strategies associated with an analysis of Porter’s five forces
  • recognize the strategic goal of portfolio architecting
  • recognize examples of the elements of set-based design

Tactical Design Tools

  • sequence activities associated with a TRIZ approach to problem solving
  • identify how TRIZ benefits a DFSS initiative
  • recognize the structure of the conceptual phase of modern systematic design
  • recognize the key characteristics and benefits of critical parameter management
  • choose the best concept and take it into the next step of a Pugh analysis in a given scenario
  • identify key characteristics of Pugh analysis
  • sequence the steps in a Pugh analysis





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