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Additional Six Sigma Resources

Six Sigma Project Assistance

Purdue MEP Six Sigma experts can provide course participants with the assistance needed to achieve process improvement goals. Our experts can help you:

  • Lead your Six Sigma project teams
  • Define the project scope
  • Determine root causes
  • Incorporate advanced statistical methods in your continuous improvement efforts so you can manage decisions with data

Related courses

Purdue offers a wide range of onsite training and public workshops related to Six Sigma.

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, or FMEA, is a structured approach used to identify ways in which a product or process can fail, estimate risk associated with specific causes, and prioritize actions that should be taken to reduce risk. Widely used in manufacturing industries in various phases of the product life cycle, it is now finding its way into the service industry. In this four-hour workshop, you will learn what FMEA is and its purpose; the two types of FMEAs; severity, detection, and occurrence as they relate to FMEAs; and the FMEA template and what it contains.

Improvement and Coaching Kata

This two-day workshop is based on Mike Rother’s book "Toyota Kata." The training focuses on the Improvement Kata, which is a routine for rapid Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycles, and the Coaching Kata, which is a routine leaders can develop to improve the skills of others. Together, they provide the methodology to create a culture of daily improvement. Through hands-on activities, you will have the opportunity to practice both Katas during the workshop.

Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing focus on eliminating non-value-added activities from a company's processes while streamlining its value-added activities. It is a people-oriented approach that empowers a team to take action to achieve improvements. We offer multiple workshops on lean manufacturing, including Principles of Lean Manufacturing and Lean Culture; 5S; Value Stream Mapping and Value Stream Modeling Using eVSM; Total Productive Maintenance; and Learn to Run a Kaizen Event. Complete our Lean Practitioner 1 or 2 series, each of which contains 5 workshops, to earn certificate of learning from the Purdue MEP. 


Our Minitab classes are task based and focus on real-world scenarios and challenges that students face in their day-to-day environments. This training is intended for both beginners to Minitab and individuals who want to sharpen their Minitab skills. The emphasis of this two-day program will be to provide you with the understanding needed to begin using Minitab to solve everyday issues.

The Day 1 workshop covers the basics of Minitab; how to graphically analyze distributions using histograms, box plots, Pareto charts, bar charts, and pie charts; how to graph data over time using series plots and individuals charts; and how to graph relationships among variables using scatterplots, main effects plots, and interaction plots.

The Day 2 workshop covers statistical quality analysis in Minitab, including creating Xbar-R, Xbar-S, I-MR, P, and U control charts; capability analysis for continuous, binomial, and Poisson data; hypothesis testing using 1-sample t, 1-sample % defective, 2-sample t, 2-sample % defective, one-way ANOVA, and Chi-squared % defective tests; and regression analysis.

Project Management

Project management, with its many tools, techniques, and activities, can be intimidating and complex. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of project management and gain a solid foundation upon which to begin to (or continue to) build your project management skills. Topics include the project lifecycle; key tasks and tools for project initiation, planning, execution, and monitoring and controlling; and keys to project success. You will also have an opportunity to assess your project management skills as well as practice using key project management tools.

Statistical Process Control (SPC)

Statistical process control (SPC) involves using statistics - numbers and data - to measure and control the quality of a process. Manufacturers use SPC to reduce reject rates, save money and time, and ultimately consistently deliver products that meet customers' requirements. In this workshop, which includes numerous hands-on activities and realistic examples, you will learn about SPC concepts that you can easily apply to your everyday work in manufacturing or quality. Topics covered include central tendency and variability; histograms; control charts; control limits and specification limits; common cause and special cause variation; and process capability.

Basic Statistical Process Control (SPC) in Excel

Many tasks related to SPC can be easily completed in Excel, a tool most of have readily available. In this 4-hour workshop, which includes numerous hands-on activities, you'll learn how to use Excel to perform basic SPC calculations and create histograms, run charts, control charts, and Pareto charts. 



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