Continuing the Lean Six Sigma journey to its summit would involve obtaining the designation of Master Black Belt. Typically the Master Black Belt is a full time Lean Six Sigma change agent, being the highest level of Lean Six Sigma technical expertise within the organization. The Master Black Belt is actively involved in training, coaching and mentoring the Black Belts, Green Belts, and Six Sigma team members, as well as communicating with Upper Management.

Program Details: The Master Black Belt candidates will receive ten days of training with a three-week break in between the two weeks of advanced training. Topics covered in greater depth are DMAIC, DFSS, Lean, Reliability, Theory of Constraints and analytical problem solving, including hands-on training with Minitab©17 statistical software, as well as mentoring, coaching and other soft skills. There will also be extensive homework assigned on a regular basis.

Program Objectives: Upon completion of the ten days of the Master Black Belt Lean Six Sigma course, the participant will be deemed a Master Black Belt Candidate. Based upon the extensive “body of knowledge” materials that has been covered throughout the training program, certification will be granted once the following is met: the candidate passes the final certification examination (an open book exam with a passing score of at least 70%). From this point onward, the candidate will have the tools necessary to handle the most complicated projects related to problem solving at the highest level possible. The candidate will need to submit the project for final approval and certification from a qualified WP1 CSSMBB. The project should be set up such that the candidate would mentor a Black Belt project that has a potential pay back of over $1 million. All the assignments, projects, papers and examinations, will be kept on file.

Facilitator Biography – E. George Woodley: Certifications: Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in 2002; LSS Master Black Belt (CLSSMBB) by Quality & Productivity Solutions (an ASQ related organization) in 2004; and Lean Master Practitioner in 2005 by Six George has implemented the tools of Lean and Six Sigma since 2000 for a varied list of clients, both in-house and in open enrolment environments. Some of the tools taught and used have been: Graphical analysis tools (e.g. box plots), Process and Value Stream Mapping, Swim Lanes, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Cause and Effect Matrices, Process Capability Studies, Measurement System Analysis, Hypothesis Testing, ANOVA, Regression, 5S, Kanban, Kaizen Events, Theory of Constraints, Design of Experiments (traditional, attribute and historical), simulations (Monte Carlo), Statistical Process Control, Mistake Proofing, Response Surface Methodology. Most recently, George developed, delivered and coached candidates Design for Six Sigma for companies such as Inscape (Markham, ON) and Canadian Tire Credit (Kingston, ON). Soft skills include Project Management, mentoring, facilitating, Train-the-Trainer and course development of a specific set of materials for Genentech, a subsidiary of Rausch which enabled five (5) out of six (6) Green Belts to write and pass the American Society for Quality’s Black Belt exam on their first attempt.

Team guidance enabled George to fulfill the role of Project Leader for Lean and Six Sigma deployment initiatives with specific corporations; Washington Mutual bank, Alltel Telecommunications, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), the American Red Cross and the Bank of Montreal’s (BMO) mortgage initiatives. Work affiliations included the Toronto Dominion-Canada Trust Bank (TD) as a Master Black Belt and Project Manager; Boston Scientific in Galway, Ireland as a course designer (for the ASQ), instructor and mentor; and Alberta Treasury Branches (ATB) as a course designer, facilitator and MBB coach. These roles included one-on-one mentoring of 50 Black Belts and approximately 100 Green Belt and Lean students. The realized savings in the form of reduction in the cost of poor quality was in the tens of millions of dollars.

In all, George has supported hundreds of Green Belts, Black Belts and Master Black Belts from 2000 onward with project management and coaching. Project savings were in the millions of dollars in cost reductions and ROI (Return on Investment). The most recent initiatives wee with Alberta Treasury Branches (ATB) to the tune of $10,567,000 and TD-Digital Services, with savings of over $8 million; a result of eight (8) Lean and Six Sigma projects.
George has dealt with identifying projects from project hoppers, identifying the right type of project methodology using a Project Selection Matrix, and getting the projects successfully launched with the chartering process. Project management is continually being done as a Master Black Belt and was done throughout his Lean Six Sigma career (2002 onward).

George is a graduate from the University of Guelph (cum laude), Guelph, Ontario, Canada, with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Statistics and completed one year in a Masters Statistics program. George’s apprenticeship was with Ford Motor Company and Motorola. He is fluent in English, French and Hungarian. He is also a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and the Ohio Academy of Science (OAS).

Who Should Attend: Anyone who has successfully completed his or her Black Belt certification and can substantiate that s/he has utilized his/her skills.


Please note that this is a two part course running for one course week, three weeks break, and one more course week.

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