OLAO Lean Six Sigma

Who We Are:

We work across NIH to support a range of Lean Six Sigma process improvement projects to enable Institutes and Centers to fulfill their missions. From staff training, enterprise quality assessments, process documentation and evaluation, subject matter expertise, and change management, we help NIH achieve their goals.

What is LSS?

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a set of methodologies used to systematically improve processes by:

  • Emphasizing quality and/or speed of product or service delivery
  • Eliminating sources of variation and waste (defects)
  • Targeting process improvements around issues voiced by customer and organization
  • Measuring performance against original process requirements (baseline)

 

Learn More about our Green Belt Program Here:

Green Belt Training: A four-day training course for federal employees in which you will learn the details of the LSS DMAIC methodology to improve quality, productivity, customer satisfaction, and/or efficiency while reducing cost and/or waste. Trainees have the option to pursue a Green Belt Certification (see below) after the training by opting to complete a LSS project within their organization. For more information: Green Belt Training

Green Belt Certification: Three elements are required to obtain a LSS Green Belt Certification:

  1. Completion of the four-day Green Belt Training
  2. A passing score on the Green Belt Proficiency Exam offered at the end of the training
  3. Successful completion of a Green Belt project with LSS mentoring.

For more information: Green Belt Certification Mentoring

 

 

Learn More about our Black Belt Program Here:

 Black Belt Training: A 32-hour live Training Course for federal employees that currently hold a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Over the course of the immersive training, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belts guide you in learning key methods including: building a culture of continuous improvement, Lean concepts and tools, DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) for Black Belts, people and schedule management and more. Following successful completion of the classroom training, you will execute an LSS Black Belt project to support NIH OLAO LSS Black Belt certification.

Black Belt Certification: Four elements are required to obtain a LSS Black Belt Certification:

  1. The candidate must be Green Belt Certified
  2. Completion of the Black Belt Training Course
  3. Achievement of passing score on the Black Belt Proficiency Exam (Part of Black Belt training course)
  4. Successful completion of a Black Belt project with LSS mentoring.

For more information: Black Belt Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn More about our Executive Training Here:

Executive Training: The Office of Logistics and Acquisition Operations (OLAO) at NIH will host a one-day training course for federal employees and contractors, who supervise employees, on LSS to help you address challenges in your daily responsibilities. This in- depth training is predominantly geared towards NIH executives to provide an understanding of LSS and how the methodologies can be applied across their organization. Tools will be introduce that you can start to deploy immediately following the session.

Executive Awareness Training: A “two-hour” awareness training course for federal employees on LSS to help you address challenges in your daily responsibilities. This high-level training is predominantly geared towards NIH executives to provide an understanding of LSS and how the methodologies can be applied across their organization. 

For more information: Executive Training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn More about our Jumpstart Training Here:

Jumpstart Training: Jumpstart! training is a three-hour virtual training course for federal employees on process improvement tools and concepts that can help you and your teammates drive improved operational efficiency and effectiveness virtually.  

 

This training covers the following topics:

  • Brief introduction to the Lean Six Sigma process improvement framework DMAIC
  • The Project Charter Tool
  • How to virtually perform As-Is process mapping
  • The importance of collecting the voice of the customer for improvement initiatives
  • The framework and steps for data collection to identify improvement opportunities
  • The concept of 5S and how it can help to organize a workplace or workflow
  • How to use Kanban to track progress of team members and inventory of supplies
  • An overview of the NIH OLAO LSS Program and LSS learning paths

For more information: Jumpstart Program

 

Click Here from an NIH laptop to access all NIH process improvement tools and templates.

 

 

 

 

Learn More about our Lean Six Sigma Lunch and Learn Training Here:

Lean Six Sigma Lunch and Learn Training: Lunch & Learn training is a one-hour introductory virtual training course for federal employees and contractors to introduce the concepts, tools and methodology of process improvement. This can help you and your teammates begin to understand how easy it is to drive operational efficiency and effectiveness virtually.  

 

This training covers the following topics:

  • Lean Six Sigma - Why Now?
  • Lean Principles Overview
  • Six Sigma Overview
  • Lean Six Sigma Overview
  • LSS Program at NIH
  • Certification Options
  • Questions

 

Click Here from an NIH laptop to access all NIH process improvement tools and templates.

 

 

 

 

Training for the remainder of Calendar year 2023 

All times are U.S. East Coast – (EST, EDT) 

Green Belt Training (4 days - $1,000.00)
                February 6, 2023 Through February 9, 2023 from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
                May 1, 2023 Through May 4, 2023 from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
                August 7, 2023 Through August 10, 2023 from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM 
                November 13, 2023 through November 16, 2023 from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
                Additional times may be offered and/or arranged for groups of ten or more – call for details.

Executive Awareness Training (Two Hours - No Cost)
                February 3, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
                July 13, 2023 from 1:00 PM – 3:00PM
                November 3, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Executive Training (1 Day - $300.00)
                March 10, 2023 from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
                Additional times may be offered and/or arranged – call for details.

Lunch & Learn Sessions (One Hour - No Cost)
                February 21, 2023 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
                May 12, 2023 From 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
                August 23, 2023 from 12:00PM – 1:00 PM
                November 1, 2023 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
                December 13, 2023 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Black Belt Training (12 Days – 2 Hours per day - $2,000.00)
                September 12, 2023 through November 28, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
                Additional times may be offered and/or arranged – call for details.
                
Jump Start Training (3 Hours - $250.00)
                February 24, 2023 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
                May 9, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
                September 19, 2023 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
                December 6, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 

 

Questions?

Contact us at LeanSixSigma@nih.gov