Recent Updates

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 14:01

The Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training educates the student on the basic vocabulary of Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints and introduces several lean tools via exercises and a student project.  Topics include the Toyota Production System principles, project management basics, basic statistical concepts, value stream mapping, waste elimination, the A3 improvement approach and many more.

The following resource contains a subset of the slides used in the LSS Yellow Belt training.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 09:56

The Team Excellence [program] teaches new supervisors and managers how to create a team strategy to motivate and align team members so everyone knows why and what work is needed; develop the team’s work processes to assure the team knows what to do and is focused on repeatable results; develop and use metrics to drive data focused decision making to make daily adjustments, and initiate continuous improvement actions to assure performance gaps are being closed and new opportunities are proactively identified

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 22:24

Lean and Six Sigma methods have numerous tools that help organizations and teams find more efficient and effective ways to operate.  However, Lean and Six Sigma have no tools that help individuals achieve the same.  Learn an approach that will help your people engage, envision, and execute more effectively.

This is the handout from the talk Chris gave in Phoenix on March 3rd, 2015 at the ASQ 2015 Lean and Six Sigma Conference.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 15:12

Lean - Why is it Important & How Does it Work?Lean can be an integral part of a continuous improvement minded culture.  Learn how Lean fits into the “way of getting things done”.  We will talk about the origins and principles of Lean, how Lean complements other continuous improvement methods, and the importance of the scientific method for systematically evaluating, innovating and improving the “way” we do business.  We will use quick exercises, videos and discussion for an engaging conversation that will leave you excited and energized.<

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:14

We often hear about Lean - the program that is going to teach us to be more productive.  It's going to save us from our bad habits.  We hear snippets such as 5S or Kaizen, however, have you ever wondered what Lean really is and how it can help?

Recently I had the opportunity to present our Lean - Why & How presentation, aka Seven Habits of Highly Effective Organizations at the Washington State Lean conference (October 2014).

The title of the talk:

Lean - Why is it Important & How Does it Work?

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 15:33

5S Implementation Strategy

By Patrick Detroit

I was talking to a friend the other day and he was mentioning a conversation he had with a client concerning the 5S’s.  The client said that they’ve tried it a few times but it never stuck.  I quietly went home and started thinking about the 5S’s and began asking myself some questions.  The first question we always ask is “why,” so I started there.  Not just each iteration in the 5S system but why 5S’s?  Why not 5T’s or 5W’s?

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:04

The FocusMe add-in for Microsoft Outlook 2013 is nearly ready. FocusMe for Outlook is the next generation of the Organizer for Outlook tool. In a few more weeks we'll be launching the FocusMe Pro version.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 15:11

Ceptara’s Green Belt (GB) Certification program is designed to create the continuous improvement knowledge foundation organizations desire to create a culture that is focused on doing things more effectively and efficiently.  The program builds important transferable skills and prepares participant who desire an American for Society Green Belt Certification.  The program is design to help any student regardless of previous training to be familiarized with the GB Body of Knowledge and through classroom interaction and project focused study be able to apply the GB principles and tac

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 13:17

This paper delivers an analysis that compares the level of competency required at each Lean Six Sigma belt level.  It describes over 150 competencies and the level of cognition expected for each Lean Six Sigma Belt.  Competency areas include enterprise deployment, organizational training, team management, design for Six Sigma, and the necessary skills to exercise the Lean and Six Sigma Improvement methodologies.

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 12:37

Have you ever wondered about the skill differences between a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) White Belt, Green Belt, Black Belt, and Master Black Belt?  We have.