Design for Six Sigma Training

Design for Six Sigma training can be beneficial; however, this training should involve more than just statistical and other tools training.  Rather than tools training in isolation, Design for Six Sigma training (i.e., DFSS training) should be conducted as part of an overall business management system.  When this is done, the business as a whole benefits from the DFSS trained concepts.

The integration of DFSS into an overall business management system can be achieved through an Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) approach for Design for Six Sigma; i.e., IEE DFSS.

IEE can be viewed as two lean Six Sigma Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) processes with an integration of Define-Measure-Analyze-Design-Verify (DMADV) in one overall roadmap.  One DMAIC process in this IEE template is at the enterprise level (E-DMAIC), while the other is at the project level (P-DMAIC).

Visually this IEE Business Management System representation is:


design for six sigma training and the IEE system



IEE Design for Six Sigma Training gives focus to how organizations gain most from using and integrating design process tools so that the big picture benefits.

How to Receive Design for Six Sigma Training and Certification: Public or Onsite?

Smarter Solutions’ public lean Six Sigma training offerings are typically conducted with an alliance with the University of Texas at Austin.

An alternative to one or two people from an organization attending public training is that DFSS training be conducted on-site at an organization’s facility.  The advantage of this approach is that a team can be taught at the same time application of techniques to their specific processes.

This on-site alternative applies to all Smarter Solutions’ lean Six Sigma workshops and could also be blended with online and/or leadership training.

Instructor Led Classroom Design for Six Sigma Training


Whether involved in manufacturing, development, or transactional processes, attendees receive exclusive Smarter Solutions’ Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) instruction in approaching and resolving their organization’s process, product, and IT system design issues. One week of intimate classroom instruction provides students with the latest techniques in going beyond the traditional Design for Six Sigma or Design for Lean Six Sigma (DFSS or DFLSS). This course ultimately equips students with the customer-driven skill set and system for their company to benefit from the design and development of IT systems, products, and processes. This course equips attendees with the processes and tools to make their design processes more efficient and effective.


Attendees will how to use the IEE DMADV (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, Verify) system for both transactional and manufacturing organizations so that improvement is experienced in the overall enterprise. Much of the course will involve exercises that help students create a system to capture the true Voice of the Customer (VOC). The course will additionally provide tools that help the student improve their design, optimization, and verification processes. Application of these tools help organizations improve their design performance so that there is less design rework and increased customer satisfaction. Each tool is introduced, and then put into practice using real business data examples. A discussion of real world applicability concludes the exercise.


With the blending of Lean and Six Sigma along with other improvement tools, a holistic approach to improvement is used. These skills provide the student with the ability to succeed in any business segment. Why focus only on manufacturing, transactional, or other subset of the tools, when every organization has aspects of each type? Manufacturing organizations have opportunities for improvement in HR, sales, and procurement, which are transactional work, while transactional organizations produce papers and reports and manage inventories, which are analogous to manufacturing processes. Every student in the IEE system is provided with the skills to be successful in all business areas.


This training is designed for students who will be conducting Lean Six Sigma type design projects of processes, products, or IT systems. Attendees will focus on evaluating the organizational impact, not just the project savings. At the end of the course, attendees understand, comprehend, and perform the following:

  • Recognize when an improvement effort does not meet the organizational requirements and a new process, product, or IT system design is the best option;
  • Fully understand the process required to gain the voice of the customer;
  • Effectively translate customer requirements into design requirements and to determine their impact on manufacturability or processability;
  • Select the right tools to design and test a new process, product, or IT project;
  • Be able to recognize and use advanced improvement tools when beneficial.

Who Should Attend:

Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belts that want to expand their skills into the myriad of process and product design tools so that they are able to produce more value-add service to their employer.


Contact Us to set up a time to discuss with Forrest Breyfogle how your organization might gain much from an Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) Business Process Management System approach to design for six sigma training.

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