Denmark, Aarhus

Six Sigma Design and Innovation

when 2 July 2014 - 22 July 2014
duration 3 weeks
credits 9.9 ECTS

Six Sigma integrates strategies and tools from Statistics, Quality, Business, and Engineering and has added billions of Euros to the bottom line of organizations across the financial, healthcare, military, manufacturing, and other economic sectors. Its focus divides into two significant branches that share a number of tools, techniques and objectives, but often apply the tools and techniques differently. The Innovation branch focuses on significant innovation / redesign in or of existing products, processes, and systems while the second branch, referred to as Design for Six Sigma, is directed at design of new products, processes or systems. Six Sigma has developed largely in parallel with and complementary to Lean Enterprise Theory & Methods with a result often referred to as “Lean Six Sigma” wherein radical innovation in and / or design of products, processes and systems is approached through a “lean lens” that is intended to be highly resource sensitive. This course emphasizes both Innovation and Design for Six Sigma with a “lean and green” mindset and utilizes a team-based project focus.

Course leader

Rick Edgeman, Aarhus University

Target group

Master's students

Course aim

Upon successful completion of the course participants will understand and will have applied Six Sigma’s DMADV approach, or its DMAIC approach, or a hybrid of these two to a meaningful project. Student knowledge will well--‐ approximate that described in the Black Belt Body of Knowledge as provided by the American Society for Quality and will appreciate the synergy between Six Sigma and Lean approaches. Among the skills and tools those successfully completing the course will become familiar with are TRIZ; idea generation, organization, prioritization, and deployment; quality function deployment; creativity tools; lean enterprise methods; benchmarking; and failure modes and effects analysis.

Fee info

EUR 0: Students on a bilateral exchange programme do not have to pay. Freemovers are obliged to pay participation fees while tuition fees only apply to freemovers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.