Lean 6 Sigma Open Black Belt Trainining Program


Process Improvement


Serious improvement is not something which you do ‘on-top-off’. Often we witness a lack of the necessary skills in an organization to improve or poorly integrated efforts meaning the improvement activities are not on the Management Agenda or included in the strategic plan.


In order to achieve significant results an essential asset of achieving Operational Excellence is the transferal of knowledge to dedicated individuals in your organization. Lean Six Sigma skillsets currently offer the best world-class approaches. The most comprehensive Lean Six Sigma  training targeting more complex business issues is the so-called Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training.


As a Black Belt project leader you will “learn-by-doing”.  A key element of the Black Belt training is that following the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC-methodology (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) you will work on a business specific issue. This way you will earn back the investment already in the course of the training program and really experience the methodology first-hand. The DMAIC solving approach is generic in the way that it can be used for every process: industrial, service (e.g. administrative) or academic.


The skillset that will be developed or at least enhanced through this training includes:

-       opportunity assessment and business case calculations;

-       process thinking;

-       expert in ‘Lean' principles;

-       expert in quantitative/statistical analysis;

-       project & change management;

-       personal Leadership*.


* Unique in our Black Belt training offering is an intensive two-day workshop targeting the human potential. Using the concepts of Steven Covey, Albert Ellis, Byron Katie and others every individual researches their own drivers and hindrances to unlock unused talents. This workshop has made a significant impact for many of the hundreds who we had the pleasure to train over the past 15 years.


In some organizations Black Belts are even perceived as the future leaders within the organization. The Black Belt program then easily becomes an integrated element of the Management or Talent development programs.     


A full time Black Belt typically delivers 2-4 projects in a year with a project minimum of €100.000,- in gains.


A Return on your Investment of more than four is considered fairly normal.


Planning & Organization


TEAM LEAN SIX SIGMA & YODA will organize the first open Black Belt training program in 2012, which will be delivered in English and starts the 30th of October. The Black Belt training consists of 4 training weeks (16 training days) that are spread approximately one month apart. For the exact data please check our training calendar.


The first training takes place in or around Istanbul. The exact location will be chosen based on the number of trainees and typically modules will be hosted by participating organizations to offer an opportunity to organize some on-site Lean Six Sigma activities. On demand we are happy to deliver the Black Belt training in your organization or other locations.


Your investment in an open Black Belt training ranges from approximately 5.000,- to € 10.000,- a person excluding VAT. The investment depends on the number of enrollments of your company and the level of coaching-on-the-job that is required. We understand this is a significant investment but we have numerous show cases where coaching-on-the-job turned out to be a very solid investment. Mastering the Lean Six Sigma skill-set is only possible if you actually start to work on improvements! By definition this will result in questions or  “mistakes” that will be discussed with your coach. This in the end delivers a better Black Belt as well as better project results. We guarantee a positive return.


A Black Belt can become certified after the successful completion of a theoretical exam and the successful completion of 2 projects delivering benefits of ≥ € 100k.  


Any questions?


Please contact TEAM LEAN SIX SIGMA; info@teamlss.nl or YODA; bilgi@yoda.gen.tr if you have any questions or request information such as a client-specific proposal or information about our special 1-day Lean Six Sigma awareness or Leadership training, our Lean practitioner training or other consulting services. We will be happy to discuss the opportunities or refer you to some of our clients to discuss our work and their results.




TEAM LEAN SIX SIGMA (TLSS) & YODA have formed an alliance to provide state-of-the-art Lean Six Sigma and performance improvement services to the Turkish market. Professionals working in TLSS/YODA are involved in Lean Six Sigma and Business Excellence programs and projects for well over 15 years in the Turkish as well as the International market. They match their intensive track record with building experience in virtually all sectors and industries. Focus is on delivering tangible results. At the end of the day it is your results what makes us successful. 


Operational Excellence


The focus for continuously improving processes and results nowadays clearly goes beyond the traditional ways of making a change. This is valid for all and every Industry including Manufacturing, Financial Services, Supply Chain, Energy & Utilities, Healthcare, Pharma or governmental organizations. By focusing improvement efforts really on customers and employees significant and sustainable improvements have been achieved.  According to a Process Excellence Network survey that was conducted October 2011 to explore the future of Process Excellence nearly 700 respondents indicated the true success factors. Companies that focused mostly on top line revenue growth and increasing customer satisfaction were more likely to rate their process improvement initiatives as successful. 32.5% of “highly successful” companies focused on the customer. Those that focused on cost savings were most likely to be rated unsuccessful (40.7% of the “highly unsuccessful” or “unsuccessful” focused on cost savings versus 20.7% of those in the “highly successful” category).


A real focus on customer needs in combination with a strong process focus of a highly skilled work force are proven drivers for value growth.   TLSS/YODA offer several pragmatic approaches leading to real breakthroughs.  


TLSS/YODA & DMAIC Process Improvement


Consider three grades of change: incremental, substantial, and transformational. Incremental change involves better “blocking and tackling”. Substantial change involves calling new plays, perhaps with new players. Transformational change redefines the game, both for the company and its industry. The company breaks through the “old” conventions and captures and then aims to sustain a competitive advantage.


Our approach to strategy deployment is based on four core principles:-

  1. Be customer-driven
  2. Find value across the enterprise
  3. Have a bias for rapid implementation
  4. Create a strategic management competency

The focus on these principles will help shape the impact of your improvement or transformational strategies.


Over the last 15 years the combination of Six Sigma & Lean has proven very successful for all three grades of change and offers tools aligned with the 4 principles.


TLSS/YODA as your partner


TEAM LEAN SIX SIGMA & YODA  offer a wide array of consulting, training and coaching services in process improvement and innovation.


A top down implementation of improvement- or transformation programs like Lean Six Sigma means that the highest level of leadership leads this initiative.   


A large majority of the employees is being involved with the implementation.  The full scale implementation of Six Sigma combined with Lean thinking offers great opportunities to translate your business strategy to concrete results rapidly.


Bottom-up services from TLSS/YODA are especially meant for a product division, a business unit or medium-sized firm to achieve improvements and innovations on product- and process level step by step. We offer you a customer specific spectrum of Lean Six Sigma or Business and Operational Excellence services. This can vary from the execution of (pilot) projects and the providing of (in-house) training or consulting which is based on our proven approaches and methodologies.


Why do we think we are different from others?


TLSS & YODA offer:

-  state-of-the-art expertise and training;

-  true integration of soft skills (leadership qualities) in Lean Six Sigma trainings & projects;

-  English & Turkish speaking trainers and consultants

-  A lengthy track record including some major Lean Six Sigma programs including General Electric, Caterpillar, Thales, the ING Group, Philips and Royal Dutch Shell.


The consultants & trainers of TLSS/YODA have supported 1000’s of  projects at more than 100 (multi)nationals, (semi)governmental organizations and Small and Medium sized Enterprises delivering several 100 million euro’s.


TEAM Lean Six Sigma & YODA offer more than a consultancy project or training program.  They will help you make the difference !