This page focuses on the course 16.660J Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods as it was taught by Professor Earll Murman, Dr. Hugh McManus, Professor Annalisa Weigel and Dr. Bo Madsen during January 2012.
This is an introductory course suitable for students with no prior background in the subject area. Content is heavily weighted towards Lean and lightly towards Six Sigma. Coverage is roughly equivalent to the Bronze level Lean Certification of the SME, AME, Shingo Institute and ASQ. Learner centric pedagogy equally balances active learning exercises with didactic lecture material.
The learning objectives are structured to give the student a basis in Lean Six Sigma fundamentals that would prepare them for participation in lean improvement projects, entry level research, or advanced course work.
Students completing the course have followed a variety of paths. They typically utilize the knowledge in summer jobs, internships, or entry-level employment in a wide range of fields. Some have chosen to pursue further graduate studies. Professionals typically employ the knowledge in their organization for process improvement, often with early results.
Below, Professor Murman describes various aspects of how he teaches 16.660J Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods.
For more information, please see:
Candido, Jacqueline P., Earll M. Murman, and Hugh McManus. "Active Learning Strategies for Teaching Lean Thinking." (PDF) Proceedings of the 3rd International CDIO Conference, MIT, June 11-14, 2007.
McManus, Hugh L., Eric Rebentisch, Earll M. Muman, and Alexis Stanke. "Teaching lean thinking principles through hands-on simulations." (PDF) Proceedings of the 3rd International CDIO Conference, MIT, June 11-14, 2007.
Murman, Earll M., Hugh McManus, and Jacqueline P. Candido. "Enhancing Faculty Competency in Lean Thinking Bodies of Knowledge." (PDF) Proceedings of the 3rd International CDIO Conference, MIT, June 11-14, 2007.
In 2012, 30 students took this course.
Typically, the class is roughly half undergraduate and half graduate students. Undergraduates are usually sophomores to seniors and graduate students are usually Master’s degree level.
Most MIT students are from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Engineering Systems Division. The 2012 class was unusual as about half the students were from the Harvard School of Public Health.
There were no particular prior experiences, skills or interests represented by the student cohort. Many of the students saw this course as good preparation for upcoming summer jobs or internships and wanted to add it to their resume. Some students saw the process oriented content as a nice balance to the math and science oriented content of their core subjects.
Enrollment is capped at 30 students.
This class met on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, for eight hours per day, during the third week of IAP 2012. Each day, the class included five to seven modules.
Some highlights of the course are described below.