NAVSEA to open new Lean Six Sigma College on October 17

The new Lean Six Sigma College at the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Port Hueneme Division is due to open on October 17. This college is being established by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and will derive its curriculum from advise collected from industry leaders Raytheon, GE, Minolta, and Ford. Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints are to be the major constituents of the course syllabus at the college.

Consequently, the effort will be concentrated on reducing waste, reducing and eliminating variation, and concentrating on improving the bottleneck situation in a process. NAVSEA is looking to gain several black belts through the college curriculum. There will also be courses offered for green belt training, and a course for Lean championship. Navy Compass reports:

L6SC curriculum addresses the technical, cultural, financial, and management components of process improvement, as well as how to apply those components to real work situations. During their training, students learn about basic Lean, Six Sigma, and TOC principles and tools. These include Lean’s Value Stream Mapping & Analysis, Visual Controls, and 5S workplace organization; Six Sigma’s project selection and validation, statistical analysis, and strategies such as DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control); and TOC’s constraint management techniques. They also take part in exercises that promote creativity and team-building.