lean six sigma project champions

Lean Six Sigma for Project Champions/Sponsors

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Programme Overview

This one or two day course provides managers with the skills and knowledge to play their role as Lean Six Sigma Project Champions working in support of practitioners such as Yellow, Green and Black Belts. The Project Champion (Project Sponsor) role is an integral component of Lean Six Sigma projects – every project has one. The Champion steers the team and enables its success.

In-Company Training

Group Discount

Virtual Open Classroom

£415 (plus VAT)

Champions represent the ‘voice of the business’, they recognise when a Lean Six Sigma project is needed – at which point they secure the services of a Green or Black Belt to take the project lead role.  They then support the team during the life of the project to ensure it is successfully completed in a timely manner and improvements are sustainably embedded in ongoing Operations. This course is worth 80 CPD points.

Project Champions GuideThe Champion needs to:

  • Select or approve the project ensuring the business case is strong
  • Select the project team
  • Provide strategic direction for the project team
  • Develop and agree the Project Charter and scope
  • Take an active role in the review steps
  • Help the team overcome roadblocks
  • Facilitate the identification of resources for the team as needed

Support Pack

All delegates receive

  • 12 months access to Catalyst’s online Business Improvement Zone – over 75 short videos recorded live in the classroom covering the entire Yellow Belt course content to help enhance your LSS knowledge
  • Printed and pdf copies of the course slides
  • Lean Six Sigma for Leaders – published by Wiley, written by Catalyst
  • The Lean Six Sigma Improvement Journey Champions Guide
  • The Lean Six Sigma Improvement Journey Pocket Guide
  • The Managing Change Pocket Guide
  • Project Storyboard Requirements Checklist
  • Optionally, British Quality Foundation Lean Six Sigma exam

You do not need a project to complete this course, although it would be helpful if you could relate the training content to at least potential improvement projects in your business.

At A Glance

Lean Six Sigma for Project Champions
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Price Virtual Open Classroom: £415+VAT
In Company: £POA
Duration Virtual Open Classroom: 1 day
In Company:1-2 days
CPD Points 12
Accreditations BQF
Prerequisites None
Delivery Modes Vitrual Open Classroom,In-Company
Delivered By Rob Row, Helen Smith, Moore Allison, James Dwan, John Kirk, Martin Brenig-Jones, Tamsin Taylor, Melissa Wright

If you need to sponsor a lean six sigma project and you’re not already a Green or Black Belt, you’ll need this course as a minimum to train you for the rol

  • You would like to get a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of Lean Six Sigma and learn how these can be applied in your organisation
  • You want to ensure Lean Six Sigma projects in your organisation are delivered effectively, efficiently and with tangible business benefits
  • You would like to implement Lean, Lean Six Sigma or Continuous Improvement but don’t know where to start or how to make it happen
  • You know very little about process improvement or…
  • You already have a lot of experience in process improvement and would like to understand how the techniques fit together in a powerful, systematic structure
  • You are from a service, or manufacturing or public sector organisation
  • You would like to become a British Quality Foundation Certified Lean Six Sigma Champion with the associated career enhancement opportunities


None – this course assumes no prior knowledge of Lean Six Sigma.

This course teaches you how to select and sponsor improvement projects, providing support and strategic guidance to the Green and Black Belts project leaders. You will learn the fundamentals of the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC approach and the right questions to ask at each review stage. While the explicit focus is on the enabling and governing role of the Champion, the broad level of the additional content is that of Yellow Belt.

Outcomes for Your Business:

Lean Six Sigma projects improve business processes. They are too important to be “left to their own devices”. Projects which are actively sponsored are more successful, have higher completion rates, and deliver faster results.

Outcomes for Your Personal Development:

You will learn new ways to think about and manage process performance. You’ll be equipped to interact knowledgably with Lean Six Sigma practitioners in your business.  You can become recognised as a British Quality Foundation certified Lean Six Sigma Project Champion. Once you have completed the training you will receive an e-certificate of completion, which can be added to your Linkedin profile. You will also receive written confirmation that you have passed the exam.

Follow-on Options

  • British Quality Project Champion Certification
  • Coaching Support for Champions
  • Lean Six Sigma Project Team Member e-learning training pack
  • Upgrade to Green or Black/ Business Black Belt

In-company classroom  

For more than 4 delegates attending the same programme this is the most cost effective option.

The programme can be delivered on-site or virtually.

The sessions will be bespoke, lively and interactive delivering a memorable learning experience for the delegates.

We will discuss your objectives prior to the delivery, and help you to plan the most effective delivery and support to your team of delegates.

This course is typically delivered over 2 days, consecutively or spread out over half-days sessions. Whatever is most convenient to you!


  • Introductions
  • Key principles and foundations of Lean and Six Sigma
  • Philosophy, Concepts and Benefits
  • Managing Processes at different levels
  • Creating the right environment
  • Introduction to Change Management
  • Developing a culture of continuous improvement
  • Systems thinking & doing the right work
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Project Selection and Review
  • Introducing the systematic approach (DMAIC)

The programme then follows the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control) phases focusing on the Champion’s role through each phase covering relevant tools and techniques under each of the headings, below.

  • Setting up a new project
  • Establishing the Team
  • The Improvement Charter
  • Problem statements and Project Goals
  • Developing the Business Case
  • Scope
  • Customers
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Change Management tools
  • The importance of getting Define right
  • Key questions for your team
  • Review Meetings and governance
  • Introduction to Measure – looking at processes and data by making them visual
  • Process mapping: Process Stapling, Swimlanes and Value Stream Mapping
  • Moments of Truth
  • Data collection and the use of graphs and charts
  • Output, Input and In-process measures
  • Operational Definitions
  • Understanding Variation
  • Ensuring stakeholders are kept on board
  • Key questions for your team
  • How the analyse phase works, being a detective and investigating
  • Root Cause Problem Solving
  • The Fishbone diagram and 5 whys
  • Different types of Waste and Value add analysis
  • Tools to identify the critical root causes
  • Avoiding analysis paralysis – keeping the team on track
  • Taking a pragmatic approach and moving on into the Improve phase
  • Ensuring stakeholders are kept on board
  • Key Questions for your team
  • Introduction to the Improve phase steps
  • Developing Solution ideas – using creative thinking methods
  • Selecting the way forward – making decisions about solution options
  • Supporting small scale pilot testing and providing resources
  • Revisiting the make up of the team
  • Recommendations for action – moving towards the make it happen phase
  • Keeping stakeholders up to date and on board
  • Key questions for your team
  • Introduction to the Control phase
  • Focusing on implementation planning and making it happen
  • The management of implementing solutions – who does what and when?
  • Developing Solution ideas – using creative thinking methods
  • Selecting the way forward – making decisions about solution options
  • Transitioning to everyday operations and lean management
  • Ongoing controls using LSS tools
  • Recognition – it’s down to you
  • Key questions for your team
  • Quantifying Business benefits
  • Wrapping up the storyboard and communications
  • Final Review

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