Master Black belt masterclass

Key role in Six Sigma, Lean and reliability programs

Grow from project leader to driver of organizational development and expert in process and product development. Play a key role in Six Sigma, Lean and reliability programs.

Organizational development and continuous improvement have become crucial functions in modern companies – Organizations no longer compete on processes themselves, but the ability to continually improve them. Companies initiate improvement programs such as Six Sigma, Lean and design for reliability, but it is challenging to deploy such programs successfully. Master Black Belts (MBBs) and program managers play key roles in turning improvement programs into a success

From project leader, to driver of organizational development and expert in process and product development

The MBB Masterclass is a training in practical competencies in three areas: the design of an improvement program, managing the improvement effort, and theoretical understanding of product and process improvement.

The Masterclass aims to develop skills, and topics are offered in the form of interactive workshops based on video material and role play. Theory is brought to life by a case-based teaching method.

Target group

The Masterclass aims at experienced Black Belts and project managers who want to grow further into a role as MBB or program manager. Experience in a role as black belt or similar position is a prerequisite.

Certification as MBB

Candidates are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. The candidate is certified as a Black Belt by an acceptable certification party.
  2. The candidate has sufficient experience in supporting and reviewing improvement projects.
  3. The candidate has made contributions to the Lean, Six Sigma or reliability communities by delivering presentations or authoring publications.
  4. The candidate has sufficient experience in teaching workshops or courses in Lean, Six Sigma or reliability.
  5. The candidate has completed the MBB Masterclass.

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  • Information
    The program can be taught in English on request.
  • Program

    Designing an improvement program

    Who should do what? Program design on the strategic, tactical and operational level.How to prevent that a program is smothered by organizational inertia? Organizational development as a punctuated equilibrium.What conditions should be met for a program to succeed? Leveraging an improvement program by a supportive infrastructure of HRM, management style, values & beliefs, and strategic focus.What principles in project management can help me? The theory behind the V model, agile project management, project decomposition, heartbeat and proactive control.

    Managing the improvement effort

    How to navigate through organizational politics?Understanding and using political dynamics in the organization.How to get the best out of GBs, BBs and project leaders?Coaching skills and the dynamics of project reviews.How can I personally make a difference? Playing with leadership styles to achieve factor 10 behavior, entice people to participate, and be the one who sets things in motion.

    Understanding product and process improvement

    How to deal with the complex dynamics of production systems? Factory physics are the laws that predict how jobs flow through processes.How to get flow in new-product development? Lean NPD as an application of factory physics in engineering design.How to get focus and consistency in improvement?Operations strategy reveals where you need to excel, and where you may compromise in order to excel where it counts.