Blended forms of Lean Six Sigma training will continue to evolve and become more prominent, there’s absolutely no doubts about that. But it does not come without its risks. We’ve now seen a few examples of how to make it work and also how to make it fail.
Judging Success with Online Lean Six Sigma Training
Our measures of success with any form of training are ultimately related to the application of what’s been learnt and the value that it generates. And that’s how it should be for any form of classroom based or online lean six sigma training.
- Did students apply what they learned?
- Were they able to apply what they learned correctly?
- When they applied it, was genuine value created in some meaningful way?
Unfortunately, answers to these questions are not always in the positive; even for us. Is that the training deliver’s fault or is it an institutional fault within the company?
Clues For How To Succeed
As with anything in life, the clues for how to be successful are there if one looks. So we’ve taken a good look at the difference between failure and success and found some obvious trends.
Clues to Success
The companies that have put staff through our online lean six sigma training and certification program, and who have then gone on to generate significant returns within a fairly short time frame all do these things.
- Allocated a specific time period during which students of the training work together and move through the online modules
- Blend online training (where theory and mechanics are learnt) with classroom mentoring (where application of the mechanics is learnt)
- Involve line managers in project identification and hold them accountable for project progress – after all, it should be of value to these key people
- Clearly recognise that improvement work is a key element in achieving the business plan; business improvement is not a training strategy
Clues to Failure
We’ve found these behaviours contribute to a less than desirable outcome from training.
- Online training modules are not completed fully – i.e. all modules are not completed or the student fast tracks through the content but does not watch the videos provided
- Participants rush through the online modules in the days just before they attend our classroom based masterclasses
- Staff does nothing with the training, they go straight back to work
- Line managers are not involved or they do not take responsibility for driving improvement
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