Lean Six Sigma – Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)

Start Dates: TBC

Duration: 3 Days

Full Fee: €1500

Network Members Fee: €910

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Programme overview

This 3-day course is suitable for people who have already successfully completed the standard 5-day Green Belt training with Trigraph – see https://trigraph.ie/courses/Lean-Six-Sigma-Green-Belt-Certification/

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a continuous improvement methodology that focuses on the elimination of waste and reduction of variation from manufacturing, service and design processes. The Lean methodology aims at reducing non-value activities and cycle times while creating value for customers. Six Sigma identifies and reduces variability, improving overall quality. LSS can reduce your costs and help you retain and even gain more customers.

LSS prescribes an improvement process known as DMAIC (Define—Measure—Analyze—Improve—Control). However, its application is limited to improving existing processes. It doesn’t address the design of new products, services, or processes.

For developing a new product, service or process, there’s a modified version called DFSS (Design for Six Sigma). The process most often used in DFSS is called DMADV (Define—Measure—Analyze—Design—Verify).

Learning outcomes

DFSS is not a single road map, but an embodiment of a menu of possible strategies, tactics and tools based on proven strategies. Learn to lead a Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) team through the define-measure-analyze-design-verify (DMADV) phases to produce tollgate deliverables using the proper tools, such as quality function deployment (QFD), that help to further refine our understanding of customer needs.

Learn how projects could be identified as missed goals are uncovered

understand that over time the customer’s expectations will grow

learn how we can systematically tie processes and their output to the elements critical to the customers’ satisfaction.

Be introduced to tools, such as quality function deployment (QFD), that help us further refine our understanding of customer needs and how our processes meet their expectations examine potential ways to measure the success of DFSSUpon successfully completing the course and Quizzes, you will receive a ‘Design for Six Sigma’ Certificate.

Who is the course for
It is a pre-requisite that participants possess a Lean Six Sigma Green / Black Belt or equivalent and have identified a significant improvement project that they will implement over the duration of the course.


Day 1

Introduction – from 9:00 to 11:00

House keeping and how to use this course and Quizzes

Introducing Design for Six Sigma


Various groups of DFSS


Define – from 11:15 to 13:00


Project selection

Project Charter

Project Tracking toolset

VOC and Understanding the Customer



Measure – from 14:00 to 16:00


Data tracking toolset

Data models

Day 2

Concepts – from 9:00 to 11:00


Quality Function Deployment

Core principles and Pugh Matrix


Process Capability


Analyse – from 11:15 to 13:00

Statistical Process Control

Design – from 14:00 to 16:00


Analysing designs


Predictive Analysis (Regression, Monte Carlo Simulation)

FMEA (Failure mode & effect analysis)

Process reliability

Exercise & Quiz

Day 3

Design – from 9:00 – 13:00

Building a process Model

Predicting process performing using Simulation

Practical Monte Carlo Simulation and Regression

Customer Specification optimisation

Exercise & Quiz

Verify – from 14:00 to 16:00

Rollout Pilot

Measure Pilot results and adjust

Control Plan

Tracking Dashboard

Final Quiz and course completion

Trainer Profile