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Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Course Outline

The Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt training course will cover the following areas:

Module 1: Understanding Lean 6 Sigma Advanced Roles 

  • Role of a Black Belt
    • Black Belts’ Place in Business
    • Black Belt Skill Set
    • How Belts Work Together
    • Black Belt Major Areas of Responsibility
  • Role of a Master Black Belt
    • How Industry Identifies Master Black Belts
  • Board Level Champion 
    • Role of Board Level Champion
    • Embedded Champion Network      
    • Champions Based on Org Chart
    • Champions Based on Separate Structure

Module 2: Leadership 

  • Whom do You Lead? 
  • Leadership Styles
  • Goals of Lean 6 Sigma Leaders
  • Gemba
  • Genchi Genbutsu
  • Working With Gemba
  • Principles of Lean Leadership 
  • Key Leadership Behaviours 
  • Leadership and ECOC

Module 3: Formal 5Ys 

  • Examples of 5Ys
  • Proportional Response
    • Example of Proportional Response
  • 5Y Workshop and Champion
  • Black Belt Perspective

Module 4: TPS, Toyota Way, and 4Ps 

  • Introduction to Toyota Way
    • Background
    • Suppliers
    • Holistic approach
  • 3Mu’s
  • 8 Classical forms of Muda (1, 2, and 3)
  • Mura and Muri
  • Hoshin Kanri Cycle
  • Tailoring Principles
  • How 4Ps and Principles Work Together

Module 5: Visualising and Controlling Processes Through Kanban 

  • WIP: An Office Definition
  • Why is WIP Bad?
  • Resource Utilisation or Flow Optimisation
  • Theory Of Constraints (TOC)
    • Benefits of Implementing TOC
    • Shortfalls or Criticisms of TOC
    • 5 Focusing steps of TOC
  • Lean Accounting
  • Kanban in Office
  • Cumulative Flow Diagrams (CFD)
  • Kamishibai Boards

Module 6: Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) 

  • BB Interest
  • Introduction to Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
    • TPM – Goals
    • TPM is Needed
    • Why Should an Organisation Embrace TPM?
  • Designing for Resilience
  • Resilience Techniques
  • Six-Step Implementation Framework
  • TPM: Establish Infrastructure

Module 7: Understanding Kaizen

  • What is Kaizen?
  • Kaizen as a Philosophy
  • Kaizen as an Improvement Methodology
  • Kaizen ISFs
  • Typical Kaizen Tools

Module 8: Kaizen Events: Preparation 

  • Preparation Overview 
  • Setting Up Team 
  • Understanding Process 

Module 9: Kaizen Events: Pre-kaizen 

  • Pre-Kaizen Overview 
  • Kick-Off Meeting

Module 10: Kaizen Events: Implementation 

  • Implementation Overview
  • Possible Implementation Schedule
  • Responsibilities During Implementation
    • Sponsors
    • Champions
    • Facilitators
    • Team Leader
    • Tactical Teams
  • Daily Review Meeting
  • Tactical Teams Responsibilities to Daily Review
  • Typical Daily Review Agenda

Module 11: Kaizen Events: Follow-Up 

  • Follow-Up Overview
  • 30-Day Plan
  • Checklist
  • 30-Day Review
  • Typical 30-Day Review Agenda

Module 12: Effective Meeting Management 

  • 30-Day Review Agenda
  • What are Meetings Trying to Achieve?
  • Prerequisites for Effective Meetings
  • Major Activities
  • Meeting Member’s Approach

Module 13: Making a Case for Lean 6 Sigma 

  • Cost of Quality (COQ) 
  • Financial Benefits of a High Process Sigma 
  • Maximising Intangible Resources 
  • Other Benefits of a Lean 6 Sigma Culture 
  • Business Case for Lean 6 Sigma

Module 14: Dynamics of Change 

  • Core Principle
  • Waste is Everywhere
  • Business Models 
  • Evaluating Business Maturity
    • Getting started
    • Lean 6 Sigma Maturity Levels
    • Capability and Health Check
  • Combating Resistance

Module 15: Strategy for Black Belts

  • What is Business Strategy?
  • What is Strategic Management?
  • Key Stakeholders 
  • Value Propositions
  • Michael Porters “Generic Strategies”
  • Treacy and Wiersema’s Value Propositions
  • Cost Leadership/Operational Excellence
  • Capabilities and Core Competencies
  • Enabling Resources
  • Communicating Strategy
  • Goals and Core Values

Module 16: Developing a Lean Thinking culture 

  • Developing L6S Culture
  • Ideal Lean Organisation
  • Clear Goals and Transparency
  • Carrying Out a Business Review
  • Possible Approaches
  • Cluster Option
  • Changing Culture by Inserting Wedges
  • Pathfinder Groups
  • Initial Skill Transfer
  • Sustaining L6S Culture
  • Hothouse ISFs

Module 17: Lean Start-up 

  • Introduction 
  • Models of Growth 
  • Strategy in a Lean Start-up 
  • Validated Learning and Innovation Accounting 
  • Testing Techniques 
  • Pivots

Module 18: Controlling Projects and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) 

  • Elements of Project Management 
  • Popular Methodologies 
  • Some Common Tools 

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Who should attend this Lean Six Sigma Training Course?

The Master Black Belt training course is intended for holders of the Black Belt certification who wish to build on their existing Lean Six Sigma knowledge.


It is necessary to possess a Black Belt qualification in order to attend this training course. The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification can be acquired through The Knowledge Academy.

We will send you a pre-course pack containing some reading that you should complete. Before the course begins, delegates will need to install Minitab 16 on a laptop that they need to bring to the training course. A 30-day trial version is available, so instructions on how to install this programme will be in your pre-course package. Please ensure that you time your installation of Minitab correctly so that you have it for the duration of the training course. Please note, Minitab is not available on Macs.

Delegates should expect to engage in 2-3 hours of work per evening, which will consist of research, exercises, and revision.

Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Course Overview

The Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification is the topmost qualification that delegates can obtain. The Master Black Belt demonstrates absolute expertise of Lean Six Sigma, therefore it is a highly sought-after and credible award that confirms managerial greatness. The Master Black Belt builds upon skills attained from previous belt levels and expands these to a strategic level. Delegates acquire the skills and capabilities to construct business frameworks that will assist progression.

Master Black Belt holders emerge as excellent team leaders who can undeniably lead project teams to success. By the end of this training course, delegates will be experts of business development procedures and Lean Six Sigma methodologies. Teaching will bring to light case studies, which will force delegates to formulae reactions to typical challenges that they may face in real working life.

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What's included in this Lean Six Sigma Training Course?

We provide you with the following in this Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt course:

  • Master Black Belt exam
  • Certificate
  • Experienced Lean Six Sigma Instructor
  • Refreshments

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Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Qualification

This course and exam has been designed for delegates who have passed Six Sigma Black Belt and wish to build on their knowledge to become Six Sigma experts. During the course, you will work with case studies and learn how to respond to typical challenges which MBBs see in their working lives. Six Sigma Master Black Belt is a much sought-after qualification for experienced Six Sigma Black Belts looking to learn how to lead multiple Six Sigma teams.

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Examination information:

This Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt exam is formatted in the following way:

  • Type: Multiple Choice
  • Duration: 60 Minutes
  • Open Book: Yes
  • Pass Mark: 42/60

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Examination information:

This Lean Six Sigma Green Belt exam is formatted in the following way:

  • Type: Multiple Choice
  • Duration: 60 Minutes
  • Pass Mark: 24/40

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Examination information:

This Lean Six Sigma Black Belt exam is formatted in the following way:

  • Type: Multiple Choice & Scenario Based Questions
  • Duration: 150 Minutes
  • Open Book: Yes
  • Multiple Choice: 40 Questions
  • Scenario Based: 10 Questions

Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Examination

The Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt assessment is comprised of a classwork case study task worth 50%, and an examination also worth 50%.

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Why choose us

Ways to take this course

Our easy to use Virtual platform allows you to sit the course from home with a live instructor. You will follow the same schedule as the classroom course, and will be able to interact with the trainer and other delegates.

Our fully interactive online training platform is compatible across all devices and can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. All our online courses come with a standard 90 days access that can be extended upon request. Our expert trainers are constantly on hand to help you with any questions which may arise.

This is our most popular style of learning. We run courses in 1200 locations, across 200 countries in one of our hand-picked training venues, providing the all important ‘human touch’ which may be missed in other learning styles.


Highly experienced trainers

All our trainers are highly qualified, have 10+ years of real-world experience and will provide you with an engaging learning experience.


State of the art training venues

We only use the highest standard of learning facilities to make sure your experience is as comfortable and distraction-free as possible


Small class sizes

We limit our class sizes to promote better discussion and ensuring everyone has a personalized experience


Great value for money

Get more bang for your buck! If you find your chosen course cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match it!

This is the same great training as our classroom learning but carried out at your own business premises. This is the perfect option for larger scale training requirements and means less time away from the office.


Tailored learning experience

Our courses can be adapted to meet your individual project or business requirements regardless of scope.


Maximise your training budget

Cut unnecessary costs and focus your entire budget on what really matters, the training.


Team building opportunity

This gives your team a great opportunity to come together, bond, and discuss, which you may not get in a standard classroom setting.


Monitor employees progress

Keep track of your employees’ progression and performance in your own workspace.

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Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB) FAQs


Lean Six Sigma combines the ideologies of Lean and Six Sigma to provide an approach towards the development of business processes.
Job roles for Master Black Belt holders include; Stakeholder Managers, Improvement Directors, Senior Process Managers, and Business Improvement Leaders.
We provide Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt training courses throughout the UK and all over the world, so there will be a suitable location for you.
Yes, the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt qualification is a prerequisite.
The price for Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB) certification in Australia starts from AUD5995
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider in the world for Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB).

Why choose us


Best price in the industry

You won't find better value in the marketplace. If you do find a lower price, we will beat it.


Many delivery methods

Flexible delivery methods are available depending on your learning style.


High quality resources

Resources are included for a comprehensive learning experience.

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