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Systematic Innovation for Six Sigma Black Belts and Lean Masters: An Introduction

Course# Date Time Location

Coming Soon

Cost: $1,000 USD
CEU's: 1.6
Instructor: Mr. David Troness

Course Overview

This course has been tailored specifically for Six Sigma Black Belts and Lean Masters, who by definition already have a high degree of process maturity. Both of those disciplines have “incremental improvement” as their foundation and “toolboxes” filled with many tools and methods.

The difference in this methodology is that the foundation could be referred to as; innovation, complete removal of problems or drastic improvement. The “toolbox” in this approach only has a few tools but they are very involved, requiring deep knowledge of the process, considerable patience, willingness to think abstractly as well as to think very deeply about the subject… often done individually in quiet contemplation.

There are two systematic methods that are likely to be new for the students; “Physics-Based Causal Analysis” and “TRIZ”. Physics-Based Causal Analysis is much deeper and more rigorous than common “root cause analysis” techniques. TRIZ (treez) is the Russian acronym for the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. Developed in the USSR in the 1940s, the method has grown in popularity over the past decade. TRIZ utilizes proven inventive principles, as gleaned from patents, that allow the practitioner to attack seemingly-impossible problems with elegant solutions, i.e. solutions that are simple, inexpensive, implementable and free of compromise.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Perform a “Physics-Based Causal Analysis” on a simple problem.
  • Identify underlying conflicts, trade-offs and contradictions within several problems
  • Utilize "separation" strategies to completely solve several example problems
  • Identify and eliminate low value components to simplify a system
  • Predict the evolution of a system or product

This course is for six sigma engineers, researchers, scientists, managers and technical leaders within:

  • New Product Development
  • Research & Development
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Supplier Management

*Extensive knowledge or experience in any particular area is not required

Free E-Books used for this class, from:
Ball, Larry, and Collaborative Authors (including myself) “TRIZ Power Tools,” March 2012 Edition, Entire series is free and available online at: http://www.opensourcetriz.com


If you have any questions or need more information about this course, please contact:

Penelope Pinkston


Online Registration


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Registrations must be guaranteed by check, a purchase order number or a credit card, otherwise the registration will not be processed. Checks should be made payable to "The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. Course fees are due before attending.

All registrations—whether by online, phone, fax or mail—will be confirmed and considered binding and subject to all cancellation policies. If you do not receive a confirmation prior to the class, please call The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center to verify your registration.

Course fee includes classroom instruction, instructional materials, parking permits, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and refreshment breaks. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included.


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