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Basic awareness training designed to provide the core concepts of Lean and Six Sigma with a focus on basic Lean practices and quality improvement tools.

Course Description: 

Participants will be introduced to the DMAIC methodology—Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control—as well as tools to help enhance the fundamental quality skills and applications of common sense. This program will allow you to introduce the Lean Six Sigma program into more areas within the organization and reach line level employees without completing the projects required in the Green Belt course. All in all, this will create real financial gains that create value for both the company and its customers. 

Who Should Attend:  

Employees designated to work in areas where continuous improvement activities and projects take place. This course is ideal for anyone with no prior experience in process improvement or team members supporting Green and Black Belts implementing a process improvement project. 


Participants will overview the basic elements of Lean change. They will also know their own roles and importance in the transformation process and learn how to implement Lean strategies throughout the company on all levels. 


The Six Sigma DMAIC methodology and basic Lean topics are introduced, including Takt time, 5S, Value Stream Mapping, Kanban, and Poka Yoke. 

General Information:  

All classroom dates meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Registration for all classes closes one week prior to their start date. Online registration is available for most courses. Otherwise, you may contact Registration and Records at (405) 325-6034 to sign up. 

Quick Facts

Course length: One day (0.8 CEUs)

Prerequisites: None 

Instructor: Joyce Hinton, LSS Black Belt 

Cost: $300

LocationTinker Business and Industrial Park 

Next offered: December 7, 2022

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To arrange remote Lean White Belt, Lean Tools, or onsite Lean Six Sigma White or Green Belt certification, Lean Leadership and other specialized training for your company, please contact Lisa Angelotti, langelotti@ou.edu or (405) 325-3136.



Participants receive Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits, which are required to maintain many professional licensures. OULI training also qualifies as PDU credits for Project Management Professionals.


Public classes are held at the Tinker Business Industrial Park at I-40 and Sooner Road. All public classes are open enrollment and typically feature an interesting mix of participants from a variety of industries. 

The Lean Institute also offers onsite and live online remote training for your business or organization.  



OULI's team of instructors and consultants are practicing experts in the field with extensive history in implementing process improvement efforts and coaching students.   

Brian deFonteny

deFonteny is the creator of Leading with Lean and other short courses offered by the OU Lean Institute. A certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt once active in the oil and gas industry, deFonteny has more than a decade of experience as a Lean practitioner, coach and instructor. He holds a master’s degree in human relations and a bachelor’s in psychology. deFonteny is committed to optimizing organizational success by helping others Lead with Lean. He is the author of Leadership Reimagined and an adjunct professor with the University of Oklahoma. 

Joyce Hinton  

Hinton is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has served as an OULI Lean Six Sigma coach, instructor and consultant for many of the Institute’s major clients. She is the primary instructor for the Institute’s LSS White and Green Belt training workshops. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and has completed extensive training in Lean Six Sigma methodologies, as well as having extensive experience in both management and procurement. 

Teresa Tobias  

Tobias is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt trained by some of the original consultants in the industry (Sigma Sciences, Inc., p.k.a. Six Sigma Associates). She has worked with Six Sigma Academy, the first consulting organization created by the founder of Six Sigma, Dr. Mikel Harry. Tobias has extensive experience at the strategic level working with leadership. At the tactical level, she has coached and mentored clients' internal resources for hundreds of transformational projects. 

Larry Fisher  

Fisher is the Center Process Manager for Continuous Improvement and Innovation (CI2), Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker AFB. He coordinates continuous improvement mentoring and training for 35,000+ Airmen. As a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt, he is an instructor and facilitates multi-organizational improvement events, mentors, and coaches those utilizing CI2 techniques and seeking LSS Green Belt/Black Belt certifications. Since 1985, Fisher has held positions in engineering, quality, contracting and process improvement organizations.