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Training and Resources

From training to templates, there are several ways available to learn and practice continuous improvement.  

UC San Diego Process Landscape

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Lean Six Sigma Classes

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) focuses on reducing defects and limiting waste. As UC San Diego’s methodology of choice, LSS provides a common framework, approach and vocabulary as we take on complex challenges. 

By obtaining a series of “belts,” or certifications, practitioners improve their skills and knowledge through a progression of increasingly complex courses and projects.  


White and Yellow Belts: Learning the Basics

Operational Strategic Initiatives (OSI) offers introductory White and Yellow Belt training.  

  • Watch a video of a White Belt class from the Palooza Tuesday Webinar series. 
  • Learn about Yellow Belt classes, “reintroduction sessions,” and group sessions for teams and departments at UC San Diego.  

Coming soon: UC San Diego Extension is preparing a Yellow Belt program available to all! Email for more information. 

Green and Black Belts: Developing Expertise

UC San Diego Extension provides several options for Green and Black Belt certification. Learn more about: 

  • Green Belt classes, which require an individual or group project that demonstrates $40,000 in estimated annual savings 
  • Black Belt classes, which require an individual project that demonstrates $100,000 in estimated annual savings 


OSI periodically offers scholarships for Green and Black Belt classes for UC San Diego staff. Learn more! 

Lean Healthcare Training

UC San Diego's Transformational Healthcare office provides specialized training for lean healthcare practitioners following the same White, Yellow, Green and Black Belt progression.

The training program covers Lean process improvement methodologies, coaching strategy, change management principles, the Daily Engagement System (DES), and much more. Under the guidance of industry experts, this activity-based, interactive training has been designed to address the unique improvement needs of UC San Diego Health. It will position staff and providers to be trailblazers in Lean healthcare. Learn more on Pulse (login required). 


LSSGB 2017LSS Tools and Templates

OSI has put together a collection of tools for your use – everything from an LSS overview; templates for SIPOCs, spaghetti and Ishikawa diagrams, and value stream maps; a tick chart; and a charter template. Get tools. 

Promapp Training and Access

Promapp helps create simplified process maps with the users in mind.  UC San Diego is leveraging Promapp to capture current state processes campuswide. Using this tool, we can identify process improvement opportunities, increase process awareness and support our staff. Learn more!