Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification


About Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification by MSI has been developed to test your fundamental understanding of both Six Sigma and Lean concepts at the Black Belt level.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belts are project leaders within their organization.  They typically have a strong understanding of the DMAIC process as well as maximizing customer value while minimizing waste.  They use Six Sigma and Lean processes throughout an organization-wide Lean Six Sigma quality improvement project.  Lean Black Belts map out the current components of a process and identify which of those elements are waste.  They then work to change or improve those wasteful elements and construct a new process that is leaner.

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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Practice Test

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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Quiz

This quiz is designed to test your general knowledge of Lean Six Sigma at the Black Belt level.

If you score 70% or higher, we’ll email you a professional certificate!  Name is required, email address is optional.  You’ll only receive the certificate if you include your email.

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Six Sigma Statistics:

Occurs if the occurrence of one event provides no information about whether or not the other event will occur, meaning the events have no influence on each other.

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Activities that do not create value to the external customer but are required to maintain business operations.

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At the Six Sigma level, a business process produces only 3.4 defects per million opportunities. How many errors are produced at the Five Sigma level?

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Used to describe customer needs and expectations.

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What is the definition of a project manager?

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The DMAIC Method

This stage is where the starting point metrics are recorded to baseline the current performance level.

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The total cost when you add up the cost of all the prevention and inspection activities you are going to do on your project.

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Concept that means items are processed and moved directly from one processing step to the next, one piece at a time.

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The sum of internal and external failures. It is measured differently depending on the industry.

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During the planning phase of a project, who defines the scope, time, cost, and quality?

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_________ is a measure of the distance between the actual value and the average value of a part. It occurs when the survey sample does not accurately represent the population.

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What is the best metric for measuring the success of a Six Sigma project?

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These Six Sigma project members participate as subject-matter experts (SMEs) in their area of work.

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This is used to test whether a sample is drawn from a population that conforms to a specified distribution. One of the most widely used probability distributions in inferential statistics, notably in hypothesis testing and in construction of confidence intervals.

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_____________ is a concept in quality that means mistake-proofing. It can be electrical, mechanical, procedural, visual, human or any other form that prevents incorrect execution of a process step. It helps people and processes work right the first time.

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This process is different from DMAIC as it is used for designing a completely new product or process that meets customer specifications.

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The basic equation for linear regression is:

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Which employees should be trained when an organization initiates a Six Sigma improvement policy?

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The demand rate of your external customer for your products. It signifies how fast you have to make products to meet your customer demand.

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Used to understand the effects of the factors and interactions that affect the output of a process.

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Which statement is true about Lean Six Sigma?

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What does GENCHI GEBUTSU mean?

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A formal document used to summarize key deliverables and information for a Six Sigma project.

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Which short sentence defines the work Kaizen?

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A tool used to analyze a process for delays:

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Problem Solving Strategy: Y=f(x)

Represents the desired outcome, result, or goal you want to achieve.

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Sometimes improvement projects fail. It’s often because they are too focused on:

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When variation is produced by the system itself it is known as:

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Six Sigma is all about finding those few significant changes that can impact outcomes of production.  ___________ help you determine if a factor is trivial or significant.

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Six Sigma Statistics
There are 3 types of averages most commonly used in statistics: the mode, median, and mean average.

What is the median of this number set?

10, 10, 20, 40, 70

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A cyclic process for planning and testing improvement activities prior to full-scale implementation.

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What is the first phase of Kaizen?

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Lean Six Sigma uses an improvement method called:

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The DMAIC Method.  Which stage does this identify?

Confirm and test the Statistical solution

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A bias that results from problems in the measurement process. Bias due to measurement error can occur with a poor measurement process.

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What can unmanaged expectations cause?

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Lean helps with the following:

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With Lean Six Sigma, using pull philosophy results in:

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Five S (5S): Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain

What stage of 5S does this statement describe:

Remove what is not needed

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This analysis is looking at how much your quality activities will cost, versus how much you will gain from doing them.

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Part of the project charter, this identifies the money that can be saved and helps establish how the project aligns with the organization’s strategies. It also states how the six sigma project will help the organization reach its goals.

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Five S (5S): Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain

What stage of 5S does this statement describe:

Make sure a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule is in place

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____________ is a comparison and cross-referenced review of similar processes within associated businesses.

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The number of defect-free units produced divided by the number of total units going into the process.

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Defining a process:

The most common tool to help define a process is called a _______. It helps team members determine process activities, stakeholders, and boundaries.

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What does the “M” in the SMART acronym stand for?

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A common mistake is trying to improve a process by adjusting it when it does not need adjustment. The term for this mistake is called:

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_______ is the variation in the operation of a process not caused by the end customer. It is the Irregular, Inconsistent, Uneven, and Unbalanced work on machines.

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Defines the scope of the project and breaks the work down into components that can be scheduled, estimated, and easily monitored and controlled. You subdivide a complicated task into smaller tasks, until you reach a level that cannot be further subdivided.

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Data that cannot be broken down into smaller units. Only a finite number of values are possible. It has one set of values such as pass or fail or yes or no.

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Lean Six Sigma is the primary tool for achieving:

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Shows the “value stream” of a process and allows project teams to visualize processes.

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Which belt-level training should this employee receive:

This employee will have no direct contact with a project. They will not be providing any assistance to the team and have only worked for the organization for 90 days.

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The DMAIC Method.  Which stage does this identify?

Validate the practical problem by collecting data

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The DMAIC Method.  Which stage does this identify?

Identify and state the practical problem.

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All activities that create value for the external customer.

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Six Sigma requires _________ across the business and its leadership for the project to make changes based upon measurements.

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Lean Six Sigma can be used in which industries?

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Which plan ensures that everyone involved in the project stays up to date, and that information is shared appropriately?

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Used to determine the strength of a relationship between data output and input.

Your score is

  • Online study material to prepare for exam.
  • MSI Certification exam, completed online.
  • Mailing of certificate & transcripts once certified.

There are no prerequisites for the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.  The training material includes all of the course work required to learn the system.  You do not need to be a certified Yellow Belt or Green Belt prior to taking this program.

Certification exams through the Management and Strategy Institute are designed to test your fundamental understanding of a subject. The Six Sigma Lean Black belt certification exam is an “open note” exam, meaning you may use any notes you’ve taken while studying. The exam is timed, so you will not be able to look up answers to questions while taking the test. You will not have access to the online study material while taking the exam and you may not stop the exam once it has begun. It is very important that you have a solid understanding of Six Sigma and Lean principles before attempting the exam or you will not pass. This certification is aligned with the MSI Six Sigma Black Belt Body of Knowledge.

MSI offers a free practice test if you would like to test your knowledge.  No registration is required.

The Six Sigma Lean Black Belt certification, by definition, is a high-level certification. It is designed to give you a solid understanding of most facets of Six Sigma. This also includes an understanding of Lean processes and how it is used in conjunction with Six Sigma. It does not require a project to complete. This professional development course was designed to teach someone with little knowledge of Six Sigma the basic skills needed to function as a Lean Black Belt on a Six Sigma team. All required training material is included with the cost of the exam. Many executive jobs today require that their employees have at least a basic understanding of Six Sigma. For an example, click on this job search link to see how many positions mention the words “Six Sigma”.

The training course is self-paced. Time to complete and fully comprehend will vary with every individual. It may take several days or weeks of study before you feel comfortable to take the final test. You may take the final exam as soon as you’re ready. You have 1 year from the date of purchase to complete the course.

This certification exam is timed with a limit of 3 hours.  The exam is completed online from home or work.  You may take the exam as soon as you are ready, it does not need to be scheduled in advance.  All questions are multiple choice.

Yes, MSI offers several options for those who would like to order a book to assist with their studies.
If you prefer a physical book, we offer the “Six Sigma Black Belt Core Concepts Guide“. This pocket guide not only helps prepare you for the exam, but also makes the perfect reference book for future use.
MSI also offers digital books which can be purchased or rented at a significantly discounted rate. These books are perfect for digging deeper into the DMAIC process and the tools used:

Participants who successfully complete this certification program will receive:

You are registering for the Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional (LBBP)® certification program through the Management and Strategy Institute (MSI).  This certification is exclusive to MSI and you will be certified directly by the Institute upon passing, not a 3rd party certifying or accrediting body.  This certification is aligned with the MSI Six Sigma Black Belt Body of Knowledge

You will be mailed a Certificate Of Completion, as well as a letter of congratulations and two copies of our training verification letters which you can give to employers who request it. The certificate is heavy-stock, cream paper suitable for framing.

Certifications are generally the last item listed under the education section of your resume.  List them directly beneath your college information in this format:

        Management and Strategy Institute
        – Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional (LBBP)™

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