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Introduction to Design of Experiments is a Course

Introduction to Design of Experiments

Nov 30 - Nov 30, 2020
1.6 credits

$698 Enroll

Full course description

2 Days, Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 2020

16 Hours


Course Type:

1.6 CEUs

Course Description

Learn how to apply basic methods for proactively seeking answers to which factors influence critical Ys and how they affect them -- essential to the identification of critical Xs and how to optimize them to achieve improvement or design goals.

This is the course that has it all – Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control – all the elements of the Six Sigma DMAIC protocol. This is the course for those of you that are curious about how things work and don’t have the patience to wait weeks, months, or years for the opportunities to learn cause and effect to occur. This is the course that separates the spurious correlation from real cause and effect. DOE or the Design of Experiments is the ultimate tool in the process or product improvement professional’s tool chest.

This is an introductory course to the statistically-based methods for the design of studies -- or, DOE. It starts with a demonstration of the five principles or effective study design, introduces a protocol with examples, and teaches the fundamentals of analyses with live process simulations. You will learn to manually perform a fundamental analysis of a simple study, including the analyses of effects and interactions, assessment of statistical significance, and development of a linear model describing the relationship between input and output variables. You will learn how to design and analyze 2-level, multi-factor designs with Design-Expert Software or other software of your choice.

Why Take This Course

This course is the ultimate expression of the Scientific Method and the Six Sigma DMAIC protocol approach to solving problems and improving processes. You will leave the class with eyes that change the way you view your processes at work or in any aspect of life itself.

Topics Include:

  • Definition of Design of Experiments
  • The five principles of an expertly designed experiment
  • Design of Experiments protocol
  • Design and execution of a designed experiment
  • Calculation of effects
  • Statistical significance
  • Model creation
  • Interaction and effects plots
  • Design and analysis of designed experiments with Design-Expert software
  • Process optimization for multiple dependent variables, criteria, and factors
  • Application for Six Sigma DMAIC and DFSS projects, SPC, SQC, quality management systems, and business process management

What You Will Learn

  • What one means with the word “Design of Experiments.”
  • The five principles of an expertly designed experiment
  • How to create and execution of a designed experiment
  • How to calculate the effects of changes in input variables (factors)
  • How to assess statistical significance and what it means
  • How to create a linear model of cause and effect for the variables of interest
  • How to design and analyze designed experiments with Design-Expert software
  • How to optimize a process with multiple dependent variables, criteria, and factors
  • Where to apply DOE in Lean Six Sigma DMAIC and DFSS projects, SPC, SQC, quality management systems, and business process management

Who Should Attend

Anyone curious about how things work and want to take a proactive role in resolving that curiosity. DOE has applicability in manufacturing and non-manufacturing processes and can provide unique insights into any of them. DOE opens to the door to product and process innovation by accelerating the acquisition of intimate knowledge about – on the one hand, how things work, and on the other hand, what the market’s real needs and desires are.

This course is required for those seeking to certify as Green or Black Belt LSS with Six Sigma Emphasis and an excellent supplement to someone pursuing certification in LSS Lean Emphasis or as an SPC Professional.

Course Schedule

Day 1: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday, November 30, 2020 
Day 2: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2020 

Course Location:
Online via Zoom

Course Instructor

Steve Zagarola

Managing Partner and Co-Founder NWCPE

Steve Zagarola is a Six Sigma Executive Master Black Belt certified by Mikel Harry – a co-founder of the Six Sigma methodology. Steve has more than 25 years’ experience in the application of statistical and modern structured approaches to the optimization of manufacturing and transactional processes, quality systems, and R&D. He has worked with and provided training and consulting for industries ranging from apparel manufacturing, advanced semiconductors, food and beverage, plastics molding, and wind energy in both the manufacturing and service and administration sectors. He has worked to improve manufacturing operations for global organizations on six continents and in English, Spanish, and German. Steve also served Six Sigma Program and Quality Manager at Vestas Wind Systems and as Director of Quality for Cascade Microtech and as a Senior Manufacturing Manager at The Coca-Cola Company. He provided technical editing for the 2012 edition of Six Sigma for Dummies for John Wiley & Sons. Steve is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and German. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and completed post-graduate studies in Psychology and Statistics at Georgia Tech and Georgia State University and with Dr. Douglas Montgomery.

Tom Fabrizio

Principal and Co-Founder NWCPE

Tom has been teaching leadership, kaizen, and Lean Systems for over thirty years in a wide range of industries including health care, automotive, aerospace, and food processing. He is the President and founder of Lean Manufacturing Tools, co-founder of the Northwest Center for Performance Excellence. He received his original Lean training from first-generation experts including Dr. Shigeo Shingo (co-architect of The Toyota Production System), Hiroyuki Hirano (author and noted JIT expert), Dr. Ryuji Fukuda (a member of The Sigma Project in Japan and winner of the Deming Prize), and TPM experts from Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance. Tom has authored a number of books on Lean including Lean Tooling, The Five Keys to Lean in Healthcare, 5S for the Office, The Lean Primer, and Value Stream Management. Current and former clients include Multnomah County Clinics, Capsa Solutions, Gerber Blades, Cascade Microtech, Eaton Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Wells Fargo, Lee Blake Precision Tooling, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Department of Transformation, Stanley Tools, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Oregon Primary Care Association, Dana Cancer Institute, Lane County (OR) Medical Clinics, OHSU Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Clinics, Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Hexcel Corporation 7-Up Bottling Company, Gleason Cutting Tools, and Komet America. Tom holds an undergraduate engineering degree from Tufts University, an M.Ed., and a Law Degree. That said his greatest passion is getting out on the front line and helping people remove obstacles in their daily work life.