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Introduction to Lean

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An introduction to Lean including a brief history, the philosophy of Lean, and a summary of some common Lean tools and concepts.

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  • Comment Link Matt Hansen Jan 21, 2015 posted by Matt Hansen

    Thank you Wes for using StatStuff and for your very kind feedback - I'm so glad it's been helpful to you!

    I understand the concern of delays from streaming videos. Unfortunately, I don't offer a way to download them for free. I do offer licensing as an option where you can download them offline for use in your own training classes, or your company intranet or internet site. I explain a little of the pricing format in the site FAQs ( or you're welcome to contact me directly at for more details.

    But there are a couple other free options you can try. By default, the videos stream in HD format which are much larger files to stream. If you click the "HD" link down at the bottom right of each video, it will turn off this HD format and allow you to stream a smaller file in a lower quality format. This may help avoid some of the streaming delays.

    Another option is to consider modifying the format for your class instruction. What I generally advise folks is to assign a set of the videos as homework for the students to watch prior to each class setting. That way the class time can be shorter and/or more dedicated to discussing how to apply the LSS tools/concepts they learned from the videos. I describe some of this in an article that can be found here:

    Again, if you have further questions on any of this, then just let me know. Thanks!

  • Comment Link Wes Hutcheson Jan 20, 2015 posted by Wes Hutcheson


    I trust that this message will find you and yours doing well. First, thanks for an invaluable resource. I am the Lean Manager for Batesville Casket Company, and regularly use your material for insight and clarification. Quick question....I am currently training a new group of process improvement technicians, and was hoping to use several of your videos. Is there an available link to download them? Our corporate servers run the risk of dropping service if we stream videos too often. So, I was hoping to download them to a seperate drive.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again for your incredible site.

    Wes Hutcheson

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Video List for Beginner Path

An Introduction to Lean Six Sigma

Below are just 11 training videos (less than 3 hours of content) that give a basic introduction to Lean Six Sigma. They are selected from the 121 videos in the Advanced Training Path.
1. StatStuff Orientation (What is StatStuff?)  
This video welcomes you to StatStuff by explaining some general concepts about how the videos are designed and how the site works.
2. Introduction to Lean and Six Sigma login not required 
An introduction to the fundamental concepts of the Lean and Six Sigma methodologies using the IPO model.
3. Lean and Six Sigma Project Methodologies login not required 
An introduction to five project methodologies (Lean, DMAIC, DMADV, DFSS & PMI) and when to use each.
4. Corporate CTQ Drilldown login not required 
A review of how to align a project opportunity to the overall business strategy and needs by understanding the business CTQs in a CTQ Drilldown.
5. Project Financial Benefits login not required 
A review of how to identify and categorize financial benefits from a project.
6. Key Roles in a Lean or Six Sigma Project login not required 
A review of the project and functional roles in Lean Six Sigma projects like Green Belt, Black Belt, Sponsor, Champion, etc.
7. Developing a Project Strategy Using IPO-FAT Tool login not required 
A review of how to build a strategy for a project and how the IPO-FAT tool can be used for developing that strategy.
8. Introduction to Lean  
An introduction to Lean including a brief history, the philosophy of Lean, and a summary of some common Lean tools and concepts.
9. Problem Resolution Using DMAIC  
A review of how the DMAIC methodology follows the typical steps we follow when trying to resolve a problem.
10. The DMAIC Roadmap (Levels 1 & 2) login not required 
A high-level roadmap through the DMAIC methodology that navigates the user through the various tools and concepts for leading a Six Sigma project.
11. Adapting Lean to Six Sigma DMAIC Flow login not required 
A description of how the Lean tools and concepts can be adapted to the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology.

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