Video Lectures

Ses. 1-2 The start of your Lean journey

Ses. 1-3 Lean thinking Part 1

Ses. 1-3 Lean thinking Part 2

Ses. 1-4 New Balance® plant tour

Ses. 1-5 People: The heart of Lean

Ses. 1-6 Value stream mapping basics

Ses. 2-1E, 2-3E, and 2-5E Simulation video

Ses. 2-2E Lean supply chain basics

Ses. 2-4E Lean engineering basics

Ses. 2-1H, 2-3H, and 2-5H Simulation video

Ses. 2-2H Continuous process improvement

Ses. 2-4H Improving the enterprise

Ses. 3-2 Variability simulation

Ses. 3-3 Lean for healthcare: An Overview

Ses. 3-4 A3 thinking

Ses. 3-5 Quality tools and topics

Ses. 3-6 Six Sigma basics

Ses. 3-7 Leading Rockwell Collins’ Lean transformation

Lecture Notes

Why am I here? (PDF - 1.4MB)

The start of your Lean journey (PDF - 4.3MB)

Lean thinking part I (PDF - 1.1MB)

Lean thinking part II (PDF)

New Balance® plant tour (PDF)

People: The heart of Lean (PDF - 2.0MB)

Value stream mapping basics (PDF)

Lean supply chain basics (PDF - 1.2MB)

Lean engineering basics (PDF - 1.5MB)

Lean healthcare simulation I: Baseline performance (PDF)

Continuous process improvement (PDF - 1.5MB)

Improving the enterprise (PDF - 1.0MB)

Accounts payable I: Case study introduction (PDF)

Variability simulation (PDF)

Lean for healthcare: An overview (PDF - 7.7MB)

A3 thinking (PDF)

Quality tools and topics (PDF - 1.6MB)

Six Sigma basics (PDF)

Leading improvement across a complex aerospace enterprise (PDF)

Applying Lean in an academic medical center: Lessons learned (PDF)

Introductory slides for Rockwell Collins’ Lean transformation (PDF)

Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods


Students sitting in class raise their hands while holding green notecards.

Students participate in an active-learning exercise by holding up colored cards corresponding to their answer to the professor's poll. (Image courtesy of Earll Murman.)


Prof. Earll Murman

Dr. Hugh McManus

Prof. Annalisa Weigel

Dr. Bo Madsen

MIT Course Number

16.660J / ESD.62J / 16.853

As Taught In

January IAP 2012


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Features

Course Description

This course covers the fundamental principles, practices and tools of Lean Six Sigma methods that underlay modern organizational productivity approaches applied in aerospace, automotive, health care, and other sectors. It includes lectures, active learning exercises, a plant tour, talks by industry practitioners, and videos. One third of the course is devoted to a physical simulation of an aircraft manufacturing enterprise or a clinic to illustrate the power of Lean Six Sigma methods.

The course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.