Yellow Belt Domain Objectives


The Cii Yellow Belt certification follows the Define/Measure/Analyze/Improve/Control (DMAIC) format. Unlike Six Sigma’s DMAIC focus on process effectiveness (CTQ-based quality), it is primarily focused on Lean’s process efficiency concepts and tools (productivity). To that end, Yellow Belt efforts are focused on reducing processing or service cost without affecting customer performance.

Traditional Yellow Belt certification is knowledge-based rather than experience-based. The Cii certification includes the requirement to complete a project with the exam providing individuals who can make organizational improvements and “pay for” the training received.

A Cii certified Yellow Belt is trained to be on the constant hunt for waste and opportunities for cost reductions. It is these “wastes” that negatively affects every organization’s bottom line. The Cii Yellow Belt training program includes:




#1 History and Foundational Concepts (10%)

1 Lean Six Sigma Overview and Improvement Methodologies


#2 Define Phase Deliverables (10%)


2 Define Objectives

2.1 Project Management – Lite

2.2 Straight Talk

2.3 Exit Strategy

2.4 Project Charter

2.5 Change Management Essentials

2.6 Voice of Customer

2.7 Voice of the Business


#3 Measure Phase Deliverables (20%)


3 Measure Objectives

3.1 Identifying Relevant Measures

3.2 Data Collection

3.2.1 Numeric

3.2.2 Graphical

3.2.3 Narrative

3.3 Describe and Display Data

3.4 Baseline Performance


#4 Analyze Phase Deliverables (20%)


4 Analyze Objectives

4.1 Root Cause Analysis

4.1.1 NVA

4.1.2 Takt Time

4.1.3 “Diamond Mining”

4.1.4 Visual Control

4.1.5 Constraints

4.2 Lean Process Analysis

4.2.1 Time

4.2.2 Volume

4.2.3 Cost

4.3 Data Analysis

4.3.1 Graphical

4.3.2 Statistical

4.3.3 Narrative

4.4 Identifying and Prioritizing Relevant Root Causes


#5 Improve Phase Deliverables (20%)


5 Improve Objectives

5.1 Identifying and Selecting Solutions

5.2 Determining Financial Impact of Solutions

5.3 Risk Planning & Testing

5.4 Solution Implementation


#6 Control (Continuity) Phase Deliverables (20%)


6 Control Objectives

6.1 Process Control

6.2 Response Planning

6.3 Project Documentation

6.4 Project Hand-off and Closure