“St. Sigma has the potential to radically change the way Lean Six Sigma is taught in healthcare,” explained Bill Hathaway, CEO and founder of MoreSteam.com.
Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) December 04, 2011
MoreSteam.com, the leading global provider of online Lean Six Sigma training and Blended Learning support technologies, announces the availability of St. Sigma, the new online teaching simulation for the classroom. St. Sigma is a customizable, data-rich learning lab where students explore a simulated medical laboratory to learn and apply process improvement tools. Process improvement trainers, consultants and deployment leaders can preview this new simulation by registering for the free introductory Webcast on Thursday, December 15 at 1 PM EST.
St. Sigma melds online technology and process improvement in a completely new way, delivering a data-rich and flexible teaching tool to instructors and consultants who require a versatile case study but lack the resources required to develop one. Instructors using St. Sigma receive a realistic and comprehensive end-to-end project, complete with an instructor version that includes teaching tips and solution files. Setup for instructors and students is as simple as a computer login and password.
St. Sigma is not proscriptive: instructors are free to customize the simulation to whatever level of mastery they wish their students to receive. Instructors can choose to use St. Sigma for a few hours as a Yellow Belt overview, in a one-day intensive workshop, in short weekly or monthly sessions, or in a few days as a capstone project for Green or Black Belt training.
St. Sigma offers three distinct advantages as a teaching tool. First, the simulation is comprehensive. Based on several real-world healthcare case studies, St. Sigma contains all the tools, templates and datasets that students need to learn for a DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) project. Second, St. Sigma presents students with a unique, interactive virtual environment, where exploration, experimentation and even mistakes are inherent to the learning process. Third, St. Sigma can easily be integrated with new or existing educational programs because it offers instructors complete flexibility in the timing, pace and depth of the materials they want to cover.
To access the simulation, students log on to the MoreSteam teaching portal. St. Sigma begins with a background story involving St. Sigma Hospital, which is facing a serious quality issue: the turn-around-time for lab tests is far too long, resulting in severe customer dissatisfaction. Students are charged with improving and maintaining an appropriate cycle time for the blood glucose level testing process, which will improve patient care and reduce operating costs.
Students can then explore or be led through the online program, which is laid out in a DMAIC format and as a visual, online process map of a medical lab. Each project phase offers several options, or activities, and includes Microsoft® Excel® data sheets, templates and teaching lessons. St. Sigma contains 27 different activities, from creating a Project Charter to Balancing Capacity, which instructors use to teach students how to correctly apply the tools and templates of Lean Six Sigma. These lessons impart critical thinking skills and a powerful example of how the outputs of various analytical tools are linked and used across the phases of the project.
“St. Sigma has the potential to radically change the way Lean Six Sigma is taught in healthcare,” explained Bill Hathaway, CEO and founder of MoreSteam.com. “While most process improvements training programs focus on one tool or a small set of tools at any time, St. Sigma looks at the big picture, explaining how the Lean Six Sigma tools work together as the simulated project progresses. Students who learn the toolbox in this way are better prepared to move from training to completing actual projects.”
MoreSteam invites instructors and process improvement leaders to a free, one-hour Webcast on Thursday, December 15 at 1 PM EST for a live St. Sigma tour and information session. Trainers will be able to view the entire simulation and have all of their questions answered concerning the mechanics, application, and logistics of this online simulation tool. Dale Schattenkirk of LTS Consulting will also present on his experiences with using the tool for training healthcare clients. Registration is free: http://www.moresteam.com/presentations/webcast-st-sigma-intro.cfm
MoreSteam licenses St. Sigma on a per instructor basis, which pricing varying on the number of students and whether the instructor choose to purchase on an annual or per-case basis. Because St. Sigma is entirely online, there are no additional simulation parts or pieces required, nor is any specific analytical software needed other than Excel. Upon request, MoreSteam.com offers free demos of the simulation. For more details on St. Sigma, including a recorded Webcast introduction, visit http://www.moresteam.com/simulations/simulations-st-sigma.cfm.
MoreSteam.com is the leading global provider of online Lean Six Sigma training and Blended Learning technology, serving over 1,800 corporate clients and over 50% of the Fortune 500 with a full suite of Lean Six Sigma e-Learning courses, EngineRoom® data analysis software, TRACtion® online project tracking software, Crucible® online testing, and SigmaSim® online DMAIC simulations and games. MoreSteam.com was launched in the year 2000 in response to the high cost of traditional Six Sigma training and tools, and has now trained over 300,000 Lean Six Sigma professionals. MoreSteam’s mission is to enable people to advance the performance of their organizations by delivering powerful tools for process improvement to the widest possible audience at the lowest price available.