This innovative design will entail challenging coaching and facilitation techniques, but will mirror the reality of many workplace process improvement teams.
Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) September 11, 2013
MoreSteam.com and Texas A&M University – Central Texas are teaming up to teach lean six sigma using online technologies to undergraduate management science students. Students enrolled in this upper level undergraduate course will learn process improvement topics – equivalent to a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt level - and will practice their skills in a lean six sigma simulation from the SigmaSim® family of products provided by MoreSteam.com. This endeavor marks the beginning of a relationship between the university and MoreSteam.com.
The instructor for this new course design is Dr. Rick Simmons, an assistant professor who has served the Business Division of the university since 2008. Dr. Simmons will lead his students through the course work, including the simulations, using online methods blended with virtual coaching. This course design is the first to incorporate the SigmaBrew simulation where virtual teams play the simulation in its entirety without face-to-face contact. This innovative design will entail challenging coaching and facilitation techniques, but will mirror the reality of many workplace process improvement teams. Specifically, the UTAMCT students will use the MoreSteam.com SigmaBrew DMAIC simulation, an interactive, online case study that integrates various lean six sigma tools into a realistic project structure with game-like scoring. While the course work will be completed individually, the students will organize as virtual teams and run the simulation over several weeks using the collaboration tools provided by the university and the coaching tools provided by MoreSteam.com. The teams will be assessed on their ability to explain their project work and decisions at the end of each DMAIC phase.
MoreSteam.com’s president, Bill Hathaway observed, "Our customers and partners increasingly face the challenges of distance, both due to travel restrictions and globalization. One of the central challenges is to develop effective teamwork and coaching using solely virtual teams. We expect that Dr. Simmons’ pilot run of SigmaBrew will provide valuable insights, which will inform the organization and facilitation of virtual teamwork. We thank Dr. Simmons and the Texas A&M university – Central Texas for undertaking this important work."
About Texas A&M University – Central Texas
Texas A&M University-Central Texas, located in Killeen, Texas, is a member of The Texas A&M university System. Texas A&M university-Central Texas is an upper-level university offering junior and senior-level coursework needed to successfully complete baccalaureate degrees and all coursework leading to the completion of graduate degrees. The university is committed to high quality, rigorous, and innovative learning experiences, and prepares students for lifelong learning through excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship.
MoreSteam.com is the leading global provider of online Lean Six Sigma training and Blended Learning technology, serving over 2,000 corporate clients and over 50% of the Fortune 500 with a full suite of Lean Six Sigma e-Learning courses, data analysis software, online project tracking software, and online testing, and process 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 340,000 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.
For more information
To learn more about Texas A&M university – Central Texas: http://www.tamuct.edu
To learn more about MoreSteam.com: http://www.moresteam.com
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