The Training Map

Why would you take some of Agile's training?  "I don't know what you are about... tell me more."  "I want to do something about a problem we have in one of our processes and I'm not sure how best to go about it." "We're going to start a project and we are looking for a methodical approach to take." "I am looking for a way to develop my overall skills and like what Agile/Lean can offer." "I was on a project team and I want to lead a project of my own." And more. The context you come from will shape your reasons and shape the value you hope to get from training. 

Curiosity.  Need.  Ambition.  Skills development.  Goal enabling.  Team culture.  There are many drivers that bring folks to taking training with us.  What is yours?

UCD Agile provides training in Lean process enhancement and design methodology, a practical approach to improving processes, increasing 'customer' satisfaction, reducing wasted time/effort/resources, building sustainability.  (And 'customer', in this context, is a good word - it means a valued relationship between what is neeeded and what is offered, and a commitment to the dialogue between the two which shapes a better future for both).

UCD staff can book a place on one of our upcoming training days through the booking centre in InfoHub.

If you are not quite sure how all of this is relevant to you, our introductory training is a half day session which gives an overview of Agile and Lean and a sense of how you might make use of what these make possible. 

Beyond this introduction, training works best when it is a means to an end - you want to achieve something in your local area and the training will help you achieve that. Training ‘sticks’ better if is being put to practical use when you go back to base after your time in the classroom.  Training can stick best if you are part of a team taking the training and putting it to direct use together.  We even offer Lean Practitioner certification to individuals and teams which successful delivery projects after Yellow Belt training.  

This brings us to the kinds of training.  There are a number of different levels of Lean training available. Agile partners with an external training company which provides White Belt, Yellow Belt, Green Belt, Lean Champion and Lean Operations training. Fundamentals of Lean for UCD is delivered by UCD Agile, our in-house flavour of White Belt level training. UCD Agile also provides Remit Mapping and Lean Practitioner training.  

The training map above shows that you can start where it suits you in the map. 

In terms of sequencing, White Belt and Lean Fundamentals are equivalent - a general introduction - so take one OR the other.  People sometime take White/Fudamentals before Yellow Belt, usually with a separation in time between the two.  If you know you will do Yellow Belt, do not do White/Fudamentals before it - there are overlaps. 

When looking at where you might start, the main question is what you want to get out of it - that will help you choose. 

In you have any questions on what you might take, please contact us to discuss what training makes the most sense for you.

Our training offering:

Note:  Lean Operations and Remit Mapping are aimed at those whose role might be described as 'team lead' - those responsible for a number of colleagues in delivering some 'businesses' in a shared or team context.  

The Fundamentals of Lean for UCD/ White Belt

Audience: all staff with an interest in supporting or contributing to continuous improvement in UCD; those associated with projects or project areas are prioritised.

Duration: Half day

Description: This White Belt level training is an introduction to how Lean Six Sigma is used for continuous improvement in UCD. Participants are provided with an overview of the Lean approach to process improvement and the Six Sigma approach to problem solving. Participants are exposed to continuous improvement tools/techniques through hands on exercises using real UCD processes.

"It should be a mandatory workshop for all employees at UCD with an aim to improve their awareness around the processes at UCD and to think in a creative and innovative way." - WST Summer School Attendee, 16th July 2019

Yellow Belt

Audience: Key participants on a project are prioritised

Duration: One day

Description: This training provides participants with a good understanding of the concepts and key tools of Lean Six Sigma and includes a hands on lean process simulation exercise. On completion trainees will be ready to actively participate on Lean Six Sigma projects.

"Learning practical methods to begin to improve processes, I feel I have a basis on which to start." - Yellow Belt Trainee, 12th September 2019

“Excellent content, well defined, instructor able to articulate and elaborate lean techniques on different specific issues.” - Yellow Belt Trainee, 13th June 2019


Photo: Fishbone Diagram for Brainstorming - Yellow Belt training, 7th November 2019

Lean Practitioner

A new way for ‘yellow belt’ trainees to get recognised for how they have made use of their training in practice – through writing up and submitting an example.  This develops their training, sustains their skills and gives access to on-going support from Agile.

Recognition for yellow belts

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Green Belt

Audience: The lead on an Agile 

Duration: 6 Days (3 sessions of 2 days) plus mentoring

Description: Participants will learn to successfully launch a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt project by refining a project charter, leading a project team, garnering support for the project from process stakeholders and ensuring a common understanding of the process across all project participants and stakeholders.

"For anyone thinking of doing a Green Belt or any of the Agile training I would encourage you to go for it." Read more - Ryan Teevan, Green Belt Trainee, 2019

"The ongoing support from the mentor gave me great confidence in my ability to deliver my project" - Green Belt Trainee, 2018

Remit Mapping

A new way to explore and map out the ‘now’ of a team, helping team leads build their operations map before they look at changes they might make.

Training for team leads in how to use remit mapping

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Lean Operations 

Bringing Lean into daily operations, supporting teams, supporting their businesses.  How do you bring customer, value, metrics etc. into all the good operations stuff happing all the time?

Training for team leads in using Lean

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Lean Champion - Project Selection and Sponsorship

Audience: Potential Project Sponsors and those with a management responsibility

Duration: Half day

Description:  Provides attendees with the knowledge and know how to implement a Lean Six Sigma programme roll-out successfully and provides managers with the skills necessary to identify, prioritise and manage Lean Six Sigma projects to success.

"The session provided good tools and outlined the thought process how you should evaluate potential projects." - Lean Champion Trainee