Six Sigma Saves City Money

Six Sigma saves the city of Kawartha lakes money

Local government offices often have limited budgets and resources, and rarely can afford to lose money because of inefficiency. However, this, unfortunately, is just what was happening in the Canadian city of Kawartha Lakes.

Last week, iSixSigma featured a case study reviewing how the tourism-reliant city was able to streamline marketing efforts using a Six Sigma DMADV approach, ultimately cutting costs and enabling their efforts to reach more people.

Originally the city had no central marketing or branding effort. Each office would use its own approach, materials and message for different programs, events, and announcements leading to duplication of work and used resources and inconsistency in final product.

During the “define” and “measuring” phases of the project, it became clear that the residents and various Kawartha recreation and tourism offices were not on the same page.

Before the DMADV efforts began, most offices worked under the assumption that since a good portion of the population was elderly and rural, they would prefer to receive information in print form. After a survey was completed, they found that actually, most residents and visitors prefer to access information online and receive updates via email.

In addition to relying less heavily on print and shifting focus toward digital communication, the city decided to create a central office for marketing and advertising work. This cut approval, brief, and proofing costs and time and ensured that all offices were using the same branding and information. By cutting review and approval duplication alone, the city saved over $1,000 per hour.

The chart below shows the new process for the conceptualization, design, and distribution of marketing the city’s materials.

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Ultimately, the approach worked out very well for Kawartha Lakes. The city instantly saved 15 percent of its allocated spending–about $90,000—by eliminating unnecessary print and copy costs. They also enjoyed another 20 percent improvement in productivity by centralizing the work. Annually, the city expects to save about $53,000 each year the new process remains effective.

Much like Kawartha Lakes, many businesses and organizations are wasting money and not getting their message to the right people by investing in the wrong efforts, duplicating work, and lacking consistency. For this city, investing in Six Sigma approaches was more than worth the investment. Discover how investing in Six Sigma training for your team can pay off for your business, too.

ADVANCED

Training starts at

$1497

Yellow & Green Belt content is Included
  • Get the IASSC Certification by passing the IASSC Certification Exam [Optional]
  • MOCK CERTIFICATION EXAM [OPTIONAL]
  • Get a feel for the official exam in a similar setting but without a proctor
  • MOCK PROJECT [OPTIONAL]
  • Bring it all together with a Capstone Simulation of a real life Lean Six Sigma Case Study [Mock Project]. Includes deliverables, templates, essay for a simple but complete Lean Six Sigma project that is graded and feedback provided by Certified Master Black Belt Instructors
  • Program Length 140 hrs
  • Can be done in 6 hours per week for 24 weeks or 6 months]. This time includes assigned reading, videos lessons, exercises, quizzes, assignments, comprehensive final exam, practice exam for IASSC certification.
  • Black Belt ...is best suited for senior career professionals or consultants. Black Belts Lead Lean Six Sigma projects full time.
  • Includes Student Manual - Your notes are already done for you!
  • Includes graded exercises and assignments that are submitted with feedback from our Certified Master Black Belt instructors. Plus answers to questions [unlimited] submitted though learning portal.
  • Get the Holbus Training Group Certificate of Completion when you pass our comprehensive open book final. Take as many times as you would like then request your certificate when you are ready.
  • Learn Anywhere! Courses are 100% online & 100% Self Paced.
  • Take as long as you need to complete the course. You have 12 Months access to our E-learning portal.
  • Include Soft Skills Training - Project Management Fundamentals & Top Soft Skills for Leaders
  • Minitab or SigmaXL statistical software is required to complete the course. Trial versions are available at each respective websites.
  • NO PREREQUISITES
  • EXPERIENTIAL GAMIFIED LEARNING
  • PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE
BUNDLE

INTERMEDIATE

Training starts at

$997

Yellow Belt content is included
  • Get the IASSC Certification by passing the IASSC Certification Exam [Optional]
  • MOCK CERTIFICATION EXAM [OPTIONAL]
  • Get a feel for the official exam in a similar setting but without a proctor.
  • MOCK PROJECT [OPTIONAL]
  • Bring it all together with a Capstone Simulation of a real life Lean Six Sigma Case Study [Mock Project]. Includes deliverables, templates, essay for a simple but complete Lean Six Sigma project that is graded and feedback provided by Certified Master Black Belt Instructors
  • Program Length 56 hours
  • Can be done in 5 hours per week for 12 weeks or 3 months]. This time includes assigned reading, videos lessons, exercises, quizzes, assignments, comprehensive final exam, practice exam for IASSC certification.
  • Green Belt ... is best suited for mid career professionals. Green Belts Lead Lean Six Sigma projects part time.
  • Includes Student Manual - Your notes are already done for you!
  • Includes graded exercises and assignments that are submitted with feedback from our Certified Master Black Belt instructors. Plus answers to questions [unlimited] submitted though learning portal.
  • Get the Holbus Training Group Certificate of Completion when you pass our comprehensive open book final. Take as many times as you would like then request your certificate when you are ready.
  • Learn Anywhere! Courses are 100% online & 100% Self Paced.
  • Take as long as you need to complete the course. You have 12 Months access to our E-learning portal.
  • Include Soft Skills Training - Project Management Fundamentals & Top Soft Skills for Leaders
  • Minitab or SigmaXL statistical software is required to complete the course. Trial versions are available at each respective websites.
  • NO PREREQUISITES
  • EXPERIENTIAL GAMIFIED LEARNING
  • PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

BEGINNER

Training starts at

$297


  • Get the IASSC Certification by passing the IASSC Certification Exam [Optional]
  • MOCK CERTIFICATION EXAM [OPTIONAL]
  • Get a feel for the official exam in a similar setting but without a proctor.
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  • Program Length 21 hours
  • Can be done in 5 hours per week for 4 weeks or 1 month]. This time includes assigned reading, videos lessons, exercises, quizzes, assignments, comprehensive final exam, practice exam for IASSC certification.
  • Yellow Belt ... is best suited for early career (non-exempt/hourly) or executives. Yellow Belts support other Belts or act as project champion.
  • Includes Student Manual - Your notes are already done for you!
  • Includes graded exercises and assignments that are submitted with feedback from our Certified Master Black Belt instructors. Plus answers to questions [unlimited] submitted though learning portal.
  • Get the Holbus Training Group Certificate of Completion when you pass our comprehensive open book final. Take as many times as you would like then request your certificate when you are ready.
  • Learn Anywhere! Courses are 100% online & 100% Self Paced.
  • Take as long as you need to complete the course. You have 12 Months access to our E-learning portal.


  • Minitab or SigmaXL statistical software is required to complete the course. Trial versions are available at each respective websites.​
  • NO PREREQUISITES
  • EXPERIENTIAL GAMIFIED LEARNING
  • PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

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