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Six Sigma



“Six Sigma is a management philosophy that attempts to improve customer satisfaction to near perfection.”

Making Six Sigma Last, George Eckes


Cordatus lean six sigma consultants have over 20 years’ experience in working with clients on combined lean six sigma transformation. Cordatus has supported six sigma programmes in services, manufacturing and healthcare. See our client base and testimonials.


six sigma project management DMAIC


All six sigma projects that improve current processes are managed according to a five step Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control cycle.

Design projects are managed on a variation of that cycle: Define, Measure, Analyse, Design and Validate.


“In our OpEx journey Cordatus are playing a key role in ensuring we continue to mature our programme and meet our organisational goals.
It is a pleasure to work with them and I have no hesitation in recommending them for process improvement training and project mentoring.”
Jason Flanagan, Associate  Director Operational Excellence,
Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Clonshaugh, Dublin




When an organisation implements six sigma, a shadow organisation is developed. This consists of six sigma trained personnel. Each has a distinct role to play in promoting, managing and sustaining the six sigma programme.

Six sixma organisation structure


Cordatus six sigma championThe six sigma champion is a part time six sigma programme member who provides guidance and support to six sigma project leaders and team members. S/he is likely to be a member of the senior management team.


Cordatus six sigma black belt

The black belt is a full-time six sigma programme member who is expected to contribute between €250,000 and €1,000,000 to the company’s operating profit annually.


Cordatus six sigma green belt

The green belt is a part-time six sigma programme member who is expected to contribute €20,000 – €50,000 to the company’s operating profit per project completed.


Cordatus six sigma yellow belt

The yellow belt is a part-time six sigma team member who is expected to participate in improvement project and events, using a limited number of six sigma problem solving tools.


Funded lean programmes and funding for lean projects is available form the following organisations:


Lean productivity grants are also available the Innovation & Lean Six Sigma Skillnet, the Lean Water and Energy Skillnet and the First Polymer Training Skillnet.  Cordatus is a registered lean efficiency training provider for all the above organisations.


Our six sigma programmes are designed in line with the international standard ISO 13053 (see below). Depending on the certification level, our training programmes are accredited by the American Society for Quality ( and/or The International Quality Federation ( and/or Cordatus black belts.

IQF six sigma certification ASQ six sigma certification Cordatus six sigma certification


ISO 13053


ISO 13053-1 Quantitative methods in process improvement – Six Sigma describes a methodology for the business improvement methodology known as Six Sigma. Our six sigma programmes are designed in line with the international standard ISO 13053.

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Cordatus offers consulting in six sigma programme design and implementation, that is linked to your organisation’s strategic and operational goals. Our consultants are trained master black belts and black belts with many years of experience in change management associated with six sigma. We will advise on training at all levels of the organisation – who to train and when – and also facilitate the training for you.

We answer questions such as:

  • What is Six Sigma and how does it help to increase customer satisfaction and grow business?
  • Lean or six sigma – which one is best for us? Can we combine both?
  • Our employees are likely to think of six sigma as flavour of the month. How do we overcome that?
  • What return should we expect on our projects?

All Cordatus programmes are designed in line with ISO 13053, the international governance standard for six sigma. However each programme is customised to suit your organisation’s needs. You can be confident of high standards combined with tailored programme design and delivery. Please call us today on +353 91 870708 for a discussion on your needs. We are here to help.