Black Belt

This 8-day course introduces important mechanisms in a business improvement system (BIS) designed to implement the strategy and at the same time manage the ongoing operational improvement needs.

Key topics are business analysis, process management, value stream management, implementation of BIS.

It is not a requirement, but recommended that you have completed the Green Belt course before attending this. To be Black Belt certified, you must have completed the Green Belt course.

Start date: 23.10.23

Number of days

8 days

Registration deadline



Online and physical (near Oslo)


kr. 49.875 + vat


Module 1: 23.10.23 – 26.10.23
Module 2: 27.11.23 – 30.11.23

Future courses

18.03.24 – Online and physical (near Oslo)

Target groups

  • Leaders of operational excellence (opex) and business improvement programs 
  • Leaders responsible for the strategy process
  • Leaders responsible for digitalization strategy
  • Leaders responsible for the operation
  • Improvement experts

Important topics in this course:

  1. Designing agile planning and execution processes (department, site)
  2. Designing the strategy deployment process
  3. How to use Balanced Scorecard (BSC) in the strategy deployment process
  4. How to use principles from Business Process Management (BPM) to ensure control and continuous improvement
  5. How to use Value Stream Management (VSM) to drive  strategic improvement of the organizational performance
  6. How to establish and further develop a opex and improvement programs
  7. How to include corporate initiatives such as sustainability, compliance, HSE and IT in the site and department level regular planning and execution processes
  8. How to scope and execute digitalization projects using practical Six Sigma.
  9. How to conduct operations assessments
  10. Important analysis tools for visualization and fact based decisions
  11. Important relationships between improvement programs and quality management
  • Module 1

    Topics covered:

    • What a Business System is and why it is important
    • How core values ​​and Lean management principles establish a framework for behavior and decisions
    • The link between the strategy and the strategy deployment process
    • What Balanced Scorecard is and how it can be used for development, communication and deployment of strategy
    • What Business Process Management is and how it can be used to ensure control and continuous improvements
    • What Value Stream Management is and how it can be used to improve end-to-end performance
    • What Hoshin Kanri is and how it can be used in strategy deployment
    • How to combine theories from Green and Black Belt to form a standardised planning and execution structure handling both strategic and operational needs.
  • Module 2

    Topics covered

    • How to establish and further develop opex and improvement programs
    • How to conduct operations assessments
    • How to design business focused end-to-end measurement systems
    • Introduction to important data tools for business analysis and data visualization
    • How to scope and execute digitalization projects using practical Six Sigma
    • How to include corporate initiatives (sustainability, compliance, HSE, IT, etc) into the site and department level planning and execution processes
    • Possibly (if time and participant interest): Introduction to SWOT, Pestel and Porter 5 forces and how to use the tools to analyse the business environment and propose strategic priorities.
    • Possibly (if time and participant interest): Introduction to Jim Collins research findings on great companies.

Practical details

  • Summary of tools and methods

    The following tools are included:

    • Hoshin kanri
    • Balanced ScoreCards
    • Business Process Management (BPM)
    • The Catchball principle
    • The X-matrix
    • Enterprise process model (EPM)
    • Capital model, human and structural capital
    • SWOT
    • Pestel
    • Porter 5 forces
    • Radar chart
    • Histogram
    • Pareto diagram
    • Control charts (I, MR, Xbar, R, P, U)
    • Introduction to linear regression analysis
    • Introduction to Experimental Design (DoE)
    • Introduction to Capability analysis
    • Introduction to Hypothesis testing
    • Correlation
    • Scatterdiagram
    • Confidence intervals
    • Introduction to Measurement System Analysis


    Some of the methods and tools are described at the introductory level, others are described thoroughly.

  • This is provided two weeks before the course start
    • Agenda for the course
    • Recommended preparation
    • Requirements for diploma and certification
    • Other practical information
  • Own project, diploma and certification

    Diploma and certification

    Diploma: To obtain a diploma for successful completion you must have attended at least 6 of 8 course days.

    Certification: In order to be certified Black Belt, participation is required in accordance with the requirements for the diploma (above). In addition you need to have completed successfully the Green Belt course and conducted an approved improvement project within 12 months after the course end.

    The project is considered approved if the project owner has approved the project and Aksena has approved the approach, tool usage and documentation.

    By agreement, projects other than Six Sigma projects can also be approved.

  • Course material

    The following is included in the course:

    • Electronically distributed course material


Sven H. Danielsen

Partner, Ph.D

Henning Bakken


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