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Black Belt Excellence: Data Process Mining

Mannheim Business School (MBS) and The Lean Six Sigma Company have combined their expertise to create one of the most exclusive and comprehensive trainings available: the Black Belt Excellence. The program targets the modern, (soon to be) data-driven business professional. The reason for developing this course is because organizations are increasingly pressured to enhance their processes for better efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and customer satisfaction. Considering these challenges, organisations are in need of well equipped professionals with competencies for navigating these challenges, leveraging digitalization, the rise of artificial intelligence and Industry 4.0 trends to analyze extensive data sets for process insights.


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Designed For You

The Black Belt Excellence training is designed for professionals from various fields, including process improvement, quality management, operations, supply chain, IT, business analysis, project management, consulting, and data analytics. Specifically tailored for Process Owners/Experts, Operations Analysts, Quality Process Managers, and Project Managers/Internal Consultants focused on processes, this training equips participants with the skills needed to thrive in today’s data-driven business landscape. Whether individuals aim to enhance analytical capabilities, optimize processes, or drive organizational excellence through data-driven insights, this course offers a transformative learning experience for professionals across diverse roles and industries.

  • Complete Lean Six Sigma programme
  • 1-to-1 project coaching
  • Access to an extensive network

  • Exclusive MyTraining™ learning platform
  • With Mannheim Business School
  • Internationally recognised certificate

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Benefits For The Organization

The Black Belt Excellence training presents significant advantages for organizations. By incorporating Lean Six Sigma principles, it offers a systematic method to enhance processes, leading to cost reduction and heightened efficiency. Employing a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt trained in Data Analysing equips the organization with an expert who is proficient in data analysis and has an expansive understanding of continuous improvement. This enables the organization to make data-driven decisions and plan ahead more strategically. Organizations equipped with a future-ready workforce are more agile, allowing them to anticipate and adjust their processess to new customer demands, technologies or regulations before they become a challenge. Enroll today and learn how to make data and Lean Six Sigma achieve incredible results with our Lean Six Sigma Excellence training.


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Steve Cook

As a long-time Six Sigma Master Belt and quality professional, I have developed my continuous improvement process (CIP) skills throughout my professional life. By leading excellence projects, I not only strive for process improvements, but also work closely with the people within the organization to develop sustainable solutions that contribute to the success of the company and its customers.

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Steve Cook

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Jana Rehse

Jana Rehse is a leading expert in Management Analytics, specializing in the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance business processes. With a doctoral degree in Business Administration from Saarland University and a track record of prestigious awards, she has significantly contributed to research areas including process mining, machine learning for process prediction, and domain-specific process assistance systems. Her influential publications, such as those in Business & Information Systems Engineering and ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, underscore her impact in advancing AI-driven approaches for business process optimization.


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Jana Rehse

Prof. Dr. Jana-Rebecca Rehse is Assistant Professor for Management Analytics at the University of Mannheim.

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Black Belt Excellence programme

Participants will delve into process mining, exploring event data extraction, process discovery, conformance checking, and performance analysis. The programme also touches on how process mining can be integrated with modern machine learning techniques for even deeper insights. By the end of the course, participants will come to possess a solid foundational understanding of data-driven process optimization, in order to significantly contribute to their organization’s goals.

To maximize relevancy and help participants develop a broader understanding, this programme has been co-developed with Mannheim Business School. The curriculum comprises 12 days where you focus on Lean Six Sigma. The 3 other days are facilitated by Mannheim Business School, where you focus on process mining and data-driven process optimization. This allows you to distinguish yourself on the international labor market in this exclusive 15-day programme.

The Black Belt Excellence programme is split into blocks of 1, 2 or 3 consecutive days. This gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in practice, and all obstacles and lessons learned can be shared, discussed and evaluated during the following training days. Every aspect of this training was designed to offer you the optimal learning experience. Find out more about our Black Belt Excellence programme in our course flyer.

Programme Overview


To enable proper preparation, the training includes:

  • An in-depth study manual
  • Up to 45 videos about Lean Six Sigma
  • Our digital books on Lean and Lean Six Sigma
  • Additional e-learning courses
  • Lifelong access to our learning platform

Course days

Training days include activities such as:

  • Evaluation of your project ideas and help with first steps
  • Practical simulation(s)
  • Peer-to-peer activities and learning moments
  • Discuss your project obstacles and relevant best-practices
  • Preparing for the exam

Your project

To make your practical assignment a success, the training includes:

  • 1-on-1 project coaching
  • A clear overview of deliverables
  • Templates for your project
  • A project coach with experience within your sector
  • Access to our templates and training materials after your project


Certification includes the following:

  • Two expert reviews of your project
  • Certification ceremony with your (Master) Black Belt and Manager
  • Official Black Belt certificate issued by The Lean Six Sigma Company
  • Official Data Engineer issued by Mannheim Business School


Course days

Your project



Programme Details


The course aims to provide an overview of process improvement by introducing the concept of lean and its five principles: identifying customer value, analyzing the value stream, ensuring flow, implementing pull systems, and striving for perfection. Participants will gain an understanding of processes, their importance, and potential challenges. They will also learn about Lean philosophy, identifying bottlenecks, applying the Theory of Constraints, determining customer value-add steps, creating value stream maps, assessing flow efficiency, calculating Takt-time, WIP, and PLT using Little’s Law, and applying methods such as 5S, Poka Yoke, Kaizen Events, and visual management techniques.

Six Sigma

During the Six Sigma days of our Black Belt Excellence programme, you can expect a thorough exploration of the methodology’s origins and operational structure. You’ll learn about its inception at Motorola and widespread adoption by industry leaders like General Electric. Through engaging sessions, you’ll understand the roles and responsibilities within a Six Sigma organization, enabling you to drive impactful improvements in process mining projects, ensuring efficiency and quality.


During the Six Sigma days of our Black Belt Excellence programme, you will delve into the DMAIC approach, a structured problem-solving method. In the Define phase, you’ll determine critical aspects of product/service quality for customers, create Project Charters, and employ tools like SIPOC for process mapping. The Measure phase involves setting measurable outputs, defining improvement goals, and conducting data analysis. Moving to the Analyse phase, you’ll identify root causes using tools such as Fishbone diagrams and FMEA, while also understanding Confidence Intervals. In the Improve phase, you’ll experiment with solutions, utilize Design of Experiments, and employ techniques like brainstorming and benchmarking. Lastly, in the Control phase, you’ll develop Control Plans, implement Lean tools, and ensure effective project handover with thorough documentation. This comprehensive approach equips you to drive impactful improvements in data analysing projects, ensuring efficiency and quality.


During the statistics part of our Black Belt Excellence programme, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of descriptive statistics such as mean, median, mode, standard deviation, and variation range, among others. Practical implications of variation will be explained, enabling you to assess sample quality and quantity effectively. You’ll learn to recognize different data types, create data collection plans, and utilize statistical software like Minitab for analysis. Tools for evaluating measurement variation and assessing measurement system capability, such as Gage R&R studies, will be covered extensively. Additionally, you’ll delve into baseline process performance analysis and process capability calculations. Understanding hypothesis testing, including alpha and beta risks, will be emphasized, along with formulating and evaluating null and alternative hypotheses. Lean tools like SMED and OEE will also be introduced to analyze and address lost time in processes effectively. This statistical knowledge equips you to make informed decisions and drive improvements in data engineering projects with precision and accuracy.

Process Mining

During the process mining segment of our Black Belt Excellence programme, you will grasp the fundamental concept, relevance, and potentials of process mining, which involves analyzing event logs to improve processes. Key process mining terminology will be explained, alongside understanding the structure and purpose of process event logs. Through hands-on exercises, you’ll learn to characterize processes based on event logs, discover process models, and analyze process-related KPIs. Additionally, you’ll apply rule checking to identify compliance violations, pinpoint bottlenecks, and uncover improvement opportunities within processes. Practical aspects include setting up and managing process mining projects, complemented by a guest lecture from industry experts like Celonis, followed by a comprehensive case study in the Celonis system. Finally, technological advancements in process mining, such as robotic process automation and machine learning applications, will be explored, discussing their applicability and limitations. This knowledge equips you to leverage process mining techniques effectively in real-world scenarios, driving efficiency and optimization in data analysing projects.

Exam & Review

During the exam and review portion of our Black Belt Excellence programme, participants will engage in a comprehensive review of the course material, ensuring a thorough understanding of Lean Six Sigma principles and methodologies. The culmination of the program is the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Exam, where participants will demonstrate their ability to execute Lean Six Sigma projects, facilitate improvement teams, apply Lean Six Sigma tools effectively, and implement successful solutions within organizational contexts. Upon completion of this final day, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to drive impactful improvements and lead data engineering projects with confidence and competence.


Mannheim Business School: Leading the Way in Global Business Education

Mannheim Business School (MBS) is the organizational umbrella for management education at the University of Mannheim and one of the leading institutions of its kind in Europe.

MBS was the first German institution to be accredited by the three most important international associations of business education institutions (AACSB International, EQUIS and AMBA). Only one percent of all business schools possess this “Triple Crown”. In addition, MBS is the best German institution in the renowned MBA rankings of the Financial Times (3-year average), the Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes.

The MBS portfolio includes an MBA program that can be taken full-time or part-time, several Executive MBA programmes as well as specialised Master’s programmes. Additionally, MBS offers practice-oriented open certificate courses and tailor-made company programmes.




Investing in the Black Belt Excellence course is a strategic move that can yield significant returns for your organization. By enrolling, you not only gain incredibly valuable skills and knowlege, your organization acquires the means to drastically decrease costs with every project you carry out. Our comprehensive coaching goes beyond guidance; we actively assist you during your first project. With our assistance, even your very first project can achieve cost-reductions up to €250,000. The effects of this single investment can ripple through your organization, creating support for new projects and make change management more natural; because now, the results speak for themselves.

Furthermore, the 15 classroom training days are supported by the MyTraining™ learning environment. During your improvement project, you will be guided by an experienced Master Black Belt.




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Return on investment (ROI)

The ROI for the Black Belt Excellence course is exceptional, with the potential to save your organization at least €250,000 in project costs. By enrolling in this program, you’re not just investing in training; you’re investing in tangible results that directly impact your bottom line. Our experienced coaches work closely with you to identify and implement strategies that lead to significant cost savings. These savings can be attributed to various factors, including improved efficiency, reduced errors, and streamlined processes.


Lean Six Sigma-proeverij

Leer hoe je verbetermogelijkheden kan benutten en welke opleiding voor jou het meest effectief is door een van onze Lean Six Sigma-proeverijen bij te wonen. Tijdens deze gratis proeverij leggen onze Lean Experts jou de basis van de methodiek uit en vertellen ze je hoe je jouw ideeën in resultaten omzet. Ze beantwoorden met veel plezier al je vragen en laten je ontdekken hoeveel voordeel je uit het toepassen van Lean Six Sigma kan halen.

  • Opleidingsadvies op maat voor iedere cursist
  • Q&A over de Lean Six Sigma-methodologie
  • Bespreek projectideeën met andere deelnemers
  • Maak kennis met onze trainers
  • Toegankelijk voor iedereen

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Frequently asked questions

Can I register for this training without prior knowledge of Lean or Lean Six Sigma?

Every training we provide assumes that our students start without any prior knowledge of Lean or Lean Six Sigma methodology. The training starts from the basics and builds accordingly. You will learn about the theory step by step. And if you choose to carry out a project as part of your training, you will be coached and assisted by our Master Black Belt to ensure a good result.

What are the specific objectives of Black Belt Excellence training?

During this training, participants will explore various aspects of Lean Six Sigma and process mining. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics aimed at enhancing participants’ understanding and proficiency in these methodologies. From foundational concepts to advanced techniques, the training offers a comprehensive overview of the principles and applications of Lean Six Sigma and process mining.


If you’re interested in obtaining a detailed breakdown of the learning targets and the specific content covered in the training, you can request our study manual. It provides a comprehensive outline of the course structure, including key concepts, learning objectives, and practical exercises.

Who are the trainers and what is their background and expertise?

The trainers for this course are Master Black Belt Steve Cook and Professor Jana Rehse. With years of experience in the realms of process improvement and process mining, they bring a wealth of expertise and practical insights to the training. Steve Cook has a proven track record of implementing Lean Six Sigma methodologies across various industries, driving significant improvements in efficiency and quality. Professor Jana Rehse is renowned for her research and contributions to the field of process mining, having authored numerous publications and led groundbreaking projects in the application of data-driven process analysis. Their combined knowledge and hands-on experience ensure that participants receive top-notch instruction and guidance throughout the training. To learn more about these esteemed trainers, click here.

What methods are used to evaluate participants’ skills and knowledge?

The theory of the Black Belt Excellence training is assessed through a theoretical exam held at the end of the training. Following this evaluation, participants apply the theory in practical scenarios under the guidance of their trainer. This coaching is an integral part of the training and is tailored to the phase of your project charter. Participants are required to complete their project charter, which is then presented by the participant to their coach and our quality manager upon completion. Only after this process can participants officially earn the title of Black Belt.

Are there opportunities for networking and sharing experiences with other participants?

We find that our course attracts participants from diverse professional backgrounds. This diversity is seen as a significant asset, as it allows individuals to step out of their own spheres and engage in collective learning about process improvement and process mining. The exchange of knowledge and experiences from various fields is particularly inspiring, fostering a dynamic learning environment where participants can gain fresh perspectives and insights. By bringing together individuals with varied expertise, our training sessions not only promote collaboration but also encourage innovative problem-solving approaches that can be applied across industries.

How does this training compare to other similar programs on the market?

This training is future-proof, especially considering the vast amount of data in the world today. It seamlessly integrates a robust methodology, Lean Six Sigma, with one of the most significant trends to date – big data. As organizations increasingly recognize the value of data-driven decision-making, the ability to leverage Lean Six Sigma principles alongside advanced analytics techniques becomes essential for staying competitive in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape. By equipping participants with the skills to effectively analyze data and optimize processes, this training not only prepares them for the challenges of today but also positions them to thrive in the data-driven future.

How long does the training normally take?

The regular Black Belt training typically spans 8 to 10 days, varying depending on whether you work in the service or industrial sector. However, this Black Belt Excellence training extends to 12 days for Lean Six Sigma training, with an additional 3 days dedicated to Process Mining in collaboration with Mannheim Business School. The extra Lean Six Sigma days are structured to include a Lean Practitioner Training day focusing on the A3 methodology. These additional half days are crucial to ensure a seamless integration with the Process Data Mining component. This additional time allows for a deeper dive into the practical application of tools, particularly those related to data-driven process analytics.


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Perhaps you are still unsure about if this course is right for you or perhaps you are wondering what a practical assignment entails? Let us help! Our friendly helpdesk is happy to answer all your burning questions. This way, you will start a training course worry-free.

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