Lean Training Program

This course teaches teams how to use Lean Six Sigma Methodology to solve a problem or make improvements. The training uses classroom instruction and activities, plus ongoing coaching, centered on a project, to support a team's improvement goals. Teams must utilize a project that will produce a measurable and sustainable improvement of one or more financial, operational or quality outcomes. Using Lean concepts and tools, participants will define their project scope, analyze options for improvement, implement improvements, manage change and communication, measure the impact of their efforts, and learn tactics to sustain their improvements over time.  

The program consists of three 4-hour sessions (approximately 4 weeks apart) and ongoing coaching.  LTP emphasizes functional application of Lean Six Sigma methodology principles, using the DMAIC framework, which simultaneously teaches the concepts and achieves a planned result. The program is offered 3 times per year.


Target Audience

This program is for teams or individuals who have a specific improvement need in their local department, unit or service, and who need to get higher impact and sustainment from their current efforts.  Intact project teams are encouraged to attend. Candidates may apply as individuals but are encouraged to apply as small teams (<5 people) from a common work area or a cross-functional effort.

Eligibility:  All clinical faculty and staff who meet the requirements above and are employed on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus or other Metro Denver UCHealth facilities are eligible for the Lean Training Program.

The IHQSE Introductory Training Program (ITP) is a prerequisite for this course. To learn more about ITP, please visit the ITP Program Page.


Jeff Glasheen, MD
IHQSE Director

Essey Yirdaw, MPH
IHQSE Program Manager


Anschutz Medical Campus
Leprino Building, 9th Floor 
12401 E. 17th Avenue,
Campus Box L-963
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (720) 848-5806