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IT Sligo Lean Six Sigma ‘MOOC’ Summer 2020

29th April 2020

IT Sligo has been running an award-winning MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on “Introduction to Lean Sigma Quality” since 2012. The programme is a FREE 7-week course delivered 100% online. So far over 10,000 students have taken the course from over 50 countries.

Lean Six Sigma has been around for more than two decades and since then it has been embraced by leading global companies in the manufacturing and service industries. It has become the foremost process improvement approach for organisations that wish to attain world class performance in quality and customer satisfaction. The tools and techniques are now expanding to the healthcare and government sectors where benefits have been achieved in productivity, efficiency and elimination of ‘waste’ – a term used in Lean Sigma quality which refers to anything that does not add value to the product or service. On this course, the following topics will be addressed:

• Introduction to Lean and ‘waste’ elimination
• Lean Tools
• Error Proofing (poka-yoke)
• 5S and Visual Factory
• Introduction to Six Sigma and variation reduction
• Six Sigma DMAIC problem solving methodology
• 7 Quality Tools
• Descriptive Statistics
• Lean & Six Sigma examples from Manufacturing, Service and Healthcare sectors

There are approx. 1.5 to 3 hours of course content and activities each week depending on your prior knowledge of Lean Six Sigma. There are recorded video lectures along with a quiz to complete each week.
The course starts with an introductory week commencing on May 4th, 2020 and runs until June 28th, 2020.

Registration is now open.

Click here to register on the Summer 2020 MOOC Course

Find out more about Lean Sigma Quality MOOC

COVID-19 Business Support

9th April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging many businesses across Ireland and the world. Businesses have had to innovate and adapt with to be able to cope through these times of uncertainty.

Its main aims are to:

Minimise the risk of people becoming unwell

Minimise the health, wellbeing and social impact for people who may be at greater risk

Reduce the economic and social disruption associated with the COVID-19 outbreak

The plan includes information on:

What we know about the COVID-19 virus

What the public can do to reduce the threat

The public health led approach being taken

Supports for vulnerable people in society

Measures to ensure continuity of essential services

Measures to protect vital supply chains

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is implementing a wide range of measures that are unprecedented in their scale and speed in order to face the enormous challenges that COVID-19 will pose in the coming weeks. The plan will continue to evolve as the situation evolves. Implementation will continue to be overseen by the Cabinet Committee, which is supported by a Senior Officials Group, and continues to act on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and the National Public Health Emergency Team.

Further information is available on the government’s COVID-19 information page.

Also included is an Innovation Centre Business, ‘Inner Compass‘ which operates their business from the Innovation Centre at IT Sligo, supports people struggling with low mental wellbeing, be that anxiety, low mood or toxic stress. They provide a coaching intervention, which comprises six one-hour, one-on-one sessions, over a period of 3 months. In this difficult and challenging times, Inner Compass is providing their service on-line and free of charge.

If you, a family member or a friend is struggling and looking to improve their mental well being, please contact Therese at

The Inner Compass service is research based and has proven results. For more information about the significant positive changes it has brought to people’s lives, see