August 8, 2011 - Acuity Institute is approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI)
Acuity Institute, a leading provider of affordable Lean Six Sigma online training solutions and certification for individuals and organizations, has been approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Being a Registered Education Provider will allow Acuity Institute to grant Professional Development Units (PDUs) to customers who complete our qualified programs. As a Registered Education Provider, Acuity Institute has agreed to abide by the PMI established quality assurance criteria.
Becoming a Registered Education Provider (REP) entailed a rigorous application process and review by PMI quality reviewers. Acuity Institute’s continuing education values and goals, training and program outcomes, infrastructure, customer support, and student needs assessment procedures were reviewed to ensure adherence to the PMI Institute Quality Assurance Criteria. This REP status places Acuity Institute among a select group of Six Sigma companies focused on continuing education and training. “We are very pleased with achieving this approval and we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of training and certification to all of our global customers” said Stephanie Herman, Acuity Institute Managing Director of Operations. About PMI:
Project Management Institute (PMI) is one of the world's largest professional membership associations, in more than 185 countries. It is a not-for-profit organization that advances the project management profession through globally recognized standards and certifications, collaborative communities, an extensive research program, and professional development opportunities. PMI's are the most widely recognized standards in the profession - and increasingly the model for project management in business and government. They are developed and updated by thousands of PMI with experience in every type of project, and provide a common language for project management around the world.
August 30, 2010 - FPX Lives Six Sigma
FPX, LLC a leader in multi-tenant enterprise on demand configuration, pricing, quoting, product data management, and sales intelligence, has years of experience utilizing lean, efficient, and effective business management strategies with its clients. FPX is taking that commitment of excellence even further--every member of the FPX Team will participate in the Lean Six Sigma certification process.FPX executives noted a steady stream of impressive talent coming into the company with Lean Six Sigma certifications and recognized that the entire FPX organization would benefit from improving internal business processes aimed at reducing costs and improving quality. FPX selected Acuity Institute to help the organization achieve the certification.Customers rely on FPX to help them solve problems. Professionalizing quality management functions across all business operations will allow FPX customers to reap the benefits for efficiency and value. This dedication to the Lean Six Sigma methodology / ideology not only expresses that focus but takes it further. “Utilizing Lean Six Sigma project methodology across the entire organization will allow FPX to improve our business processes which will translate to enhanced customer project quality” said Audrey Spangenberg, CEO for FPX. “FPX has a long history of serving customers through great products and service. Because of our current measured project methodology our solution implementations are measured in weeks, not months or years. Six Sigma certification further reinforces our commitment to our customers.”This level of efficiency and effectiveness of cost and time will be carried over into every aspect of FPX’s operations -- including how the training itself happens. While every member of the more than eighty-person company will gain the expertise of a Six Sigma Yellow Belt,executives will be trained in the even higher rank of Black Belt, with the training to take place in groups so that it reaches completion by the first quarter of 2011. “It’s very much a cultural shift,” says Karin Traina, the Acuity Institute’ client manager for FPX. “FPX is moving the bar to be always focused on what the customers want and how they can best deliver that -- and that’s absolutely what Lean Six Sigma does. By partnering with Acuity they selected materials and practitioners who have applied these principles in situations similar to FPX and also across many industries and services.”Lean and Six Sigma have a long history and proven track record of success and have been implemented by some of the world’s largest and most accomplished companies. Six Sigma, developed in 1981 and now implemented by some of the world’s largest and most successful companies, operates by through both statistical and human processes to eliminate the causes of errors and slowdowns in productivity in business and consequently reduce costs. That’s a commitment at the heart of FPX’s philosophy, and one that FPX executives think will lead to an even more productive and effective future.
February 2, 2010 -Acuity Institute Releases a New Online Course, Lean FOCUS™ for the Services Environment.
Acuity Institute, an online training provider, is pleased to announce the release of a new online course, Lean FOCUS™ for the Services Environment. FOCUS™ is a Lean business improvement method designed to teach learners the top tools and skills needed to implement Lean principles in a services environment. Lean principles such as improving the flow of value in the organization and eliminating waste have been mastered in the manufacturing environment. However services/ transactional processes are burdened with long lead times and excessive non value adding activities. Lean Focus™ is a creative approach to helping project managers lean out their service processes.
This course is excellent for Six Sigma Black Belts and Green Belts who want to expand their knowledge and skills in Lean.
One Lean practitioner, Cwyita Sihele, who has attended several Lean courses, said, “This FOCUS™ methodology has finally made everything clear for me. I have been practicing Lean for years, and the structure has given me a roadmap and confidence that I did not have before.”
In the FOCUS™ method the acronym stands for Focus, Operate, Create, Utilize, and Sustain.
Based on your working knowledge of the problem you begin in Focus where you initiate your charter and business case. Then you move into Operate where you go to the source of the problem and collect relevant information, and diagnose the problem. In Create you look for opportunities to reduce waste and develop the future state and in Utilize, you utilize the solution, assessing the risks, and tweaking the process. Sustain is about sustaining the gains, error proofing the process and managing process performance.
Lean FOCUS™ takes you through a simulated transactional Lean project, provides you with a practical set of templates, together with the expert audio, examples from transactional businesses, quizzes and exams. This is the most comprehensive Lean Transactional course on the market.
January 6, 2010 - Acuity Institute Launches New Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training Program
Acuity Institute, one of the industry’s most acclaimed Lean Six Sigma training and certification providers, is pleased to announce the release of an interactive, results-focused online Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training course. This course has been designed to teach Lean Six Sigma fundamentals and its application and is intended for improvement project team members. Yellow Belt team members form an important part of a mature Lean Six Sigma deployment. As Black Belts and Green Belts begin projects, they will need team members.
In addition to team members, this course is intended for individuals who are interested in taking their Lean Six Sigma knowledge to a deeper level (and not as deep as a Green Belt or Black Belt). “We are very pleased to introduce this course to the Lean Six Sigma community” said Brent Drever, Acuity Institute’s Managing Director. “There is a significant gap for those individuals who want to increase their Lean Six Sigma knowledge, but do not have the time to complete a Green Belt or Black Belt program. Acuity Institute’s Yellow Belt course fills this gap”.
Students who complete Acuity Institute’s Yellow Belt course will be prepared to assume a productive role in a successful Lean Six Sigma deployment.
Based in Colorado, Acuity Institute has worked with individuals and corporations in 30 countries throughout the world to help them apply the highest standards of Lean Six Sigma expertise across a variety of industries. Acuity Institute is accredited through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. In addition, Acuity is an approved school with the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
July 28, 2009 - Acuity Institute Becomes an Approved School with the State of Colorado’s Department of Higher Education.
Acuity Institute achieved approval as a school within the State of Colorado’s Department of Higher Education. With this approval, Acuity Institute meets the requirements for Certification of Approval pursuant to the Private Occupational Education Act of 1981, Title 12, Section 101, et seq., C.R.S.
“This approval is critical to Acuity Institute’s credentials as a top tier School of Business Leadership”, said Brent Drever, Managing Director of Acuity Institute. “Achieving this major milestone, in addition to our accreditation with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, further validates our commitment to the standards for educational quality.”
Headquartered in the United States, Acuity Institute has worked with individuals and corporations throughout the world to help them apply the highest standards of Lean Six Sigma expertise across a variety of industries. Through its accreditations, Acuity Institute is recognized as a qualified institution of higher learning.
July 24, 2009 - Acuity Institute Launches New Change Management Course, “Disruptive Change”
Denver, CO - Acuity Institute, a leading provider of Six Sigma online training solutions and certification for individuals and organizations, has released a new online change management course titled “Disruptive Change - Disrupt the Status Quo to Create the Future”.
This course has been designed to provide Change Leaders running organizational projects with the tools and skills to initiate change in a project environment. It is intended for project managers and team members alike. This course delivers best practices from leading change experts in a practical and simple way. It focuses on the tool user as well as the tools. It demystifies change by providing learners with an outstanding set of interactive templates which lead you through the change process and culminates in a self populating dashboard so learners can measure their progress. Unlike other Change Management courses, practitioners will also learn the process of change through a project simulation in which they can practice the top skills of Change Leaders. This course has been designed by experienced Change Experts, who have led organizational change in multiple industries and countries for over 15 years. Training is conducted online and uses a multi-media format that includes audio by Change experts, examples of successful change, interactive simulations and quizzes, and the most current and robust tools and techniques available. The course is “self-paced” and can be accessed at anytime – anywhere, which provides the most flexibility in completing the course. On average students complete the Disruptive Change course in 35 hours.Acuity Institute’s Disruptive Change Management course is one of the most practical in the world. We recommend this course to Project Leaders, Team members, Champions and Sponsors.
July 1, 2008 - Acuity Institute Achieves IACET Authorized Provider Status
Acuity Institute, a leading provider of affordable Six Sigma online training solutions and certification for individuals and organizations, has been granted Authorized Provider status by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Being an Authorized Provider will allow Acuity Institute to grant IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to customers who complete online or classroom programs.
Becoming an Authorized Provider (AP) entailed a rigorous application process and site visit by an IACET commissioner. Acuity Institute’s continuing education values and goals, training and program outcomes, infrastructure, customer support, and student needs assessment procedures were scrutinized by IACET to ensure adherence to the ANSI/IACET Standards for Continuing Education and Training. This AP status places Acuity Institute among a select group of Six Sigma companies focused on continuing education and training.
“We are very pleased with achieving this status and are dedicated to providing ongoing training and certification to all of our global customers” said Brent Drever, Acuity Institute Managing Partner. “Not only does this achievement demonstrate the continuing education purpose of our courses, but it is invaluable in ensuring our customers are able to meet the ever changing professional market”.
IACET is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs and certifies education providers that meet strict continuing education guidelines. IACET certification is the standard learners seek for quality when they choose a provider. Only IACET Authorized Providers can offer the IACET CEU, the hallmark of quality in continuing education and training. The primary purpose of the CEU is to provide a permanent record of the educational accomplishments of an individual who has completed one or more significant non-credit educational experiences. Awarding the CEU approved by IACET also provides a quality indicator for a learner’s continuing education and training programs because it means they have been reviewed and approved for complying with internationally recognized standards.
April 1, 2008 - Acuity Institute launches new course, Kaizen Workshop.
July 1, 2007 - Debbie McCarthy joins the Acuity Institute team.
Debbie McCarthy is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Change Leadership Expert. Debbie brings 14 years of Process Improvement , training, coaching, project management and facilitation experience to the Acuity Institute.
Her passion is understanding clients needs, customizing curriculum and coaching clients to achieve results through the right methodology. Debbie has experience in Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, Lean, Change Leadership, Train the Trainer, and Developing Teams. She enjoys developing curriculum, training, coaching and mentoring clients to achieve results.