Partner with our experts to build the foundation, develop your strategic vision or achieve the next level of process excellence.
Win additional business and achieve the next level of process recognition with our assistance
A data-driven 360° approach to understanding your business’s strengths and weaknesses to establish, align and drive focus on critical business objectives.
Decompose critical business objectives into measurable metrics that foster accountability and results at every level of the business.
Targeted Lean and Six Sigma training programs that equip high potential employees with the tools needed to drive business results.
Bolster your team’s bandwidth by equipping them with the necessary talent, tools and processes to seamlessly launch new projects.
Capture and promote the underlining entrepreneurial spirit and energy that exist in your culture with a clearly articulated vision, mission statement and core values.
The ci8Group is your partner in creating or documenting your management systems. The ci8Group will lead you through a simple, customized approach that begins with a gap analysis, then defines an action plan to prepare you for certification, and more importantly, a maintainable management system.
ISO 9001:2015 is the international standard that defines the requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Manufacturing and service organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. Achieving certification is an important step as it emphasizes performance while proving a dedication to quality, customers and employees. Whether you have a management system in place or are just developing one, understanding the requirements and having an experienced consultant by your side is key.
Our proven step-by-step methodology constructs and documents repeatable processes based on CMMI practices and ISO procedures. These processes establish the groundwork needed to achieve your desired CMMI appraisal rating and equip your team with the knowledge, infrastructure and materials necessary to develop and sustain your Quality Management System.
A well-designed, well-implemented ISO 45001 health/safety management system improves the efficiency of internal operations, reduces accidents, reduces downtime and provides a platform for attracting lower insurance premiums.
This class offers hands-on exercises and events to fully understand the concepts of pull, single piece flow, customer demand, level loading and Lean thinking. Learn the skills necessary to gain a practical understanding of Lean continuous improvement techniques and how to implement them in real time. Suitable for beginning to intermediate employees, this class will equip the culture with the fundamentals to pursue organizational transformation.
Yellow Belts apply a basic knowledge of Six Sigma and Lean methodologies. They conduct rapid improvement events and root cause analysis using a variety of structured processes such as PDCA, G8D, DMAIC or A3. They will develop a deeper understanding of how to apply the tools necessary to become change agents in an organization’s critical projects.
Green Belts will possess the knowledge of Lean Six Sigma tools necessary to actively lead quality improvement, productivity and design for manufacturing projects. This training provides a methodology and toolset necessary to target improvement areas, evaluate the process, build team consensus, reduce waste and create flow.
Black Belts will possess advanced knowledge of Lean Six Sigma tools to drive business results. They leverage both Lean and Six Sigma to create flow, statistically analyze processes and lead large scale continuous improvement projects. Black Belts are critical in the mentoring and coaching of Green Belts and Yellow Belts on their Lean Six Sigma journey.
The ci8Group process is comprehensive, foundational, and precise. Amanda Stein and her team have created an approach that is simply… elegant!
Amanda makes complex material easy to understand. She engages the audience and incorporates hands-on learning to emphasize key concepts. With both practical and conceptual insight, Amanda creates an atmosphere for honest dialog at the various organizational levels.
The ci8Group conducted a very fun, informative, and beneficial training session! Her ability to quickly understand our needs and translate and frame them into deliverables for this training session was so impressive, especially given the students came to the training with various levels of knowledge and experience.
While in engineering management, I had many positive interactions with Amanda and was always impressed by her positive attitude and willingness to apply her knowledge of statistics to real world production problems. However, I was more impressed after taking 6-sigma Black Belt classes from Amanda. She prepared all the materials used in the training and through her personal experiences, clearly understands the methods and their application to manufacturing and engineering problems. She is a great teacher who can break down a difficult topic, is enthusiastic and eager to share what she has learned.
Great experience! Learned a good deal in relation to the background details in getting started in MS Project. Look forward to learning more about MS Project and using it.
Amanda Stein is a Lean Gold Master Black Belt specializing in continuous improvement and operations leadership. She has over 10 years of experience in manufacturing engineering in the Aerospace, Military, Defense and high mix low volume commercial industries. She founded the ci8Group to help professionals develop problem solving and leadership skills through training, mentoring and hands-on experience.
CEO and founder of CompleteErgonomics LLC. Amanda's continued interest in ergonomics and preventative medical interventions lead her to become a Certified Ergonomics Specialist (CEAS) and Certified Industrial Ergonomic Evaluator (CIEE). Amanda found her niche when providing ergonomic solutions for office and industrial settings in the surface mining, cement, aggregate, and sand/gravel.
As the owner of Blake Consulting Group, Jessica specializes in Productivity Consulting, Group Training, Business Process Flow Analysis, and Group Facilitation. She also provides services in Environmental, Safety, and Engineering Project Support.