SigmaBrew Simulation Lean Six Sigma Activity

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IISE and MoreSteam are pleased to present this online course.

SigmaBrew® DMAIC is an online project game for classroom training. The multi-player simulation provides deployments and Blended Learning training programs with a rich project experience, where students practice process improvement tools and techniques in a safe, constructive environment.

SigmaBrew® DMAIC is a data-rich, virtual case study and instructive simulation for the classroom where students learn process improvement tools in the context of completing a realistic project.

What is This?

SigmaBrew DMAIC is:

A cost-effective way to provide your Green and Black Belt students with a complete, in-depth project in as little as 2-3 days.

A realistic Lean Six Sigma DMAIC project environment that provides a series of critical questions requiring analytical thinking, rather than a prescriptive walk through a series of tools.

An Interactive Online Case Study

SigmaBrew integrates the various Lean Six Sigma tools into a realistic project structure within a game architecture.

You can have students play as teams or as individuals within a multi-player instructor-led environment.

SigmaBrew is a fictitious specialty coffee retailer struggling with quality and customer service issues, and the depth and detail of the story quickly engages students into "owning" the project.

The participant must make decisions about what to do next: which data to collect, which actions to take, and how to manage team dynamics, while minimizing project expenses and cycle time.

How it works

The Setup

Your instructors segment the students into teams of 2-3 players. These teams "compete" to achieve the best results. Each team requires a login to the online game portal.

Participants begin the simulation with the organization's case history, including background data highlighting the need to undertake an improvement project.

After working through balanced scorecard and project selection exercises, participants begin the DMAIC process, working through the tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma.

The Project

In each phase, there are multiple choices to collect data or implement improvement actions - with varying benefits. Many "wrong" choices are available that offer no benefit!

Like the real world, all choices to collect data or implement an improvement action all have costs in terms of time and money, which are tracked as project metrics on a project scorecard.

Students process the collected data using various Lean Six Sigma analytical tools, as required.

The Scoring and End

At the end of each phase, your students must complete a tollgate quiz to demonstrate their knowledge.

Correct answers to tollgate questions yield an improved process metric and a higher economic return. Near misses provide partial benefit, and wide misses may entail additional penalties to project cost and timing!

Visual depictions and scorecards help teams assess their progress and compare results to those of other, competing teams.

By the end of the exercise, each team has practiced applying process improvement tools and techniques and making decisions in conditions of uncertainty. Students have completed an entire project, resulting in increased confidence and competence.

Simulation Data Sheet

Learn more by downloading the data sheet on this simulation here:


This course has no pre-requisites. Unlike other online providers, we do not require you to take any prerequisite course for this level of training.

Additional information on registering for this course

Note: This course is a collaboration between IISE and MoreSteam.  The course will be delivered via MoreSteam’s innovative online learning platform and IISE members enjoy preferred pricing for this MoreSteam content.  Please allow 1-2 business days to receive your course link from MoreSteam after completing your registration with IISE.


Registration Fee

Member: $570 Non-Member: $600