Green Belt Training and Projects

The Green Belt program at Notre Dame has been the main vehicle for delivering process improvement results across campus. Project leaders from campus departments participate in Green Belt training and, with coaching support from the Office of Continuous Improvement and strong project sponsorship, lead teams to deliver improvements to key processes.

The method used to improve processes is called DMAIC, and it is organized into five steps:

  • Define:  Describe exactly what you are trying to do
  • Measure:  Figure out how well your process works right now and what the gaps are
  • Analyze:  Understand why the process is working this way
  • Improve:  Identify the best way to make the process better, test it, fine-tune it, and implement it
  • Control:  Make sure the process does not revert to its original state and that the gains are maintained


Project Criteria


  • Process is connected to a key goal or problem
  • Process is existing & has “pain” (e.g., long cycle time, too many defects, low customer satisfaction, etc.)
  • Project can be completed within 6 months
  • Measurable indicators of success are identifiable
  • Data is accessible
  • Solution is unknown
  • Department is able to commit resources to project



To submit a project for the Green Belt program, please submit the CI project and sponsor nomination or contact us to discuss your situation.