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This workshop is designed for those who need to use the process modeling and simulation features of iGrafx Process for Six Sigma. Six Sigma methodology training is helpful, but is not required.

Course Outline

Topic 1 through 2: Introduction to iGrafx, and Creating a Process Diagram

A process diagram, or flowchart, is a graphical representation of a process. Students learn to create and modify process diagrams covering basic methods. This includes manipulating swimlanes, shapes, connection lines, and text.

Topic 3: Advanced Process Diagramming

Students learn advanced diagram creation and formatting options, as well as redefining default settings while creating a process diagram. Templates are introduced as alternate starting points for process diagramming. Cause-and-Effect diagrams are introduced.

Topic 4: Data Entry, Hierarchy, and Document Management Overview

Each shape on a process diagram may describe behavior, including for use with simulation. Students learn to capture, enter, and display fundamental process data and metrics for each shape. A single iGrafx file may contain many process diagrams. You may directly link these processes together to create subprocesses (hierarchy), or they may remain parallel processes. Process diagrams from one file are easily merged into another iGrafx file. Students learn to create, modify, and manage process diagrams.

Topic 5: The Tabular View and Export/Import

The default view of a diagram is the Normal view. The Tabular view provides an alternate view. Students learn to create, edit, and use the tabular view to document a process. In addition, the tabular view may be Exported (e.g. to Excel), and data may be imported from ODBC-compliant databases.

Process diagrams from one file are easily merged into another iGrafx file. Students learn to create, modify, and manage process diagrams and links to documents (e.g. FMEA).

Topic 6: Printing, Publishing, and Other Input/Output

Students learn the mechanisms for sharing their work with others, including printing, and publishing to various electronic formats. Students also learn about linking and embedding information with the standard Windows (OLE) functionality, and importing Visio® files into iGrafx®.

Topic 7: Additional Diagram Types

Many different diagram types may be quickly and easily created in iGrafx. Diagrams that the student learns about include Cause and Effect, Lean Value Stream Map (VSM), BPMN, OrgChart, and other diagram types.

Topic 8: Simulation Overview

There are three components in a process simulation model. The three components are: Processes, Scenarios, and Reports. Students learn to manipulate each component to describe and analyze their business processes. Students use simulation trace mode (animation) to monitor transactions during simulation.

Topic 9: Attributes, Functions, and Expressions

A transaction flows through a process from one activity to the next on directed lines. Students learn to control the flow of the process using attributes, functions, and expressions.

Topic 10: Activities

Each activity on a process diagram may have a behavior assigned to it. Using the Properties dialog box, students learn to describe activity behaviors such as batching, resource requirements, work, delay, sub processes, splits, decisions, and more.

Topic 11: Simulation Project

A five-step process for executing a simulation project is introduced. Students are introduced to the five-step methodology, and use these methods to analyze and improve a process for optimal resource utilization.

Topic 12: SixSigma Case Studies and Examples

iGrafx Process for Six Sigma contains functionality for the Six Sigma practitioner including the ability to move data to and from MINITAB® for analysis. Six Sigma examples and case studies are used to demonstrate modeling and analysis techniques used by Six Sigma practitioners.

Students learn to convert measured data into expressions used to refine a simulation model, to execute Rapid Design of Experiments, and to log transactions output from simulation to MINITAB for further analysis.

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