Six Sigma offers many techniques and strategies to improve an organization's processes. This course covers the strategic and tactical special design tools that can be utilized as a Six Sigma team designs products, processes, or services. Strategic special design tools like Porter's five forces model, portfolio architecting, and set-based design can be used to achieve breakthroughs in design problems that seem unsolvable. Tactical special design tools such as the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ), systematic design, critical parameter management, and Pugh analysis can provide a clear and concise way of identifying the root cause of poor designs. The tools then increase the quality of idea generation and problem solving. This course is aligned with the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt certification exam and is designed to assist learners as part of their exam preparation. It builds on foundational knowledge that is taught in SkillSoft's ASQ-aligned Green Belt curriculum.