My background is in network engineering, workstation and server design and building, and Electrical Engineering. I was working on a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and another in Mathematics. So I took every math course offered for both. I had the statistics course offered after trigonometry. I took Statics and Dynamics which lightly touch statistical analysis. I took Statistics for Engineering design that went into MTBF and other concepts for testing your design for failure analysis. The standard Six Sigma program goes into statistics for processes.
We learned as part of my B.EE, project design. It covered project plan of what we would design. Why we were designing it. Cost analysis was part of the project. Failure analysis of the components. Our designs took component placement in the design into consideration. Which components would have the lowest MTBF. Basically, which one should fail first and how easy can it be replaced. We designed to increase the time to failure. We would work out the differential equations for voltage, current, etc. We would simulate the designs in the lab. We would use MATLAB and other tools. We were not fixing current designs and troubleshooting them like in the methods below.
One day I am going to map PBM, PPDIOO, PDCA, DMAIC, and ITIL to see how they logically follow each other.
CCDA: Cisco Certified Design Associate
This is Cisco’s design certification. It teaches you the steps for designing a data center project based on Cisco methodology and their hardware along with their software. The CCDA Official Cisco Guide is a lot of theory, concepts and definitions you must know. Much of this course teaches from an engineering approach how to breakdown the design for a large Cisco data center project. It deals with PPDIOO: Prepare, Plan, Design, Implement, Operate, and Optimize along with PBM: Plan, Build, and Manage. You learn the Hierarchical Model of Core, Distribution and Access Layers. Then you go into the Cisco Enterprise Architecture Model that breaks everything down into four areas or modules: Enterprise Campus, Enterprise Edge, SP Edge/WAN/Internet, and Remote Modules.
Lean and Agile Project Management and Lean Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma White Belt :
I figured I would find out what Six Sigma was and how to get it. I found out I could get my white belt. So I did it. I am now working on the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. I realize it was not really that important to take. It did teach me the basics of Project Management. It is like taking 2nd grade math teaching you how to add and subtract. You have to start some place.
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt:
I finished the ITPro.TV video series for my Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. The next step is buy the $40 book, cheat sheet, and test from SSD Global.net