SIX SIGMA BLACK BELTS

Black Belts are considered the leaders within a Six Sigma team. Part of their duty is to oversee what other members (Green and Yellow Belts) have accomplished and keep all team members on track to reach goals and deadlines. Their primary task is project management; they are the individuals who define a Six Sigma project and its scope. It is their task to set goals and timelines for the project as well as constantly update executives and stakeholders of the current status of the business. Additionally, they often exhibit excellent communication skills and take on the role of the ‘change agent’ within their organization.

Since they are given a lot of responsibility within a Six Sigma Team, it is a requirement for these individuals to undergo training and earn sufficient experience in the form of leading Six Sigma Projects. These experts are well rounded in their knowledge of financial and statistical analysis, project management, and Six Sigma Tools. This knowledge and experience enables them to perform a wider range of tasks. Six Sigma Black Belts are often sought after and are highly employable because of these characteristics.

SIX SIGMA GREEN BELTS

Green belts are Six Sigma Professionals who work closely under Black Belts, responsible for doing most of the Six Sigma data collection. Since this methodology is highly statistical in nature, it is of utmost importance to start with a complete set of good and accurate data. Green Belts are usually employees of a Six Sigma company who also have other day to day responsibilities within the framework of that company.

Occasionally, a Green Belt can also fulfill minor leadership roles within a Six Sigma Team, especially for smaller scale projects. They are well-educated on the correct use of the Six Sigma Tools and employ them under the direction of a Black Belt Project Leader.

SIX SIGMA YELLOW BELTS

The Yellow Belt designation refers to employees that have basic training in the Six Sigma quality improvement methodology and participate in related projects. They have a basic understanding of the methodology and assume a supportive role to both Green and Black Belts within a Six Sigma Team. Like the Green Belts, they usually also have other non-Six Sigma related responsibilities within their job descriptions.
The Yellow Belt designation refers to employees that have basic training in the Six Sigma quality improvement methodology and participate in related projects. They have a basic understanding of the methodology and assume a supportive role to both Green and Black Belts within a Six Sigma Team. Like the Green Belts, they usually also have other non-Six Sigma related responsibilities within their job descriptions.

SIX SIGMA MASTER BLACK BELTS:

The Master Black Belt has a very important role within a Six Sigma Organization. As the name implies, they are experts at the top of the hierarchy of trained and certified Six Sigma Professionals. With their level of experience, skills, and knowledge, they can act as consultants and technologists of this methodology.

During the course of a companywide Six Sigma Implementation, certain issues and problems may arise. Experts like Master Black Belts can help resolve issues that come along and offer appropriate solutions to teams. One of their main responsibilities is to train employees to become Six Sigma Professionals at the Black, Green, or Yellow Belt levels. Master Black Belts can mentor or train others within designated Six Sigma Teams as these individuals have garnered enough knowledge and experience to be designated as ‘experts’ in this particular method of quality improvement.

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Six Sigma Black Belt Body

Overview

Overview of Six Sigma
DMAIC Methodology Overview
Financial Benefits of Six Sigma
The Impact of Six Sigma to The Organization
The Six Sigma Language

Define

Project Management
Project Definition
Project Charter
Developing a Business Case
Chartering a Team
Defining Roles and Responsibilities
Gathering Voice of the Customer, Support for Project
Translating Customer Needs into Specific Requirements (CTQs)
SIPOC Diagram
Define Phase Review

Measure

Process Mapping (As-Is Process)
Data Attributes (Continuous Versus Discrete)
Defining Metrics
Measurement System Analysis
Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility
Data Collection Techniques
Calculating Sample Size
Data Collection Plan
Understanding Variation
Measuring Process Capability
Calculating Process Sigma Level
Rolled Throughput Yield
Visually Displaying Baseline Performance
Statistical Software Training
Measurement Phase Review

Analyze

Visually Displaying Data (Histogram, Run Chart, Pareto Chart, Scatter Diagram)
Detailed (Lower Level) Process Mapping of Critical Areas
Value-Added Analysis
Cause and Effect Analysis (a.k.a. Fishbone, Ishikawa)
Affinity Diagram
Data Segmentation and Stratification
Correlation and Regression (Linear, Multiple)
Process Performance (Cp, CpK, Pp, PpK, CpM)
Short Term Versus Long Term Capability
Non-Normal Data Distribution Transformations
Central Limit Theorem
Goodness of Fit Testing
Hypothesis Testing
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Two Sample T-Tests, Chi Squared Test
Design of Experiments (DOE) – Full, Fractional Factorials
Verification of Root Causes
Determining Opportunity (Defects and Financial) for Improvement
Project Charter Review and Revision
Statistical Software Training
Analyze Phase Review

Improve

Brainstorming
Multi-Voting
Process Simulation
Quality Function Deployment (House of Quality)
Selecting a Solution
Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
Poka Yoke (Mistake Proofing Your New Process)
Piloting Your Solution
Implementation Planning
Statistical Software Training
Culture Modification Planning For Your Organization
Improve Phase Review

Control

Assessing The Results of Process Improvement
Statistical Process Control (SPC)
Rational Subgrouping
Establishing Process Standards for Inputs, Process and Outputs
Developing a Process Control Plan
Documenting the Process
Statistical Software Training
Control Phase Review

Overview:

Overview of Six Sigma
DMAIC Methodology Overview
Financial Benefits of Six Sigma
The Impact of Six Sigma to The Organization
The Six Sigma Language

Define

Project Definition
Project Charter
Developing a Business Case
Chartering a Team
Defining Roles and Responsibilities
Gathering Voice of the Customer, Support for Project
Translating Customer Needs into Specific Requirements (CTQs)
SIPOC Diagram
Define Phase Review

Measure

Process Mapping (As-Is Process)
Data Attributes (Continuous Versus Discrete)
Measurement System Analysis
Data Collection Techniques
Data Collection Plan
Understanding Variation
Measuring Process Capability
Calculating Process Sigma Level
Visually Displaying Baseline Performance
Measurement Phase Review

Analyze

Visually Displaying Data (Histogram, Run Chart, Pareto Chart, Scatter Diagram)
Detailed (Lower Level) Process Mapping of Critical Areas
Value-Added Analysis
Cause and Effect Analysis (a.k.a. Fishbone, Ishikawa)
Affinity Diagram
Data Segmentation and Stratification
Verification of Root Causes
Determining Opportunity (Defects and Financial) for Improvement
Analyze Phase Review

Improve

Brainstorming
Multi-Voting
Quality Function Deployment (House of Quality)
Selecting a Solution
Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
Poka Yoke (Mistake Proofing Your New Process)
Piloting Your Solution
Implementation Planning
Improve Phase Review

Control

Assessing The Results of Process Improvement
Statistical Process Control (SPC) Overview
Developing a Process Control Plan
Documenting the Process
Control Phase Review

Overview:

Overview of Six Sigma
DMAIC Methodology Overview
Financial Benefits of Six Sigma
The Impact of Six Sigma to The Organization
The Six Sigma Language

Define

Project Definition
Project Charter
Developing a Business Case
Chartering a Team
Defining Roles and Responsibilities
Define Phase Review

Measure

Process Mapping (As-Is Process)
Measurement System Analysis
Data Collection Techniques
Understanding Variation
Measurement Phase Review

Analyze

Verification of Root Causes
Determining Opportunity (Defects and Financial) for Improvement
Analyze Phase Review

Improve

Brainstorming
Selecting a Solution
Implementation Planning
Improve Phase Review

Control

Assessing The Results of Process Improvement
Control Phase Review

Overview

Overview of Six Sigma
DMAIC Methodology Overview
Financial Benefits of Six Sigma
The Impact of Six Sigma to The Organization
The Six Sigma Language
Project Prioritization
Training the Trainer
Integrating DMADV (Design for Six Sigma Methodology) with DMAIC
Leading Organizational Change

Define

Project Management
Project Definition
Project Charter
Developing a Business Case
Chartering a Team
Defining Roles and Responsibilities
Gathering Voice of the Customer, Support for Project
Translating Customer Needs into Specific Requirements (CTQs)
SIPOC Diagram
Define Phase Review

Measure

Process Mapping (As-Is Process)
Data Attributes (Continuous Versus Discrete)
Defining Metrics
Measurement System Analysis
Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility
Data Collection Techniques
Calculating Sample Size
Data Collection Plan
Understanding Variation
Measuring Process Capability
Calculating Process Sigma Level
Rolled Throughput Yield
Visually Displaying Baseline Performance
Statistical Software Training
Measurement Phase Review

Analyze

Visually Displaying Data (Histogram, Run Chart, Pareto Chart, Scatter Diagram)
Detailed (Lower Level) Process Mapping of Critical Areas
Value-Added Analysis
Cause and Effect Analysis (a.k.a. Fishbone, Ishikawa)
Affinity Diagram
Data Segmentation and Stratification
Correlation and Regression (Linear, Multiple)
Process Performance (Cp, CpK, Pp, PpK, CpM)
Short Term Versus Long Term Capability
Non-Normal Data Distribution Transformations
Central Limit Theorem
Goodness of Fit Testing
Hypothesis Testing
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Two Sample T-Tests, Chi Squared Test
Design of Experiments (DOE) – Full, Fractional Factorials
Verification of Root Causes
Determining Opportunity (Defects and Financial) for Improvement
Project Charter Review and Revision
Statistical Software Training
Analyze Phase Review

Improve

Brainstorming
Multi-Voting
Process Simulation
Quality Function Deployment (House of Quality)
Selecting a Solution
Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
Poka Yoke (Mistake Proofing Your New Process)
Piloting Your Solution
Implementation Planning
Statistical Software Training
Culture Modification Planning For Your Organization
Improve Phase Review

Control

Assessing The Results of Process Improvement
Statistical Process Control (SPC)
Rational Subgrouping
Establishing Process Standards for Inputs, Process and Outputs
Developing a Process Control Plan
Documenting the Process
Statistical Software Training
Control Phase Review

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