Six Sigma is an effective way to improve the performance of any organization. Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes increasing the delivery of near perfect products and services.
Six Sigma Belts
Six Sigma-trained professionals are categorized into classes that mimic the "belt" system of martial arts. There are four "belt" levels:
- Yellow Belt – the lowest level of Six Sigma expertise; applies to a professional who has a basic working knowledge and who may manage smaller process improvement projects, but who does not function as a project or team leader;
- Green Belt – in many organizations, Six Sigma's "entry level"; a Six Sigma-trained (and sometimes certified) professional who does notwork on Six Sigma projects exclusively, but whose duties include leading projects and teams and implementing Six Sigma methodology at the project level;
- Black Belt – a Six Sigma-trained professional who has usually completed an examination and been certified in its methods; all job duties include implementation of Six Sigma methodology throughout all levels of the business, leading teams and projects, and providing Six Sigma training and mentoring to Green and Yellow Belts; and
- Master Black Belt – the highest level of Six Sigma expertise; all duties involve implementation of Six Sigma, including statistical analysis, strategic and policy planning and implementation, and training and mentoring of Black Belts.
Six Sigma Training
Six Sigma training is a collaboration of years of proven management strategies developed into one clear and concise management program with one goal in mind, to improve the outcome of any company. Six Sigma training provides three primary principles for creating success:
- Business success is highly reliant upon reducing the amount of variation that you have in your business process.
- Manufacturing and business processes have characteristics that can be clearly measured, analyzed, controlled and improved upon.
- Achieving sustained quality improvement is the result of the entire organization working together for a common goal, especially onboard need to be the members of top level management.