Six Sigma 2008 – Make It Personal

As another year comes to a close, reflecting on what was accomplished in 2007 is a typical year-end activity. After a quick review, a few smiles and a big sigh about things left undone, it’s time to start on your 2008 list.

While you are putting together your ‘list’ of things to do for 2008, somewhere between finishing your FMEA and solving world hunger, remember to include some things that will help you grow as a Six Sigma professional. For example, learn a new tool, expand your coaching skills, embark on a DFSS journey or strengthen your change management skills. Personal development, while initially focused on improving your individual skills, will eventually be reflected in your customer’s satisfaction rating or your company’s bottom line.

As Six Sigma professionals, it is up to each of us to constantly improve our skills so that we can continue to find new and innovative ways for Six Sigma to bring value to our business.

For me, honing my skills and constantly learning new things is important because being able to make a difference is not just part of my job, it’s personal.

Comments 3

  1. sigmalady

    Do you know of a study guide for taking the Black Belt certification test? Or a good reference book? I have taken the test once and did not pass analyze or control so I need to do those quickly.

  2. Gianna

    iSixSigma e-books has a product available that provides a practice exam and a self check key that can help with exam preparation. The document is entitled "Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Assessment Exam". This approach may help you identify areas that you may need to brush up on before you take the real exam. Once you have pinpointed areas to work on, there is a large selection of books and resources that are available on-line and at book stores to help with preparation. One of the books that I use is entitled "Six Sigma for Greenbelts and Champions" by Gitlow and Levine. It’s fairly easy to understand and contains minitab examples and tips. Hope this helps. Good Luck!

  3. Six Sigma9

    Quality council of Indiana they have a primer to help out with ASQ CSSBB exam.

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