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DColvin

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  • #119918

    DColvin
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    Although I feel a degreeΒ isΒ extremely importantΒ (advanced degree even better) when I am evaluating whether or not to hire BB candidates.Β  However, much of it depends on the industry.Β  I previously worked in manufacturing and many of the “sharp” workers on the floor were successful BB’s.Β  Much of this was due to a strong knowledge of the process and related problems that they were experiencing.
    I now work in the financial services industry and would have a tough time imaging someone without a degree being able to successfully complete many of the projects that would be required.
    Just a thought…
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    #114361

    DColvin
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    I’m in PHX now.Β  I’m an MBB at American Express.Β  Drop me a line at [email protected]

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    #114328

    DColvin
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    The CIA is currently using Six Sigma and has some training/reference Β materials dealing with policies and procedures.Β  I will post here if I can find the name of the materials.
    P.S. Heebeegeebee…are you in Tucson??

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    #107444

    DColvin
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    There are quite a few more companies currently using Six Sigma.Β  A few off the top of my head are: American Express, Phelps-Dodge, Bank of America, Deloitte Consulting, Price Waterhouse Coopers…

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    #88485

    DColvin
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    Bombardier Aerospace
    We can only hope that things begin to change….

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    #88482

    DColvin
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    My company (Aerospace) pays a Black Belt the same amount that they were making before they began the position.Β  Experience, education, and performance are not considered.Β  We have Black Belts earning anywhere from the mid $40’s to the upper $80’s.Β  The dollars saved or processes improved are not taken into consideration.Β  Needless to say the turnover at my company is extremely high and this is NOT a method I recommend.

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    #88448

    DColvin
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    If you are reducing obsolete/excess inventory and receive credit back from a the original supplier or a resaler, the credit amount should be used.Β  If it is inventory that has not yet arrived on site (cost avoidance), then you should use carrying costs (including cost of capital).Β  Your cost of capital should be whatever your company (on average is earning on it’s investments).Β  These investments are generally projects that they are contemplating, but could also include their stock portfolio, etc.Β  In addition you should consider the other carrying costs including (devaluation of inventory, costs of cycle counts, storage space, ‘shrinkage’, etc.)
    *I did a similar project and calculated the savings received in credit from the vendor or resalers.Β  When cash is critical, this may be a priority metric for your company.

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    #87007

    DColvin
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    There should be a lot of potential by the time he gets out of school.Β  There is currently a large surplus of people in this industry, but this should change in the next 5-10 years.Β  We are expecting retirements as well as an influx of orders as the economy begins to rebound.
    He may try to be less focused.Β  A majority of the Engineers at my company are Mechanical Engineers, Industrial Engineers, and Electrical Engineers.Β  One of these may open up more options for him (including Aerospace).Β  However, if this is truly his passion, then maybe he should go for it.

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    #87003

    DColvin
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    Heebeejeebee:
    I am not sure if you are serious or not, but if you are then you definitely DON’T know who I am.Β  I come from a ‘white collar’ background and have never worked on aircraft.Β  Why would you question the legitimacy of the savings?
    Are you concerned it diminishes your own savings?Β  I would be more than happy to compare our backgrounds as well as project legitimacy.
    If you are familiar with my company, you will know that there is absolutely no incentive for inflated savings.Β  There is no bonus or recogniton plan in place….

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    #86996

    DColvin
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    Heebeegeebee:
    You must be a former empoyee of BOM….does your name start with ‘D’?Β  I would imagine that they may fall off of the Fortune 500 list in the ST…..

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    #86993

    DColvin
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    Hi Tuanman,
    I’m not sure exactly what you mean byΒ a final report.Β  Are you talking about a summary of the projects, or certification requirements, etc.?
    In response to your other question, I achieved large dollar savings primarily with inventory related projects.Β  We are a large company 75,000+ employees, with more than 30,000 in this (Aerospace) division.
    The majority of these savings came from the reduction of inventory.Β  This included: vendor relations, inventory reduction, improved MRP systems, etc.

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    #86920

    DColvin
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    I would also recommend Quality of America Sample.Β  You can also purchase a dsik with over 1000 questions from Quality Council of Indiana.Β  I think ASQ also has a practice exam/questions.
    I think it is a good idea to get outside certification as well.Β  Although bottom line results are very important, those savings are often a result of low hanging fruit and the BB that completed the project is essentially incompetent when it comes to knowledge of the Six Sigma process as well asΒ tools available.
    I was certified through my company (Fortune 500 company) as well as obtained certification through ASQ.Β  For those interested in bottom line results…I was the Six Sigma savings leader with FY 2003 savings of approximately $5 million.

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    #86814

    DColvin
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    ASQ certification is an added bonus.Β  I would be amazed if someone off the street or with only a Green Belt level of knowledge could pass the test.
    It would be nice to get some sort of a standardization in Six Sigma.Β  There areΒ a lot of BB out there.Β  It is growing rapidly.Β  Many of those Black Belts are not qualified, but have only gone through short courses.Β  This diminishes the value of Black Belt certification.
    Six Sigma Recruiters I have talked to see ASQ certification as a bonus.Β  It is preferible to be certified by your company as well as the ASQ certification.Β  Although it is rarely a necessity it can only help.Β  There is little way to tell if the knowledge learned can be applied on the job, however, it is a helpful indicator.
    There is no guarantee that a graduate from an Ivy league school will be successful, but it is also a great indicator.Β  My vote is to obtain ASQ certification in addition to your company certification.Β  Hopefully someday we can standardize the certification such as accounting has done with the CPA or Finance with the CFA.

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    #86741

    DColvin
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    I would be willing to help if there are any questions I could answer or information I could supply.
    I am a Black Belt working in the Aerospace industry.Β  We manufacture the jets.
    My e-mail address is: [email protected]
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    #86425

    DColvin
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    Incentives are an important part of successful organizations.Β  There may be no ‘one’ particular incentive program that can satisfy every employee, but there are mutual incentives that we all seek.
    I agree that fair compensation is more important than bonuses.Β  This allows you from the beginning to feel appreciated and perform to the level expected.Β  Ther is no doubt that our base desires must be fulfilled: need for shelter, the need to satisfy hunger, the need for love, however, once these baser desires are satisfied we continue to search for greater satisfaction.
    There was mention that ‘line workers’ were not incentivized.Β  I agree that there is probabl some restructuring that should take place in most organizations.Β  Most bonuses are there for that extra motivation to work harder and go beyond the expected ‘norm’.Β  Most employees working on the line are hourly.Β  Hourly employees are paid overtime (generally time and a half, sometimes double time) for putting in extra work.Β  Although it may not take into account the quality of work it is an incentive form of compensation for the extra effort that is dedicated to the job.
    Most BB are salaried and do not receive overtime.Β  These bonuses serve as an incentive for the BB to put in the extra time or effort required to exceed any established goals.Β  Although the ideal would be for the employee to be motivated by self satisfaction, this is not always the case.
    Nearly every company uses commissions for their sales teams.Β  These have proven to be effective motivators for most companies.Β  In fact you will find that the greatest performers are often the most supportive of the commission based structure.
    Very few of us would work for free.Β  Most of us are working to better our quality of life.Β  In the US that increase in the qualiy of life is often related to making more money rather than more time off, etc.Β  As long as that is held as the primary motivating factor for the work we do, bonuses will always be an integral part of the most successful company incentive plans.

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    #84969

    DColvin
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    I would guess you are looking at approximately the same level of salary (unless you live in a city with an inflated cost of living).Β  Your current salary is in the range of a salary an experienced or certified Black Belt might earn.Β 
    Don’t be surprised to start off with a salary up to $15K lower than what you are currently earning.

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    #84866

    DColvin
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    I have been looking at getting a grop together to network, exchange ideas, benchmark, etc.Β  I am in Arizona and had started this initiative with people from the area.Β  It would be nice to open it up to a broader audience.Β  The company I work for has 80,000 employees around the world and I could probably bring some of them in on a networking group.
    Any ideas on how to best go about this?
    I can be reached at [email protected]

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    #84785

    DColvin
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    I am not positive but I believe they are a ‘for-profit’ company.Β  You are welcome to e-mail me directly if you have any more questions, etc.Β  My e-mail address is: [email protected]Β or
    [email protected]

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    #84784

    DColvin
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    I would agree with ASQ being the most widely recognized.Β  We have a number of Black Belts at our compnay studying for this exam although we also offer in-house certification.Β  I think it helps to strenghten your own company certification, especially if it is not one of the larger well known companies.Β  …of course this must always be combined with accomplishments……

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    #84782

    DColvin
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    Talk to Quality Council of Indiana.Β  The Black Belts I work with purchase a CD for $60.Β  IT has a list of over 100 questions.Β  You can identify one specific area, practice exams, or how many questions from each area.Β  It then identifies with a histogram your strengths and weaknesses as well as how much time you took per question.Β  Finally it give an individual and cumulative score.Β  It is meant as a preparation to pass the ASQ Black Belt Exam.

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    #84781

    DColvin
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    Exellent points….. I just finished completing a project similar to this.Β  We identified excess/obsolete inventory and returned those items possible to the vendor.Β  Other items were transferred (sold)Β to a Sister company for use or sold for scrap.
    We began by identifying any items that were inactive for at least 12 months.Β  Also those items with short lead times that had a surplus.Β  In addition we knew of items that we no longer needed and identified them for sale.
    Good luck with your project.Β  Please feel free to post a response with any questions, etc.

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    #84780

    DColvin
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    So do a number of government agancies such as the CIA….

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    #83528

    DColvin
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    Billybob,
    It’s unforunate that they didn’t get a qualified BB (if that’s the case). Unfortunately at almost all companies and all positions there are some politics involved.
    That doesn’t undermine the fact theat the majority of BB are chosen based on leadership qualities, educations, etc. At my company as well as number of others I am aware of they only let in “hypos” or rather those individuals that they feel are Sr. Management potential (which may also be the case with your “golden boy”).

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    #83501

    DColvin
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    Not sure exactly what you need them for but the Quality Council of Indiana sells a CD with 1000 test questions for about $60-$70.Β  Hope this helps…..

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    #81072

    DColvin
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    I would definitely agree with the fact that good communication, project managment and people skills are some of the most important.Β  Statistcal tools are generally easier to learn than managment or communication skills.Β  The majority of statistical tools can be implemented with the use of a reference book or the help of another BB or MBB.Β  Of course, analytical ability is important, however, if you don’t possess this ability whatsoever….you probably shouldn’t be in this field!

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