Kathryn McIver


  • Hello,

    The Quality Council of Indiana materials are by far the best materials available; however, the ASQ Green Belt exam is written to: The Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Handbook (<a href=” You…[Read more]

  • I like the idea of coupling the wastes with employee personal goals.

  • Jose, I concur with the voices in this tread; while theoretically possible, I would strongly recommend against missing the information in GB to take BB. Consider this from a leadership standpoint, I imagine that in your new role you will be in the position to oversee employee development and training (in addition to project work), would you really…[Read more]

  • Yes, GB may not be trained to answer detailed or situational questions, so at a minimum the training needs to be taught by a BB. 8 years, 11 months ago

  • To build on what Chris said about internal survey approach, I would include a survey of the team participates and ask questions along the lines of “based on your experience on a LSS project team, are you able to identify areas of application in your current department”, etc. While team members are not technically customers, they are a good source…[Read more]

  • Yes, with that background info, I would agree that a deployment map followed with a VSM is the best approach for this situation.

    A deployment map really is the best tool to isolate hand-offs, it just will not be as helpful to recognize hidden factories.

    I hope this is helpful. 9 years ago

  • Agile and Scrum are the development versions of lean. These disciplines don’t have as strong of a quantitative background as six sigma. However, if you are wanting to go into hardware or networking in IT, the black belt will be fine and approach as either a manufacturing or transactional depending on the organization and scope of the process[Read more]

  • When you talk about Deployment Process Charts are you talking about a swimlane chart that identifies steps and the respective owners of those steps? It sounds like you are looking for a combination of the two maps where you have responsibilities as well as captured data to isolate inefficiencies. Am I correct in understanding what you are needing?…[Read more]

  • Hi!

    My two cents on your questions are:

    1.) Yes, SSGB is a recognized accomplishment and if not directly in process improvement, this certification will help you advance in any project based field.
    2.) As an investment, I would recommend spending the extra money for ASQ certification because of their involvement politically they are…[Read more]

  • I concur with Ali; open the communication and use that as a starting point. There may be hidden factors that are causing the C-suite reluctance to accept the internal project work (e.g., previous unsuccessful implementations). If you support the current project drivers, should you take another direction in the project, the foundation will be laid…[Read more]

  • Idris,

    I concur with Chris that Green Belt traditionally have about 80 hours of didactic learning. I know that that ASQ SSGB does not require project work, but if you have had structured project work that will decrease the amount of time you will need to study, because the concepts will have been reinforced with application.

    You will need…[Read more]

  • Kathryn McIver became a registered member 9 years, 2 months ago