Economic uncertainty is making the success of a company’s Six Sigma program more crucial than ever before. It also means companies need to be more vigilant with their Six Sigma training dollars.
Leaders need to evaluate current methods of delivery carefully to ensure that employees are adequately trained to take on the challenges of their role in improving their organization’s processes.
This iSixSigma Magazine research report, based on survey data from more than 650 business professionals around the world, explores various training options and what is needed in order to obtain the best possible results from a Six Sigma program.
The survey looked at what training Six Sigma professionals have received, and specifically, how they were trained – whether in a classroom setting, online or both, as well as whether they were trained by internal resources (company employees or materials developed by company employees) or external resources (outside trainer or materials developed by outside resources).
Working internally or with consultants to design a Six Sigma training program specific for an industry or company can be an expensive and time-consuming undertaking. In spite of the additional resources involved, however, many Six Sigma professionals believe such training is worthwhile.
For this study, adequacy of training was measured against the body of knowledge that Yellow Belts, Green Belts, Black Belts and Champions are expected to have mastered, as determined by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).
Survey Methodology: iSixSigma Magazine designed the survey to measure the perceived effectiveness of current Six Sigma training methods and to monitor important trends influencing decisions regarding Six Sigma training. Business professionals were invited by email to participate in the survey.
Additionally, visitors to iSixSigma.com and members of the iSixSigma Network on LinkedIn also were offered the opportunity to participate. A total of 660 respondents completed the survey adequately. Some totals in the results do not add to 100 percent because of rounding and survey questions that allowed more than one response.