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Why Six Sigma Black Belts Make Better Leaders

A survey by iSixSigma Magazine of more than 1,300 business professionals whose companies are using Six Sigma revealed that leadership development programs which involve Six Sigma training are six times more likely to be called “highly successful” than those without. Many of these leadership development programs involve a Black Belt track for future leaders. Thus,…

Fitting the Right Belts for Design for Lean Six Sigma

Every Lean Six Sigma deployment leader must eventually confront the critical decision of how the various Belt roles should be allocated and deployed throughout the organization. Lean Six Sigma has existed for more than 10 years now in a variety of manufacturing, service and distribution environments, and through trial and error fairly standard niches have…

Black Belt as Mobilizer: Key to Six Sigma Effectiveness

How does a company measure the effectiveness of a Six Sigma program? Common metrics include: time to the break-even point for the program, project completion rate, total and average financial value of completed Six Sigma projects, and average project completion time. The common element in all these metrics is that they rely on the effectiveness…

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Overcoming the Challenges to Project Realization

Black Belt project would end with a concise set of action items being turned over to the transition owner who would then swiftly implement them and achieve the desired results. But for many Six Sigma practitioners in transactional environments, simply handing off the project does not guarantee that the gains will be realized. Even in…

Establishing Criteria for Black Belt Candidate Selection

It is widely recognized that a number of factors are important in achieving successful Six Sigma Black Belt projects. In particular: Leadership support Project selection Black Belt candidate selection Much has been written about leadership support and project selection, not as much on candidate selection. Many Six Sigma companies would benefit from knowing more about…

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Guidelines and Matrices for Picking Six Sigma Candidates

Green Belt and Black Belt candidate selection is a critical step in ensuring that a Six Sigma program provides the benefits intended. Overlooking the importance of this step can lead to slow progress and incomplete results. Finding Green Belt candidates with the right traits is a proven method for kick-starting a Six Sigma program. This…

Black Belts Can Help Allay Panic from Sarbanes-Oxley

Magda, the Master Black Belt at a manufacturing plant in the Midwest, was sitting in her office one day in April 2005, when the plant accountant and her good friend, Jeff, burst into her office crying, “They’re going to throw me in jail!” “Calm down, Jeff,” she said. “What’s going on.” Jeff blurted out, “Our…

Ways to Shorten the Trip Through the ‘Valley of Despair’

A predictable pattern in the life of a European Black Belt project pertains to the morale of the Black Belt as project leader. It highlights the importance of the sponsor’s role in the success of any breakthrough improvement effort. Knowing the emotional ups and downs a Black Belt will face during a typical project helps…

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