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  • #26972

    Reade
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    I have just completed one week of Black Belt Training. It was very good, however, I was not prepared for the heavy focus on statistics. I am wondering what opportunities are out there for black belts? Do companies offer recognition to black belts? How long has a typical project taken and what king of investment (both time and money), did it take to achieve the desired result. Looking to hear from other black belts to let me know what I am in for???

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    #65581

    william wang
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    Usually a blackbelt need to be trained for three to four weeks. The typical training cost is USD30,000. The ROI vary very much. You need to finish a project and gain finiancial befints (some company say no less than $ 100,00 or $ 200,000) before you are certified.
    Computer programs like Minitab makes statistics easyier than before. But ADMINISTRATION people should get different training from ENG/MFG/QA. AlliSignal/Honeywell did so.

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    #65587

    ellzey
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    I work with a recruitment firm that specializes in placement of Six Sigma Black Belts, so I know that there are lots of opportunities out there for Black Belts in particular, and people with a strong statistics background in general. Many of our Quality positions – Director of Quality, Director of Continuous Improvement, etc. – look for people with a background in Quality and strong statistical skills. Even in positions where Black Belt or MBB is not required by the company as a “must have,” more and more I’m getting requests for six sigma skills as a “should have” or a “plus.” Hang in there! I think the Black Belt training will pay off!

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    #65592

    Patrick Waddick
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    Statistics are an important piece of Six Sigma, because you have to possess good, sound metrics on the projects you are working on. If you are having difficulty with grasping some of the statistical concepts, seek someone out who can get you the help you need. What is indispensable and difficult to learn is the people skills and change agent skills that are vital toward bringing a project to completion. The average DMAIC project runs anywhere from 2-6 months, with an expectation of $200-250K annual net income savings.

    Progressive companies who value the skills of a successful Black Belt should have bonuses tied to the projects annual savings as well as non-monetary recognition.

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    #65633

    Saherngu
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    No doubt you are still reeling from the first week of Blackbelt training. I remember that week well. As a former Allied Signal employee, I can tell you that the benefits of completing your training are well worth the effort. Even if you are not rewarded financially, the satisfaction of completing the training and working toward the certification is an unforgettable experience. The long term benefits, in terms of future promotions and etc… are the greatest reward! Good Luck! Get the stats down or you’ll struggle for Certification.

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