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    Tim Wright
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    I recently accepted a position with a company that has not yet established a Six Sigma program within the organization.  I am a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and was hired with the intent that I would develop a Six Sigma strategy for the company.  The company is primarily involved in manufacturing and has approximately 1,800 employees located at 7 plants.  I have noticed that a number of companies have “home grown” Six Sigma programs.  If I created a training plan and subsequently taught the DMAIC strategy to key people within the organization who then completed Black Belt projects using the Six Sigma statistical tool set could the company certify participating team members as Green Belts and Black Belts once they had demonstrated a defined level of competency? 

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    #95995

    Schuette
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    You can do whatever you want – whose permission are you asking?  If you certify internally, that may be useful for company HR purposes, but probably not be recognised outside of your small company.  Unless your customers demand a recognized certification, who cares?
    If I was starting a SS program, I would never certify anyone – just teach and use the tools, and recognize projects and project leaders for results.  Counting certs and projects completed is the wrong way to measure sucess. 

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    #96033

    Hemanth
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    Yes.

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    #96035

    Tim Wright
    Member

    Are there standards for the skill set that one should master in order to attain certification at the various Six Sigma competency levels (Green Belt, Black Belt and Master Black Belt)?  If so is there a particular organization that has established these standards?

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    #96739

    af
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    Tim,
    I am in the same boat. I am starting a program from scratch and have to plan the strategy. I do not know if I would agree with Jim’s answer. I would take a broader look at the corporate culture.
    Who might care besides “external” customers? Well maybe the internal customers that are either the employees spending the time using the tools (they may see it as a reward) and the senior managers that are giving resources to the program. I agree with Jim that there is a better way to measure the program, but even the productivity savings you are going to claim on each project is going to be subjective and lack a clear measure.
    Jim, do you have a better way of measuring the success of the program or rewarding the internal resources that will be taking this leap of faith into SS?AF

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    #96741

    Vera
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    There are no set standards that I know of for this certification levels. I think ASQ is trying to fill that void by offering a BOK and  certifications. But many many BB (including myself) obtained our “certifications” through either consultants, or in-house programs.
    I am also trying to establish a 6 sigma program for my company. We have a VP going through the BB program right (using a consultant, by the way) and I am planning to conduct GB traning for a few high potential employees. However, I don’t plan to “certify” anybody; I don’t see how a cert issued by “me” can add value anywhere else other than in our company.
     

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    #96745

    howe
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    Vera,
    Certification in our company implies:
    BB:  Completion of 2 DMAIC projects, test, and 3 weeks of DMAIC training, within a 12 month window
    GB: Completion of 1 DMAIC class, test and 3.5 day DMAIC traning, within a 12 month window
    MBB: We don’t certify MBBs, but we do recognize the additional skills
     Certification although nice, should not drive your BBs.  Impact for the business and movement of needles that are important to the customer is what justifies a six sigma program.  At the end of the day, those who care about certification are those intimately involved with quality.  To most people, if you were selected for the program, and worked through it, you became a BB, GB, or MBB.  But since certification is important to some, your certification process should give the people the opportunity to demonstrate the skills be it through the projects, through a test, or through the training.
    Mike

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    #96746

    lin
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    All of the above is good, and it is important to note that there really are no standards so that you will not overly constrain yourself.  I would recommend that you read the ASQ.org body of knowledge for six sigma as it is the most complete I have seen and it is the result of input from a wide spectrum of the quality community.

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    #96757

    Carr
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    We have an in house program for GB and BB.
    GB – Goes through 3 day course DMAIC , Basic Minitab and must have a succeful project. The projects run for three months and after that they take an exam! To get the employees full participation, we offer incentives for passing the exam $150.00 per month for a year per employee who passes the exam 80%
     
    BB – Goes throught continous training for almost 3 months on DOE, Linear Regresstion, SPC, FMEA, Advanced Statitstics….. ………. and must finish 3 projects… the compensation is $250.00 per month for a year…..
     
    I think having something in return for the employess boosts morale and they tend to be more serious in their projects!
     
     

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    #96769

    Patrick
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    We are currently in the midst of the same type effort at my company.  We are a telecommunications company, so some of the manufacturing specific tools and issues don’t apply to us, but we struggled with the same questions about certification.
    We use a consultant to provide 6 days of GB training, and require each GB to complete at least 1 project within the first year.  Projects are 3-6 month efforts, with 3 months being the norm and 6 the exception.  BB’s go through an additional 10 days of intense classroom type training as well as Minitab training, and must have finished 2 projects as a GB to qualify for the additional training.
    We do not “certify” these individuals, but they are held in high esteem within the company and are recognized for their efforts by the executives.  We focus on the results; not number of projects or number of certifications.
    We do, however, make information available to our SS participants on certifications, such as those offered by ASQ, so that they may pursue those if they wish.  If their management desires that type of certification we assist them in preparation.
    I would call our SS program one of the “home grown” ones like you refer to.  I expect we will “mature” over time and place a little more emphasis on certifications (even if only internal), but hope that never becomes our focus.

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    #96792

    comoss
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    Vera,
    It’s amazing to find your co. VP going through BB training.
    This is such a rare case for a person already at that level finding TIME and INTEREST. Is he attending a full time program?
    Was he GB earlier, a six sigma practitioner?
    What is the co. if you do not mind?
    Regards,
     
    comoss

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    #96805

    Vera
    Member

    Our company is Florida Heat Pump manufacturing. We build heat pumps for residential and commercial markets. The VP of Manufacturing is actually attending a full-blow BB program, including a test and a complete project to obtain certification. The program consists of 15 sessions total. 
    Before this training he was not aware of 6 Sigma, but had recently been trained on the basics of Lean.
    He is showing a lot of interest and we are hoping he and I can help spread “the gospel” of 6 Sigma in the company!

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    #96807

    Mikel
    Member

    Where is the President and CEO in this whole thing?

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    #96808

    Vera
    Member

    He is undergoing a slow transformation from non-believer to believer…

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    #96817

    mman
    Participant

    I’m really confused.Can you please explain to me the diffirence between lean and SS ,just in few words.thanks.
                                                                                           MMAN

    I’m really conf

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    #96820

    melvin
    Participant

    Here’s a really good article:
    https://www.isixsigma.com/library/content/c030721a.asp
    There’s also an expert article at:
    https://www.isixsigma.com/ask/
    Bob

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    #96821

    mman
    Participant

    Thank You Bob.Great articles.kind regards.MMAN

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