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  • #54835

    JJ
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    Hello all
    Believe it or not and you probably wont as we go on, but i’m a certified BB. I gained my certification 20 years ago when six sigma was all new. The job sent me on a few courses and with plenty of capable help around me i managed to successfully complete a couple of projects …one of which helped me attain my certification. I have no third level schooling and was terrible at maths in school.
    Heres my problem i’ve somehow managed to scrape into a job that i’m actually enjoying BUT there are some projects that need to be done and The BB on the CV is being called into service. I’d love to get going on it again but i need help and one can assume no level of knowledge in my case. To be totally honest there are yellow belts who would be much more competent than me ….but i do have a desire to put this right and try to relearn without forgetting. I’ll need help with specific cases and problems. For obvious reasons i want to remain completely anonymous which frees me up to fully admit my stupidity…….Can you help or should i go ? :-)
    JJ

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    #197366

    Dominador “Domi” Tomate
    Guest

    Been there and the best way to get through this is to get your hands dirty and observe the processes “gensei gembetsu”, take copious notes, interview rank and file and report findings as a one man team. The LSS Kaizen event process of past that requires a team of experts from several divisions sitting in drawn-out meetings has disappeared. I’ve learned to “just do it” and “get er done” from a me, myself and I view point. So far, my findings have not been challenged and I’m able to effect positive changes.

    Not saying that this is what you should do. Just sayin’ is that this is working for me.

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    #197372

    Robert Butler
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    I’m not trying to be mean spirited or offensive but your post gives the impression that you have no memory of the methods or the mathematics needed for the job and that you want to post your work on this site in the hopes that one or more of us will do the work for you. If that really is what you mean then I suppose there might be someone willing to do this for you but I rather doubt it.

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    #197375

    KungFu Girl
    Guest

    @Yikes2014, it sounds like you once knew how to use Six Sigma tools, and you really have a desire to put them to use once again but just feel very rusty. I would recommend not trying to “fake” it, because that may prove to be embarrassing down the road when your results may not be up to par. I do think that with a little refresher training you may be able to bring yourself up to speed though. Try out some online training, or buy some books on the subject and brush up on your skills! goleansixsigma.com has some great free yellow belt training that is really valuable. Don’t be afraid to ask for help either…you mentioned there are some Yellow Belts around you that seem to be competent. Be honest with them and recruit their help. Be willing to get help, and work on learning, and I think you’ll be fine.

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    #197377

    Demetrios Venetis
    Participant

    Dear Yikes,

    Prescription without Diagnosis is Malpractice. I say this because I have a lot of recommendations, but I do not want to send you down the wrong rabbit hole, and waste your time. It appears that time is a scarce resource for you.

    Connect with a Lean Six Sigma Coach (outside of your organization to keep confidentiality) and work with them one on one, to create a unique game plan designed for you to accelerate your personal development, and assure a successful project.

    Cheers,
    Demetri

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    #197380

    Wish I had that problem, I am in an organization that has no practitioners besides myself. Lone wolf so to speak. email me at [email protected] I will help if possible.

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    #197383

    Darrell Hamilton
    Participant

    Hi JJ,

    I’m also new to this forum like yourself. If it’s assistance with “LEAN” methology and practices well I can certainly try and assist you with that. If it’s Six Sigma methology you’re needing then that’s something I can’t assist you with as I’m learning myself.

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    #197385

    Samantha Higgins
    Participant

    One tool that helps me a lot is the Rath and Strongs Six Sigma Pocket Guide.
    It walks through how and when to use the tools typically covered in a Green Belt Class, and can guide you in a lot of ways.
    Also, going Gemba – getting into the day to day operations of whatever the project you are on – is essential. This site is a great tool as well. Good luck and reach out with questions!

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    #197401

    Janis
    Guest

    Been there too! In addition to learning by walking around and asking questions, I also became very good friends with two books: Six Sigma for Dummies (Gygi, DeCarlo & Williams) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Statistics (Donnelley). They are both well-thumbed. I also stumbled across a guy named Jay Arthur who wrote “The Small Business Guerrilla Guide to Six Sigma,” and “The 4-Hour Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.” The first one, in particular, has been marked, noted and thumbed so much I need a new copy. Good luck!

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    #197402

    Shabana Wollin
    Participant

    I would approach this as a great opportunity for you to take full advantage of and do not fear. It is very common to experience anxiety. isixsigma has a lot of great tools and resources to brush up your knowledge. But, only you know about your industry & company. Hence, leverage that knowledge. Try to start with the basics, understand what problem your company is trying to solve and if it is an ideal candidate for 6sigma. On YouTube you will find lots of great videos on the basic approaches and Google search also yields some good results. Good luck & Best Wishes!

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    #197565

    MJ
    Participant

    As someone brand new to Lean Six Sigma, I am going to be taking the free Yellow Belt training from GoLeanSixSigma.com. They offer a Yellow Belt certification test for $49, but I know that is probably not as widely recognized/respected as the 3rd party certification from IASSC. I’m wondering if anyone has taken the free training from GoLean and used that knowledge to pass the $195 certification test from IASSC, or if I would need additional training to pass that one. I’m on a tight budget, and looking for suggestions. Thanks in advance –

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    #197566

    William LaFollette
    Participant

    MJ

    First start with the positive – Any training / education in six sigma is great!

    Now the commentary –
    1. While I have never done business with GoLeansixisgma.com I think the ‘certification’ for $49 is most likely to cover the costs of materials and trainer. And it would be in line with other training programs. I, as well as, many others can send you materials for much less than $49. (Free) and certify you. Although not internationally ‘accredited” still holds almost as much value.
    2. In general a yellow belt certification is a good starting point but really not a highly sought after skill. GB,BB,MBB would be.
    3. Seek training and education to develop skills that tie to career path, objectives you are trying to achieve. Meaning if the job you wants requires yellow belt (I have not seen one) then by all means pursue certifying, if not don’t waste the money.
    A side note I am a big supporter of ASQ certifications and their processes. As the leader in certifications and the most recognized in the field.

    My 2 cents

    Will

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    #197567

    MJ
    Participant

    Thanks for your insights, Will. My thought with the Yellow Belt is that I could show that training/knowledge on my resume almost immediately, and show that I have taken the first step in furthering my skill set. I will be pursuing the Green Belt after that.

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    #197570

    CFB
    Guest

    Forget six sigma for now, focus on a simpler skill set such as GE WorkOut, Simplified Lean, or Theory of Constraints….pick a simple method and seek to develop some ability / successful application there and then replicate and expand your skill set. Try an A3 approach with the 7 quality tools for starters….But drop the LSS approach for now, as you will only expose your ignorance and annoy those around you….

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    #197571

    CFB
    Guest

    And for God’s sake, avoid the vernacular at all costs…drop the Japanese terms and the statistical jargon…speak simply and clearly…match your vocabulary to your understanding of your skill set….

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    #197851

    Vishnubala
    Participant

    Hello everyone !

    Iโ€™m new to this forum.I have been through the six sigma certification in green belt during the last christmas vacation.It’s been a great experience for me on this Six sigma methodology of quality management.Indeed I am really curious to know the way to finish my bb certification and to implement in any industry.I am pursuing my computer science engineering
    in India so what is the key thing for me to enter into this sector of quality control…

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    #197853

    Shelby Jarvis
    Participant

    Many good posts. One of the most important is finding a good coach. While I agree with the various versions of killing the language and keep it simple; do this and get a coach.

    A paper “coach” may also be paralleled but not a replacement for a real coach.

    A few years back, Prentice Hall published a book by Ian Wedgwood. It was titled Lean Sigma A Practitioners Guide. This book has roadmaps for problems commonly found in business. If you choose to go this route, look for problems similar to the 2 you solved years ago. Maybe it will help refresh your memory.

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