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    Al andaluz
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    I’m a Black Belt, I succesfully completed 10 projects, and
    my company wants that I become a Master Black Belt.I would appreciate any suggestions regarding MBB
    certification programs, and institutions that offer MBB
    Certification. What are the typical requirements to become MBB?Thank you in advance for your input and suggestions.Best Regards,
    Al

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    #84523

    NK
    Participant

    Hi
    MBB is a leadership role in Six Sigma. The scope of the projects will be more as compared to Black Belts , will require more change Acceleration process apart from use of any advanced tools, requires more people skills apart from tecnical skills so iguess u have to prove it where u work.
    NK

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    #84525

    Sam K
    Member

    We are going through the same thing at our firm.  We are looking to transition our Central Black Belts to Master Black Belts.  As I’m sure you know already, there is no single standard for what makes a Master Black Belt.  It seems that most are given the title based upon internal certification criteria.We’re in the process of determining what our criteria will be.  So far we’ve done a lot of web research.  We’d be happy to compare notes with all who are interested – as we progress.

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    #84528

    Charles H
    Participant

    SInce this is on topic, Air Academy Associates offers an MBB /Train the Trainer certification course:  http://www.airacad.com

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    #84532

    Sam K
    Member

    Thanks.  I contacted Air Academy.
    However, I’m really looking to learn more about firm specific MBB certifcation criteria.
    What does it take to become a MBB at XYZ Corp?
    Do you need to complete a certain number of projects?  Achieve $X in savings?
    Mentor a specific number of BBs?  GBs?
    Training – Completed DFSS?  Be able to run training courses?
    Score a certain level on a BB skills assessment?
    Thanks, Sam

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    #84535

    Charles H
    Participant

    1.  Do you need to complete a certain number of projects?  Achieve $X in savings?
    Typically yes. Due to the to learn-through-application approach and the dollar requirements associated with most BB projects. And it will differ from company to company.  However, I’ve seen those who try to take their “shining stars” from the BB training and go for Master after completing one project.  I would not recommend this.  First efforts and projects often focus on the lower hanging fruit and the “Just Fix It” issues and don’t allow for much in the application of DOE and the more advanced tools.  A Master should know the tools without fail – not only through class and the catapult, but applied in several projects.  I would use knowledge and application as the criteria.  I would not recommend a system of “Complete X number of projects and save a gazillion dollars and you’ll be our next MBB.”  There is much more required.
    2.  Mentor a specific number of BBs?  GBs?
    Mentor GBs most definitely.  The BBs should be left to the MBBs if you follow the hierarchy.  I would have the MBB progressively mentor the BBs in their GB training and development.  Those who show promise can be mentored and trained further in preparation to become a MBB.  This requires a close working and mentoring relationship between the BBs and MBBs.
    3. Training – Completed DFSS?  Be able to run training courses?
    It wouldn’t hurt, at least to be familiar with it: transfer functions, Monte Carlo simulation, parameter and tolerance design are important to understand.  Remember that when you hit the barrier of diminishing returns with DMAIC, the avenue to further improvement is through reengineering and DFSS.
    They most definitely must know how to run an effective presentation and training session and be able to deliver to diverse audiences.  Presentation skills are a must.  Being able to gauge an audience and present accordingly is crucial.
    4.  Score a certain level on a BB skills assessment?
    I would test them for both knowledge and application.  This can be done by the MBB / mentor on a consistent basis throughout their development.  If properly mentored through their development, there will be no surprises.
    In addition to the presentation skills requirement, they need outstanding project management and leadership skills (with a good knowledge of critical path).  They must understand the differences between the team leader and the team facilitator roles, be able to switch between them with ease and comfort and know when to use which.  Depending on your organization, they will need to feel comfortable working with senior management and executives as well as shop floor supervisors and operators.  Understanding how to get through the early stages of team work, identifying and eliminating barriers (in conjunction with the Champion) and moving the team(s) forward are critical skills.
    A good dose of marketing savvy wouldn’t hurt, either, as part of their job is selling the “sizzle” along with the “steak” of Lean and Six Sigma.  Knowing how to do the “political two-step” (sorry, but it does get that way and they need to be able to deal with it) and knowing how to avoid the “land mines” within the organization are also necessary.

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    #84806

    Ricardo Rendón
    Member

    Hi, I strongly recomend you the SigmaPro MBB Certification, I´m a MBB in a Mexican Company and I was trainned by Dr.Douglas Mader he is very good and have a strong background in statistics and six sigma deployment.
    Regards
    RR
     

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