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    Tim
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    The concept of 6 sigma ad also of “lean” thinking is new to me. I am production/quality manager for a small steel fabrication shop. Believe it or not I have a strong statistical background (BS. in Research Psychology and a stint with the US Navy as a statistician) and have unknowingly been practicing lean thought for over a decade (i.e., fine tuning the addition of value and subtraction of waste at every possible step of the production process).
    My question is this, as I am currently thinking of trying to migrate from my current job to a better one (and I’m guessing I already know what I am going to hear), will it validate my abilities with potential employers if I am in some way certified within these 2 schools of thought and if so how does an individual go about doing such a thing?
    Thank you very much for your guidance,
    Tim

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    sqe
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    Tim,
    You’re gonna have to do a little searching on your own.  This topic has been discussed many, many times on this forum.  Upper right-hand corner of the page you’ll find a search feature. 
    Good luck.

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    #94598

    DaveG
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    Tim,
    Per SQE’s comments, you can find past posts on this.  Some companies want certified people, or at least experience with a 6S program (DMAIC, champions, charters, project reviews, etc.).  This may mean the hiring company thinks you will swoop in with fairy dust and transform them – scary that some executives think that!
    On the other hand, you have “walked the walk” – the only thing that really matters.  Consider presenting yourself as someone who has delivered results, with Lean Sigma spin.  I got ASQ SSBB certified to “authenticate” my skills, experience and accomplishments – it helped some, and certainly didn’t hurt.  My total investment was less than $1000.  High-priced training is NOT essential.
    wood95ATcox.net if you want to go offline.

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