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    Ram
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    Hello all,
     
    I am working in IT. new to six sigma. Need your help and want to get certification
    1) what certification is good to start – GB or BB?
    2) My org does not provide either training or certification then which org is good for training and certification
    3) Which book is good for self study
    4) Please give me direction on this
    Thanks for your help
    Ram
     

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    #64399

    MG
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    Hello Ram,
    My response below:
    1) GB is the first step to get certification.
    2) there are many org (in india and abroad) which will give you certification. Please do a google search. (in case i find one, i will give you).
    3) Not exactly sure which is the best book, but one i liked is – six-sigma for software. Otherwise you can find plenty of material on this site / through google.
    –Mukesh

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    #64402

    Ram
    Participant

    Thanks Mukesh,
     
    That means it does not matter whether I do certifiction from ASQ or any org ?
     
    Thanks
    Ram
     

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    #64416

    McD
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    Ram
    There are many organizations that will certify you, and they are quite uneven I’m afraid. What you do with the certification is really what matters.  An insightful employer will ask you about your projects to see to what extent you really embraced the methodology.  When you are looking for employment in Six Sigma, generally the certification will get you the interview, but your past results will get you the job.  So it is best if the certifying organization requires a project or two, and you can find good, meaningful, projects.
    If your intent is to use Six Sigma tools at your present organization, and you have the ability to influence the organization, then getting relevant training is perhaps even more important.
    Not very many organizations provide training in Six Sigma specifically oriented toward software. The basics of Six Sigma, of course, apply to any discipline, but for transactional disciplines in general, and software in particular, it can be difficult to take manufacturing examples and see how they relate.  So if the trainers have good, relevant, examples, you are going to have an easier time understanding how they apply.
    The other problem IT belts have is that the technology behind the software process is really not all that well understood by most practitioners. A person can be a Java or C++ expert, and have very little understanding of the dynamic of the software process.  Some Six Sigma for software trainers expose you to some of this technology, and show how you apply it in your Six Sigma processes. Again, this can be very valuable in helping you get off to a quick start in improving your organization.
    Some of these outfits occasionally have open enrollment classes, but it is relatively unusual.  A more common approach is for a company to hire an organization to train their engineers.  But open enrollment classes do happen, you just may need to be patient to find one in your area (who wants to travel in this day!)
    From what I can tell, Six Sigma Advantage has a leg up in this area, but let me quickly admit that I occasionally train for them, so it is perhaps a little selfish to recommend them.  But there are few choices in the IT area.
    –McD
     

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    #64421

    Ram
    Participant

    McD,
    Send me email at [email protected]
    -Ram

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    #64423

    RB
    Participant

    Ram,
    I would suggest that unless you are in Quality/Testing, it may not be as useful a tool for you.  Just having it next to your name is not enough, you have to use it.
     
    RB

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    #64424

    M Jay
    Participant

    Ram, check out the University courses from accredited bodies (Villinova, Purdue etc…), or if possible – check your surrounding area of employment, and ask which plants or organizations have a succesful Six Sigma program installed, and ask can you partner with them on a IT Project.
    MJS

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    #64426

    McD
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    “I would suggest that unless you are in Quality/Testing, it may not be as useful a tool for you”
    Boy do I disagree with that!  Within the larger I/T context, testing is probably the place with the fewest opportunities (not that there isn’t plenty of hay to be made there)
    As best I can tell, the greatest opportunities are in development.  What happens at the beginning of a project has the greatest impact on life cycle costs, so fixing the up front mistakes tends to have the greatest benefit.
    Support is also an area with plenty of opportunity.  Rarely is support well tuned to the need.  Often things are done for historical reasons that waste resources, and badly needed things aren’t done, also usually for historical reasons.
    We can often find ways to test with less effort, or more effectiveness, but this typically doesn’t have the impact of fixing the problem up front.  Not that there isn’t money to be made here, but usually the opportunity isn’t as large, and usually testing isn’t as badly broken as development, either.
    –McD

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    #64436

    GB
    Participant

    RB,
    uh……….NO.
    It doesn’t matter if you are pouring a cup of coffee at Starbucks, or building building the death star…a process is a process is a process.   Six Sigma is applicable in all these areas.

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