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    Deka
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    Hi all,
     I was wondering if amyone has ever devoelped a test to get a sense of a persons potential ability for Six Sigma BB training. How do you all find the hidden diamonds of talent?

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    #174886

    Deka
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    Sorry. left a ‘T’ out of the title..Potential BB Test

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    #174973

    Sorour
    Participant

    Some organisations use aptitude tests in such subjects as verbal reasoning, maths and logic although I have found that this does not necessarily highlight the best candidates.
    Ideally it should be someone who has a high aptitude for the above, has good project management skills, who has experience dealing with people and influencing, experience in managing change and who is seen by the executive of the function as being a potential future leader within the organisation.

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    #174974

    Deka
    Participant

    Paul,
    whats your email..Iwould like to send you a sample test for review

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    #174975

    Roger Ellis
    Member

    In my experience as a Master Black Belt, the best indicator is how people perform during Green Belt training and project work.  By the time I have trained and mentored a person through Green Belt certification, I have a very good sense of their aptitude for more advanced statistical work, their ability to plan and execute a project, and their business savvy.  Regards,  Roger Ellis PMP

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    #174976

    pharmaLSS
    Participant

    there was an interesting article in the May/June iSixSigma magazine titled “Right Brain/Wrong Brain” that gives some pointers on how to identify candidates with a process improvement mindset.

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    #175035

    Jonathon Andell
    Participant

    I tend to seek personality characteristics: work ethic, willing to take risks, credibility among peers, willing to learn, etc. Just about anybody – and I do mean anybody – can learn the tools if they are inclined to do so. What we need to do is find people who in fact have said inclinations.

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    #175046

    Michael Mead
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    The characteristics you’ve listed are all worthwhile and probably can be learned. What can’t be learned is critical thinking ability. Some people can dunk a basketball, some can’t.
    Regardless of the education and training, for process improvement, an ability to characterize, analyze, and synthesize information makes the job easier. I would not say that someone can automatically “think outside the box”, rather it gives tham a much bigger box and more toys bring into the box and play with. 
    I do agree with the “inclination” part of your list. Maybe it is related to the above, a willingness to learn and apply new concepts.

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    #175049

    Jonathon Andell
    Participant

    I never would call aptitude unimportant. Still, I have met few possessing the inclination yet lacking in aptitude. On the other hand, vice versa appears to be abundant…

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    #175062

    Ron
    Member

    Testing has never been a successful method to determine the retention of  a body og knowledge. This method was developed for short term data retention and has been unsuccesfully used in many applications.
    To determine potential GB’s or BB’s you look to those inyour industry that have a demonstrated ability to complete projects. I have seen a listing of “traits of a BB” and the most pronounced traits are 1) Great Interpersonal Skills”, 2)Internal Drive, 3)A Drive to continually improve.
    All of the mathematics normally associated with BB’s are of very low importance compared to the one’s higlighted above.
    Don’t think tests think observations.

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    #175067

    Deka
    Participant

    Ron,
    Thank you. Your response is to the point, professional, and free of the normal biting comments I find in the forum.
    As a long time fly on the wall in here and recent poster, I have found a surprising amount of comments that would chase people away, and a lack of professional encouragement and mentoring.
     
    So, again, Ron, thanks for well round remarks.

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