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  • #53958

    Scott Sink

    I have had a number of recent dialogues with providers (Villanova and Purdue to be specific) of BB and MBB certifications and was surprised, shocked might be better word, to find the lack of rigor and terribly weak requirements in both programs. Anybody else experiencing this?

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    #192239

    Bill D’Innocenzo

    Dr. Sink,

    I too am shocked by what little it takes for a person to put the letters BB or even more so MBB after their name. I am an advocate of developing a set of industry led standards for certification. I know that Ohio State’s Fisher College Center for Operational Excellence (COE) has drafted BB and GB Certification standards. [link] This is a good start but needs the input and support from industry. Like any standard, these too must stand the scrutiny of those who will benefit from the results they bring, and not tuition dollars alone…meaning COE alone, like ASQ et al. should not write their own standards to be used to turn out what business should come to expect as valuable assets.

    I’m willing to participate from industry…who else is?

    -Bill

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    #192242

    Patrick Goodrich
    Participant

    With regards to the credibility concerns about the programs at Villanova, the GB & BB programs are solid, in fact they are taught by BB’s & MBB’s who have been at it for more than two decades, who by the way are very active within the industry. The certification exams mirror those of ASQ and in some sense are more difficult.
    I interviewd recently for a consulting position with a prominent group and the Partner I interviewed with was happy to know that I certified through Villanova, and this person was a MBB who has been at for 20 plus years with a ton of industry experience both internal and with consulting firms.

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    #192245

    Patrick Goodrich
    Participant

    Not sure why your asking about the creditibility of an external program, if your not currently working for a company in a role deploying LSS work and would like to, I would encourage you to enroll in a good external program. The belt programs at Villanova do require real world project work demonstrating the technical side, its mandatory. By the time someone enters a MBB program (internal or external) I would certainly think and hope they would have real hands on experience by that point in time, allowing them to hit the road running.

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    #192248

    Doug Von Feldt
    Participant

    I like to use the ASQ model as a starting point for knowledge.

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    #192250

    Gary Cone
    Participant

    I have to agree with the original poster’s concerns.

    I question Mr. Goodrich’s assertions that Villanova’s program is taught by BB and MBB’s that have been at it for over two decades which means they were at it by 1990. That is a very small and select group and I know most of them. None teach at Villanova.

    That’s what is really wrong. All the false claims. If the engagement starts with an exaggeration, do you think it gets better from there?

    Universities writing standards is no answer. What makes anyone think that a bunch of professors really know? Think of your own college education, very few come into the marketplace really knowing what to do. It’s the same with all the extra “education” being promoted these days.

    This stuff is best when regulated by aggressive industries – Motorola in the 80’s, AlliedSignal and GE in the 90’s, ? in the 2000’s. I’ll take any person that can prove they were in a position where change was demanded at any of those companies in those timeframes if they survived in the role for at least two years. It’s guaranteed they are good, their organizations would not let them survive otherwise.

    The problem is the three named companies were once good and are now turning our very poor BB and MBB’s now. The difference? Leadership changed.

    Can someone with a Villanova BB be good? Of course. Motivated people can learn from anywhere. Odds are they are not that good. I’ve interviewed thousands with similar backgrounds.

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    #192266

    Zoltan Minsky
    Member

    I agree completely that motivated people can learn from anywhere. The problem is that folks like Villanova are taking advantage by charging money for a certification that falls far short of common practice among credible Lean Six Sigma deployments. I can’t name a single LSS deployment that would even consider certifying a Black Belt based on 1 simulated “pretend” project. And Villanova does the same thing for Master Black Belt: 1 simulated project to become a MBB. No interaction with the real world required, just some spreadsheets. Really?

    Here’s the actual text of a online conversation with a Villanova rep:

    {Visitor} What are the project requirements for MBB certification?

    {Villanova Rep} A course project will be required in order to complete the Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt class. The projects are pre-made simulations of real-world type projects. A student may choose from one of the four projects: information technology, healthcare, finance or manufacturing.

    {Visitor} So I don’t have to do a ‘real’ project to get my MBB certification?

    {Villanova Rep } A course project will be required in order to complete the Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt class. The projects are pre-made simulations of real-world type projects. A student may choose from one of the four projects: information technology, healthcare, finance or manufacturing.

    {Visitor} Again, I don’t have to submit a portfolio of projects from my current job as a Black Belt?

    {Villanova Rep} You will choose one of the 4 projects provided to you within the class, and that will be your project you will do and turn into your instructor.

    {Visitor} What’s the total length of the Master Black Belt program?

    {Villanova Rep} The class is 12 weeks, about 35-45 hours total for the course.

    This is for Master Black Belt certification. NO PROJECT WORK REQUIRED! And only 35-45 hours or Lean Six Sigma training. The other time are elective courses!

    I’m sure that some bright and capable people have probably taken this program because they didn’t know better. And those folks may support Villanova because it’s in their best interest to do so. But the community should call out this kind of operation. It’s dragging us all down.

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    #192295

    Trish

    I received my certification through Villanova, so naturally, after considerable time, effort and money spent, I have to take issue with remarks like “shocked at the lack of rigor and credibility”, by people who most likely had conversations with reps that don’t have a lot of knowledge. These colleges have contracted with companies that handle recruitment and administrative issues.

    The Villanova program actually uses ASQ’s handbook and practice exam questions, and they tout a 95 % pass rate for students who take both. I understand and appreciate the simulated project concern. The reasons given were the likelihood of using what might be proprietary information, and I’m sure as real projects can tent to drag on, they would find it hard to manage from an administration standpoint. That being said, I can’t imagine anyone hiring someone on a certification alone- ASQ, Villanova, or otherwise. You would need proven experience of project success. As for “company” certification, I live in a city with some large “six sigma” based companies. I have met people with company certifications that were very competent, and some who should probability wear Velcro shoes.

    I found the web-based interactive classes, the recorded lectures and the material to be very comprehensive and well done. The people teaching are well credentialed and knowledgeable. George Eckes is one of the core faculty people, a link to his bio is below, seems pretty experienced even with out Gary knowing him………
    http://www.georgeeckes.com/bio.html

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    #192296

    Gary Cone
    Participant

    @Trish I know of George. I also know he was not involved with Six Sigma 20 years ago. Read your own link, there is no claim of anything prior to 1996. My company was also one of the prime consulting groups to GE in 1996 – we did eight of their equipment businesses, apparently George did some of their transactional stuff.

    If you had the choice, would you rather learn in a company truly transforming itself from people who have experience transforming some of the most notable companies on earth or an on-line course?

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    #192297

    Trish G
    Participant

    I’ve had the good fortune to learn from both. Real world experience certainly trumps, but the certification program online or otherwise can help with a broader understanding and fills in some a number of gaps. Not to mention that many employers are looking for these initials now regardless of one’s experience.

    I’ve made the analogy before (and noticed it in this string as well) that the certification programs are good for knowledge, but can never replace experience, much like a MBA or other degree. You wouldn’t put a 25 year old MBA in a leadership position (or at least most wouldn’t). The certification needs to be taken at face value much as a degree would, understanding that it covers a body of knowledge.

    So I guess my beef isn’t with disagreeing with the limitations of any certification vs. experience. Its with the aspersions such as lack of “creditability or rigor” and “false claims” cast to a certification program that is rather comprehensive and many people WHO HAVE ACTUALLY GONE THROUGH IT found to be quite adequate.

    I do understand that there are a number of “certification mills” out there, but I don’t believe that quality colleges are interested in putting their name and reputation on the line to be one of them.

    And yes Gary, I’m sure those 6 years make all the difference; however George and many of the other members of the facility I encountered were experienced and credentialed and clearly understood what they were talking about.

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    #192299

    Zoltan Minsky
    Member

    Trish,
    First of all, you should recognize that the Villanova program is just a private-labeled offering from Bisk Education, it’s not really delivered by Villanova. As a customer, don’t you think they should have disclosed this relationship? And the Bisk reps are not lacking knowledge, they communicate the option of using a pretend project for certification very clearly because that allows them to sell bundles of training and certification to unemployed people who can’t undertake a real project. If you doubt it, call them and ask.

    More importantly, the whole point of certification is to validate capability. It should MEAN SOMETHING. If certification requires extra experience on top of it to mean something, then the certification itself doesn’t really mean anything at all. You might as well get certified by brain scan for free (www.ississippi.org)and save your money – it has the same value. Villanova certification is sort of like buying new basketball shoes. You look nice on the court until you have to do something, but the new shoes don’t really have anything to do with whether or not you’re a baller. Lots of people who have paid money to Villanova will debate this analogy out of their own self interest, and some of them are probably very capable in spite of the low certification hurdle, but ask the people who do the hiring or clean up the messes afterwards – they have the opinions that matter. My 2 cents.

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    #192300

    Gary Cone
    Participant

    @Trish Peace, I think we are basically in agreement.

    And I have no idea if 6 years makes a difference, I just disagreed with the original assertion of over 20 years. I still do.

    Your link was interesting too. On the biography page it said 1996, on the company page it says 1995. Odd that they don’t have engineers, scientists, mathematicians, or stats folks that make up the vast majority of the L6S world.

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    #192301

    Trish G
    Participant

    Gary…I think we are too, and I think we both know that projects used for cert with ASQ could be gamed as well. There is a lot of controversy over the certification thing, I usually let it be.

    As someone ( to Zolton’s point) who has been involved in hiring and cleaning up after other people’s hires, you really need to be good at vetting experience, and often it’s a crap shoot. I do know that if someone has taken a cert test, Villanova, ASQ they have at least understood the concepts; the experience at previous positions should help me determine if they have ever used it and can apply it.
    Anyway…the horese is dead…for now (-:

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    #192302

    Robert Tripp
    Participant

    I know for you the horse is dead but before it rots, I wanted to develop a theme that Gary brought up here as he hit on an often-overlooked reason for the sudden rise in popularity in the BB job description in the late 90’s: the business world was sending a message to the academic world that degreed professional curricula do not prepare students for the real world. Pioneering companies like Motorola, AlliedSignal, and GE took it on themselves to develop people to fill a need that MBA’s, PE’s, and CQE’s failed to fill. And Black Belts were successful not only because of their training, skill, and behaviors, these companies also recognized that a management system needed to be created to enable the Six Sigma skills to be applied.
    The term “Black Belt” was a job description and they were only “certified” to recognize the qualifications they earned for that job through long hours of hard work – the vast majority of which was on the job. Black Belts at the time were not marketable because nobody understood what they did, so internal recognition was the way that Motorola, AlliedSignal, and GE were saying, “thanks, we value your contribution”. Once the larger business community recognized the effectiveness of this approach, the BB position was marketable and BB “certification” became desirable. Understanding of BB certification fell apart when hiring managers wanted to see “Belt” on someone’s resume and use that word as a filter and indicator that someone is good at a job or even capable at doing it. Not all CPAs or MBAs make good treasurers or brand managers; not all degreed engineers can launch a new product, not all lawyers are effective in the courtroom. Like any job, capability is best indicated by past performance in the role, not by a degree or certification.
    If you’re a hiring manager and you want to sort through the junk, look to hire people that were trained in one of the first 2 waves of a reputable corporate program with at least 2 years of experience and multiple successful projects in the portfolio. If you want to find a job as a BB, recognize that no set of qualification is universally recognized, and don’t rely on where your certification came from or even how rigorous you think it was as the most important selling point on your resume.

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    #192304

    Trish G
    Participant

    Robert, thanks for the insight on how it all evolved, and articulating the point about taking the education part of it at face value, and making the experience/success be the focal point, better than I could. The horse has been disposed of.

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    #192338

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @cparet the good part is that they seem to have done a good job of establishing what their training is worth. In a market where there are a range of prices for this type of training and someone drops to zero then it should be the classic “Buyer Beware.” Why does someone give away what other people charge for?

    We have both been in this business long enough to know that there is some relationship between price and quality. Maybe it is good to have people like this in the market. The person that is looking for something for nothing is probably better off dealing with people like this.

    (Edited by Mike Carnell)

    Just my opinion.

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    #192347

    Darth
    Participant

    @cparet – talk about “truth” in advertising…where is the free part??

    Certifications

    Displaying 1 to 4 (of 4 products)

    Result Pages: 1

    LSS Green Belt $499.00
    LSS Black Belt $749.00
    LSS Master Black Belt $995.00
    Get a Free LSS Master Black Belt $1,248.00

    Deal is that if you buy the GB and the BB they “give” you the MBB for “free”. No projects required.

    Displaying 1 to 4 (of 4 products)

    Result Pages: 1

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    #192370

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    @stanmikel – hey, sometime between 1996 and 2005 it looks like she might have had an actual job, not that it is listed. I wonder where she became “an accomplished business performance, leadership, transformational change, and Lean Six Sigma Deployment expert with more than 15 years of experience”?

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    #192371

    Stan Mikel
    Member

    @MBBinWI The PhD work is from an online university. Probably a little less rigorous than Darth’s, so she probably worked too.
    It was J&J but she doesn’t seem proud enough of that to tell people.

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    #192372

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    @stanmikel – and except for that one paragraph, everything else screams “perpetual student” and not that she ever accomplished anything.

    I heard that @Darth just clenched his fist and the thesis committee started to turn blue, and suddenly he passed. Just a rumor. . .?

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    #192379

    Darth
    Participant

    @MBBinWI False False False. The Chairman of the Committee required a certain Jewish pastry from a specific store in order to pass. I delivered that plus a Black Forest cake and the rest was smooth sailing.

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    #192387

    Ravi Prakash B
    Participant

    There are some certifications which are just for the sake of adding to your Resume. And some are for working. This is always there with any of the certifications, Degrees, and other programs. Why talk just about BB/MBB Certifications.
    In Case of people who want to learn, they can learn from just reading books. Projects certainly shall be part of the curriculum. However, as some one said earlier in this thread “belt” is a key word.
    Real world experience in the present days can be gained only if you have this “belt” in your resume. However, project being the pre-requisite is not good.
    One alternative is that the system followed by “Indian Statistical Institute” which is a very reputed body in India. They issue a completion certificate after the course. this will enable you to put the “belt” in your resume. However, the Belt Certification is delayed till you submit a project in your organization.

    Another issue is that the cost of certification from these premier bodies is very expansive. This will reduce the number of participants.

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    #192389

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    I spent 13 years learning and working with six sigma (and other Prod Dev) tools and never worried about whether I was “certified” or not. I then was hired at a company as an MBB and required to attain their internal “certification”. It was underwhelming to say the least.
    I’ve also had the duty of interviewing and hiring several belts as well as working with untold belts. Never have I found a sufficiently high correlation between where someone had been trained/certified and their competency. I’ve seen folks with certs from ASQ and several reputable companies that I wouldn’t trust on their own with a project. I’ve also found folks with no formal training or certification (they just took the initiative to go learn what they needed to know on their own) who I’m humbled to call my peers.
    TODAY there is no certification that replaces interactive query and validation. Any company that thinks that they can just request a belt certified by X or Y (agency or company) is fooling themselves.
    On the other hand, because of the robo-handlers that pre-screen the resumes, it has become almost a requirement to attain one of these certifications.
    To sum it up, there are no programs publicly available that guarantee the student has a sufficient competency (while ASQ may have a MINIMAL competency, I don’t find it to be reasonably sufficient). If you truly want to learn the methods and tools, there are plenty of books and case studies out their from which to learn. If you then find that you still need a certification, then get your paper from wherever you feel provides you the best value.
    Just my humble opinion.

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    #192410

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @cparet – Here you go Chris another one of those people who is selling their integrity:

    http://www.msicertified.com/SixSigma.html

    We may now have a race for the “snarkiest” SS Certification available. I can’t believe you and MBBinWI have me using that word.

    Just my opinion

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    #192412

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    @mike-carnell – consider yourself an honorary mid-westerner.

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    #192417

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @MBBinWI Thanks just so long as I don’t get the accent.

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    #192418

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @MBBinWI The upside is with you running around the country with our friend from Houston you can learn how us normal people in Texas talk.

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    #192425

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    @mike-carnell – good to communicate with you by phone instead of via the forum (although it WAS tough to understand with that “Canadrawl” of yours – LOL!!!!).

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    #192453

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @MBBinWI apologies for the long response time. Life is very hectic. Not all of us can find a job taking some boondoggle all over the Midwest traveling with questionable company.

    That drawl by the way is an intricate blend of Texas, South Carolina and Arizona with the occasional Canadian-ism thrown in. Something like “Ya’ll been down to Gruene Hall, eh?”

    Ask your questionable company about his “tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, and tell them what you told them” and having a sector President look at him as say “this is the third time you have told me this. Do you think I am stupid?”

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    #192456

    Stan Mikel
    Member

    @cparet Something happened to your post! You get censored by Katie for talking truthfully about FreeMBB?

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    #192459

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    @cparet – don’t sweat it, Chris. Some folks can’t handle the truth.

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    #192462

    Katie Barry
    Keymaster

    @stanmikel – The post wasn’t edited by iSixSigma.

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    #192464

    Stan Mikel
    Member

    @katiebarry Just messing with you to let you know we still love you even though you do edit me too often.

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    #192465

    Katie Barry
    Keymaster

    @stanmikel I haven’t edited you for at least a day :)

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    #192466

    Stan Mikel
    Member

    @katiebarry I take that as a challenge. Best be vigilant at 3am EST tonight.

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    #192469

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    @stanmikel – must be sleeping in (LOL)

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    #192470

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    Let’s see if MC let’s this through.

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    #192535

    Stan Mikel
    Member

    So it looks like we have consensus that free isn’t really free but probably not worth it anyway.

    We also have consensus that no one understands why we would pay someone like International Association for Six Sigma to do certifications for us.

    For what is’s worth, †he scammers have been here since the beginning and there are equally crappy Lean and enterprise software offerings.

    Just my opinion.

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    #192541

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    @stanmikel – As Janice (Joplin) put it, “Free(dom’s) just another word for nothin’ left to lose…” which is probably where those suckers are about now.

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    #192542

    Stan Mikel
    Member

    @MBBinWI Let’s also not forget the immortal words of Charlie (Gearheart) – “don’t go buying no one’s answer if your question was for free”

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    #192545

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    @stanmikel – a little twangy for my taste, but the sentiment is right on.

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    #192629

    BBJeff

    Can anyone provide feedback on the Harrington Institute? A colleague claims some amazing training, however, the lack of knowledge is astounding for a MBB

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    #192633

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    Lack of knowledge about who/what?

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    #192662

    BBJeff

    lack of knowledge in general! Maybe I am not fully understanding what a MBB should be responsible for, but this person is the “leader” of our LSS program and leads nothing… Everything I read seems to show the Harrington Institute is “good” but to find absolutely no critique anywhere about it seems a bit fishy. This person also was a Villanova GB/BB, so some of this lack of knowledge is starting to make sense.

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    #192663

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    BBJeff – Looks like Harrington is old school quality mgmt, although they do have SS classes (be careful, they state “To be certified, students must attend 80% of the class hours, turn in the required homework and pass the final exam.” NOT a very high standard for certification).

    Did this “leader” come as a new hire or an internal transfer?

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    #192664

    BBJeff

    That was the same info I saw which I thought was very poor for any type of certification. It didn’t look like much rigor as far as actual training hours. This person came in as a new hire, not an internal transfer. It doesn’t appear any real project is needed either. There are just so many questions that go unanswered that it leads me to believe there is a huge gap in the MBB materials. I am not trying to knock Harrington, because it could be a person problem, not a materials problem. I trained under someone else from an outside firm and feel my skill set seems to be far more advanced and applicable than his at the much higher level.

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    #192666

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @BBJeff Just a couple comments. Training, in my opinion, is a type of Herzberg Hygiene Factor. Training by itself is never going to make anyone a great problem solver but bad training can certainly hurt you. What happens in a classroom (on line or in a physical classroom) isn’t where the rubber meets the road. It is what you do with it. If you never apply it then it is pure esoteric BS.

    We have been training people for a while and we have always required projects. Even with that you can go back to some later and see that they still do not use the methodology. That is purely what trying to train adults is like. Imagine how Ted Kaczynski’s math professor felt.

    Your comment was that he wasn’t leading anything. Big difference between BB/MBB and being a leader. The best Deployment Leader I have ever worked with wasn’t even Green Belt trained. He was a very successful Program Manager and probably the most intelligent person I know to this day. What he knew and understood about leadership was never taught to him. This guy was born a leader and was treated with respect because anytime you were near him you understood he was not your average person. I am sure MBBinWI has a lot more to say about leadership.

    Please keep in mind that judging his leadership and judging him as a MBB should be independent events.

    Just my opinion.

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    #192692

    Marie

    Zoltan makes a good point that people can learn from anywhere. Unfortunately we also live in a world where credentials matter. As long as you know what your doing, you will eventually achieve the same recognition.

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    #192704

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    @mariejohnson – au contraire mon frere, I have often seen those who haven’t a clue about what they are doing get more recognition. If it were only knowledge, we’d have quite a different world. I wouldn’t even go so far as to say that knowledge is a pre-requisite – if so, then how do you explain Paris Hilton, Snookie, Kim Kardashian or (just so that you don’t think I’m sexist) Kato Kaelin?

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    #192922

    Stan Mikel
    Member

    Look! Competition for FreeMBB! Janice should take note of the strategic timing of this press release and perhaps follow suite to be taken more serious in the future –

    IMPORTANT PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT

    APRIL 1, 2012
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    ISSISSIPPI Offers Less-Than-Free MBB™ Certification

    Major Advancement Funded by New Process Improvement Super PAC

    April 01, 2012 – COLUMBUS, OHIO – The International Six Sigma Institute and Secret Society for Imperious Professionals of Process Improvement (ISSISSIPPI) today announced its new Less-Than-Free MBB™, a breakthrough online certification program for the process improvement marketplace. Buoyed by the success of its highly profitable brain-scan Belt certification methodology, ISSISSIPPI has now aimed its sights at the revered Master Black Belt (MBB) position of authority. The innovative Less-Than-Free MBB™ furthers ISSISSIPPI’s crusade to deliver high-speed, low-content accreditation to all levels of Lean Six Sigma mastery. Since release, this new offering has been heavily promoted by a new Lean Six Sigma Super PAC dedicated to challenging the exclusionary barriers that impede certification.

    The Master Black Belt plays a pivotal and critical role in the success of a process improvement initiative. As a trainer, strategist, statistician, and project leader, the Master Black Belt is the very definition of Lean Six Sigma mastery and excellence. That more practitioners cannot attain this influential and lucrative position is yet another example of the elitist and discriminatory practices that dominate the process improvement industry. The Less-Than-Free MBB™ defies the status quo by radically simplifying the MBB certification process, easing the way for a wider sampling of individuals to achieve the mantle of Master Black Belt.

    In development for nearly a month, the Less-Than-Free MBB™ was designed by the ISSISSIPPI brain trust to match advances in online technology with generally accepted industry standards for MBB mastery. In contrast to other “free” certifications, this process has a unique value proposition: the certification actually has less value than the time you must invest to obtain it, so it is truly “less than free.” Students need only to complete a rigorous online exam consisting of five carefully crafted questions randomly drawn from the extensive MBB question bank. Professionals with a previous “belt” of any color or pattern may achieve the highly sought-after and globally-recognized certification as a Less-Than-Free MBB™.

    The exam is now available online at: http://www.ississippi.org.

    “There’s a race to the bottom on MBB certification standards, and we’re not going to lose that race,” said the President of ISSISSIPPI. “In fact, we’ve redefined where the bottom is by offering a product that is less than free! Five exam questions might seem like a lot, but we’ve lessened that burden by removing other so-called ‘requirements’ like project portfolio reviews and the knowledge of obscure subjects like statistical process control, hypothesis testing, and Design of Experiments. If professionals tell us that they have executed an impressive body of successful project work, who are we to doubt them?”

    ISSISSIPPI could not have launched a product as innovative as the Less-Than-Free MBB™ in such a short time without the unaffiliated backing of a secretive new political action committee, “Loosen Every Sigma Standard to be Equally Fair.” The LESSE Fair Super PAC, which has now raised over $50 million in anonymous donations from individuals, corporations, and unions, stands at the forefront of a bold movement to embrace the regular, the average, and the good enough. While in no way coordinating with ISSISSIPPI, LESSE Fair has vowed to actively promote Less-Than-Free MBB™ as the best possible certification candidate for the industry.

    This summer and fall, LESSE Fair will champion Less-Than-Free MBB™ and other quality issues through a barrage of television, radio, and online ads. These spots will depict defeated-looking business professionals who rail against the tyranny of Lean Six Sigma standards. The Lean Six Sigma PAC’s platform also calls for a downgrade of DPMO (Defects per Million Opportunities) to the more achievable DPO (Defects per Opportunity), and the adoption of “Lean Two Sigma”, a more accessible standard that the PAC’s literature calls “good enough for us.”

    Beyond the public support for Less-Than-Free MBB™, little is known about the powers behind the enigmatic LESSE Fair. Calls to the listed number of the Super PAC for comments remained unanswered. A business address listed on the ISSISSIPPI.com Web site was revealed to be a partially submerged shack in the woods along the Olentangy River, north of Columbus, Ohio.

    About ISSISSIPPI.org

    The International Six Sigma Institute and Secret Society for Imperious Professionals of Process Improvement (ISSISSIPPI.org) (pronounced EYE-ESS-ESS-EYE-ESS-ESS-EYE-PEE-PEE-EYE) was founded in 2008 by a group of professional Lean Six Sigma professionals who were concerned about the current state and quality of certification practices. ISSISSIPPI’s mission is dedicated to the advancement of scientific methods to provide robust, reliable, inexpensive and accessible training and certification methods to the Lean Six Sigma marketplace. Developer of the Certification Brain Scan (http://ississippi.org/scan.cfm), the WonderFun Activity Book (http://ississippi.org/activitybook/wonderfun-book.pdf), and multiple belt certifications and accessories, the ISSISSIPPI is accepting new members. Apply at http://www.ississippi.org.

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    @stanmikel – warms the heart to see my certification alma mater on the forefront of innovation!

    I can tell that the new Less-Than-Free MBB™ certification will be worth every penny, just as one would expect for a free MBB.

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