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  • #53571

    Akbar
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    Hi there,
    I would like to understand the role of functional / part time Black Belts such as time spent, linking it with their core objectives etc.

    Can anyone help. Thanks.

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    #190717

    Santillanes
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    In my experience Functional / Part Time Black Belt are only effective when there is a Six Sigma program in place, there is a Six Sigma Deployment Leader and the Leadership Team is committed to Six Sigma as part of their Roll. If this is the case, Functional / Part Time Black Belt are employees within the areas with the Black Belt training and with the additional Roll of Problem Solving and Process Improvement activities. Some companies assign a percentage of time, 50% Projects and 50% Day to day job, others companies assign full time a Black Belt during a project and after completion returns to their regular activities, it all depends in your actual structure, you have to define how to coordinate your Part Time Black Belt, one thing you must do is to define this with each manager or in the Leadership committee to assure they have control of their resources and they assure Part Time Black Belts really assign the appropriate time.

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    #190727

    Thorson
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    I have lead Six Sigma Teams as a Part Time Black Belt in the past. The most successful projects were the one’s which I was able to link the project to my full time roll. I was in a position of launching new products and driving continuous improvement. We were extremely effective at driving Six Sigma continuous improvement projects in my Business Unit primarily because I was given the support of the Business Manager and was able to prioritize the project with the Engineering & Quality team.

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    #190735

    Nick
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    Prior to this post I hadn’t heard this and I’m having trouble differentiating between a part-time BB and a Green Belt. Can someone elaborate on the differences between a part-time Black Belt and a Green Belt?

    Also, what type of situations or organizations might lend itself to a part-time BB? I can understand where smaller companies/organizations might find it difficult to devote the resources to a full-time BB but am having a hard time wrapping my head around other instances.

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    #190739

    Strayer
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    Some companies adopted SS as a management philosopny and made BB training/certification a required part of the management development track, resulting in many part time BB’s. Most of these people soon stopped being practicing BB’s, but hopefully became better managers. I don’t see a problem with that . I do see a problem with companies that want some people to function as a BB and something else that is not closely related.

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    #190751

    French
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    In our organization, part time Black Belts and full time Black Belts receive the same training, the difference is in how much of their daily responsibilities is Six Sigma vs. something else. Green Belt training doesn’t cover as much content, and all of our Green Belts are part time.

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    #190753

    Nick
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    Thanks SheMBB – that helps a little. My present employer sends GB & BB through the same training with exactly the same content so I hadn’t considered the course material being different. For our application the only difference between a GB & BB is the amount of their time that is dedicated to projects (full time vs part time) which usually translates to assigning the BB’s the more difficult and complex projects…

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    #190763

    Strayer
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    nmudd: Certifying bodies such as the American Society for Quality (ASQ.org) make clear destinctions between GB, BB, and MBB. Look into the requirements and expectations for each. Hopefully you may be able to discretely help enlighten your management.

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