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    Robert
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    All,

    I am a Green Belt but did my project several years ago so I’m a bit rusty. I am embarking upon a new project now and will try to get BB certified but not sure yet. It’s been a while and I’m trying to remember how I ran my GB project and I recall doing most of the work myself (using the tools, etc) and then some of the team members providing input on the solutions for the innovate phase and helping with implementation but majority of the work was done by me.

    The project that I’m starting is much larger scale and very tight timeline and I will not be able to do all the analysis myself. Is it typical to split this workload among the team members?(most are GB trained). How do I approach this? We are working to reduce manufacturing defects across several sites and there is tons of data to review. My initial thoughts are to split into 2-3 groups (total 6 core team members) and do the analysis and come back and put it back together. Does that make sense? How would you approach it?

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    #194028

    Chris Seider
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    Have you reviewed your project with your champion? Resource concerns and strategy should be discussed with him/her.

    Follow the data and DMAIC. Good luck.

    My advice may sound trite BUT it’s tried and true.

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    #194033

    Prabhu V
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    Hi,

    From my opinion,

    There are lot of differences in doing green belt and black belt projects.

    Black belt projects as you have mentioned aiming for larger scale and much more benefits than a green belt project. (of course it may vary depends on industry to industry)

    Hence considering the workload and data management it is better to split the activity to such small groups based on area of problem/improvement.

    Team management is a very important key task as a project leader in a black belt project. The leader should ensure the team members expertise on the subject matter, hence if required need to train them.

    Best of hard work!!!

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    #194035

    Mike Carnell
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    @drock112 I would assume the success of the team impact everyone on the team? It may be your certification but the certification is an ancillary effect. The project and timeline should reflect a busines need. If infact it does then everyone should be accountable.

    Explain that to the team. I would have the project sponsor/process owner/whatever there just so they know this isn’t you getting dramatic but you need to do the talking (that is why they put you in charge of the team). Once they understand the scope of the project and the time frame and that they are accountable comes the secret part to being successful. Ready? They are your team ask them how they think it should be done – that’s why it is called a team (in case you have heard that the definition of team is a bunch of people doing what you say is correct – it isn’t – of course unless it is my team).

    What is wrong with you? You don’t have to figure everything out all by yourself. Delegate. That is a skill as well.

    Just my opinion.

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    #194036

    Mike Carnell
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    @prabhuvspj Amazing response. I could not help myself. I jumped out of my chair and placed my hand over my heart. It was inspirational.

    Once i recovered I reread it hoping for another hot flash and then realized it sounded good. Probably read it a hundred times in articles and books but at the end of the day it didn’t help me actually do anything because there was no real substance.

    Just my opinion.

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    #194041

    Robert
    Participant

    All – thanks for the responses. I am calling this a “black belt” project but it is what I am hoping for but technically it has not been sanctioned as a black belt project. Does that change anything?

    In any case, I am setting up some time with a MBB to get their thoughts on the approach and I will also through it out to the team, per your suggestions!

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    #194042

    Prabhu V
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    @Mike-Carnell: Thank you very much for your appreciation. It will help me to fine-tune my blogs in this forum.

    @drock112: Congrats for to sucessfully complete your project and hopefully to claim the benefits as a Black belt project.

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