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    Sam Aborne
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    I know that there has been a recent debate about the issue of what makes a course substantial enough for consumption of a Green Belt or Black Belt. While I enjoy and find value in class room instructions. My company has purchased the skill soft classes for our virtual university. I was wondering has any Black Belt examined these classes for their viability???
    Sam A.

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    #95548

    Ryan H
    Member

    Hi Sam,
    Can you talk a bit more specifically about the sort of content in these “soft skills” courses?
    Thanks,
    R

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    #95556

    David Mansfield
    Participant

    Sam
    Are these the standard Skillsoft courses that come with the LMS or are they something internal to your comapny?

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    #95558

    SDS
    Member

    Recently reviewed the courses for broad use via our learning resource network.  Content was solid with multiple examples and knowledge certification.  No content on statistical tools (Minitab).  We plan to  use the 40 hours of course work for awareness training only and plan to continue our classroom efforts.  We have access to these courses:
     Six Sigma Introduction Six Sigma: 
    Reducing Variation to Improve
    Six Sigma:  Listening to the Voice of the Customer
    Six Sigma DMAIC:  Defining the Problem
    Six Sigma DMAIC:  Measuring the Process
    Six Sigma DMAIC:  Analyzing the Data
    Six Sigma DMAIC:  Analyzing the Process
    Six Sigma DMAIC: Improving the Process
    Six Sigma DMAIC:  Controlling the Improved Process
     

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    #95566

    Ken Feldman
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    We use the Skillsoft product as a Web based option for professional development credits.  The modules are nicely formatted and the Mastery section at the end allows for confirmation of learning.  Only problem is that one can totally skip the module, go to the Mastery at the end and keep doing it over and over (questions repeat) until they score high enough to pass.  The “Report” at the end only shows they passed.  Might be good for Awareness as previously described but be aware of the opt out option.

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    #95592

    Trevor Durnford
    Member

    Sam,
    By ‘soft skills’ I assume you refer to interpersonal and self-development skills. If so, I find it a real challenge to come to terms with these skills being developed adequately by interfacing with a software product. I understand that much progress has been made in the development of e-learning, AND much progress has been made in understanding how people learn too!
    For example Harvard Professor, Howard Gardner has identified at least eight different kinds of intelligences including logical/mathematical, bodily/kinesthetic, verbal/linguistic, interpersonal and intrapersonal. I’m yet to be convinced how an e-learning approach maximizes learning irrespective of learning style of the learner.
    Just be careful!
    Trevor Durnford

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    #95598

    ramblinwreck13
    Participant

    Sam,
    We had Rath and Strong Soft Skills training after our initial 5 weeks of Black Belt Training.
    For those among us that were uncomfortable with confrontation or rapid change the course did some good. For others who can handle push back with little being ruffeled in the path, it was not the best use of our time.
    The problem with the course is that it doesn’t teach what you need to do when all reasonable efforts to obtain cooperation or at least the avoidance of obsticals in the areas of the operations we are trying to improve.
     The Course instructors always seemed to propose some soft sell of “higher principles” and “the team really needs your help”, not understanding the political realities of someone not wanting you to mess with a process they oversee or own.
     They needed to teach people how, after every single option to gain acceptance has failed, to get the job done correctly and for the long term. When they solve this issue, they’ll have a meaningful class.
     
    ramblinwreck13

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    #95617

    mand
    Member

    I guess skillsoft was not specific enough. Skilsoft is a company that provides content to e-learning frameworks. The skillsoft(tm) content is suppoesdely geared around a green belt curiculum. I was hoping for an opinon on how they rate.Sam
    cpiesam at netscape (dot) net

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    #95618

    Sam Aborne
    Member

    Could you perhaps contact me about your review…cpiesam @ netscape dot net.Sam

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