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    Wilson
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    Our company is just starting to investigate Six Sigma. A core group of executives have read a few books and now want to send 8-10 key mid-level people through some training. There appears to be a myriad of training options, from organizations specializing in Six Sigma to local colleges to inhouse corporate universities. All of these are costly, so I need some help narrowing down the options. We are a manufacturing company. Also, should we send these people through Black Belt training (is green belt training a prereq or for a different target audience?)? Thanks in advance for your help in getting us started down the Six Sigma path.
    Diane
     

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    #86941

    Lomax
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    Diane,
    The first step your company should do is to have the Executives attend an Executive Overview training. This is typically 1-2 days.  Following this, your Executives should understand the importance of returning to your company and developing a Six Sigma strategy.  The strategy should outline the goals and objectives, cover the Six Sigma organization (Deployment Champion, MBB support or consultants, Initial Project Champions, etc.), Project Selection/tracking/closure process, Candidate selection process, reward/recognition process, and initial timelines.  I would advise getting an MBB consultant to assist your Executives in completing this strategic plan.  The next step is for the Project Champions (plant/dept. managers, process managers, etc.) to receive Champions training.  This is typically 3 days.  Following this, your Champions and Executives need to sit down (once again, with an experienced MBB) and identify the first round of projects based on the Six Sigma strategy and the training the Champions will receive.  Once you have identified the projects and the associated complexity, you can decide on how many BBs and GBs you will need to complete the projects.  Always pick the projects first and the people second.  Most likely, you will need to prioritize the projects and develop “waves” of belt candidates to attend training over the next year.  The belt candidates will be assigned a project that will act as their “training” project during BB/GB training.  Towards the end of the first year, you will want the MBB/consultant to provide train-the-trainer to your BBs to allow them to act as GB trainers in the future.
    The most important thing you can do at this point is build the Executive and Champion support/knowledge, along with the foundations mentioned above before starting belt training.  Hire an experienced MBB or consultant to get you through the first year.  
    Congratulations on the decision to proceed with Six Sigma…Good Luck!
    Neil 

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    #86952

    Ronald
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    Diane, You shouldn’t send anyone through BB training until you have a strategy for implementation and have built some level of Executive support (outside of reading a few books from folks that really haven’t applied the principles) There are a myriad of options for you to choose from. I am a certified MBB from 3 fortune 100 companies and would be glad to help you through some of this. Feel free to email me at [email protected]

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    #86960

    Jamal
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    Diane,
    Six Sigma implementation starts with educating executives on what Six sigma philosophy and concepts.  It is very important to define the objectives of implementing Six Sigma in an organization.  A Master Black Belt is necessary to help develop the Six Sigma infrastructure to support the initiatives.  Then Champion, Black Belt and Green Belt Training should begin.
    I understand from your note that cost is a major issue.  I recommend that you investigate Transformation Partners Company.  It is a consultant firm that helps companies implement Six Sigma program and also help them obtain grants and financial assistance to cover the cost associate with Six Sigma program. So it will not be costly.  Their website is:  http://www.tpcompany.com.  
    Good luck
    Jamal
     

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    #87261

    Mike Carnell
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    Diane,
    You are about to dive down the same cosmic bunny hole that a huge number of people do and in couple years you will come ou of the other end wondering what happened. Six Sigma should be part of a strategy and should be done as a tool to help accomplish that strategy. Choosing a training partner after a few people have read a couple books on Six Sigma is a big mistake.
    You need to figure out what you want to accomplish and decide if SS is going to help you get there.Rather than read the SS dogma have your people read The Power of Alignment, Managerial Breakthrough (by Juran not Harry), and The Deviants Advantage. The part that most people miss is that SS was only one of 5-6 tools that were deployed at Motorola to achieve the company vision of “Total Customer Satisfaction” and there were a lot of predicessors to SS at Allied (Honeywell) and GE.
    Everyone is going to promote their favorite training partner. If you understand what you want you don’t have to ask for opinions – you can create a methode based on your wants, needs and desires that will allow you to choose.
    Good luck.

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    #87281

    Charlie Pfaff
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     You have gotten some good advice so far, but you also might get a person with some expertise to visit your plant for a day or two, assess your need for six sigma (how badly)  and suggest the best way to implement taking cost considerations into account.   The person shouldn’t be a candidate for doing the training. 

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