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    Ashman
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    My business is in the middle of a six sigma implementation.  We have been training Blackbelts and Greenbelts and now we are wondering if there is training that is not so statistically heavy that will enable a faster culture change.  I have heard of Yellowbelt training and wonder if anyone has used this in their company.  The one week training course, as I understand it, teaches the simple methodolgy and tools associated with making fact based decisions.  Let me know what you have done and if it has been successful.
    Thanks

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    #80096

    billybob
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    Hello folks,
    We went the yellow belt route (including me) and it taught (refreshed)basic tools like histogram, fishbone, x-y matrix, many forms of charting and lean mfg.  Sort of all the tribal knowledge tools.  Then into a little about statistical tools, MSA overview,and anova without how they actually running them.   If you have a good quality assurance department and capable manufacturing engineers then you can cover the basics pretty much in-house if you develop your own program.
    I actually thought it was a good tool (yellow belt training) for those people who were going to become part of project teams like operators and support members who never seen the tools so they could grasp what was going on as the project moved forward easier.
    L:ater,
    Billybob 

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    #80097

    Ashman
    Member

    Steve,
    I have seen this Yellow Belt training or Six Sigma fundamentals training very successful. As an organization progresses with utilizing Six Sigma it is very important to train your line employees, because at some point they will be asked to participate on BB or GB Teams. They do not need to know the in depth statistics, but having an understanding of the concepts and thought process is extremently helpful. I would not recommend an entire week, I have utilized a 3 day overview class which takes them through the enitre Six Sigma approach and been very successful. 
    Hope this helps.
    Steve

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    #80098

    Ronald
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    My view is that the Yellow Belt training is where the Six Sigma culture really starts to sprout from.  By allowing all levels of the business to have knowledge and understand of the tools and methods, commitment is strengthen and a foundation for communication improvements is made.
    We do a 100% yellow belt training in all our facilities providing a surface level view of the tools and vision for 6 Sigma.  It has been very helpful.

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    #80099

    Terry
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    I agree with Lee and Steve.  A week is a bit overkill – We have had great success with 2-3 day formats.  We include the basic problem solving tools, graphical analysis, and up tthrough process capability and Gage R&Rs.  We focus more on analysis and interpretation vs. the statistical theory.  These people make great SS team members and these people are alsothe real sticking point of SS especially when they use the methodology and tools in their daily work.Terry

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    Lota
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    We require yellow belt attendees to bring a project (very narrow in scope) with them to class.  After class, they have a period of time to complete their project utilizing the methodology & tools.  Their knowledge/utilization is assessed by a Black Belt during a formal presentation to the attendee’s manager.  If the yellow-belt-to-be passes a minimum assessment score (evaluation of tools/methodology) they are ‘recognized’ within the business & eligible to attend Green Belt training.  The same tactic is used for Green Belts w/ a project broader in scope & involving / guiding a project team. 
    In other words, we ‘learn & do’ – addressing operational defects & saving $$ while we deploy…
    LOTA has spoken.

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    #80104

    Edna, Tang Xuchun
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    could you please tell me if the subject training is limited to some country or company? Is it a web training or what other else.

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    #80113

    Marc Richardson
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    Hi Steve,
    We trained all of our manufacturing engineers and supervisors in basic problem solving methodologies and tools following the 8 disciplines format. The tools we focused on were how to run effective meetings, project planning, timelines, cause & effect diagrams and five whys with an emphasis of proving your potential causes and solutions with some kind of testing.
    Complementing that, we also trained the same group in Statistical Process Control, covering measures of central tendency and variation, random versus non-random variation, chart construction and interpretation and process capability. In addition, we have trained all our production operators in a slimmed-down version of SPC training:  how to maintain and interpret control charts and why they work.
    The result of all this training is we are now running about 200 control charts and reducing scrap and downtime. Six Sigma is seen as the next logical step, with a higher order of tools and a more structured approach. The first wave of manufacturing engineers, supervisors and other support staff members have received in-house black belt training.
    This has taken place over four years however, not overnight. It has been an effort to raise grassroots support, trying to achieve a critical mass. Now if we can just get the people up in the front office to take an interest…
    Marc Richardson
    Sr. Q.A. Eng.
     

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