iSixSigma Magazine is celebrating five years as a resource for Lean Six Sigma professionals. During those years, iSixSigma has produced a series of research reports on aspects of deploying Six Sigma. Here we’ve compiled benchmarking data on training.
From the inception of iSixSigma Magazine, a regular feature of the publication has been exclusive research on aspects of deploying Six Sigma. The topics benchmarked have ranged from “Black Belt Return on Investment” in the inaugural issue, January/February 2005, to “The Lean Six Sigma Toolset” in November/December 2009. In addition, the magazine reports each year on the global salary survey that iSixSigma conducts as an industry yardstick.
In the magazine’s fifth anniversary issue, we looked back at some of the research highlights by organizing findings into the following categories: projects, training and development, tools and methods, financial benefits, and culture change.
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing this benchmarking data with iSixSigma.com readers. Part 1 highlighted project data. In Part 2 the focus is training and development data.
Training and Development
Naturally, preparing a company’s population to carry out a Six Sigma initiative is fundamental to the success of the deployment. The following findings relate to what training is important, how leaders should best be developed and Six Sigma certification.
- A combination of classroom and online training is the preferred approach for learning Six Sigma. From: “Online Six Sigma Training,” September/October 2006
- By a wide margin, the ability to communicate is considered the most important skill a Black Belt can have, followed by the ability to lead – both regarded as “soft skills.” Training in soft skills corresponds to a successful Six Sigma program. From: “The Hard Truth About Soft Skills,” January/February 2008
- Six Sigma is a formal part of the leadership development process in companies rated as having a highly successful Six Sigma program. From: “Six Sigma and Leadership,” September/October 2005
|Is Six Sigma a formal part of your company’s leadership development process?|
Assessment of Six Sigma Program
|Total||Highly successful||Somewhat successful||Somewhat unsuccessful||Highly unsuccessful|
- An important part of certification requirements is financial benefit. With no universal standard, however, the specifics vary. From: “Six Sigma Certification,” May/June 2008
|Summary of certification requirements|
|Certification level||N||Mean||25th percentile||Median||75th percentile||Standard deviation|
|How many Six Sigma projects must be completed (as the project leader) for certification?*|
|Master Black Belt||593||3.2||2||4||4||1.1|
|What is the minimum amount of benefit the project must produce?**|
|Master Black Belt||485||$289,510||$150,000||$250,000||$525,000||$188,808|
|How many Six Sigma projects must the certification candidate mentor/coach to completion?**|
|Master Black Belt||625||6.6||4||8||8||3.3|
|How many days is the training course for each role listed below?|
|Master Black Belt||589||22.3||12||20||35.5||10.9|
|After training is completed, how much time (months) does a candidate have to complete remaining certification requirements?|
|Master Black Belt||393||11.2||5.5||11||17||5.7|
|What is the minimum amount of time (months) a Black Belt or Master Black Belt must serve in their role before they are eligible for certification?|
|Master Black Belt||435||17.8||9.5||15.5||21.5||9|
*In calculating the average number of projects completed and the average number of projects mentored/coached, the midrange was used for answer choices with a range. For answer choice “4 or more,” the number 4 was used, and for answer choice “11 or more,” the number 11 was used.
**In calculating the average minimum financial benefit a project must produce, the midrange was used for answer choices with a range. For answer choice “Less than or equal to $25,000,” $25,000 was used, and for answer choice “greater than $500,000,” $525,000 was used.