Six Sigma Black Belt Training Overview
Many companies use Lean to provide products and services to their customer in an efficient manner. Six Sigma tools can be used to further improve process variability to consistently meet the customer’s expectations. Although companies meet the customer specification much of the time, the consistency of the products and services to the customer vary, which induces challenges within the customers’ processes.
Without using Six Sigma tool, only so much can be done reduce product or process variation. Six Sigma provides the power to discern small but, statistically significant, relationships to guide the Black Belts to improvement opportunities. This enables practitioner to make decisions with 95% certainty. This is the methodology to use when you are committed to making fact based decisions.
Black belt training involves problem solving, learning and applying statistical tools, and completion of a project. Personnel that complete the Black Belt training are a valuable asset for any organization and is a long-term investment. It is important to engage Black Belts in follow-on projects as coaching and mentoring of others to maintain their skills and knowledge.
The Six Sigma tools are contained within a five-step process known as DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control). Some Six Sigma tools slightly overlap with the Lean tools but, most expand considerably beyond. Define/Chartering and Control are the most common.
Companies routinely make decisions to ship or scrap using an inadequate measurement system.
Without a robust measurement system, you don’t know if the process is getting better or worse or if you are providing good product to your customer.
The training for Black Belts consist of four-5 day weeks. All Black Belts are required to come to class with a project. During the classes, time is dedicated to working not just hypothetical or simulation exercises but, upon the students’ projects. The classes are generally spaced at a one week per month interval. This is intended to synchronize with the students advancing their projects during the interim. Additional, on-site consulting during the weeks between classes is recommend and available. Classes may also be structured in a “train-do” format. In this approach, classroom sessions are held at the start of the day and the students advance their projects during the remainder of the day, with the instructor’s support. This helps compress the project timeline. Coursework may be modified to include/exclude analytical tools applicable to your industry.
Six Sigma Green Belt training includes the basics of DMAIC with only an introduction to some of the more advanced topics of measurement systems analysis, capability, ANOVA, Regression and Design of Experiments.
4 – five day weeks of training (Black Belt)
2 – five day weeks of training (Green Belts)