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Green Belts and Black Belts? Similar to martial arts, Lean Six Sigma uses a coloured belt ranking terminology to define the level and function of Six Sigma practitioners.
But what do the levels mean?
In this guide I'm going to run through the Six Sigma belt levels to explain their role and function and how you can achieve each level.
This should help you when deciding what level of Lean Six Sigma Training different team members require to successfully run Lean Six Sigma projects.
To learn more about Six Sigma including the Belt levels, download our free eBook 'What is Six Sigma?'
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Yellow Belts are team members on Six Sigma projects. They need to understand the key processes and some of the basic Lean Six Sigma tools to work on a project but not to the level of Green Belt.
We run a 2-day Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt course to enable Six Sigma team members to improve their understanding and awareness of Lean Six Sigma tools and processes.
Training team members to Yellow Belt level improves performance and reduces timescales on Six Sigma projects.
Little's law forms a part of queuing theory and has deep implications for the 'Improve' aspect of DMAIC within Lean Six Sigma. It calculates the average wait for a customer or item within a transactionary process.
So what exactly is Little's law, how does it impact upon Six Sigma and why is it so useful and important?
Six Sigma was initially developed within the manufacturing industry as a means minimise deficits. Today it is used in all sorts of industries (and there's a high demand for it as a qualification), from healthcare to sales. Our various Six Sigma Courses have been attended by firefighters, insurers and civil servants, just to name a few!
One particular tenet though, 5S, seems rooted in Six Sigma's manufacturing history. How can 5S, an idea coined orginally coined to improve the factory floor, be applied outside of manufacturing?
We asked some experts for their views and received some fantastic feedback. Thanks to all who responded and here's what they had to say.
In no small part due to Jack Welch, ex-CEO of General Electric, Six Sigma is now considered a staple of good business practice with over half of all Fortune 500 companies employing the methodology
This was not always the case.
Although developed and used in manufacturing by firms like Motorola in the 1980s, it took for Jack Welch and General Electric’s adoption of the principles to really spark US and global interest in Six Sigma.
For that reason, Jack Welch has played a pivotal role in its development and building reputation.
So why exactly did his use of Six Sigma make all the difference?
On our range of Six Sigma Training Courses, you’ll learn about the modern day uses and how it can benefit your business.
More and more employers are beginning to recognise the importance of having Lean Six Sigma professionals within their organisation, so there's never been a better time to come on one of our Six Sigma Courses.
According to the Globe and Mail in Canada, there's been an increase in demand for Lean Six Sigma Practitioners across all sectors and this is a pattern that's mirrored in the UK.
We've gone in to detail before about how far Lean Six Sigma has come from its original use in manufacturing; being used in everything from forensics labs to tennis.
So let's take a look at why Lean Six Sigma is currently in such high demand and in what industries in particular.