What is Six Sigma?
Six Sigma is a methodology used to improve business processes by utilizing statistical analysis rather than guesswork. This proven approach has been implemented within all industries to achieve hard and soft money savings, while increasing customer satisfaction. SixSigma.us is at the forefront of Six Sigma certification and consulting services. We assist organizations with all aspects of the implementation process from training Champions to certifying employees at different belt levels. We can help your company determine the right individuals for training, and how to choose potential projects.
The Six Sigma methodology is defined by 5 DMAIC steps. DMAIC is the acronym for Define - Measure - Analyze - Improve - Control. In addition to the 5 DMAIC steps, there is also a step zero that occurs first. It is known as six sigma leadership.
- Is an approach based on data.
- Is geared toward projects with quantifiable business outcomes. For instance, in 1999 GE Capital was able to save $2 Billion with Six Sigma.
- Processes are improved by controlling variation and understanding the intricacies within them. This results in business processes that are more predictable.
- Is more than training. The students are referred to as “Belts” (Green and Black are the most common). Each student must have a project to work on that is sanctioned by his or her superiors.
- Are company executives who lead Six Sigma by backing projects. These employees are referred to as “Champions.”
- Are individuals who receive instruction regarding the basic principles of Six Sigma and its methodology. The purpose is to ensure that projects are chosen which fit the company’s objectives.
- Are responsible for choosing employees to be “Belts” and mentoring project leaders.
- Are needed to implement and back the introduction of Six Sigma within the firm.
Master Black Belts (For more info refer to the Master Black Belt page)
- Are aligned with the Champion to offer support and provide Project Descriptions.
- Will advise and instruct Green Belts and Black Belts.
- Are professionals with widespread project management knowledge.
- Are masters of Six Sigma Methodologies with proven track records.
- Have an advanced understanding of the Statistical Tools used within Six Sigma.
- Are typically prospective leaders of the corporation.
Six Sigma Belts
- Are individuals who obtain instruction concerning the road map of Six Sigma.
- Receive training that is conducted for one week with approximately one month between each week of training. This provides the belt with an opportunity to progress through his or her project as the skills are learned. To be certified, the individual must successfully complete all required training and a live project. The outcome is an internationally recognized Six Sigma Certification.
- Black Belts receive four weeks of instruction that will focus on the Six Sigma road map. This training will include an extensive look at statistical methodologies. Successful Black Belts are project leaders whose job requires at least 75% of their time be dedicated to completing four to six month Six Sigma Projects.
- Green Belts receive two weeks of class time which will cover the important aspects of the statistical methods needed to complete Six Sigma projects. In addition, students will learn the Six Sigma road map. As a Green Belt, the employee will spend up to 50% of their time working on Six Sigma projects that last for four to six months each.
Six Sigma Projects – Nonprofit Example Project
- The project should be a process or problem that is not functioning properly without a clear reason.
- The objectives of the company should be reflected within the projects chosen.
- On average, Black Belts will work on projects with at least $100,000 in potential savings with Green Belts choosing projects of $50,000. This will vary based on company size, etc.
- Money should not be the only determining factor. Other priorities, such as customer satisfaction may also be considered.
- By definition the project should take no more than 4 to 6 months to complete. Does the project have this capability?
- Use the Six Sigma road map as your guide.
- Remember the DMAIC method – Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control.
- The project should be appraised after each method is completed in most cases.
- To improve the knowledge of the organization, each project should be documented for future review when it is completed.
- The finance or accounting department should sign off on any Six Sigma project savings.
Available Courses: (To learn more please visit our Course Schedule)
- Six Sigma Champion Implementation – Consists of 2 days of onsite training
- Six Sigma Process Green Belt – Consists of 2 weeks of training either offsite or onsite
- Six Sigma Process Black Belt – Consists of 2 weeks of Green Belt & 2 weeks of Black Belt after Green Belt either offsite or onsite
- Six Sigma Transactional Green Belt – Consists of 2 weeks of training either offsite or onsite
- Six Sigma Transactional Process Black Belt – Consists of 2 weeks of Green Belt & 2 weeks of Black Belt after Green Belt either offsite or onsite
- Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Consists of 2 weeks of training either offsite or onsite
- Design for Six Sigma or DFSS – Consists of 5 days or 10 days of training which is offered at your location or online only
- Introduction to Minitab for Six Sigma Belts – Consists of ½ day of training offered at your location only
- Advanced Minitab for trained Six Sigma Belts – Consists of 2 days of training offered at your location only.
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Additional Programs Available:
- Project Management
- Presentation Skills
- Change Management
- Statistical Thinking for Leaders – 2 days
- Business Process Charting – 1 day
- Design of Experiments – 4 days
- Statistical Process Control – 2 days
- Mixture Experimentation – 2 days
- Test Methods – 2 days
Consulting Services for Six Sigma & Lean
SixSigma.us will customize any course to meet our customer’s requirements.
Does this work for healthcare? Yes! In the spring of 2004, one of our Belts within the healthcare industry completed a project that reduced the amount of blood wasted due to expiration. This resulted in Annual Savings of $ 247,876. That is $61,969 worth of savings over 3 months.