While White Belt represents the very beginning of your Six Sigma journey, Yellow Belt training is the first step on the ladder. What comes next after Yellow Belt training? The Orange Belt. Often skipped over or given less attention than other Belt levels, Orange Belt training is highly important to Six Sigma. In karate, the color orange signifies the growing power of the sun, imbuing a seed with the strength to grow. Orange Belts learn to open their minds to new ideas, developing their Six Sigma knowledge. A lot of companies then move straight to Green Belt training, but Orange Belt training bridges the gap between Yellow and Green. Orange Belt Six Sigma practitioners play a vital role in the hierarchy, which we will discuss today.
Our Orange Belt program teaches you how to utilize Kaizen and Lean tools and execute related projects in the workplace. Orange Belts are essential team members, often taking on the role of team leaders as well as supervisors. You can expect to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Six Sigma process, product, and equipment through training. Orange Belts are ideal candidates to make the leap to Green Belt and Black Belt work should they be required. Today we look at our Six Sigma Orange Belt syllabus. If you want to achieve a foundational level of Six Sigma training, our Orange Belt course is for you. We also look at value stream mapping and improvement on the course, along with methods for creating capable processes. Below is an overview of some of the key course subjects.
Orange Belt Course Content
Our Orange Belt syllabus divides into several levels of study. These levels include the cultivation of continuous improvement, management tools, Lean performance metrics, and reducing Muda (waste) and Mura (unevenness).
- Organizational Culture. It is essential for Six Sigma Orange Belts to have a thorough understanding of their organization’s culture. This allows them to understand how this culture may influence Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma success in the workplace.
- Approaches to Change Management. There are different approaches to change management which we cover on the course. Orange Belts have unique responsibilities as they play both a managerial and supporting role in Six Sigma. The course will teach you the difference between the Top-Down and Bottom-Up approaches. We find that the Bottom-Up approach is often most powerful, and Orange Belts require this understanding for their work.
- Kaizen Roadmap. Creating a culture of continuous improvement is a goal that drives all Six Sigma work. Orange Belts will learn to understand and utilize project management methods to use in the workplace. Initiatives such as PDCA and the A-3 report will appear here.
- Project Management Techniques. Orange Belts will likely engage in project management work at some point in their career. Our course will teach you essential project management techniques to support your execution of a project. Time management is important, and the Orange Belt course covers its basic disciplines. Project progress techniques can help you understand the importance of presenting your progress and findings.
Your employers may require regular updates on your project progression, and our course will prepare you with all the relevant skills. Finally, we also cover project risk management and ideas such as how to identify risks. Risk assessment is equally important to Orange Belt work, and we will also teach how to make useful improvement contributions.