About Six Sigma

What is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is a methodology used to improve business processes by utilizing statistical analysis rather than guesswork. Processes are improved by controlling variation and understanding the intricacies within them. This results in more predictable and profitable business processes. Six Sigma is more than “training”; it is an approach based on data and geared toward projects with quantifiable business outcomes. This proven approach has been implemented within a wide range of industries to achieve both hard and soft money savings, while increasing customer satisfaction. For instance, in 1999 GE Capital was able to save $2 Billion with Six Sigma.

6Sigma.us is at the forefront of Six Sigma certification and consulting services. We assist organizations with all aspects of the implementation process from training Six Sigma Champions to certifying employees at various belt levels. We can help your company determine the right individuals who would benefit from training and advise on how to choose potential projects.

DMAIC CircleThe Elements of Six Sigma Methodology:

The Six Sigma methodology is defined by five DMAIC steps and a preceding “step zero” known as Six Sigma Leadership.

DMAIC is the acronym for:

  1. Define What is important?
  2. Measure How are we doing?
  3. Analyze What is wrong?
  4. Improve What needs to be done?
  5. Control – How do we guarantee performance?

 

The People Roles In Six Sigma:

Six Sigma Champions Are:

  • Those who implement and back the introduction of Six Sigma within the firm.
  • Company executives who lead Six Sigma by backing projects.
  • Leaders responsible for choosing employees to be “Belts” and mentoring project leaders.
  • Individuals who receive instruction regarding the basic principles of Six Sigma and its methodology.

Six Sigma Master Black Belts Are:

  • Masters of Six Sigma Methodologies with proven track records.
  • Individuals with an advanced understanding of the Statistical Tools used within Six Sigma.
  • Aligned with a Champion to offer support and provide Project Descriptions.
  • Experts who will advise and instruct Green Belts and Black Belts.
  • Professionals with widespread project management knowledge.
  • Prospective leaders of a corporation.

Six Sigma Black Belts:

  • Individuals who obtain instruction concerning the road map of Six Sigma.
  • Receive four weeks of instruction that 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 dedicated to completing four to six month Six Sigma Projects.
  • Individuals who successfully complete all required training, exams, and a live project.
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Six Sigma Green Belts:

  • Receive two weeks of class time which will cover the important aspects of the statistical methods needed to complete Six Sigma projects while learning the Six Sigma road map.
  • Green Belts spend up to 50% of their time working on Six Sigma projects that last for four to six months each.
  • Individuals who successfully complete all required training, exams, and a live project.
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Six Sigma Projects – Nonprofit Example Project

The project should be a process or problem that is not functioning properly without a clear reason. On average, Black Belts will work on projects with at least $100,000 in potential savings, while Green Belts choose projects around $50,000. This will vary based on company size. Using the Six Sigma road map and the DMAIC method as a guide, this 4 to 6-month project should result in improved organizational knowledge and financial savings. The finance or accounting department should sign off on any Six Sigma project savings.

 

Learn More About Our Six Sigma Training Courses:

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.

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:

6Sigma.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.

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