Six Sigma Projects and the Black Belt Role

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Six Sigma deployments demand major investments of time, effort, and money on behalf of an organization. Organizations need to exercise due diligence to determine if Six Sigma is the appropriate approach to employ, or if a less demanding quality and process improvement approach is better suited to meeting their needs. Success of these improvement projects largely depends upon the Six Sigma teams that understand the project goals. Six Sigma Black Belts lead these teams and must have the qualities and qualifications required to deliver the expected results. This course deals with the key considerations around the selection of kaizen and Six Sigma projects. It also explores Black Belt roles and the associated Black Belt qualifications needed for leading Six Sigma teams to realize their project goals. This course is aligned with the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt certification exam and is designed to assist learners as part of their exam preparation. It builds on foundational knowledge that is taught in SkillSoft's ASQ-aligned Green Belt curriculum.

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Candidates seeking Six Sigma Black Belt certification, quality professionals, engineers, production managers, frontline supervisors, and all individuals charged with responsibility for improving quality and processes at the organizational or departmental level, including process owners and champions

Proficiency at the Green Belt level with Six Sigma projects and Six Sigma team roles as scoped in the ASQ - Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge (BOK)

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Six Sigma Projects and the Black Belt Role

  • recognize types of problems and improvement solutions as "evolutionary" or "revolutionary" in approach
  • recognize the implications of the results of a Six Sigma readiness assessment
  • match each stage in a Six Sigma readiness assessment with the types of questions that would be asked
  • recognize conditions under which kaizen events would be advantageous for an organization
  • choose a kaizen event project based on information gathered in the project selection process
  • sequence examples of the steps for selecting a kaizen event
  • recognize the sources and characteristics of potential Six Sigma projects
  • determine whether an organization has correctly carried out the Six Sigma project selection process
  • recognize how the balanced scorecard approach can be used in aligning projects with organizational goals
  • recognize project metrics that align with organizational goals as represented by the balanced scorecard
  • match characteristics of successful project metrics to examples
  • recognize Six Sigma stakeholders from their roles and relationships
  • recognize functional characteristics of the Black Belt role
  • match Black Belt roles with examples of Black Belt performance
  • recognize key qualities and qualifications in a Black Belt candidate
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