Everything you need to know about starting Six Sigma training

If you have tried implementing Six Sigma in your business or company you may have notice how important is training in the process. A good training can define the success of failure of a Six Sigma project as the knowledge and techniques needed to have a bright process can only be acquired through good training. This training can completely change your company for good and may prove to be one of the most important steps for success, this training can lead to some changes that may seem scary or risky but it is necessary for us make this risky decision, otherwise it would be impossible for us to advance. We need to embrace change, and trying these new things and methods may prove to be a lot better than the methods used before, it can truly make you and your company shine if you know how to handle it, if you see a new and fresh opportunity you should always take it as it can be the moment you are looking for.

But one of the most important parts of change is to make sure you are prepared to implement change, this way the training process will be much better. Having an open mind and embracing change will make the training a lot more fruitful and it will show its results even faster. You must make sure you start the new experience with the right feet, so you have a steady training. A formal training process if what you might need as Six Sigma is a professional systems that will present a lot of advantages and just the knowledge learned from the training can be game changing for you and for the company.

To understand better how the training process works, you must know exactly who will bring the process a better guidance. You must choose a leader or a coach that will teach and correct those involved in the training.  One of the most important parts of the Six Sigma organization is how professionals and people dedicated to it are classified, they are assigned to different groups called  belts that work in a similar way to how martial arts’ belts work. Now we will check how this belts work and what about it you should take into account.

The most basic belt is the white belt, it represents the basic certification for a professional in Six Sigma. They can help you by teaching you the most basic and fundamental parts of Six Sigma, including parts of the process like process performance, variability and improving processes as well as assigning the roles of the team members. The next belt is the yellow belt, they have a better understanding of the process as well as more useful knowledge that may benefit your company, and they usually play a more supportive role in the different Six Sigma processes.  Green belts are really important too, as they represent the members of your company that have received training in Six Sigma and will be some of the most important members of the work team as they will work full-time jobs in the company.

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Now moving to the heavyweights of Six Sigma, the Black belts are the people whose knowledge of Six Sigma allows them to be important forces when developing and leading a Six Sigma project. They will offer support to projects as well as coaching and training for the rest of the team, they will make sure the project goes as smooth as possible and will make sure everything goes well. The last level is the Master Black belt, people with this title have extensive knowledge of Six Sigma and are usually the best among black belts. They will offer the same kind of support expected from a Black Belt, but the Master title ensure you will have the most professional and best training and support you can get for you Six Sigma project.

Six Sigma training on its own can be an enormous change in your career, so it is really important for you to give your employees and team members a proper training, it will make a huge difference. Look for the best coaches and trainers you can find, it can make a big difference doing the Six Sigma training project with Black belts as they can offer the best counseling.  Training will ensure the Six Sigma project is not sloppy, and this makes the results when making these kind of changes much better and fruitful. After implementing Six Sigma, in just a couple of months you should start to see some good results.

If you would like to read more content about topics like Six Sigma, Lean manufacturing or Kaizen, you should check more content by David Kiger in this blog, we post constant updates and articles of the topics mentioned before as well as a lot of information about logistics overall. We recommend this article about three common Six Sigma deployment mistakes.

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