Do We Need Six Sigma?
Six Sigma is probably the hottest improvement approach around today. Developed by Motorola, and applied by Boeing, Kodak, Digital and many others – it was the success enjoyed by GE that brought it to full industry attention. From manufacturing it then moved into the service sector with major verifiable cost savings being achieved, in particular, in financial services. Later applications have covered all sectors including the public sector.
Which Belt Do I Need?
Apart from the very few Master Black Belts (top level company experts for which Services Ltd. runs special development programmes) the top level Six Sigma practitioners are Black Belts; these receive up to 20 days training and typically work full-time on improvement. Green Belts receive 6-10 days training and may typically spend 20% of their time on improvement. Yellow Belts receive just 4 days training and White and Grey Belts even less. Which belt programme you select should depend on time and resources available, needs and desires to succeed. We will be happy to counsel you.
Because our programmes are modular, our Yellow Belts can subsequently upgrade to Green Belts and our Green Belts can subsequently upgrade to Black Belt status easily and cheaply. Contact us for details.
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This one-day programme is designed to provide managers with a detailed insight into Six Sigma, its implementation and benefits. Run by Professor Bendell or Stanton Bennett, this programme is also available on a private basis, and can be used to generate management commitment for Green/Black Belt practitioner programmes, or to generate support and commitment to the launch of a Six Sigma initiative. As well as presentation sessions describing the philosophy and benefits of Six Sigma, workshop sessions allow delegates to take stock of their organisation’s current position and potential for application and to begin to develop an improvement path. Content includes: the meaning, use and benefits of Six Sigma; its relationship to other Quality initiatives; organisational self-assessment; alternative approaches to Six Sigma; implementation issues; likely barriers; action planning; variation reduction approaches; the statistical toolkit and software; organisational checklist and evaluation.
Champions are crucial to the success of Six Sigma programmes and need detailed understanding of the approach, implementation and their own – and Black and Green Belts roles. This two-day programme briefly reviews the detail of the Six Sigma approach and role requirements, and allows Champions to develop an in-depth understanding of their roles and question key areas of concern through role-play exercises, plenary sessions and discussion.
Lead by Stan Bennett or Professor Tony Bendell the programme covers; Where is our company now and what are we trying to achieve?; What is my role in Six Sigma?; Project Management, Monitoring and Review; Developing, Managing and Optimising the interactions between Black and Green Belts and Project Champions; The Project Champions Toolkit; Reporting and Responsibilities; Six Sigma Infrastructure and Culture Change.
This three-day programme is designed for people who want to improve quality in a team and potentially progress to be project leaders. It introduces the Six Sigma approach, roles and toolkit, and integrates it with the drive for the Lean Organisation. The DMAIC methodology and project management requirements are developed as well as Process Mapping, Data Capture and Analysis.
This 6-day course is aimed at delegates who need a sound understanding of Six Sigma application, tools and techniques. For delegates involved in or about to start their own projects, the course covers the structure of Six Sigma projects using the DMAICT approach (Design, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control, Transfer). During the 6-days the training will be applied to a mini project, suitable to the delegate’s background, enabling the delegates to ‘walk through’ the project process. Delegates wishing to apply the training to their own projects are encouraged to do so, with full support from the trainers during the course and until the project completion. The course is assessed either by incorporating a delegate project or by completing a short test on the last day of training.
This 10-day course is suitable to team leaders responsible for their own projects or as a key member of a Black Belt team. The course includes the Green Belt Foundation training and goes on to include more advanced Six Sigma statistical tools including the application of Creative Thinking. Our 10-day Advanced Green Belt programme is project based incorporating a project to be undertaken between the 3-day training blocks. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own laptops to these courses to maximise learning. MINITAB software is used during the course.
Apart from the very few Master Black Belts (top level company experts for which Services Ltd. runs special development programmes) the top level Six Sigma practitioners are Black Belts; these receive 20-days training and typically work full-time on improvement. The course includes training on the full range of Six Sigma tools including the Six Sigma DMAICT project approach and Advanced Creative and Analytical Thinking methods. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own laptops to these courses to maximise learning. MINITAB software is used during the course.
Included in the programme costs are delegates’ notes and facilities, lunches and refreshments during the courses plus a one-day company consultancy familiarisation visit, ongoing project supervision and project assessment and certification by Professor Bendell and colleagues for successful participants. Courses are non-residential, however, local accommodation can be arranged on request.
Our Master Black Belt Development Programme has been built on this experience and Prof. Bendell’s extensive international knowledge of the field. It consists of an initial seminar/workshop and assessment centre; candidate’s application, skill and portfolio development within their own organisation; tutor assessment and coaching visits and observation; and an end of programme workshop, written test and development seminar. Delegates are assessed throughout the programme and candidates who complete satisfactory portfolios and pass the in-programme assessments and written test will be certificated as Master Lean Belts by Prof. Bendell.
Whilst the majority of our clients follow the usual industry practice of first applying the Six Sigma DMAIC project-based process improvement, before progressing to DFSS, for some organisations DFSS is a natural first stage. This is particularly true in low volume, high margin, high-risk businesses. Occasionally, clients wish to commence DFSS in parallel to starting Six Sigma, and whilst this may be a problematical approach, we can also help with programme strategy, planning, advice and training. We would be happy to discuss your specific requirements, but one good way of starting is our DFSS Evaluation Package, details of which are detailed in the link.
Please contact Prof. Tony Bendell on 0115 9669460 with any questions.