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Six Sigma Project Assignment: Know Your Black Belts

Summary: Careful project selection is critical to the success of a Six Sigma program, as pursuing the wrong project wastes skilled resources, ultimately increasing an organization’s time to meet market demands while decreasing revenue and stakeholder interest. Equally important is to assign the right people to the project. Some Black Belts (BBs) might not be ready for more complicated projects, so developing the BB into an organizational asset is a good investment. A project management model is proposed for organizations that start Six Sigma programs from the ground up by training in-house candidates to be Green Belts and BBs. However, organizations with significant cultural issues may find it necessary to do some preliminary groundwork before implementing this model. A Six Sigma program should not be canceled if it fails to produce immediate results. Instead, senior management must evaluate the reason for the delay in payback and realize that larger cultural changes might be the first benefits of Six Sigma.

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  • Topics: Six Sigma, Project Management, Career Development
  • Keywords: Six Sigma, Black belt (BB), Project selection, Project management, Employee training and development, Training design, Organizational culture
  • Author: Ramu, Govindarajan
  • Journal: Six Sigma Forum Magazine