What You Should Know About Six Sigma Belts (Yellow, Green, Black, and Master Black)

The Six Sigma Belts (Yellow, Green, Black, and Master Black) denote the different levels an individual can achieve in Six Sigma, a business management approach that was at the onset advanced by Motorola's manufacturing division in the USA in 1986. It has its basis on attentive and meticulous planning and constant determined application that can be made exclusive in dealing with issues that concern a business so as to improve on the marketability of their products and services.

Six sigma techniques enhance any functioning business operation through continual analysis and harmonization of the operation through a technique known as DMAIC (Define Opportunities, Measure Performance, Analyze Opportunity, Improve Performance, and Control Performance). This methodology denotes six standard deviations as sigma is the Greek letter that stands for standard deviation in statistics.

The belts technique of this methodology has provision for approaches and instruments that are able to improve adequacy and decrease blemishes or imperfections in any operation. At the Motorola plant, millions of parts are made using this same approach over and over again. Presently, anyone can put this training into use in many different fields for example services, insurance procedures, call centers, and many other fields.

Although the name might be a little confusing to many, the Six Sigma Black Belt has nothing to do with the martial arts. Rather, it is a leadership role that must be mastered through training. Anyone who is certified in Six Sigma as a Black Belt has the ability to administer process improvement projects through the employment of different tools and techniques, designate project team tasks by putting application phases in order to achieve methodological advancement in undertakings.

There are, however, particular levels of training that can be achieved by those who find it essential. There are some who are associated with a team as a member but not in a leadership position. For these people a six sigma yellow belt or a green belt might just be sufficiently effectual.

Those in leadership within the company or organization cannot stop at that and only a black belt will prove that one is ready for leadership. The basics of the methodology will enable waste to be eliminated, quality will be improved, and there will be an enhancement of speed all ensuring that everything runs more competently and with less effort and more accuracy.

To become a master black belt, one has to attend additional training. Master Black Belts are specialists and are in charge of critical, imperative and decisive implementation of this initiative inside the organization.  They act as coaches on the methodology, and devote all of their time in assisting and guiding all the other managers on the projects. They also spend more time in making sure that the methodology is consistently applied in different departments and functions. They seek to advance and assist in the enhancement of enterprise in all levels of business in their organizations including to suppliers and clients. Not all managers will become Black Belt Masters because it is not a role that everyone can fulfill. There are different techniques in achieving the different Six Sigma Belts (Yellow, Green, Black, and Master Black) which could be developed through continuous business management trainings.

In North America, certification for Six Sigma belts is being offered and provided by many different training providers, both online and on site. Careful research must be done in order to find the right belt and the right training provider for you!


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