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Six Sigma Project Selection, Roles, and Responsibilities

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Deployment of Six Sigma, Lean, or another continuous improvement methodology demands major investments of time, effort, and money on behalf of an organization. Organizations need to exercise due diligence to determine if Six Sigma or Lean is the appropriate methodology to employ, or perhaps a less demanding quality and process improvement approach is better suited to meet their needs. Having decided on the methodology, improvement teams need to determine screening criteria for the selection of most appropriate improvement projects. Success of these projects largely depends upon the contribution of a variety of Six Sigma stakeholders. As a key Six Sigma stakeholder, Black Belts often lead improvement teams and their skills and qualifications are critical to teams' ability to deliver the expected results. This course deals with the key considerations around the selection of Six Sigma, Lean, and continuous improvement projects. It also explores roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders and qualifications needed for Black Belts for leading Six Sigma teams. 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.

Target Audience
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 Project Selection, Roles, and Responsibilities

  • distinguish between "evolutionary" and "revolutionary" improvement methodologies
  • identify common reasons for deciding not to implement Six Sigma when analyzing an organization from a high level
  • match each stage in a Six Sigma readiness assessment with the types of questions that would be asked
  • 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 conditions under which Lean kaizen events would be advantageous for an organization
  • choose a Lean kaizen event project based on information gathered in the project selection process
  • sequence examples of the steps for selecting a Lean kaizen event
  • recognize how alternative improvement methodologies are used
  • 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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