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How Green Belts Can Help Ensure The Success Of Six Sigma Projects

Jun 19, 2008
Most businesses fail to realize that Six Sigma quality levels can be achieved even without having to hire the services of Black Belts.

Although easily possible, they somehow just fail to accept the thought that if proper training is provided, Green Belts can achieve the same level of success made possible by their more esteemed colleagues, the Black Belts.

Are The Green Belts Doing Well?

The overall progress may be slow, but the good news for Green Belts is that things have certainly started moving in the right direction. Having realized how prejudiced they actually were, some businesses have now started experimenting with this new concept. What's noteworthy is that most of them have been able to achieve their set goals and objectives, even when the implementations were carried out solely by Green Belts.

These businesses, no doubt, had to shell out some extra bucks on training the Green Belts, but that was easily compensated for since the majority of Green Belts were hired from inside the organization and also because these businesses did not have to pay the high pay packages normally demanded by Black Belts.

Factors That Businesses Need To Consider

The concept of utilizing Green Belts for Six Sigma implementations may be gaining prominence, but businesses still need to address caution simply because the risks involved have remained unchanged. If the prescribed guidelines are not followed, there is always the risk that the implementations may go haywire, something that would result in a complete waste of time, effort and money.

To ensure that everything goes as planned, businesses need to create a detailed roadmap of implementation projects. Roles and responsibilities also need to be predefined, so that Green Belts know exactly what is being expected from them. Last but not least, businesses should make the necessary arrangements for the training of Green Belts.

This is necessary because most Green Belts are hired from inside the organization, and it's highly unlikely that they will have the requisite expertise, skills and knowledge as is required for Six Sigma implementations. For best results, training should include both theoretical and practical lessons.

The training should cover all the various concepts and methodologies related to Six Sigma and also the common tools and techniques that are normally utilized during Six Sigma implementations.

Apart from these, businesses should also encourage Green Belts to take on leadership roles and develop problem-solving abilities. These are some of the skills that will allow them to successfully overcome the challenges that they are most likely to encounter during the implementations.

They will thus be in a better position to ensure the success of Six Sigma implementations and in the process, augment their own professional careers.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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