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Why Six Sigma Training Is Important

Jan 4, 2008
Training Difficulty Level Depending On The Position Held

It is said that any organization that is thinking about starting a Six Sigma initiative will have to get their employees trained for the purpose. This is one of the most crucial factors for the success of implementation. Every employee will receive a benefit out of this training, from senior management to middle-level employees. The types of training however, differ significantly depending upon the position held by trainees. For instance, senior management-training syllabi may include a general overview, the advantages of deployment and some real case studies and examples to a particular business or industry along with other tools that are required for a successful implementation.

The implementation group that included lower-level and process managers receive more training which not only details about the benefits of the methodology, but also in-depth knowledge about more specific views into the tools and requirements that are mandatory for the successful application of Six Sigma. However, the main people on whose shoulders the success of 6 Sigma lies are quality leaders - and to ensure that they are equipped fully to succeed, their training is the most vigorous. Not only are they given detailed knowledge on concepts and methodologies, but also insightful training on statistics and use of necessary software analytical tools. Project managers are also given almost the same level of training, barring small details that are otherwise well explained in detail to the quality leaders.

Training The Team

6 Sigma can be even implemented on an individual employee level, but in such cases the level of complication will vary according to the position that the person holds. A properly trained team is an asset to the organization because they help in successfully increasing the overall quality of service. With the help of constant reviews and feedback processes, the effectiveness of the performance increases and reduces the variation in the processes. And all this results in steady quality outputs at the same time. Training is also essential for the team so that they can evaluate the processes - because sometimes it is almost impossible to revive and fine-tune an old defective process to upgrade it to the level demanded by Six Sigma. Instead, it is suggested that they design a new one according to the requirements using fundamental Six Sigma principles and DFSS. This will help in reduction of the defect level and increasing the organization's profit, as well as customer satisfaction. Both are very important for the success of the organization in the long term and earning profits in the short term.

Six Sigma is not a profit vending machine that will start yielding money as soon as it is implemented. To achieving lasting success, proper training has to be imparted and for proper training a lot money, as well as time, has to be spent. However, if you opt for fine-tuning an old system rather than deploying 6Sigma, it may cost more and the result will still be the same. Therefore, proper control of right type of methodology is absolutely essential for the success of any organization.
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 lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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