How Six Sigma Training Can Benefit Employees

Increasing one’s knowledge after school is one of the disciplines that most employees try to cultivate to develop their skills and knowledge in general. In most cases, that proves the right thing to do, especially in the changing business and employment environment. Six Sigma training is one of the opportunities that employees can leverage on and here is how it can benefit their lives.

Adds to their credentials

Any employee with Six Sigma qualification proves as an invaluable resource to the company, which is why it is important for such employees to attach these qualifications with their other credentials. Such qualification can either be green or black belt level certification, and any of them can land you a job because most probably, employers will give such individuals priority in the recruitment process.

Protection from layoffs

As organizations move to restructure their operations to accommodate new changes in the environment they operate in, most probably, the solution will be to lay off some workers. That is an unpleasant experience for those who lose their jobs, and there is sometimes no guarantee of securing employment elsewhere. Six Sigma qualifications can help you retain your job during such times, which means that you are an asset that the company values.

Applicable in diverse environments

The fact that you can apply Six Sigma in new environments means that if a company closes down, you will still be marketable. As a result, you will be able to transfer the same knowledge in the new job through practical applications, which also strengthens your position in the next job you secure. Contact us for more information.

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Why Would a Company Provide Six Sigma Training to Hundreds of Employees?

Why would a company invest in providing six sigma training to hundreds of its employees? For Irish Life, the largest life and pensions group and fund manager in Ireland, it’s all about innovation.

Why would a company invest in providing six sigma training to hundreds of its employees? For Irish Life, the largest life and pensions group and fund manager in Ireland, it’s all about innovation.

According to a report from Business and Leadership, about 40 of the 300 people involved in the company’s corporate division are focused on innovation and information technology. They’re responsible for leading and driving for change across the business. However, when it came to six sigma training and the benefits that the methodology could provide to the corporate division, it wasn’t offered to just those 40 people. It was offered to all 300.

All 300 employees chose to participate and are certified at the yellow belt level. Around 10 went on to obtain their green belts, and another three or four have become black belt certified, the report stated. What the company discovered after the training took place was that more ideas are being created. The training, when combined with market and customer research, has led to specific innovations including a smartphone app and the commitment to use less paper.

With the high degree of competition in the financial services field, the report noted, constant innovation is crucial. While others in the industry shrugged off the notion of applying a methodology that was originally designed for efficiency in manufacturing, Irish Life has put it to work for them.

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Six Sigma Training Can Advance Your Career

According to a recent article from Aviation Pros, Lean Six Sigma black belt Johan Bank just got a promotion.

According to a recent article from Aviation Pros, Lean Six Sigma black belt Johan Bank just got a promotion. The director of MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) for Air France Industries’ KLM Engine Services has recently been named to the company’s Vice President Engineering position.

Bank began his career as a flight engineer before receiving Six Sigma training that allowed him the opportunity to move to the company’s engineering and maintenance division — which employs over 14,000 people, and supports nearly 1,300 aircraft from 150 major international and domestic airlines. There, he oversaw Lean Six Sigma projects in all areas of aircraft maintenance, including components, engines and airframes. In 2007, he advanced to the director position, in charge of all production processes and the implementation of the Six Sigma methodology, the article stated. Under his tutelage, the CFM56 engine overhaul shop time was cut from 85 days to 60 days.

Bank said of his promotion that he is looking forward to offering to the position all the engineering and Six Sigma skills he has obtained over his thirty years working for the company.

Johan Bank is an example of the sort of career advancement that a trained Lean Six Sigma black belt can obtain. There is no doubt that Bank’s Six Sigma training and his ability to prove his skills in the workplace helped set him apart in a big company. But Bank isn’t an isolated case. All over the world, people are using their Lean Six Sigma training to improve the efficiency of the company they work for and to improve their earning power at that company. For more information about how you can make Lean Six Sigma work for you, contact us.

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Thousands of Cummins Employees Have Undergone Six Sigma Training

Cummins first implemented its Six Sigma program in 2000, according to the company’s website. Since then, 11,000 employees have been trained to use Six Sigma principles on the job and the company has saved $3.4 billion as a result of Six Sigma projects.

Recently, Forbes published an interview Six Sigma master black belt, Ginger White, who works for the diesel engine manufacturer Cummins. As a master black belt, White is responsible for delivering Six Sigma training to other employees and ensuring that they troubleshoot or design processes to Six Sigma standards. After obtaining her own Six Sigma black belt, White held several senior positions at Cummins. According to the interview, she found that she was so passionate about her black belt training that she wanted to help others train, as well.

Cummins first implemented its Six Sigma program in 2000, according to the company’s website. Since then, 11,000 employees have been trained to use Six Sigma principles on the job and the company has saved $3.4 billion as a result of Six Sigma projects. In addition, Six Sigma techniques have saved more than $780 million for Cummins customers. Cummins also uses Six Sigma in community impact projects, helping community and non-profit organizations to address critical issues efficiently.

The Six Sigma methods have proven very effective for Cummins, and they can be very effective for the business you work for, as well. Further, if you undergo black belt training in order to lead Six Sigma processes at your place of business, you will increase your value at your company and have an important, salary-increasing addition to your resume. In fact, survey results show that employees with Six Sigma black belt certifications earn an average of $16,500 more than their non-certified counterparts.

Becoming a Six Sigma black belt makes great sense, for you as well as for the business you work for. For more information, contact us.

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What a Career Looks Like When You Have Six Sigma Training

Recently, an ad appeared in Rigzone — a news and information source for those in the oil and gas industry — which gives you an idea as to what you can do if you have the right combination of experience and training.

You may be asking yourself: If I get Six Sigma training, what sort of jobs would I be qualified for? Recently, an ad appeared in Rigzone — a news and information source for those in the oil and gas industry — which gives you an idea as to what you can do if you have the right combination of experience and training. The ad is for a Finance Continuous Improvement Specialist for Shell.

A continuous improvement specialist within the finance area of the company would be black belt certified and would drive process performance improvement, the ad states, through the application of Lean Six Sigma methodology. Additionally, the continuous improvement specialist would lead Lean Six Sigma projects and coach green and yellow belts through the delivery of these projects.

The career, which also requires a bachelors in business finance or engineering, is based in Houston with some travel required. It is a permanent, full-time position.

Many people who got their degree in finance may have been left wondering how to use that degree in recent years. It’s true, the finance industry is not what it once was. However, the oil and gas industry is thriving and, in the age of making every dollar count, the knowledge gained by a Six Sigma certification is very much in demand. Six Sigma black belts earn thousands of dollars more a year than their non-certified counterparts.

The world is filled with people who have degrees in business finance. Give yourself a competitive edge in the job market with Six Sigma black belt certification. For more information, contact us.

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Global Window Manufacturer Seeks Six Sigma Training for Employees

Thirty-seven employees of Deceuninck North America recently obtained Six Sigma training and green belt certification at the company’s Ohio headquarters, and five of those employees will go on to obtain their black belt Six Sigma certification, according to a company press release.

Thirty-seven employees of Deceuninck North America recently obtained Six Sigma training and green belt certification at the company’s Ohio headquarters, and five of those employees will go on to obtain their black belt Six Sigma certification, according to a company press release. During the training, the employees created actual customer-focused improvement projects that will reduce process cycle time, increase the use of recycled materials, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction.

Deceuninck North America is part of the global Deceuninck Group, which produces vinyl window and door systems and composite applications for the building industry. The company has over 500 distribution points across the country and also ships its products around the world. The company states that it is committed to energy efficiency and sustainability through the use of durable vinyl.

This is yet another successful company who has turned to Six Sigma in order to reduce waste and increase both efficiency and customer satisfaction in their business. Six Sigma green belts are able to serve as team leaders on Six Sigma projects, to form and facilitate teams and manage projects from concept to completion. Six Sigma black belts are employed full time with overseeing cross-functional projects. They are actively involved in changing and improving the organization through the Six Sigma projects that are implemented.

If you’re interested in improving your career potential through Six Sigma training or improving your business by having green or black belt certified employees, you can obtain that training online from Thomas Pyzdek — the author of the Six Sigma Handbook, which has been used by thousands worldwide in order to learn this successful business approach. For more information, contact us.

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Lean Six Sigma could mean the difference between a job and a career

A December 2011 ASQ Salary Survey placed annual salaries even higher for Lean Six Sigma certified professionals — exceeding the annual salary available for most college degrees.

The principles learned in Lean Six Sigma not only serve businesses by increasing efficiency and, therefore, also increasing profitability. Gaining a Lean Six Sigma green or black belt certification can also help a professional advance in his or her chosen career field. According to Indeed, the average annual salary of a Six Sigma green belt is $85,000 per year. If one chooses to earn a black belt certification, the annual salary jumps six percent to $91,000 a year. A December 2011 ASQ Salary Survey placed annual salaries even higher for Lean Six Sigma certified professionals — exceeding the annual salary available for most college degrees.

An example of the sort of job one can get with an advanced Six Sigma certification: the electronic manufacturing and technology services company Engent recently hired Andrey Karnauch as its operations manager. Karnauch brings to the company a green belt Six Sigma certification and experience in implementing lean business strategies. The Engent president said of Karnaugh that he signifies a commitment to production services and capabilities to better support customers.

Six Sigma green belt training such as that which is benefitting Karnaugh and Engent can be obtained with an online and offline time commitment of about 100 hours through the Pyzdek Institute. The Pyzdek Institute also offers online Lean Six Sigma certification. Lean Six Sigma combines the policies of Lean and Six Sigma into a comprehensive approach. Pyzdek Institute founder, Thomas Pyzdek, wrote the book that has become the standard manual for Six Sigma training and has developed a certification program that is accepted by employers everywhere.

For more information on how to begin the training that can launch you into a rewarding, lucrative career, contact us.

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Answering the 5 Big Questions About Lean Six Sigma

Until you have committed to the Lean Six Sigma process it can be hard to understand exactly how life changing it can be for companies and businesses. When considering if Six Lean Sigma is right for an organization we often get asked the five big questions. Today we are here with answers.

Who? Thomas Pyzdek is an acknowledged leader of Lean Six Sigma. We often joke that he wrote the book on the industry, because that is just what he did! He was been working for over forty years to create long-term success for organizations around the world. Today he continues to create, write and publish the the industry standard on business efficiency.

What? An innovative and time-tested program to increase productivity, quality and increased profits. Lean Six Sigma concentrates on eliminating waste, not cutting corners. Production should be faster, cheaper and better, and Lean Six Sigma concentrates on every aspect for improvement.

Where? Anywhere you are! Our trainings are available online, and training materials are available in our online store. But we would never want to leave you feeling alone, and we are proud to offer online coached training alongside our many other resources.

Why? Lean Six Sigma is focused on ridding your organization of the Seven Types of Waste. By identifying and addressing the exact areas in need of improvement, Lean Six Sigma is able to tackle the big issues head on.

When? Why not now? Trainings are enrolling now. There has never been a better time to start on the path that will lead you to the Black Belt in your future.

Contact us for more information. Or find us on the social web, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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A Discussion of R-Square and S

With R2 no arbitrary cutoff has ever become the accepted norm.

Question from a Black Belt student

When selecting a model two of the criteria say that  the Standard Error be small and R Square be large.

Since R Square is a proportion, one might think that the usual 95% would be the threshold — correct?

My Response

It may be surprising, but most of the cutoff values used in statistics are quite arbitrary. This includes the p-value cutoff of 5% for hypothesis tests and confidence intervals. This discussion of p-values is important because in the discussions of R2 and S below I assume that the p-value for the model is “statistically significant.” In other words, I discuss the cutoffs for R2 and S values based on the assumption that both are from statistical models that meet an arbitrary cutoff for the model’s p-value!

R2

With R2 no arbitrary cutoff has ever become the accepted norm. Thus the advice that R2 should be “large.” In this case, large is in the eye of the experimenter.  Indeed, what is considered large varies a great deal according to the type of experiment being conducted. In social science experiments researchers are delighted with statistically significant R2 values as low as 0.2 or even lower. In hard science and engineering experiments R2 values greater than 0.9 is often expected. As a general rule, the more the researcher knows about the science, the better controlled the experiment can be and the expectation for R2 increases. Obviously, humans behavior is poorly understood, to the point where some question the usage of the term “Social Science.” So R2 values that physicists and engineers would dismiss out-of-hand are acceptable in that field.

In Lean Six Sigma we usually find ourselves somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. If our projects involve customer responses, then statistically significant R2 values around 0.5 might be enough to give us the direction we need for improvement. But if we are improving, say, cycle time through a a process, then our threshold would be higher, perhaps 0.7. Still, as you can tell, these are arbitrary. The point is that we want our data to point us in the right direction for making improvements. What R2 value will do this for us varies on a case-by-case and project-by-project basis.

S

The proper value for the standard error, S, is also subject-matter and experiment or project specific. In fact, S and R2 are just two different ways of describing the same thing: how well the statistical model fits the data. R2 is a proportion or percentage, while S is in the units of the response variable. S is the standard deviation of the residuals (model errors.) Since residuals from good models are normally distributed, the S value can be used to model the distribution of modeling errors in the same units as the response variable. This often makes it easier for subject-matter experts to tell you, the Black Belt, what an acceptable value of S should be.

One last thing, there are published papers that treat various statistical cutoff values, such as p-values, much more rigorously. For example, p-value cutoffs based on economic or risk considerations. If you have a deeper interest in the subject these papers are worth looking up. Look in journals such as The Journal of Quality Technology or Quality Engineering. Expect to see a bit of math in these papers.

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Six Sigma Project Presentations in a Nutshell

What we’re asking is actually very simple, namely how did you apply the Six Sigma process to pursue a real opportunity?

I’ve reviewed thousands of improvement projects. I’ve lost count of how many project presentations I’ve attended, either for certification purposes or for presentations to leaders. I’ve come to the conclusion that most Green Belts and Black Belts simultaneously present too much information, and not enough information. If I may speak to Green Belts and Black Belts on behalf of leaders and Master Black Belts everywhere, here’s what I’d like to say. What we’re asking is actually very simple, namely how did you apply the Six Sigma process to pursue a real opportunity? In other words, for your project just walk us through the L1 Six Sigma process shown in the figure, and do so in 45 minutes or less. I actually don’t even care if you use a PowerPoint template, or even if you have any slides whatever. I just want to hear a great Six Sigma success story.

Six Sigma L1 Map

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