You’re Only as Good as….
Before we discuss how you use Six Sigma, what about the entire certification process for obtaining that Yellow, Green, Black, Master or Champion Belt? The truth about Six Sigma training is that most organizations may find either an onsite or online training program, get everyone certified and jump into the methodology.
Here, organizations need to consider how prepared they are if they simply pass a Six Sigma certification test—what about Six Sigma tools and templates—what is necessary to use Six Sigma at the highest level?
For example, the ASQ Learning Institute offers both Green and Black Belt training and certification. The difference in this training/certification is that to become certified you have to provide sample Six Sigma projects you worked on that were successful and be able to explain how you utilized the phases of Six Sigma.
Some organization that offer Six Sigma training may just offer the training itself and a promise of certification (passing a required test) but offers no verification of your use of the methodology or follow-up. With the ASQ certification, one must re-certify from time to time to stay on top of Six Sigma tools and best practices.
Ford Motor Company, once a Total Quality Management believer, has implemented the use of Six Sigma and beyond just becoming trained and certified, Ford tracks its certified teams by rating their projects on various performance levels.
So, we can see one truth about Six Sigma training and certification is that merely being “trained" is not the same as using the methodology on a regular basis or having your performance levels graded throughout your project management career.