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Black Belt Profile

Black Belts are highly trained Six Sigma experts who possess the knowledge and skills that are necessary to facilitate breakthrough improvements in key processes that support the overall aims of an enterprise or operating unit. They serve as change agents, internal consultants, mentors to Green Belts and assistants to Six Sigma Champions.

Black Belts optimize existing technology, or bring new technologies on line at optimal operating conditions and are the masters of problem solving. They have the technical and leadership capability to improve the performance of virtually any type of process, regardless of complexity or output volume. Black Belts  also tackle and solve specific process-oriented or design-centric problems that have a negative impact on customer satisfaction, operating costs, capability, capacity, cycle time and other performance-related metrics.

Black Belt Training

Black Belt students will focus on obtaining an in-depth understanding of the Six Sigma principles and implementation tactics, along with advanced applications in the areas of descriptive statistics, benchmarking, process control techniques, process diagnostic methods and experimental design.

The student will learn the importance of quantitative data and its vital role in successful problem solving, as well as the importance of sample size and how to administer a sampling scheme. In addition, the student will discover how the key tools are blended and sequenced to form a scientific and repeatable process for solving critical manufacturing, engineering, service, administrative, and business related process problems.

Black Belt students will be taught how to scope projects, define them and lead their implementation in addition to learning other essential skills including application of DMAIC, the methodology for process improvement.  The student will also learn how to identify the key input variables that directly affect process output.

Black Belt students will work through a Digital Application Project that will allow them to exercise all the tools taught during the course of training, as well as understand the methodology and steps needed to carry out an on-site organizational project.

Upon completion of Six Sigma Black Belt training, students will have the expertise and technical knowledge required to successfully implement Six Sigma and sustain the resulting gains.  In this regard, the successful student will discover how to propel their respective organizations toward best-in-class status by reducing costs, improving cycle times, eliminating defects and significantly increasing customer satisfaction.

The total instructional time for this program is approximately 160 hours, not including time for personal study, executing the digital project or completing the certification exams.  The typical start-to-finish time is usually 6-8 months and will vary depending on the student's prevailing circumstances and constraints.

MindPro Description

MindPro® is an online Lean Six Sigma training and certification system. Dr. Harry and his staff worked 4 years to realize its design and function. Although primarily used to prepare, certify and support Lean Six Sigma Black Belts and Green Belts, it offers a host of other supporting programs and wide array of documentation and application tools.

Through Dr. Harry’s unique Over-the-Expert’s-Shoulder training videos, as well as its many other features and benefits, MindPro® has proven itself to be a effective and cost efficient way to deliver high quality training and certification to those that need it – anytime, anywhere, on-demand. ​

As a matter of his authoritative credibility and demonstrated success, Dr. Harry’s Six Sigma teachings have been used and endorsed by many of the world’s top corporations and institutions. His work has been widely acclaimed in numerous bedrock publications, both nationally and internationally.

So, when you earn your Six Sigma credential from Dr. Harry through his MindPro® System, you can rest assured it will be highly respected throughout industry and serve as a strong testament to your Lean Six Sigma competencies. The rewards of this credential are many.

MindPro Tutorial

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MindPro Tools

Supporting Information

Model Training Schedule *

* Does not include time for Independent Study, Digital Application Project or the Certification Exams.  Such timing factors usually vary from student-to-student.  As a consequence, such factors will typically add about 33% - 50% to the posted time of the Model Online BB Training Agenda.

Typical Black Belt Job Description

A Six Sigma Black Belt job description typically lists the roles and responsibilities required of a business professional who works on process improvement projects using Six Sigma, a quality management system developed by Motorola in the 1980s.


Introduction
 

A certified Six Sigma Black Belt quality management business professional typically manages process improvement projects. She uses Six Sigma tools and techniques, assigns project team tasks and uses the stages of Six Sigma or DMAIC to complete process improvement projects. By defining the problem, measuring the current process by collecting data, analyzing the relevant data, optimizing the process and controlling the process output, Black Belt personnel help organizations reduce defects and maximize product and service quality. Additionally, they apply Lean Manufacturing principles to remove process steps that provide no value to the customer and reduce waste. So, what's included in a Six Sigma Black Belt job description?
 

Responsibilities
 

Black Belt personnel typically set the strategy for a Six Sigma project implementation. Working with executive leadership, they select and prioritize projects to ensure work aligns with strategic goals. They create project plans and guide team members, including personnel certified at the Green and Yellow Belt levels, to complete projects in a timely manner. A certified Black Belt usually trains other team members on how to use Six Sigma tools and techniques, such as control charts, histograms and a root cause analysis.
 

Skills and Competencies
 

Black Belt personnel usually have three to five years of experience leading Six Sigma projects. They demonstrate proficiency with statistical and process management software, such as Minitab, and flow charting software or process mapping software, such as Igrafx. Information Technology, business analysis and process initiatives rely on the expertise of Black Belt certified project leaders to produce measurable productivity gains. Black Belt personnel typically demonstrate proven team leadership skills and the ability to influence others at all levels of an organization. In many cases, jobs require extensive travel.
 

Required Experience and Education
 

Successful candidates for Six Sigma Black Belt jobs usually have extensive experience in both manufacturing and business environments. They generally have a Bachelor’s degree, many have more advanced education such as a Master's degree, and have completed Black Belt training and certification to lead projects, train and coach other personnel and complete problem-solving projects. Black Belt personnel strive to enable organizations to become more self-sufficient and self-sustaining in process improvement endeavors.
 

Conclusion
 

A Six Sigma Black Belt job description lists the qualifications required of a quality management professional responsible for process improvement project leadership. Candidates usually have a wide range of experience and demonstrate strong leadership, are decisive and analytical, are persuasive, and have exceptional project management abilities. Black Belt certified professionals usually coach and mentor other team members to complete project tasks and need to be able to work in challenging, global, fast-paced environments. Candidates for Black Belt jobs should be prepared to communicate effectively to executives, clients and team members on a regular basis.

 

Source Tara Duggan • edited by: Jean Scheid • updated: 1/26/2011

Black Belt Technical Competenices

Technical competencies encompass the unique knowledge, skills, attitudes, and actions that distinguish excellent performers within a technical field, like a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in the field of quality or process improvement.  In this sense, technical competencies embody the knowledge and skills that must be present in order to successfully exercise a defined set of practices that are normally required for a particular job or task.  Competencies are then often used to create behavior learning objectives, from which instructional content is then identified.  Thus, we have the process of linking on-the-job success to training programs.  The curriculum contained within Mindpro was created in this highly accountable and traceable manner.

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