Six Sigma Project Management

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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A Black Belt or a team of Black Belts handles most of Six Sigma project management duties. Though they are arguably the most important individuals in the Six Sigma process, the Six Sigma methodology is such that everyone in the business can play an important role. Other roles that have direct effects on Six Sigma project management are Green Belts and Six Sigma Champions.

The reason that Black Belts are so important is that they are responsible for most of the project leadership. They have the ability to view systems in an analytical way and implement processes that can deliver statistical information regarding many of the project's inputs and outputs. Black Belts are also responsible for developing improvement methods and implementing monitoring and control plans.

Black Belts generally approach Six Sigma project management through the principles of DMAIC, which stands for Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control. After defining the many variables that can affect a system either positively or negatively, Black Belts can measure the effect that each variable has on quality. Statistical analysis methods help them determine the criticality of each variable, which then leads to various improvement methods and systems of control for the new program.

Other Roles and Six Sigma Project Management

Green Belts and Champions each offer their own talents to Six Sigma programs. Green Belts usually work very closely with Black Belts to collect and analyze data, and to brainstorm improvement methods and other innovative techniques. Champions are those that have received some training in Six Sigma practices, and most commonly help Black Belts by providing them with the necessary resources to successfully complete their tasks.


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