The Core of the Program
Black Belts should have an aptitude for financial and statistical analysis as well as project management skills as the core of the program revolves around statistical techniques such as hypothesis testing, multiple regression and designed experimental techniques to solve complex business problems.
The Purpose of a Black Belt
Lean Six Sigma Black Belts are resources that facilitate and manage a number of projects within a continuous improvement program. These resources have the capability to leverage on their technical expertise to select and utilise the right process improvement tools at the right time with some predictability in results and returns. Their ultimate purpose is to ensure improved business performance, as depicted below.
Black Belts are considered the leaders within a Lean Six Sigma team and ideally work full time in this role. Part of their role is to oversee what other Belts have accomplished and coach all team members to reach continuous improvement goals. They are responsible to define a Lean Six Sigma project, its scope, to set goals and timelines for the project as well as constantly update executives and stakeholders of the status of the improvement projects. Additionally, they take on the role of the ‘Lean Six Sigma change agent’ within an organisation.
The Black Belt program is aimed at Senior to Expert Technical Resources.
Completion of a 20-day classroom training course (100% attendance)
Access to a Notebook with Minitab Statistical Software
Complete a theoretical assessment (70% pass mark)
Execution of a practical project on an internal process, portraying application of the DMAIC methodology, statistic analysis techniques, process and financial impact.