Avoid Over Training for Lean Six Sigma
Getting trained up in Lean Six Sigma (LSS)/ Six Sigma (SS)/ Lean is important and a well thought out training plan needs to form part of the overall deployment programme. But training works best when it is delivered ‘just in time’ and at the right level. In the early days, some organisations undertook company-wide, large scale implementations of Six Sigma and ‘forced’ hundreds of people onto unnecessary 20-day Black Belt training, which resulted in putting many of them off the whole approach.
An organisation just starting to use the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology will be full of opportunities for process improvement that can be tackled using the tools learned on a good foundation Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB)/ Six Sigma Green Belt ( SSGB)/ Lean Expert (LE) course. Ideally, this 10-day training can be split into a few smaller modules of 3-4 days each, wrapped around a real project being carried out to ensure the training is delivered at the right level and at the right time to fit into the life of the project.
Avoid the pitfall of believing that Black Belt (BB)/ Master training must be ‘better’ than Green Belt (GB)/ Expert training, and sending people on a full Black Belt course, complete with advanced statistical training, before starting any projects. Start simply, develop the basic skills, provide expert coaching support to the Green Belts, run initial projects quickly to deliver tangible benefits to the organisation and then select the right candidates to be trained in the advanced tools when needed.
Training people at an advanced level too soon is a waste of money and will probably deter people from using the approach.
(Reference : Lean Six Sigma For Dummies®, 2nd Edition by John Morgan and Martin Brenig-Jones, Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd)
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