The Lean Six Sigma Champion’s Role
Lean Six Sigma/ Six Sigma/ Lean projects are more successful if they relate to key business issues and everyone realises their importance.
A Lean Six Sigma Champion/ Six Sigma Champion/Lean Champion is a senior sponsor who provides support, direction and financial and people resources to Lean Six Sigma, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the approach and providing a direct link to company strategy.
To make Lean Six Sigma work in practice, companies need to put in place two different champion roles:
✓ A Lean Six Sigma Programme Business Champion
✓ A Champion for every Lean Six Sigma project
The role of Lean Six Sigma Programme Business Champion
Visible commitment from the Lean Six Sigma business champion demonstrates that senior management take the Lean Six Sigma approach seriously. In an ideal world, the most senior executive in the organisation has the role of overall programme champion, but in practice, a member of the senior executive management team is often a good choice.
Senior management needs to communicate its support to the whole organisation, showing that it treats the approach seriously and not as just another fad.
The role of the Lean Six Sigma Project Champion
Every project deserves a champion who’s prepared to devote the time and support needed to help the project team overcome any roadblocks on their journey.
The project champion is involved in selecting the project and the team members for it.
(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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