Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Six Sigma Key Roles

• Executive Leadership, that includes the CEO and other members of top management. They are responsible for setting up a vision for Six Sigma implementation. They empower the other role holders with the freedom and resources to explore new ideas for breakthrough improvements
• Champions take responsibility for Six Sigma implementation across the organization in an integrated manner. The Executive Leadership draws them from upper management. Champions also act as mentors to Black Belts
• Master Black Belts, identified by champions, act as in-house coaches on Six Sigma. They devote 100% of their time to Six Sigma. They assist champions and guide Black Belts and Green Belts and, apart from statistical tasks, they spend their time on ensuring consistent application of Six Sigma across various functions and departments
• Black Belts operate under Master Black Belts to apply Six Sigma methodology to specific projects. They devote 100% of their time to Six Sigma. They primarily focus on Six Sigma project execution, whereas Champions and Master Black Belts focus on identifying projects/functions for Six Sigma
• Green Belts are the employees who take up Six Sigma implementation along with their other job responsibilities, operating under the guidance of Black Belts
• Yellow Belts participate as project team members. They review process improvements that support the project
• White Belts can work on local problem-solving teams that support overall projects, but may not be part of a Six Sigma project team. They understand basic Six Sigma concepts from an awareness perspective