Six Sigma Implementation Roles
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
According to Wikipedia, Six Sigma identifies several key roles for its successful implementation.
- Executive Leadership
includes the CEO and other members of top management. They are responsible for setting up vision
for Six Sigma implementation. They also empower
the other role holders with the freedom and resources to explore new ideas for breakthrough improvements.
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. 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.
- Some organizations use additional belt colours, such as Yellow Belts, for employees that have basic training in Six Sigma tools and generally participate in projects and 'white belts' for those locally trained in the concepts but do not participate in the project team