... "through the
rigorous pursuit of four big Company-wide initiatives
—Globalization, Services, Six Sigma Quality and Digitization —
we’ve changed not only where we work and what we sell, but how
we work, think and touch our customers. " ...
GE 2000 Annual Report (PDF).
... "Delivery and Quality
metrics improved even as we reduced inventories, product
programs and applications stayed on track and were funded, and
customer support functions were maintained even in the decline.
" ... Honeywell 2009 Annual Report (PDF).
Six Sigma Black Belts, SSBB, execute projects under
the guidance of
Master Black Belts that ensure the proper
application of the Six Sigma methodology to the specific project
phase and situation. The
black belt works full-time on their Six
Sigma assignment. Their
role is to focus on the execution of Six
Sigma projects, as compared to Champions and Master Black Belts
whose focus is on identifying and chartering projects that would
benefit from Six Sigma methods.
The Black Belt typically becomes certified in Six
Certification (CSSBB) can be achieved through the
Institute of Industrial Engineers
American Society for Quality, ASQ (Link).
The number of institutions offering training and certification
has proliferated. The candidate for certification as a Black Belt in Six Sigma
must become proficient in the SSBB Body of Knowledge (PDF).
Motorola, the company that pioneered the application of Six
Sigma, offers certification training in Six Sigma integrated
with Lean Manufacturing techniques (Link).
Achievement of the Black Belt
certificate requires successful completion of Six
Sigma training, passing the certification test, and
demonstration of two completed Six Sigma projects.
The Six Sigma Black Belt credential is well respected in the
marketplace with a history of exciting
career paths and leadership progression. GE SixSigma Black
Belts move into the field to improve customer processes: ...
"The experts help clients cut costs, fix processes, manage
change and develop executives. After a year or two working on
client engagements, these consultants rejoin their business
units. The program relies on the Six Sigma method that GE made
famous. Six Sigma uses a statistical approach to analyze
business processes and improve quality controls. " ... GE Black
Belts to the Rescue (PDF).
General Electric Black Belts deploy an arsenal of Six Sigma and
lean techniques to solve their customers' problems:
... "Applying a Kaizen to initially measure, then
improve, a process offers a method to quickly focus on
eliminating waste and accelerating cycle times. And, in this
case, the Black Belt was able to deliver the needed improvements
on time to the emergency department. " ... GE
Kaizen Case Study (PDF).
... "We are in the ninth
year of Six Sigma at GE, and it has become a permanent
initiative—Six Sigma is the way we work. During the last year we
completed more than 50,000 projects, focused primarily in three
areas: working with our customers on their issues; improving our
internal processes to improve our customer interfaces and
generate cash; and improving the flow of high-technology
products and services to the marketplace. " ...
GE 2002 Annual Report (PDF).
... "Why this facility?
Because it has had an outstanding record of success in doing
this same kind of work in several military programs. And it also
has become a shining example within Boeing of a site that has
achieved extraordinary gains in productivity and quality through
the application of Lean principles, one of our four enterprise
initiatives aimed at accelerating growth and productivity
through the replication and sharing of best ideas and practices.
" ... Boeing 2008 Annual Report (PDF).
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