As a trained Six Sigma Yellow Belt, failure to apply your newly acquired knowledge is a missed opportunity to build on this foundational training and develop valuable skills that could improve your career prospects. To benefit from your Six Sigma Yellow Belt training, below are five ways to apply your learning and develop your skills in everyday business situations.
Given that Six Sigma Yellow Belt training differs from organization to organization, what is included below are common Six Sigma Yellow Belt capabilities:
1. Drive Engagement and Consensus
Our workplaces are becoming more diverse in many ways. Among other differences, team members have varying experiences, work habits, education levels, cultural backgrounds and beliefs. The ability to capitalize on this diversity by ensuring all voices are heard while continuing to make progress is key to building high performing organizations. As a trained Six Sigma Yellow Belt you can drive engagement and consensus by facilitating a multi-voting session when decisions need to be made in groups.
2. Distinguish Vital from Trivial Problem Causes
Problems in our workplace today often have many causes. Generally, 20% of those causes account for 80% of the problem occurrences. Identifying and addressing the vital causes is critical to our productivity as well as our effectiveness in solving the problem. As a trained Six Sigma Yellow Belt you can distinguish the vital few causes from the trivial many by completing a Pareto Analysis. The Pareto Analysis will aid the team in focusing their efforts in areas that will drive the greatest return.
3. Simplify Complex Situations
Complex situations in the workplace are often difficult to clearly define due to multiple factors that impact the situation. Think of those situations where it can be difficult to even know where to start. The inability to articulate or define a problem correctly can lead to solutions that ultimately fail. As a trained Six Sigma Yellow Belt you can help simplify complex situations by leading a team through an Affinity Diagram.
4. Improve Process Speed
Waste activities are those included in a process, but do not change the form or function of the end product or service. In Lean Six Sigma, there are eight types of process wastes that should be eliminated or reduced to improve efficiency. As a trained Six Sigma Yellow Belt, you can improve process speed by conducting a Waste Audit and recommending improvements.
5. Anticipate and Reduce Process Failures
An important step in the improvement of a process is to anticipate what could go wrong. This knowledge can be used to develop actions to either prevent or reduce the risk of potential failure points. As a trained Six Sigma Yellow Belt you can anticipate and reduce process failures by leading a team in completing a Failure Mode and Effect Analysis.
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