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Benchmark Six Sigma Learn & Share
 Benchmark Six Sigma Open Forum
 Explore Business Excellence
 What is Lean Six Sigma?
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What Is The Difference Between Green Belt & Black Belt
Started by Suresh Jayaram, Jan 30 2009 12:20 PM
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Suresh Jayaram
Six Sigma has a hierarchical structure similar to Martial arts. There are white belts, green belts, black belts, and master black belts.The white belts go through a very high level overview training about Six Sigma (typically 4 hours) so they understandsome basic terminology about Six Sigma. All employees in the company are usually trained as white belts. White beltsmay help Green Belts or Black Belts with some data collection etc.The next level is the Green Belts who go through the Six Sigma training at the next level of details. Green Belts may gothrough few days to up to two weeks worth of Six Sigma training. Green Belts are expected to work on projects withintheir own functional areas. Green Belts are usually not exposed to advanced Six Sigma concepts, so they are notequipped to solve really tough problems.The third level is Black Belts who go through a more detailed version of the Six Sigma training. The typical duration of training varies from a week to four weeks worth of training. Black Belts are expected to work on more complex cross-functional projects that are strategically important for the company.Finally, the last level is the Master Black Belts. The Master Black Belts are responsible for coaching and training GreenBelts and Black Belts. They may also work on large company wide projects.Sometimes people ask us if there is any minimum financial benefits that Green Belt and Black Belt projects need todeliver. There is no hard and fast rule about minimum savings that these projects need to deliver. The amount of  benefits will also depend on the size of the company turnover, number of employees, opportunities for improvementsetc. Some companies may have a target for Green Belt and Black Belt savings - but these are usually applied as anaverage across several projects rather than for individual projects.
Posted 30 January 2009 - 12:20 PM
 Vittal Renga
I agree with Mr. Suresh Jayaram. There are some institutions, which specifies, the financial benefit or the savings,unless not reached, they do not recognize the project. I would say, that any project, which brings in a good change inthe process or considerable benefit to the employer, is good enough.
Posted 03 February 2009 - 04:17 PM
 Ashok Kumar Koul
I too agree with vittal. Some times the savings might not be visible, or it may be some period of time before they are visible. But implementation of the six sigma processes might have definitely done the improvement in overalloperations of the organisation.
Posted 09 February 2009 - 10:56 AM
 Ashok Kumar Koul
In our organisation , there is Yellow belt term also in vogue. Is this relevant? How is this is comparions of White belt or
Posted 09 February 2009 - 11:32 AM
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Green belt?
Suresh Jayaram
 Vittal/Ashok,I agree with the points above regarding savings, but we also need to ensure that
not all projects
 a company picks aresuch that there are no savings to report at the end of the projects. At a minimum, we need to make an effort to at leastreport some soft savings as a result of the Six Sigma project. A company needs a good mix of project with some projects reporting financial savings that impact revenue, cash flow,and profitability. It is okay to have some projects that don't have any hard savings but only report soft savings.Reporting savings is important for sustenance of Six Sigma programs within a company. If senior management doesnot see benefits, they may cancel the Six Sigma program in the long run. This was one of the down falls of the TQMprogram. ------------------------ Ashok,Most companies have GBs and BBs. Some companies also have White Belts and Yellow Belts too - as pointed out by  you. A White Belt or Yellow Belt is someone who has gone through a very very high level overview of the Six Sigmaprogram. For example, they may have taken a 4 hour class on Six Sigma. White Belts and Yellow Belts are not requiredto complete any projects similar to Green Belts and Black Belts.The idea is that all people in an organization need to have at least a rudimentary understanding of Six Sigmamethodology and be able to converse in the same language (mean, standard deviation etc). They can then provideeffective support when Green Belts and Black Belts come to them asking for help / support on their projects. So, anorganization may aim for 100% of its employees to be White/Yellow Belts, about 25% of its employees being GreenBelts, and about 1-5% of its employees being Black Belts.I once went to a conference where someone was advocating a Blue Belt - can't recall what they wanted to do with it!SJ
Posted 09 February 2009 - 12:43 PM
Siddharth Luthra
 what type of projects do we have to perform after the training of SIX Sigma? What will be the course contents in Green Belt Course?
Posted 11 February 2009 - 06:36 PM
Suresh Jayaram
Dear Siddharth,Once you finish your GB training and pass the exam, you will receive a certificate of completion for the Green Belt. After this training, if you desire to get an additional project completion certificate, you will have to complete a GreenBelt project and submit it to us for review. Once we review and approve it, you will receive a second Green Beltcertificate that will acknowledge that you have also completed a project.The project that you undertake has to be a valid Green Belt project. Please refer to several threads on this website thatdiscuss the selection of Six Sigma projects. One example is: http://forum.benchma...-sigma-project/(http://forum.benchmarksixsigma.com/index.php?/topic/683-criteria-for-selection-of-six-sigma-project/)
Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:41 AM
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 We will post the Green Belt course contents in a separate thread.Best Regards,SJ.
 Ashok Kumar Koul
Our company does carry out internal six sigma trainings. How is that different from that of yours.Secondly, is it necessary to select the project afresh or could it be something done previously anywhere in past.Thirdly, has the project necessarily to be that of the organisation one is working with, and if not who will ascertain whether the cost savings have been there as envisaged in the project.
Posted 12 February 2009 - 05:40 PM
Basker Pushpala
Hi.Trainig and developement not only takes you to Cross section of the Projects we have to admit that we get smartand more smart when we learn things practical. I suppose when we understant the learning of Six Sigma we are arenot put in a study room where we learning and becoming a Green Belt or a Black Belt. We are going through a process which is to be where we should be aware of it. I suppose i am not follwing the path of process which is very narrow. Asa person i have exposure to International Standards i suppose we are not near at all. we are away from it. Miles away 
Posted 13 February 2009 - 05:15 PM
Priya Sachdeva
Hi,Is a Green Belt intending to begin his/ her Project required to get it approved? And if yes, who is the Approving Body? 
Posted 16 February 2009 - 03:11 PM
Suresh Jayaram
Dear Shradha,Companies that have already deployed Six Sigma would have an organizational structure in place to approve GreenBelt and Black Belt projects. Typically, the deployment champion in the company would have made provisions for thisapproval to ensure that the organization is working on the right projects.  Assuming you are working in a company that does not practise Six Sigma, you need to have the approval of at least your project sponsor - the manager who currently has the pain area and the resources to ensure the success of theproject.If you have been through Benchmark Six Sigma training, we provide help and assitance to you in reviewing your SixSigma project to ensure it is appropriate.
Posted 16 February 2009 - 04:36 PM
Posted 19 February 2009 - 05:45 PM
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