Champion’s Role Is Integral The role of a lean Six Sigma Cham-pion is varied and diverse depending on the

si ze of the organization and the scope of the lean Six Sigma deployment. The DMAIC method does not come without the risk of failure, but it is a very successful a nd proven approach to solving problems and optimizing process performance. The s uccess of lean Six Sigma projects often hinges on the Champion’s ability to resolv e organizational issues and manage risks to the project, including: • Funding. • Time. • Staffing. • Customer relations. • Project size and complexity. • Overall structure. • External factors. • Dependencies among projects. Most of these risks can be addressed—and possibly alleviated—by having a well-run pr oject identification process, communicating the priorities of the organization, communicating the potential lean Six Sigma projects, and building consensus amon g the key stakeholders. Champion responsibilities do not end after projects have been selected. The Cham pion is also responsible for ensuring that each lean Six Sigma project has a sol id plan, buy-in for the required resources, and effective management. The Champi on is also re-sponsible for running effective project reviews at the end of each phase of the DMAIC process. Project reviews should not only look back at preced ing activities, but also look ahead for the successful execution of upcoming pha ses. A well-trained MBB should assist the Champion before and during the project revi ews. The BB will be well versed in the technical tools, but it is the responsibi lity of the Champion to enable sufficient resources and remove organizational ro adblocks that might stall the project.

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