3 tips to choosing a appropriate Lean Six Sigma Black Belt project

If you want to be certified as a Black Belt, you must successfully complete 2 improvement projects with demonstrable financial savings in addition to your exam. After all, you want to show as a Black Belt candidate that you are valuable to your employer or client. But how do you determine what a suitable project is? Below are three important tips:

TIP 1: CHOOSE A CHAMPION WHO’S EXHAUSTED
A Champion is the client of your project and has sufficient influence to make your project succeed. It would be nice if the Champion is also ultimately responsible for the process that needs to be improved. And he is awake at night because he does not know what affects his process performance negatively. Therefore choose a Champion with: sufficient influence, process ownership and who’s exhausted!

TIP 2: DETERMINE THE PROJECTSCOPE
After the Black Belt has installed the demonstrable success factors, an organization is responsible for realizing the project improvements itself. Because in the end the Champion has to secure the new situation itself. Therefore, discuss with the Champion what you are responsible for. At first you will primarily focus on finding the causes of the negative process performance and demonstrating that the intended improvement measures are effective.

TIP 3: COLLECTING FINANCIAL MEASURABLE VALUE
Collecting measurements in your improvement project can often be a challenge. Selecting a process that yields a few times a week is of course less suitable for selecting a process that produces a lot per hour. You can collect a lot more data about the process performance in a short time. And of course it is important that you can properly translate the measurements into financial value. Think, for example, of reducing incidents, customer complaints, processing time, stock height, length of stay or increasing productivity.

CLOSING NOTE
Ideally you want to create a lot of measurable value to your first learning project for customers, managers and employees. But start small and finish big, because with your first project there is already enough work for you to do. Let yourself be guided by an experienced coach so that you do not get lost in the jungle of obstacles.

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