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Is anyone doing Six Sigma? [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2008, 06:13
I was just wondering if anyone here has any experience with Six Sigma. Has anyone done any of the training (yellow, green, or black belt) either through work or at b-school? Is it in big demand at companies? OSU Fisher is known (at least regionally) for their operations and supply chain management curriculum and the prof for the ops. mgt. class I'm taking right now is super into lean and Six Sigma.

I'm getting really interested in it, but I'm reluctant to spend the time and money to do it if it isn't really going to help me in the job market. Any thoughts?
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Re: Is anyone doing Six Sigma? [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2008, 13:47
I did green belt training (1 week class) years ago, and Six Sigma is pretty big at bit corporations that have production lines. It's worth it if you're going into operations and supply chain for a big production company.
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Re: Is anyone doing Six Sigma? [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2008, 14:47
While I agree with kryzak on usefulness, I think that if a company wants you to be a green belt then they'd pay for it (it's not like 1 week of training is gonna get them bankrupt). Then for black belt you actually need to manage a project and achieve some results, so I'd leave that aside until you get a job.

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Re: Is anyone doing Six Sigma? [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2008, 15:24
lepium is right, a company that wants you to do 6 sigma work will train you for it. Heck, I was trained at my company without any requirement to do 6 sigma work at all. To be a "certified" green belt, you need to run a successful "leaning" event. Black Belt training can also be taken before you're certified for Green Belt, and that's another week long class.

I had a co-worker who did all the six sigma work. She got trained for Green, then trained for black before she got certified for both.

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Re: Is anyone doing Six Sigma? [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2008, 13:20
Thanks for the feedback everyone! I was pretty much thinking that it would be better to see if the company that I end up getting a job with wants employees to have Six Sigma training, and would therefore pay for it, but I just wanted to hear from folks who've had personal experiences with it. :-D

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Heck, I was trained at my company without any requirement to do 6 sigma work at all.


The way that this was explained to our class was that companies will do this so that everyone in the company at least has some knowledge of the lean/six sigma philosophies and can therefore understand why things are done the way they're done at the company. The woman who spoke to our class is VP of Six Sigma for Emerson and said that something like 75% of their employees have had at least yellow belt training.
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Re: Is anyone doing Six Sigma? [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2008, 17:33
I *think* that one of the classes at Fuqua actually includes a green belt certification, but I could be wrong.

I thought of a reason to do it sooner rather than later - maybe. If you don't have a background in ops/supply chain, doing the certification on your own might prove your commitment to the career switch. For career switchers, telling a cohesive story can be very helpful.
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