Since most large corporations and big industries incorporate Six Sigma into their business strategy, the incorporation process requires ample time, training, energy, and huge financial resources.
At its core, we can incorporate Six Sigma in two standard ways:
• Through a separate organization that provides services to the main business
• By making it an integral part of every employee’s job
No matter what approach you choose in the project management life cycle, you need to keep in mind that Six Sigma focuses on the team and not on the individual. Each team has a certain level of certification that depends on the degree of their expertise and responsibilities. But what is a six sigma certification? It's a program that teaches individuals how to analyze and improve processes. You can learn how to implement the six sigma methodology or lean six sigma and go through several levels, from the white to the master black belt.
Teams and certifications are categorized as follows:
Black Belt— represents professionals and experts who need to have the training, a high degree of expertise, and a wide knowledge of all Six Sigma tools and methods. The current average annual salary is $123,078 in the US.
Green Belt— represents people who are in charge of solving a number of issues that arise in the manufacturing environment (if some issues become more complex, they can always consult the Black Belt). They usually handle professional administration and organization. According to Glassdoor, the average salary in the US for this role is $73,080 per year.
Yellow Belt— everyone else on the team. These employees don’t know every project detail and therefore don’t need extensive training and knowledge of Six Sigma. However, they are essential to success as they help Green Belts with the implementation of their goals.