Lean Six Sigma combines lean manufacturing with Six Sigma management strategy to reduce waste in an organisation. In other words, this strategy helps people to make more money by ensuring that their time and resources are never wasted.

Lean Six Sigma training pushes the most talented managers in the world to get the best out of themselves, their teams, and the businesses with which they work. Whether these managers are employed within a business or own their own businesses and operate on behalf of clients, the structures which Lean Six Sigma allows them to instill, will add huge value to any organisation.

For this reason, managers train for years to attain the sought-after master black belt, which positions them as a global expert in their field and provides them with a fountain of knowledge about organisational structure which they can pass on to their colleagues, clients, and successors.

Before reaching this level, managers must obtain the following belts:


Champion – While being the entry-level belt, managers who become Champions will gain immeasurably from reaching this level. To obtain this belt, it is crucial to create a clear communications channel between top management, junior management and the teams they coordinate to ensure the smooth completion of projects. After this channel has been created, those wishing to become Champions must show that they can eliminate office politics from impacting on any projects and motivate their team to complete the project to fixed deadlines, under guidance from a manager who has already been awarded a Green Belt.


Green Belt – This belt builds on the skills gained at Champion level. Here, managers must select team members to complete a project and use data to aid the project’s successful completion. This requires not just skilled statistical analysis, but excellent people management and communication management.

If a team member is not achieving the required targets, it is vital to inform them of their shortcomings while keeping them motivated to do all they can to bring about the project’s successful completion. At no time can the agreed deadline for the project’s completion be compromised on.

If an individual has shown an understanding of the qualities required in a Green Belt, by completing the relevant certification theory examination, but has not yet completed a project, they will be awarded a Yellow Belt until the project has been completed.


Black Belt – To be awarded a Black Belt an individual must excel in both written communication and statistical analysis. They must then express their conclusions from this analysis to clients in concise, straightforward language, taking pains to avoid any jargon. Most importantly, this individual should be an asset to the team they are managing.

The ideal Black Belt will be easy to work with and friendly while being driven to motivate his or her entire team to deliver exceptional results for clients. Abilities to create data experiments, project charters and flawlessly coordinate logistics for meetings are all taken as read in a manager who has been awarded the prestigious Black Belt.

Before completing their second Six Sigma project, an individual will be awarded a Brown Belt.


Master Black Belt – An individual wishing to be awarded a Master Black Belt must use his or her knowledge of the tools, systems, and theory of Six Sigma to advise senior management across a range of departments on how they can implement this strategy across their organisation, reduce waste, and maximise their profits.

Responsibilities of a Master Black Belt include coordinating Six Sigma projects from digital dashboards and mentoring Green and Black belts. Only the most accomplished, productive managers in the world will reach this esteemed level.

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