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Black Belt

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Definition

A person who leads teams in executing Six Sigma projects on a full-time basis. Black Belt training can be obtained from a variety of sources, but is typically between 140 and 160 hours in duration and includes instruction in use of statistical data analysis and designed experiments. Variations of the Black Belt designation include Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, DFSS Black Belt, and DMAIC Black Belt. Black Belt Certification is offered by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and numerous consulting firms and companies deploying Six Sigma.

Examples

The Black Belt is generally considered to possess the following competencies:
a. Team Facilitation
b. Communication Skills
c. Problem Solving
d. Process Orientation/Systems Thinking
e. Computer Knowledge
f. Change Facilitation
g. Financial Analysis
h. Program and Project Management

External Links

Six Sigma Black Belts: What do They Need to Know? by Roger Hoerl - http://www.asq.org/pub/jqt/past/vol33_issue4/qtec-391.pdf What is a Black Belt? Who are they and what do they do? by Thomas Pyzdek from Quality Digest - http://www.qualitydigest.com/feb00/html/sixsigma.html