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Six Sigma?
The unique feature or potential of Six Sigma can be utilized to optimize processes and also to reduce variations is a Business-Improvement methodology designed to achieve measurable, monetary results through focused improvements in quality and productivity cost originally developed by Motorola, USA in 1986. It's a quality management tool used in all operations of an organization to improve processes, in manufacturing, in Accounting, Human Resources, Purchasing and Sales etc by identifying and removing the defects causes (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes ultimately to improve organization’s productivity. ("Black Belts", "Green Belts", etc.) Six sigma is a systematic and fact-driven methodology used to eliminate process deficiencies and variations that cause customer-dissatisfaction.
Six Sigma Stand for?
Sigma", taken from the Greek alphabet, used in statistics as a measure of variation. Company achieving a "six sigma" measurement in any manufacturing process meaning that only 3.4 of 1 million products are defective of a specific process or an operation or an activity which is dream come true hence Six sigma is a continuous process to elevate and achieve the dream level.
Different levels in Six Sigma Training like Yellow belt, Green Belt etc?
Yellow Belt Training is at the bottom ladder of Six Sigma, going Black Belt, Master Black Belt through a high level overview on Six Sigma with the primary objective of familiarizing with basics related to Six Sigma. Yellow Belt training can help Green Belts and black belts in their respective projects in terms of data collection, analysis of data etc.

Next level is Green Belts a training in Six Sigma with a more details. Training in process improvement techniques including the Six Sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control). Green Belt holders usually lead smaller projects within their business unit or support portions of larger projects led by a more experienced Black Belt.

Third level of Six Sigma Training is Black Belt Training . Black Belt Six Sigma Training includes application of yet advanced statistical tools and techniques for process improvements. Black belt holders work on projects with cross functional in nature and are of a more strategic importance to any company.
Final level on the Six Sigma ladder is that of Master Black Belts. For Spearheading the projects which are organization wide in the Project’s scope. Master Black Belt holders are also responsible for training and mentoring of Green Belts and Black Belts.
Time gap between Green Belt and Black Belt?
Any trained / certified Green Belt can go ahead for Black Belt. The time gap depends on individuals own career plan - i.e. whether one wishes to pursue Six Sigma as a career option.
Is a project mandatory for Green/Black Belt Certification?
A project certainly adds to individual’s competence and develops confidence. Green Belt/ Black Belt course may result in two certificates. The first one is a result of successful completion of post course examination (on the basis of participation in class exercises and examination), while the second one is awarded on ascertaining evidence of a successfully completed project. (Project completion certificate)
How are Six Sigma projects identified?
There are various methods by which Six Sigma Projects can be identified.
  • Projects identification from strategic objectives of the company which are drilled down to project level.
  • Value stream map which is one of the tool of lean.
  • Champion’s chronic problem where solutions are generally not known.
Is Six Sigma applicable for everyone or only for manufacturing organizations?
Six Sigma can be used by everyone in every field be it manufacturing, IT, BPO, Banking, Health care and even in the household. The main purpose of six sigma training is to fill the gap between success and failures. We can find out the problems which are putting negative impact on our performance. And thus raise our performance level.
How popular is Six Sigma process in India?
To improve quality, productivity and customer satisfaction while reducing cycle time and cost, Many Organization in India have now been adopting Six Sigma and as a result there is a skill shortage in the field. Thus organizations are facing difficulties to get qualified Six Sigma trained professionals.
Six Sigma is necessity of the organizations or it is just a management mantras?
Six Sigma philosophy is being practiced by most of Fortune 500 companies and has already become a way of Life at GE, Motorola, Honeywell, Sony, Nokia, Polaroid etc. It is a very structured and disciplined approach for process-improvement resulting in large savings for organizations and customer satisfaction.
Who can benefit from Six Sigma Certification Courses?
Any one in a Technical, Finance, Accounts, HR, Purchase, Supply Chain Management, Logistics Management, Marketing, Commercial Management etc will benefit from knowledge of Six Sigma. Organization benefits greatly through saving by cutting cost & defects of the various process while green /black belts experienced fast growth in job profile & compensation due to benefits achieved for the organization.
ISO 9000 standard?
"ISO", derived from the Greek isos, meaning "equal". ISO 9000 is a family of standards for quality management systems. ISO 9000 is maintained by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization and is administered by accreditation and certification bodies nominated by ISO in the countries..
Different types of family member ISO 9000 Have?
ISO 9000 currently includes three quality standards
  • ISO 9000:2005 explains the fundamentals of quality management systems (like ISO9001) and Vocabulary used in the ISO9000 Standards.
  • ISO9001:2008 is the document that lists the requirements an organization must meet to become ISO 9001 Registered.
  • ISO 9004:2009 is a Guidance Document managing for the sustained success of an organization.
Quality Management System?
A quality management system (QMS) is a set of policies, processes and procedures required for planning and execution (production/development/service) in the core business area of an organization.  
OHSAS 18000 and their benefits?
OHSAS 18000 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification. It comprises two parts, 18001 and 18002 and embraces a number of other publications.  
OHSAS 18001: helps organizations to formulate occupational health and safety policies and objectives. It is compatible with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
OHSAS 18002: provides guidelines for the implementation of OHSAS 18001. It explains the requirements of this and how to work towards implementation/registration.

  • Reduction in the number of accidents and interruptions in production due to better control over hazards at the workplace.
  • Focus on employee safety results in a satisfied, motivated and highly productive work force..
  • Legal compliance with minimal administrative effort..
  • Improves company image and boosts international competitiveness
  • Demonstrates an innovative and forward thinking approach.
  • Reduction in insurance costs
Core Tools?
Core tools are building blocks to effectively create and manage an organization’s quality management system. Eligible Suppliers seeking/maintaining certification in TS 16949 need to have an understanding of the quality core tools to meet OEM’s requirements. The 5 Core Tools required to effectively implement and audit ISO/TS 16949 are:
  • APQP - Advanced Product Quality Planning
  • FMEA - Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
  • MSA - Measurement System Analysis
  • PPAP - Production Part Approval Process
  • SPC - Statistical Process Control
These are the technical specification, approved and issued in March 2002, as an automotive sector-specific QMS set of requirements which use ISO 9001:2008 (verbatim) as its base. This technical specification replaces the earlier used TS16949:2002.  
Environmental management system (EMS) refers to the management of an organization's environmental programs in a comprehensive, systematic, planned and documented manner. It includes the organisational structure, planning and resources for developing, implementing and maintaining policy for environmental protection.
ISO 14000, and ISO 14001?
ISO 14000 refers to a family of voluntary standards and guidance documents to help organizations address environmental issues. Included in the family are standards for Environmental Management Systems, environmental and EMS auditing, environmental labeling, performance evaluation and life-cycle assessment.
ISO 14001: An international voluntary standard describing specific requirements for an EMS, developed in 1996. ISO14001 is the dominant environmental management system in the world.
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