and Champions At the project level, there are
black belts, master black belts, green belts,
yellow belts and white belts. These people
conduct projects and implement improvements.
Black Belt: Leads problem-solving
projects. Trains and coaches project teams.
Green Belt: Assists with data
collection and analysis for Black Belt projects.
Leads Green Belt projects or teams.
Master Black Belt: Trains and
coaches Black Belts and Green Belts. Functions
more at the Six Sigma program level by developing
key metrics and the strategic direction. Acts as
an organization’s Six Sigma technologist and
Yellow Belt: Participates as a
project team member. Reviews process improvements
that support the project.
White Belt: Can work on local
problem-solving teams that support overall
projects, but may not be part of a Six Sigma
project team. Understands basic Six Sigma
concepts from an awareness perspective.
Every project needs
organizational support. Six Sigma executives and
champions set the direction for selecting and
deploying projects. They ensure, at a high level,
that projects succeed, add value and fit within
the organizational plan.
Champions: Translate the company’s
vision, mission, goals and metrics to create an
organizational deployment plan and identify
individual projects. Identify resources and
Executives: Provide overall
alignment by establishing the strategic focus of
the Six Sigma program within the context of the
organization’s culture and vision.