Kaizen vs. Six Sigma Certification

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tori2432

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I am researching Six Sigma certification. Having been very successful at Honda Quality Circles and the Kaizen events from my Japanese Auto Supplier, I wonder why they didn't call them Six Sigma projects. They entailed all the meat and potatoes but look useless on a resume. Having to start over as a green belt and work up to getting a black belt is depressing as I won several trips to Japan as a result of my Kaizen events.
I did a search on certifications for Six Sigma belts and there are a slew of companies willing to give you a cert for anything with the right price. If you were hiring a six sigma black belt, what evidence are you looking for?
 
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Anyone can get Six Sigma "certified" for the right price. I have some standard questions:
1. Talk me through your certification project.
2. Tell me about a difficult project & how you overcame the difficulties.

Then during their answers I ask about the tools used. Question 1 weeds out plenty of imposters. certification without a project? I don't think so.
 

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there is also a difference between six sigma and lean. from my days at Honda and from typical definitions of QC circles and Kaizen I would interpret your experience (as good and valuable as it may be) as more lean and 'simpler' technical problems. Six Sigma is intended for complex technical Problems (physics if you will) unless you are thinking of transactional (business process six sigma).

What are you looking for from a green belt certification?
 
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tori2432

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It has been a few years since I was at that company and then I had some me time to go to school for graphic design but my projects were my pride and joy. One of them detailed how we researched high scrap in tools - specifically cutting tools for an armature line. We threw away thousands of dollars in diamond tip cutting tools each year. After some investigation I found that the head company had set a limit on all tools as to when to change them and toss the used one away whether it was still good or not. I had set up a team from floor associates and myself however I was a Quality Engineer with access to all records so I did the majority of the discovery work and creating the powerpoint presentation. We ran trails on the cutting tools collecting runout and surface roughness data and found that the tools we used were much better and lasted longer. We increased the cutting area check and let the tools run until the checks started showing increasing data. We ended up saving over a million dollars a year on this project. I think I have a CD with the presentation still somewhere along with a few others. I just joined ASQ and my current boss indicated he would pay for my six sigma certificate. He said - another black belt at the company would be great! I really enjoyed my projects and think this is a great direction for my future jobs as well. I tried to find how potential employers are verifying six sigma certificates but figured an ASQ cert would be sufficient with my project background.
 
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tori2432

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The company I worked for was a manuf of DC motors for Honda, Nissan, etc. My goal was to reduce waste in the manufacturing lines. Another project identified how cutting chips were getting into the commutators and we drastically reduced that defect, another was improving the fusing process... all won trips to Japan to compete for bigger trips. Seems the winners were either from India or Mexico... hmm.....!
 
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jeffreywsaak

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SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) is good is providing certifications. I got certified from there itself. It helps in the long run and their faculty members are also very helpful Go for it without having a second thought. :cool:
 
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